People think that a trip to Ethiopia will change you and they’re wrong. I’m back in my everyday life and yet I’m still coveting everything on net-a-porter.com and posting about fashion on my blog. Does that make me a bad person?
Absolutely not. I’m always going to be a girly girl that loves overpriced jeans and I’m always going to have way too many lip glosses in my pocketbook. But that doesn’t speak to who I am and my heart. As I sit at my kitchen table thinking about the people I met in Ethiopia, I realize that maybe this trip changed me in more ways than I thought. I’ve always prided myself on having a grateful, generous heart that would give anyone in need the shirt off my back, but I now know thats not what they really want from me.
While I was in Ethiopia I got to spend a lot of time with the women behind the FashionABLE scarves that I love so much and I prayed harder than I’ve ever prayed that God would open my eyes to what I could do to help them. At the end of the day, it wasn’t my eyes that God opened, but my heart. I knew within minutes that the main reason I was sent to Ethiopia wasn’t to give these women my charity handouts, but to take in everything they could teach me about love and courage. The stories behind each of these women brought tears to my eyes, not only because of what they’ve been through but mainly because of how far they’ve come. Not one of them made excuses and let their lives pass them by. It was a reminder that we all have a sad story in our life that could hold us back but why let that define us?
On each of the scarves there’s a tag that the women handwrite their “Able Statement”. In the past I’ve read them and to be honest, never put that much thought into it. It wasn’t until I was able to put a face to the name and see it with my own eyes that these tags mean far more than anything you could ever write on a piece of paper. Each scarf gives them a confidence they never thought they’d feel and allows them to get excited about their future. And isn’t that what we’re all searching for in life?
If you’re interested in how you can help, visit FashionABLE and buy a scarf! And thank you to all of the amazing girls on the trip with me for letting me use all of their pictures! More on them in another post 🙂