Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Investing in A Woman


So much of what we're called to do is so much simpler than we think.

I'm prone to complicating things, or borrowing trouble. I try to look too far into the future. I make unfair comparisons and imagine all the grim ways the train may miss the rails.

In the end, I'm usually asked to simply walk beside the hurting or the disadvantaged. I'm not called to fix them or even to teach them. I keep them company and remind them they're not alone. I offer support in the form of hand-me-down clothes, cases of toilet paper, an invitation to dinner, a full-on laugh - because they're funny, and I want them to know it.

I get to know them right where they are. I become part of their life and bring them into mine.

This is investing, I think. It feels small, but it isn't.

This week celebrates the 3rd anniversary of fashionABLE. To celebrate, they're offering 30% off all their products today through Friday.

I wish I could really make you see the impact your purchase has on the Ethiopian women who create these scarves. In the meantime, I'll keep on trying.

Do me a favor. Grab a tissue and watch this 2 minutes video:





These women have been handed their dignity back to them by fashionABLE and every person who buys their products. Remember, this isn't charity, this is their livelihood. This is, for them, an opportunity to show up every day and work hard. It's a chance to provide a future to their little babes. They're changing their family tree, and we get to be a small but meaningful part of that.

Buy a scarf for your sister or your Mom. Buy one for a neighbor. Buy one for that girl with the tattoo on her neck who makes you crazy while you walk beside her in a life you'll never understand.

Every purchase is an investment in a family half a world away. Amazing, right?

Happy Birthday, fashionABLE!


27 comments:

  1. I love reading your blog everyday. Yep I went and purchased a scarf. Love them all. Well I love scarves in general!

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  2. JUst ordered a scarf!! Happy to be supporting these women!!!!!

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  3. So awesome! Buying some for Christmas gifts.

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  4. Hm. The link's not working for me right now. I will come back later, but I did watch the video like, *sniff *snort "Yes! YES I"ll buy a scarf!!!".

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    1. Lady! Looks like everything's working fine now. Who knows?! Thanks for the head's up and THANK YOU for watching the video. It's so good!

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  5. Link didn't work for me, either.

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    1. Hey, homey. Links are all fine now. Not sure what the problem was? Hopefully the website was getting LOTS of traffic. :) Thanks, friend!

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  6. "Link not active."
    Sniff. I just shared on FB...I hope it gets fixed fast.

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    1. Hey, D! Just checked the links and they look fine now. Who knows??! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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  7. Shannan is on the road, but I just tried all three links and they are working fine. Must have been a temporary glitch!
    -Cory

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  8. link works fine - just ordered 4 scarves!! thanks for sharing!

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  9. I ordered 5 for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing this amazing deal with us.

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  10. Just ordered one for my future daughter-in-law for Christmas! I never comment but now that I have, I want to thank you for getting in my head ~ how blessed I am. FPFG is on my daily blog roll. You really need to write a book !!!

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  11. Yep, you convinced me. Or the video did. Either way, I'm waiting at my mailbox for that scarf to arrive! :)

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    1. Hey, girl! Link is back up and running. Sorry for the trouble. Try again!

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  13. None of the links are working for me either. Not in the blog or email version.

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    1. Just wanted to let you know, links are up and running again. Thanks!!

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  14. Links aren't working for me . . . sorry to be redundant but wanted to let you know. Will try again later. Thanks for all you do, Shannon!

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  15. I just ordered 4 scarves and a wallet. AND put a link on Facebook.

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  16. I can't get the links to work either!

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    1. Back up and running! Thanks for letting me know. You're safe to try again now!

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  17. Thanks for the head's up again, friends. I have no idea why the links keep going south? I just checked and they're working fine, now. Just put in an SOS with fashionABLE to see what we can do to fix this. Meantime, we're good for the moment!

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  18. Finally had enough in the bank to buy my sister her birthday present (I'm 2 1/2 months late =P But went ahead and bought a scarf for her! Can't WAIT til she gets it next week. So happy to participate, happy for the sale, happy to give! Thanks Shannan =)

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  19. Yeah!! I finally ordered one last night! I am so excited and can't wait till my scarf to arrive!

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