All These Things That I Love - 2016 Gift Guide Edition
Most of us feel a little worn out, huh?
No matter what side you were on, I think we're all exhausted from a long, nasty election cycle. Many people are hurt, confused, scared. I'm doing a lot of praying these days. Last Sunday, my pastor said some stuff and I'm sort of stealing the gist of it for this post.
Love each other like lambs so that tomorrow we may be warriors.
It went along with what I was feeling as we rolled into December. I had this cautious optimism creeping back into my bones. Mostly because we're all here together. November (hell, all of 2016) was rough, but we can still fight together and laugh together.
I have faith in us. Because we're a people who can make up really great memes. But we still need to take care of each other's hearts. With simple comforts. So here are some simple things I'm loving, that maybe people in your life would get some joy from.
I mentioned the Yeti before but this is the one I use in the winter for tea. It keeps it at a perfect temperature while I'm running around town and also confuses the other moms in carpool line who think I'm drinking booze.
There's a really long story about how I first bought this lip balm in Paris. But I rebuy it on Amazon (in stick and pot form) to luxe up a basic necessity. I keep the pot next to my computer and sometimes I dab it on my dry cuticles, too. Because cuticles need French love, too.
You know what makes everyone feel good? A really awesome hardcover book. For me, I'd love a classic that feels like an old friend who makes my heart sing.
Or a different classic that I've reread four hundred times.
Or something that makes you laugh until you pee yourself on a cross-county flight. Hypothetically.
There's also alternative gift giving. My heart is always with women, children and families and so those are the causes that I support. Environmental, health and animal causes are also in need. The organizations I'm supporting this year are:
Ronald McDonald House - I give to the one in Houston, because that's the one that helped my family when my nephew was in the hospital, but you can give to your local house. You can call to see if they need other items - like toilet paper, soap or a homecooked meal!
Planned Parenthood - because all women of all income levels deserve health care
Fisher House - like Ronald McDonald Houses, this organization provides housing for military families to be close to loved ones during their medical treatments
Clinton Foundation - I supported this organization long before it was a hot button topic this year because it is consistently a leader in initiatives that help girls, women and education around the world.
Heifer International in Haiti - the recent hurricane wiped out a lot of the progress that the country has seen in the past five years. Help them restock with goats and hens, small livestock that can feed families for years.
Basically, take care of yourselves. Take care of each other. That's pretty much all we ever need to do. And why I'm leaving you with this gift. My favoritest Christmas music video. Turn it up. Sing along with someone you love. See you in 2017.