Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blessings from a Sacrifice

Lately, I have been overwhelmed at the number of blessings that have come into my life since making the decision to give up shopping for a year. What first started out as a sacrifice, has made my life so much richer.

First, the fact that I am writing a monthly column in South Carolina Woman Magazine. I have never been much of a writer - and it is not something I love to do. But this has given me a forum to share my journey with others. And at the end of the year, I will have a "monthly journal" to look back on and remember how far I have come.

I was also awarded "Grand Strand's Most Stylish" by GS Magazine. This was such an honor - especially to have received it in the year I vowed to abstain from shopping.

I have also been offered the opportunity to speak with various groups, including a Girl Scout Troop and a MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) organization. Being able to reach out to young girls and moms was such a rewarding experience for me.

I have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of artists, craftsmen, and companies as well. We have all worked together to raise money for charities. And, together, we made an effort to take less for ourselves and give more to others. Here are just a few...

I have recently been asked to join an amazing company called Beautycounter, whose approach to skin care is much like my own approach to shopping this year - "less is more". The company creates completely safe and non-toxic products for women, men, and children using less of the "bad" ingredients, and more of the "good". This biggest surprise for me has been the number of 1 Year Wardrobe Resolution Teammates who have joined me on my Beautycounter team as well. These are girls I would have never known, had I not made this sacrifice. It is incredible the connections and friendships that have been made. And I know that I will continue with these relationships long after this year is over.

But perhaps the biggest surprise is for me is the amount of peace I experience on a daily basis. I honestly hardly ever think about shopping now. For something that once consumed me, there is no longer a place for it in my daily life. I walk into my closest and choose something to wear without any stress. It is simple. It is effortless. I'm not sure if it is because I have programmed myself into knowing that there are no other options, or if I am just truly content and happy with the things the I already have. I am still working on that part. But in the grand scheme of things, I'm not even sure it really matters. Either way, my focus is no longer on having to have everything I see that I think I want. I have so many things to keep to me busy and productive. And I have so much more time to focus on the things that truly matter.

All of these blessings have come from making what seemed to be a sacrifice. Looking back now, deciding to give up shopping was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am not sure where I will go with this journey after December, but all I know is that I want to keep moving forward on the path I am on.

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Fear Not"

I was sitting in church last Sunday, and the title of the sermon was "Fear Not." Did you know that those 2 words are the most common command given in the Bible? More than "Don't steal." "Don't lie." or even "Don't kill." Why is this? Because fear disrupts faith. Fear has the ability to cripple you and prevent you from becoming the person you were designed to be. Fear also creates a multitude of other negative results including: loss of self esteem, loss of destiny, loss of joy, and loss of intimacy. Fear can even result in setting negative patterns of behavior for your children.

I had to sit there for a moment and really think about this. What is it that I want to teach my children? Faith or fear? Well, that's easy. Have faith - not fear. Growth and maturity involve taking risks and facing your fears, even if you are still afraid. I do not want my boys to have a "fear of failure." I want to them to run the race, even if they might lose. I want them to "shoot for the moon" because even if they miss they "will land among the stars."

I had a teammate give me the perfect example of facing fears. Her name is Megan McFarland, and I have used one of her stories before. She signed up to take the 1 Year Wardrobe Resolution challenge, knowing that it would be a difficult journey. She knew she may not succeed, but she took the risk anyway. When she wrote me and told me she had "failed" the challenge. I told her that she had not failed at all. Her journey was just shorter than mine. She learned more in the 3 months she refrained from shopping, than some people may learn in a year. The journey is personal. It is different for everyone. The main goal is just to take a leap of faith and see how the experience changes and grows you. What you choose to give up may not need to be "clothing, shoes, and accessories." The things that hold us back are different for each person. The goal is to face your fears and see how well you do without them. See what is waiting for you when you take a leap of faith.

Here is what Megan learned from taking a leap of faith:

"So as many of you know, I gave up shopping for 1 full year starting in May.  Well, I lasted almost 90 days.  I know, I know.  That's really bad.  I'm totally kicked off The 1 Year Wardrobe Resolution Team, however, I did not walk away from this without learning a LOT about myself and the urge to shop.  I do not look at my experience as a failure but rather a really good lesson.

