Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. I love this day, because when you stop to think about the challenges that women face daily around the globe, the persevering spirit of women is both humbling and incredibly inspiring.
One of the things I’ve loved seeing in recent years is the rise of companies that focus on fair-trade practices and empower women in various corners of the world. Not only do they sell beautiful goods, but they help artisans provide healthcare, education, and financial stability to themselves and their families.
If you’re in the market for items with a unique story and a more positive impact on the world around us, check out these companies…
After much deliberation, Jordan and I settled on Mexico City as the destination for our babymoon — one last trip before baby #2 arrives. We chose Mexico City for several reasons — for the flight that’s just a little over four hours from NYC, for the high elevation, which means no risk of Zika-spreading mosquitos, and for the fact that a gazillion people had talked about how great of a city it is.
And boy were they right. It’s been a crazy three weeks since our trip, and I had hundreds of photos to sort through, but I’m really excited to share a snapshot of our time there. I even put together a short video with this recap as an attempt to capture a bit of the vibe of the city. Make sure you scroll to the end of this post if you want to check that out.
Jordan and I spent this past weekend hanging out with friends in a small Pennsylvania town called Bernville — all as part of keeping up an annual tradition that started over five years ago. The tradition goes like this: every year, on the first weekend of February, six married couples rent a house somewhere and get together to catch up on life and share a lot of laughs.
Happy Friday, friends! I spent last Friday in bed dealing with a nasty sinus infection, and now that I’m finally on the mend, I’m looking forward to enjoying the weekend ahead. Before I get to that, I’ve got a few things worth sharing from the week…
With the new year comes the natural desire to set goals for ourselves, whether related to relationships, finances, health, or our professions. Given that my husband is a pastor, I often talk to people about their spiritual goals for the coming year, and generally, people have a desire to more consistently devote themselves to practices like scripture reading, prayer, and silence.
While I by no means consider myself an expert in mastering spiritual practices, I have found one tool to be particularly helpful in creating space for more meaningful time with God in the mornings.