Today is February 27th, 2015.
But to some people, it's also known as 'Shine A Light On Slavery' day. It's the day where people around the world draw a red X on their hand in show of their support for this day. And I am not one to sit down and not do anything about it. So today I am joining in the movement. The fight to help end slavery in every part of the world.
Did you know that today, right now, there are 27 million, that's right-MILLION, men, women, and children that are victims of forced labor, sex trafficking and exploitation of basic human rights? And that number is still counting.
Participating in the #enditmovement shouldn't just be a one day thing though. We shouldn't stand as one nation just one day out of the year because we are the land of the free and there shouldn't be anyone still in slavery. I've been inspired recently by Nathaniel Buzolic (you may know him as Kol from The Vampire Diaries or The Originals) because of how much he has been doing for this cause...
Imagine if this was one of your family members... Would you sit down and be idle while they were being forced to do things they did not want to do?
It's not just about drawing a red 'X' on your hand though. It is a good way to get people to know about it and it is an awesome way for it to be brought up in a conversation. It's about doing something to change the world. Take it one step further though. Donate. It can be as small as you can give or as much. But don't just be a big talker.
Practice what you preach right?
And have no fear. The money you donate actually goes to the organization. Everything from awareness to prevention, to rescuing and restoration.
Don't just draw an 'X' on your hand today. Draw it everyday. Take everyday to work towards a new a brighter future for everyone. We shouldn't be the only country that is called the home of the free.
So now I challenge all of you my lovely readers... Go out and make the difference that should of been made yesterday, today.
Until next time my lovelies
Hey everyone! So as you can probably tell by the title, this post is going to be a pretty short and sweet one. I know I have links all over my blog, but I just wanted to take a second to tell everyone.
I HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL! AHHHH!
I am still kind of freaking out about it because originally I hadn’t wanted to start one because although I love filming and everything, I kind of wanted to be a behind the scenes girl and was content helping my best friend with her channel. But after some time, and watching Louise (a.k.a. SprinkleOfGlitter) and Zoe (a.k.a. Zoella), I realized that both of them ran blogs (which are adorable) AND had channels, and while their main concerns are their channel, I realized that while my blog is a pretty great thing for me to start on, a YouTube channel would help benefit me and help me reach other audiences.
So now I am making it official. I already have several videos up and I have others planned, so I hope you enjoy not only the blog but also the videos!
Plus don’t forget to check out the above mentioned blogs and channels, and I will link them here!!:
Louise’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sprinkleofglitter
Louise’s blog: http://sprinkleofglitter.blogspot.com/
Zoe’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390
Zoe’s blog: http://www.zoella.co.uk/
Thank you all so much and until next time my lovelies!
*not a sponsored post
Today I am beyond excited to talk to y'all about something that recently I have become passionate about. And I hope that you all fall in love with it as I have.
The Causebox by Sevenly. This box, which is one my favorite colors so bonus points right there, is inspirational and such an amazing way to help others. Inside the box are 8 items that added all together equal over $150, yet you get it a lot cheaper.
These items though aren't just ordinary made in the factory items. Each of these items are made by people that the money you are paying for it goes towards. Plus this box gives $7 from your total to a charity that YOU pick out when you are paying. There are 6 charities in total plus one of Sevenly's feature charity for the month. That was another part that drew me in was that you could pick the charity you wanted the $7 to go to.
I picked Freedom Firm which is charity that rescues minors who have been sold into commercial sex trade in India, helps restore their identities, and seeks justice against those who perpetrate these crimes. I personally picked this charity because I can't help but ache for these minors that get kidnapped and then taken to places to be used as sex slaves. And then their families are at a loss of where they are and such. As someone who has two younger siblings, it just pains me to think of what is happening to them.
Now for those lovely items that you get!
1) The Sevenly Change for Change Jar: This adorable jar is exactly what it's called. A Change jar. The idea behind it though is to fill the jar with all your loose change than once it's full, you give it to someone who needs it or your favorite charity.
2) Matterial Fix Elephant Pendant Necklace: I LOVE THIS NECKLACE! Immediately after opening it, I clasped it around my neck and wore it all day. And personally I usually don't like gold jewelry, but this elephant stole my heart. The company also helps support and restore victims of sex-trafficking in India as well. It's a symbol of elegance, redemption and empowerment.
3) Sseko Half Moon Clutch: Okay, this clutch is too cute. I haven't put it to use yet, but I think I am saving it for something important to me. And this company, Sseko, has a mission to help educate and empower underprivileged women. And I am all for empowering today's women of the world.
4) fashionABLE Scarf: I am patiently waiting for it to get slightly cooler so wearing a scarf will be appropriate. And while I am wearing it, I will be supporting sustainable business development for women in Africa!
5) Gramr Gratitude Co. Thank-You Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press: So I love anything vintage. There is just something about it that just draws me in. So when I saw that this included sealing wax AND a wax press, I began to plot out thank-you cards JUST so I could use them. And I am so glad that it comes with instructions so once I get the hang of it, I will definitely be going old-school on all my cards and using a wax seal.