~Here's what I learned~

The first 30 days are a breeze.  You are in the mindset that it's no big deal.  You don't need anything and it's not that long to go without buying anything. 

The next 60 days are a little tougher.  I attended a fashion show, saw new friends bags, bikinis and shoes and smiled with envy but continued to stay in the mindset that I didn't need anything new.

Over the next 30 days is where I hit my breaking point.  I went to Mexico and had a revaluation that I needed to go home and pretty much get rid of everything in my closest.  It was brought on by a convo I had with my sis and brother in law about my clothes and how so much of what I was wearing was stuff I purchased in my 20's and let's be honest, they looked very much like what a 25 year old girl would wear.  Not that I don't love me some Show me Your MuMu and Free People but in the words of my brother in law, "Try to Think more Stella McCartney and less Forever 21."  I came home and did a complete purge of my closet.  Anything that didn't fit-I had a lot of x-smalls and 2's that I can't wear anymore-and anything that was not nice, a staple or "too young" looking, I got rid of.   I had well over 200 items including clothes, shoes and bags that I was not wearing.  I could not believe the amount of Forever 21 and Target Items I had.  All those little trips and $40 dollars here and there had really added up.  I was shocked.  What was left in my closet were those nicer pieces including Tibi, Cynthia Vincent, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor and J Crew.  It felt so good to get rid of all that stuff and actually see what was in my closet.  I can now fit all my summer and winter clothes as well as my coats in my closet.  I can't tell you the last time I was able to do this!  I've always had to store winter clothes and coats away while I had my summer stuff out and vice versa.  Such a good feeling.  I decided instead of getting rid of all these items, I would try and consign them.  I found a great place where I take home 65% of the sales so I'm hopeful that this major purge will make me a some money!  The result of this purge was a little bit of a binge.  This is when I lost all my will-power and focus.  I ordered some items that are more classic pieces that I will have and love for a long time.  

Because of this short experience with The 1 Year Wardrobe Resolution, my outlook on shopping has completely changed.  I now only want to purchase items that are really special and something I know I will have for a long time.  I also don't plan on doing it too often.  It's really about quality over quantity for me now.  

I totally encourage everyone to try giving up shopping for 30-60-or 90 days. You really don't realize how much you buy or how much stuff you never wear until you do it.  It's truly eye opening!  

I do know I have more than I could every need but I also know I have a true appreciation and love for fashion and the art of getting dressed everyday.  I always will.  I look forward to moving ahead with a new set of eyes and a new state of mind when it comes to what I wear.  I am forever grateful to The 1 Year Wardrobe Resolution and what it taught me."
- Megan McFarland  

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.
Christi Hucks

Monday, July 28, 2014

Teammate Update

Last month marked the halfway point for me. I can see and feel the changes that are taking place in my life and in my heart. I knew that some of my "teammates" who joined me on this journey were close to reaching their halfway points too. So, I decided to check in with them and see how things were going. Their emails touched my heart. And for the first time, I truly grasped the fact that this is so much bigger than me, or clothes, or shopping.  I have often wondered why God put this on my heart. And why a full year. And why the need to put myself out there while doing this. And now I see. It's because, had I kept this to myself, He wouldn't have been able to reach so many people and touch so many lives.

I want to share with you two of the updates I received. 

The first is from Kelly Chakerian, a beautiful teammate from the west coast:

"Hi Christi! I've actually been thinking of you lately and praying for all the gals doing the challenge!
So far... I have not given into purchasing anything! Scratch that, i bought new running shoes because I needed them for my half marathon training, along with a new pair of running shorts because my old ones elastic could barely stay on my hips haha but other than that nada! It truly has been a challenge, but oh so rewarding! I used to think about what I would wear to everything, baby showers, weddings, etc. At first I still did, but now it doesn't even cross my mind! I am more concerned about how I can bless those individuals at the events rather than how I look! :)

For example, my brother in laws wedding was in May. This was the first time that not shopping was actually really difficult, I mean, it was my brothers wedding! And I'm in the pictures! An excuse for a new dress right? But I didn't give in, instead borrowed from a sweet friend of mine, and guess what... No one cared that I didn't have a new dress! :) it wasn't about me anyways! It was their special day.
I've been so grateful to have that money freed up for other things that don't involve ME. I'm able to bless others more abundantly, rather than having that money poured into my closet. We Americans can be so concerned about things on this earth;  Clothes, shoes, money, status, beauty, being on the latest trend, when in reality, I don't want to be remembered for the clothes I wore, or the money I had, I want to be remembered for the woman I was and how I lived my life, and that Christ was reflected out of every bit of it. I want to be remembered as generous, caring for others needs more than my own, I want to be remembered as beautiful, but not because of my outsides.. But because of who I was on the inside.

