When I take time to dive into the world of Myers-Briggs personality descriptions there are two descriptive traits that come up time and time again, Connector & Authentic. How I ever do relate! The idea of connecting people to great ideas, resources or other amazing people - The high I receive... I honestly can't stop smiling with delight. And the blessing/curse of authenticity. How often I have wished to live with a personality/conviction of a lesser weight. But how freeing it is to live fully into it and embrace it for all the truth and transparency it offers.
With those two given pulses, the desire to connect you to rich content and amazing people, as well as the pull to live authentically, I offer you these delightful simple luxuries.
Over the years I found that centering my holiday purchasing on beautiful, ethically made, empowering gifts, these offerings to others not only speak of value to the person whom you're gifting but also influence so deeply those who created the product. Some of my favorite people have created beautiful gift guides to some truly great gifts that are sure to make the deepest of impacts. Sarah Bessey created an extremely thoughtful gift guide centered around gifts that empower women. May, I tell you how long I have desired this necklace from this list. The degree of longing is palpable. Jamie Ivey (who offers such fun podcast every week with such inspiring people) put out an equally delicious gift guide that stands alone in regards to products made and the people your support through your purchase. Lastly, this past year I signed up to receive a Fair Trade Friday package each month and can I share with you, for this shopping hater, it has been a game changer. To have on-hand, throughout the year, a stock-pile of high quality fair trade items to gift. I am never ending my membership. They also have a number of one time purchase items and packages to choose from as well.
Last year, for my beloved group of close friends, I printed this poem, made it all sorts of fancy and gifted it as an offering of gratitude for the very way they embody the message. May you be filled with women who love as well.
Over the last two months I was gifted with the opportunity to attend two life-giving conferences. One offered time away to reflect, restore, and revive my weary heart. The other, a great excuse for a fun road-trip with my mom and three littles to Williamburg, VA and one and a half days of rich, full and life giving inspiration as I seek to nurture our home with the goodness of God and the fullness of beauty. Needless to say, both the Why Christian conference as well as the Wild & Free conference were filled with some wealthy & beautiful moments of being fully spiritually fed. You should all join me next year at each one.
It is no secret, I am a dedicated fan of Brene Brown. I believe her work has already begun to change our communities. So when I saw she was starting a new post series I dove right in. So should you.
Our family believes in reading aloud. We believe the research that supports it, the time it offers our family to gather together, the rich content it provides and the many discussion points it gives us to connect with one another throughout the days. So when I read this article, I couldn't have been more filled with delight.
Have a great weekend and remember - You are enough and have fun enjoying the simple luxuries of the everyday.