(Photo by Linsey)1.
Danny & I have been shopping in Cuenca lately for the Pop-Up Shops for the blog's #HolidayServiceProject. We're hoping to have a few new items soon! Also, I've been super inspired by all the people out there doing hugely compassionate things for humanity right now. For example, check out this sweet ACLU Bake Sale With Kids in Brooklyn. Of course, there's loads of horrifying stuff going on in our country, too, which makes my heart heavy. But I'm trying with all I've got to stay focused on this quote: "Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can."
We've been working on our plans to move back to New York. We've had big decisions before us (do we stay in our condo or try to get a new place...?) We've been working on all these logistics to see what's possible. And it's been rather agonizing trying to figure it all out (especially from another country.) I'll let you know once things actually unfold. Though I've noticed our plans have rarely been solid for the last 3 years. When you don't have traditional jobs or kids, life doesn't get pinned down as usual.
Let's talk amazing eyebrows. Is it just me or are you in awe of so many thick eyebrows these days? Check out this amazing photo of Jordan Ferney. I just gasped when I saw this. So stunning. I've been trying to see if I could grow out my very blond, not-so-thick eyebrows a little. :) Oh, my. lol. I probably won't get much action. But I read that exfoliating them with a tooth brush or dry brush is great for hair growth. And you can use castor oil and rosemary essential oil on them to promote growth as well. So I'm giving that a try (minus the castor oil as I can't find any.)
I'm going to the Women's March on Washington January 21!!! I've never done anything like this. But it feels really important to go. My best girlfriends from Brooklyn are going, too. And we're going to stand tall with the diverse women from all over the country. Why march? To come together as women who value love for all of humanity above all else. To send a message that racism and sexism and continued insults to human beings are not ok in this country. To send a message of solidarity and love to the targeted groups that are living in fear right now. To feel that much feminine energy in one place. To give love and to be loved. To feel community with likely over a million women and supporters. To experience an unbelievable force of good. To say: HEAR OUR VOICES - there is no true peace without equality and respect for all!
(photo from MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.)5.
We recently watched Les Misérables again, aka our favorite move of all time! We usually watch it when we need some major inspiration or grounding, so you could say we've needed that lately. It turns out that watching it in this current environment in our country was such a profound experience. It's a story about political unrest, unjust systems, the mistreatment of women, poverty, forgiveness, redemption, the pervasiveness of love & compassion, and taking on a new identity. I highly recommend watching it soon! #DoYouHearThePeopleSing #WhoIAm #IDreamedADream
We decided to decorate a bit for Christmas this year. So I got some lights. And Danny taped up a tree on the day after the election. We also put $3 worth of red ball ornaments in one of our house plants. So it's going to be really simple around here. But we'll try to fill our mantel and staircase with eucalyptus leaves, from some nearby trees. And we've been diffusing oils of cassia (the best), pine, wild orange, clove, vanilla, and cinnamon bark. So we might feel a little Christmasy this year after all!
If you have any thoughts, it's always fun to hear from you! I'll see you in the comments! XOXO
P.S. Buy your embroidered blouse from Ecuador HERE!
Reminder: Love+Happiness Mentoring Sessions between now and Christmas will send $150 to a refugee camp.