Someone once asked me who I thought was one of the most beautiful people... A certain woman at church came to mind. She doesn't spend her money on all the latest trends, she is gorgeous and beautiful in so many ways, but not only because she is physically beautiful, but because she is the most devout woman of God, she's humble, generous, quick to think of others, kind and confident in who she is. That's what I want someone to think about when they think about me. Not my cute clothes.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything wrong with buying clothes and caring about your appearance, but that should never be a consuming part of your life. This challenge has taught me a balance and taught me that life isn't about THINGS! :)
This challenge has opened a lot of doors for conversations too. I see people at the store and they'll ask how the no shopping is going. One friend text me that she hadn't shopped in a month because she was inspired and asked how I was doing. It's been fun to cheer them on too and help others realize it is truly more blessed to give than to receive!

Thanks again for this opportunity, cheering you on too and praying for you daily! Let me know if you have any other questions or need this typed out more formally :) hope to actually meet you soon!"

The second email is from Adam Hillis. (Yes, I have a guy teammate too!) And I love the perspective he brings to this challenge:

"My year started February 1st, meaning that August 1st is six months completed of the 1 year wardrobe resolution.

I feel like my year-long journey of being content with what I have is mirroring the summer and winter solstice.

February 1 was my summer solstice. The days were bright and life was good. Two months later things were dimming but still bright, and I felt like this challenge wasn’t going to be as hard as I originally imagined. But as the months progressed and daylight shrinks to smaller amounts I’ve sometimes found it much harder to stay the course.

Though I haven’t fallen, the temptation has been murderous at times. Most notably for me was just this June when Google I/O happened. Part of my 1 year wardrobe resolution also includes refraining from any “techy” purchases. Google I/O is a two-day event where Google announces their new “techy” stuff that is coming out. Naturally I tortured myself watching videos and reading blogs about all the amazing things that are coming that I won’t allow myself to buy.

The “won’t allow myself to buy” part never changes. But the reason it doesn’t change is the important part of walking this resolution out. Am I doing it because it’s a challenge to be conquered? Or am I truly allowing my heart to be content with the things that I have and enjoying what’s right in front of me?

The biggest blessing during these first six months has been our second son, Abel Jonathan Hillis, who joined us May 8th. He’s kept my focus on him, and my money’s focus on paying hospital bills while trying to save for a larger vehicle for our family. My wife and two boys are why I want to be content. I’d rather my money be spent taking care of them and providing a better life for us than getting the next great Google toy. And I’d rather my time be spent playing on the living room floor than purusing eBay for a steal.

I consider August 1 as my winter solstice. This is the halfway point where every day for the next six months only gets longer and brighter. But February 1, 2015 isn’t just a day of completion, and it won’t be marked with purchasing whatever I want because my challenge is over. It’ll be the day I find out how much this lesson in contentment has been teaching me for 365 days."

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.
Christi Hucks

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oh hey there blog....

Ummm....So apparently I'm not the most faithful blogger (obviously!). It has been 3 months since my last post! Wow. I could have sworn I wrote one yesterday?? I don't know where the time goes. Oh wait, yes I do. It's called being a mommy to my 2 wild and crazy boys. Some days I feel like I don't even get to sit down unless it is driving the car. Most days I even eat my lunch standing up. I thought summer would be a time to slow down, but as it turns out, we are busier than usual. And I love it!

I don't want anyone to think I have forgotten about my little resolution. Although I do have to admit, the busier I keep myself, the easier it is to forget about not being able to shop. It is on the days when I have an hour or two of downtime that I feel the urge to go online and browse around. Yes, I do still get the urge, but the for the most part it is so much easier now than it was in the beginning. I can't believe I am already half way there! It helps tremendously that one of my best friends (and clothes swapping buddies) is pregnant. She keeps sending me lots of cute summer things that her baby bump prevents her from wearing. We did a clothes swap - I gave her all of my maternity clothes. I definitely got the better end of that deal!

