1974. The year I was born. Yesterday I turned 40 years old, and I kind of can’t believe it. For the last few months I have been pretty excited about this birthday milestone. It seems like forty is the age where you’re past a lot of the “hard” stuff, like finding a mate (at least I am), having kids, figuring out what you want to do with your life, etc. At forty you know who you are better than you did at thirty. Hopefully you are more comfortable with yourself. I know I am. I’m in a place where I don’t necessarily know exactly everything that I want, but at least I know what I don’t want, and I’ve been eliminating those things, slowly but surely. I’m looking forward to the decade ahead. I’m looking forward to watching my children come into themselves and I’m looking forward to growing closer to my husband. I’m excited to continue to nurture the relationships that have proven to be the most enduring thus far. I’m excited to grow more as a person, as a mom, and as a wife, and as a Christian. I think it’s going to be a great time in my life, and if the outpouring of love that I have received over the last week is any indication, I have a lot of people behind me. It has been uplifting to say the least.
When you’re on the receiving end of such an outpouring of love and friendship, you cannot help but want to pass that on. I know that there are many women out there who are not at a safe point in their lives now. Many of them have sought refuge for themselves and their children in women’s shelters. You may not know this, but I got my college degree in social work and have always had a special place in my heart for those who are hurting and in need. I wanted to give back during my birthday month, so I chose a non-profit organization by the name of Enchanted Makeovers and set up a fundraiser through Crowdrise.com. I love Enchanted Makeover’s mission and I think you will too!
Since 2007, Enchanted Makeovers’ mission has been to transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through our various projects, mentoring programs and makeovers of the physical space, women and children are introduced to a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future. The shelter is transformed into a “beacon of hope”. Mentoring programs such as the“Sacred Sewing Room”, “Stepping into the Dream”and “Capes for Kids” develop important life and coping skills.
Being someone who loves to sew I just love what Enchanted Makeovers is all about. My goal is to raise $1000 for their organization by the end of July. Would you help by making a donation? Whether you can donate $5 or $50, you can make a difference in the life of women who have been told that they have little to no hope. You can help bring possibilities and confidence to someone who desperately needs it. I hope you’ll join me! Visit the Enchanted Makeovers Fundraising Page to make a tax-deductible donation today!