6) This Bar Saves Lives: If anyone who knows me, they know that I love food... Any kind of food. When I found out that this Causebox came with a granola bar, I was beyond excited. I was even more excited over the fact that with every one of these specific granola bars are sold, a child has a meal provided for them. Can you imagine that?! A small bar feeds a child a meal.
7) sweetriot Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs: Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans... Need I say more?
8) Sevenly Sticker Pack: Stickers are so awesome! And these are some inspriational ones that everyone should embrace.
There are two ways to pay for your subscription to Causebox. Either you pay quarterly or annually. For the quarterly, you would pay $54.95 plus taxes. And for the annually, you would pay a total of $199.80 plus taxes.
"Mikayla, what about shipping?!"
That's one of the cool parts! FREE SHIPPING!!!
Usually I don't particularly want to take parts subscriptions to things because sometimes I could use that money for something better, but with Sevenly, I feel like the money I am spending is going towards a worthy cause and I am so excited for the Spring Causebox!
To my future husband,
It's your wife, doing what I will probably be doing even after you marry me... As I sit here, listening to Tenth Avenue North, and scroll through pinterest, I begin to think of you.
And I hope you're praying for me as I am praying for you. I hope you are asking God for what I am asking for. A Godly significant other. One that will not only grow old with you physically, but spiritually.
Someone who I hope that when they see me struggling on days that just seem to beat me down, they will kneel with me and pray for me, on me, and with me.
I know right now God is still working on us and he has it in perfect motion for us to meet at the right time.
But I hope that, while God is first in our relationship, you will pray for someone who is quirky, giggly, and spontaneous (hello tattoo at age 19). Because that's who I am praying for. Someone who gets me in every which way but still learns new things about me every time we cook together, or go on road trips together.
I want you to know that I can be loud or insanely quiet. That sometimes all I will want to do is cuddle in bed and watch movies and other times will want to lock myself in my office and go crazy writing or editing by myself. I will burst out singing Disney songs at eleven o'clock at night because I felt like it while baking or do some crazy dance moves in public. I can forget to text back and I hope you realize that maybe, just maybe, you might need to call me and remind me to do something.
To my future husband, I hope you realize that with me you will never have a dull moment. That you will have many nicknames ranging from 'my love' to 'you doofus'. That coffee was never my addiction but hot tea.
I hope you see someone who doesn't quite see herself as beautiful and I hope you continue to remind her everyday just how much you fell in love with her even with glasses on, no make-up, and bad hair. And I hope you let her know everyday that you think she is the most beautiful woman in the world and no other woman matches up or will ever match up to her (except maybe your mom. Your mother should probably be first, then me, then any of our future daughters).
To the future holder of my heart, hold it tightly. Don't crack it, break it, or give me any reason to take it back.
To my future husband, I hope you continue to pray for me before our relationship, during our relationship, during our marriage; I hope you continue to pray for us and for our future together, and separately.
I want you to understand and help me understand that although I do come from a broken family, that you will undoubtedly hear me cry over, that does not mean I am broken or that we will be broken. Our union will break stereotypes set in my mind from a young age, and give not only hope for me, but for our children, who will see our marriage and know that they can and will have a happy marriage themselves.
To my future husband, I pray that you will teach our sons to be godly men as they age, and I will teach our daughters to be godly daughters. I pray that together we are a force to be reckoned with. But most importantly, I pray that you are praying.
To my future husband... I can't wait until we say 'I Do'.
Dear God, Abba, Messiah,
Are you proud of me? I know so many people ask that but I am not so many people. I am your daughter... So I guess that answers my own question. Of course you are proud of me. You are proud of all your children everywhere in the world.
But sometimes I wonder and doubt tries to fog my mind. I know it's the devil's work. He wants me to doubt you, to stray from you, but he doesn't know how strong I am because of you. He has tried so hard in my life to make me run from you, to betray you. And sometimes I thought about it. There has been times that I have felt weak and useless and there he is, whispering in my ear.
Yet there you were, always ready to wrap me in your arms and hold me tightly. Your whispering was louder than he was. So I stood tall in front of him, Bible in hand, ready to withstand anything and everything he could tempt me with.
And I won. He backed down... For the time being. But sometimes a respite is all you need to get a better grip on your weapon.
That was then. And now I am a young adult, standing in a generation that seems to have forgotten you. They try to take out 'One Nation Under God' from our Pledge. They try to persecute us all over the world because we know you and believe in you. My generation, though, is fighting back. We are not one to back down and be taken. We preach to the nonbelievers, we help the unwanted, and we sing of your praise.
I know I will have many challenges ahead of me, some will be seen and unseen. Some have already happened and some might come later in life. But I know you will always be there right beside me, maybe not always helping me because I am a young adult and I have to learn my way, but always there to give me words of advice.
The challenges may waiver me or make me want to fall to my knees in pain and agony, wondering why you have abandoned me in these times, but I know for a fact that whatever is coming my way is by your direction and yours alone and you would not give me anything that is too tough for me to handle.
And when the devil does try and tempt me away from you, I will gladly open my bible and teach him why I am a princess and the daughter of a King. But not just any king, THE King.
"Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
This weekend is Valentine's Day! Or in my case, the day that I buy myself chocolate and cry.
Anyway, enough of my boring non-existent love life! I know a lot of people rush last minute, trying to find a perfect gift for that special someone as the day draws closer and closer, so I decided to do a gift post! Seeing as how I am a female, I can kind of speak for our gender, and let you boys in on a couple of little secrets. And as for the woman out there who, myself included, like to buy ourselves something nice, these are for you too!
The first thing every girl loves is jewelry! And James Avery is by far (in my opinion) one of the best (and slightly less expensive) jewelry stores... But I might be a tad bit bias seeing as the majority of my jewelry is from there. Rings are probably my favorite gift to receive because I can just put them on and not have to take them off everyday.
Chocolates aren't bad either, and let's be honest... A girl will go ga-ga over a bouquet of flowers with a heartfelt card.
But if you don't have the money to spend on expensive gifts, here are some pretty awesome DIY gifts! (thanks Pinterest)
I can tell you right now that it is not always about how much money you spend on someone. It's about how much you care for them, and want them to know. It's about making them fall in love with you every day all over again.
As you can tell, you don't need a bunch of money to have a kick butt Valentine's Day gift. In reality, it is all about what your true feelings are. So whether you give the love of your life a fantastic bought present or a heartfelt handmade one, I just hope that all of your lovelies have a wonderful and safe holiday...
Dear Kelsey Tremaine,
To start off, sorry for the title, couldn't think of a better one.
There is so much to say to you yet I can't seem to put them into words. Who would've thought that the internet could introduce you to some amazing friends you never would have met otherwise (Thanks quizilla!)? Even with our parents reminding us to 'be careful because you never know who is on the other side of the computer'.
We met almost seven years ago, but only got to actually see each other face to face less than two years ago. That trip to Nevada changed everything. You were finally real! That moment at the airport definitely made our friendship actual.
Your family was gracious enough to open their doors to me for 10 days, and didn't complain for a second! Y'all took me shopping, let me nap after being jet-lagged, introduced me to your friends, and treated me like part of your family. Every moment spent with each other only strengthened our friendship even with us living several states away from each other and in two different timezones.
And I know that we don't always talk but that hasn't stopped you from answering my texts or calls whenever I needed you, or when you needed me. We even have plans for you to come to Texas this year, than Vegas and Disney World next year with London following close behind in 2020.
You have helped me with so much. Whether it be from answering my phone calls late in the night because I had a problem to helping me actually design this blog. You have always been one of my biggest fans/supporters and I hope that never changes because sometimes all I need is you to tell me to hold on and don't give up.
I hate that we don't live anywhere close to each other but that has never stopped our friendship and I don't think it ever will because it's not just some measley little friendship that is going to be broken by distance.
I was going to insert a cute quote here but I can't find one that perfectly describes us...
Dear little brother,
Excuse me while I still try to comprehend the fact that you will be 4 this November... Weren't you just being born? Has 4 years really gone by this quickly?
If Nati was a surprise than what were you? A bigger surprise??? At least now I can't complain about 1) Wanting a sibling or 2) Having no maternal instincts. Thanks for that.
Because of you (And Nati), I have grown so much, in so many ways. I don't think you will ever know how much you mean to me. My heart grows fonder of you with every passing day. And even though me and you don't have a special connection like me and Nati do (we're girls, we can't help it...), we have a big sister-little brother connection that is all it's own.
But here is some advice for maybe down the road, seeing as you have two big sisters, a mom, and several aunts, knowing a woman's mind is probably the best for you.
Don't ever forget our birthdays. You're excused now seeing as your probably don't even remember yours. But as you get older, just don't forget. Mark it in your calender, your phone, somewhere! And just because it's not our birthday, doesn't mean we don't like little gifts every now and then. A thoughtful card is always the way to my heart at least.
Known when you're right... And when you're wrong. Hold your ground in an argument; I guarantee you'll have plenty of practice with both your sisters. If your heart says it's right and you strongly believe in what you are arguing, don't hold back. Don't fall for everything or anything. But also know when to apologize or do the right thing.
Be smart! Not just school smart, but street smart. Take examples from your uncles, your dad, your siblings. But don't make their mistakes. Know manly things, like how to fix a flat, change your oil, and jump-start a car. But also don't diss the feminine things, like how to cook, fix your hair and how to dress right. These things can help you in the long run.
Every time I look at you, I get scared because you are adorable now, how will you look at 16? 17? 18? When you start dating and such. You are going to be a heart-breaker. I just hope and pray that you won't use that to your advantage. I hope that we teach you that a woman's heart is not a play toy nor are they just an object for you to "claim". I hope that you learn how to be respectful and kind and caring and compassionate.
I hope you learn how to be strong, both physically, spiritually, and emotionally; that it's okay to cry, even if society says men should not cry. I hope that you learn that you should be a leader NOT a follower; and that society shouldn't dictate on what you do or say.
But most importantly.... I hope you learn that family is always and forever. And that we will have your back whenever you feel that you're against a wall. And just because you get older does not mean that you can't tell me anything.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."