It also helps when I focus on doing things for others, rather than myself. I decided at the beginning of the year that I would try to "pay it forward" by donating my time and money to some local charities. As the year has progressed, I have had so many wonderful people want to help. Many people (some I don't even know) have donated items to be auctioned off for these causes. I am always amazed at how we are all brought together for a single purpose. It is something bigger than each of as individuals can acheive, but as a collective group, we are making a difference!

Each quarter, I choose a different charity. The money raised during the first quarter went to Patrick's Closet (a subsidiary of Billy's Boys) that provides a "closet" in local schools where children in need can find clothing, shoes, and other items. The money raised during the second quarter went to Thornwell Home for Children - an orphanage in Clinton, SC. Now we are entering the 3rd quarter of the year (so hard to believe!). And this time, I am raising money for the Waccamaw Youth Center. The WYC is home to abused and abandoned teenage boys. And it takes a lot to keep these boys clothed and fed! I know how much my 2 little guys eat. I can't imagine the amount of food it takes it satisfy 20 starving teenage boys! If you or anyone you know would like to make a donation to one of my auctions or to WYC directly, please email me at Every little bit helps. No amount is too small. I urge to think about these boys the next time you're in a store and see a shirt or pair of shoes you like. Rather than buying something for yourself, take that money and do something for a child in need. Just once. You won't believe how great it makes you feel!

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.

Monday, March 24, 2014

My First Gift

Well I was barely recovering from utilizing my first exception to the "no shopping" rule, when I was completely blindsided by the second exception - receiving a gift.

I notified the lovely and amazing Rebekah Marshall that she was the winner of the "Never Too Hood To Do Good" tank donated by the White Rabbit shop.  And to my surprise, this is what she said:

I honestly didn't even know what to say! To say this was a shock, is an understatement. It had never occurred to me to that someone would do this. Rebekah's generous spirit was unbelievable! I knew I had to do more than just take "one out". I had to pay this forward in some way. So this is what I decided to do. I went into my closet and I decided to pick something that had special meaning to me. I found 2 things.

Both of these shirts are near and dear to my heart. This first project was inspired by a shirt I saw on Instagram at Target Does It Again. If I was a shopping girl, I would have headed straight to Target to get that adorable tie-dyed shirt. But, since that was off limits, I decided to make my own. I had an old purple Hanes sweatshirt and a bottle of Clorox. I put the 2 together and ... Voila! 

Then Valentine's Day rolled around and I wanted a "festive" shirt. Again, I had nothing. And I couldn't buy anything. So I pulled out the bottle of Clorox a second time. I used an old burgundy sweatshirt (I wish I had red or pink, but burgundy would have to do). I grabbed one of the kids paint brushes and painted a heart using the Clorox. Magic! I had a perfect shirt for Valentine's. 

I didn't really want to get rid of either of these tops because they both had sentimental meaning to me, especially the first one. But for some reason, that the was the shirt that "the little voice in my heart" was telling me I should donate. I ignored it and decided I would give up the heart one instead. Then I went to get my hair done by the truly awesome Angela Noreck of Mirage Hair Studio. I told her what I planning to do. Then I told her I was holding on to the purple one for "sentimental reasons". It was at that moment that she quickly pointed out, "If you are holding onto an object for sentimental reasons, then it definitely needs to go! You are putting too much importance on a thing." Wow!! Truth!! It hit me like a bullet. Still, I was hesitant to let it go. So I decided I would put it to a vote.

And can you guess which shirt won?? 

Oh yes. By a landslide. When God puts something on your heart, there is no use trying to change the subject or find an alternative. In the end, His will prevails. Every time.

If you are interested in bidding on this shirt, head on over to my Instagram account. The sweatshirt is a size Small. The auction starts Monday, March 24, 2013 at noon EST and will end Wednesday, March 26 at noon EST. 100% of proceeds will go to benefit Thornwell Home for Children - an orphanage in my home state of SC. 
Thank you for your support!
Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1 Tank - 10 Ways: A Collaboration with The White Rabbit

Tomorrow will be the first day of Spring! And what better way to celebrate than by having my next Lenten auction item for charity?! When I think of spring, I think of flowers, birds, Easter, and bunnies. So it was perfectly fitting that the adorable White Rabbit Shop so generously offered to donate one of their "Never Too Hood To Do Good" tanks.

This tank pretty much sums up my motto for the year. It doesn't matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you make, you can always do something to make the world a better place. I decided I would wear this tank with 10 different outfits - each one different and unique. The idea was to show you that, no matter what your individual style, you can rock this tank - and you can make a difference!

So here goes...I'm interested to see which "look" you like the best. So please feel free to comment. And if you want to bid on this super cool tank, head on over to my Instagram feed. The bidding will start at 10:00 AM EST on Thursday, March 20, 2014. And it will end on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST. Good luck!

Well, naturally I had to wear some "white rabbit"//

If you're "mad for plaid"//

 If you're headed to a concert //

If you're going on a hot date //

 If you're feeling casual //

If you want a bright and fun pop of color //

If you're feeling sporty //

If you're feeling "Boho"//

If you're feeling like a Dallas Cowgirl //

If you're feeling "springy"//

photos courtesy of Bess Harry 

While your style and mood may change, remember this...

Be stylish. Be you. Take less. Give more.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Exception to the Rule

Well...I had to break down and make my first purchase of 2014. Now before you get your "undergarments" ruffled, let me explain. This definitely wasn't a very exciting or fun item. And I had a little bit of guilt over buying it, even though it qualifies as an "Exception" to Rule #1.

See this lovely skirt? Well I happen to own it. I purchased it from Revolve Clothing at the end of last summer on Final Sale. What you can't tell from the pictures, is that this skirt is completely see-through. Had I been able to return the skirt, I would have. Unfortunately, because it was "Final Sale" I was stuck with it. I hung it in my closet with the intention of buying a slip, but up until today, I had forgotten about it. I was going through my dresses looking for something to wear to a cocktail party this Friday night. And there it was. Not that I plan on wearing this the cocktail party, but I do have 3 weddings coming up and it would be perfect for one of them. So I went online and started searching for a slip. It was actually more difficult than I thought it would be! And not very thrilling.

So here it is. The plain, uneventful, long ivory slip. Not only is this my first purchase of the year, but my first ever long slip purchase. I feel like my grandma all of a sudden. Only buying the necessities. I feel like I'm just one step away from a girdle. If I could shop right now I would! I would do it to make myself feel better. I would do it because this gorgeous spring weather makes me want to go put on a dress - a NEW dress. I'm having spring fever in every possible way. And this purchase just made me want to buy more. More of the things I want - not the things I need. I just pray for the courage to keep going. I knew when I started this journey that it wouldn't be easy. I knew there would be highs and lows. I'm just so thankful I have a support team to help get me through it. And a platform where I can "get it all out" and hold myself accountable. I'm going to need it.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lenten Auctions - Part 1

Along with offering a "Mini-Challenge" for the 40 days of Lent, I decided to do a series of auctions to raise money for Thornwell Home for Children - an orphanage in my home state of SC. I reached out to several amazing people/companies to team up for this charity collaboration.
First up was a tee that was donated by This company uses a portions of all proceeds to provide young refugee girls in Uganda with food, healthcare, and a safe place to live.

Second was a custom necklace by They stamped my mantra "Take less. Give more." onto a repurposed penny. The gals at Penny Powers also made a personalized necklace for every little girl at Thornwell! And, if that wasn't enough, they even sent me a little gift - a key chain with "1YWR" on it. They are continuing to offer the "Take less. Give More." necklace on their website for the month of March and will be donating 10% of all proceeds from the sale of those necklaces to Thornwell.

Third was a bracelet that is near and dear to my heart. It was made from the handles of an old Louis Vuitton handbag that got ruined with water damage. I called up my good friend Ashley Hoffman ( and asked her if she would help me create something. She was more than happy to help! And the results were amazing!! 4 bracelets and 3 necklaces. I auctioned off one of the bracelets on my Instagram feed. And I am giving another to the winner of a "Teammate Contest". Check out my Instagram feed for all the fun details! You can also see our video on "Everyday Ash" by clicking here.

Part 2 coming soon...
So stay tuned and follow along on Instagram if you are interested in bidding on any auction items.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

40 Days of Lent "Mini-Challenge"

Lent is a religions season that starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday - 40 days. Traditionally, you sacrifice something you love as a form of penitence. So many of you had said that  you wished you could do what I'm doing, but didn't think you could make it a year. So I had an idea! Why not offer up a 40 Day "Mini-Challenge" during Lent? The rules would be the same: no buying any clothing, shoes, or accessories for yourself. But, the period of time would be shorter. This would be the perfect way to give yourself a little "detox" from shopping, but not have to commit to an entire year. 

Rather than giving up chocolate, sweets, or some other luxury, I asked my followers on Instagram and Facebook to try giving up shopping for themselves. By doing so, they can get a little glimpse into what it feels like to "take less" and "give more". I was overwhelmed at the number of you who decided to do it - 55 new "teammates" (as of March 5) and counting!! Can't wait to hear all of your stories. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

Over the week of Valentines, I created a "Random Acts of Kindness Challenge". It all started when I received the following email:

It was so great to meet you this weekend at Little White Dress! Not only is your resolution amazing but so are you! You are so full of life and have such a grateful spirit! It was truly contagious as soon as I met you. Your purpose, goal, and message are centered around the Lord and it filled my soul with such positive, faithful energy. And above all else, that's what God calls us to do. I love it!

Not to overwhelm you with all these things (and seem awkward) because I know I hardly know you & I met you for such a brief second. But this year my resolution is going something along the lines of focusing on the positive in people, letting go of the negative, and always always always letting people know just how important they are to you! Far to often we harp on the negative and never let people know all the little things they do that make them so important. So when someone looks extra special, I tell them. When people make me smile, I tell them. When little things happen that I would previously be thankful for just in my head... I tell them! And then I tell God. 
Sounds so small but It has truly changed my heart. I couldn't let you just go on with such strength and courage and not tell you just how incredible I found you, and your journey to be! What a inspiration you are - if I was with you I would give you a big ole hug!! 

So I got to thinking, I am not ready to take the plunge of the FULL YEAR yet. First, let me focus my heart and soul on my own personal resolution and the attitude of gratitude...and hopefully next year I'll be prepared for the big leap of faith you are in the midst of! But God put it so heavy on my heart to get involved, give back in SOME way... pay it forward, to the great journey you & the rest of the girls are taking. I own a boutique inside of Little White Dress called Belles & Bowties. I focus on bridesmaids & tuxes, and while I don't think any of your followers are interested in those two garments I did think they might love my baubles! I carry a line called Reece & Blaire (check them out: I was hoping that in one of your [challenges] I could give away these cute baubles or a necklace? Take a look, tell me what you think or if you have any other ideas. I want to help - even the tiniest bit. Sorry to go on and on forever but I was so excited when you left - I have to be a part, even the smallest part. Let me know what you think little lady! Thank you again for your amazingness, it does not go unnoticed. 

Take Care,

Here is a picture of the gorgeous bracelets:

Now if this isn't the most amazing, thoughtful, and generous act of kindness, then I don't what is! I knew I had to make the challenge fit the prize. So, I got my creative juices flowing and decided on the following:

Step 1: Perform a "Random Act of Kindness" for someone you don't know, and expect nothing in return. It can be as simple as buying a stranger a cup of coffee or filling up an expired parking meter with coins. 

Step 2: Leave a note that says "You are loved."

Step 3: Post a picture of your Random Act of Kindness on Instagram along with a brief description of what you did, and tag @the1yearwardroberesolution. 

There was no limit to the number of acts that a person could perform. And, for each post, their name was entered into a drawing for the beautiful bracelets.
I was overwhelmed at the amount of entries!!! Here are a few of my favorites:

I selected the winner (in a random drawing) on Valentine's Day. It was so much fun - and so exciting! It was so wonderful to be able to use my journey for doing something good - and paying it forward. In the 2 months I have been on a "shopping" restriction, I have learned one very important thing: I get more joy out of giving and inspiring others than I EVER did out of receiving. 

Take less. Give more. Be blessed and inspired.