Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Birthday, JT!

Today is my sweetest friend's birthday. JT is simply amazing and I love her so much. In many ways, we are really different. She's super organized and a big planner. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants disaster. She's a highly Reformed Presbyterian. I'm a mostly-Armenian, Presbyterian-appreciating, Church of God-attending recovering Baptist. She's a political conservative with a Libertarian streak. I'm a Jesus-worshiping Democrat (yes, it can be true). She got her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education so she could homeschool her children. I LOVE my kids' preschool & elementary! She like hazelnut in her decaf skim lattes. I like vanilla. ;) Different...but when we are together, beautiful things happen.

JT is an amazing friend, wife and mother. She loves her family so well...she sets boundaries for her kids and then allows them to thrive. Her faith in God is inspiring...even in the most challenging of circumstances, she trust that God will provide for her and cares for her every need. She's generous beyond measure and thoughtful in a way that I've rarely encountered in another human being. More than once has she shown up at my house with groceries or meals when I am going through a hard time (appendicitis, morning sickness, stillbirth, the night before taking my family to Disney at Christmas). Her encouragement was the very first thing that gave me the courage to pursue becoming a yoga instructor, so strong was her belief in me. She's pursuing her own dream right now, to start a home organizing business, and has a wonderful blog about simplifying, which if you aren't following, you should be. Through this, she's making lots of people's lives better. Go, JT!

JT is a lovely human being. Being with her makes me want to be a better person. She's like a sister I never had, only better. I hope you have a friend just like her. I love you, JT. Happy Birthday!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Donate Hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

(Before)

(After)

A good while back, I decided I wanted to donate my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. The longer my hair grew, the more I decided I liked having long hair. So it took me a while before it got long enough to make me feel like I could give away the minimum 8" and still keep some hair for me. ;)

Last Saturday was the day. My stylist used to work in New York and her salon would do whole events for this charity. I'm lucky because she knew what she was doing and started out with a vision in mind for the end result. We were able to get a lot of hair to donate and keep my hair feeling like "me."

I'm getting used to the shorter 'do and it feels good to have completed this item from my list. Really, I just shared some of what God gave me. But I had to make that choice. And that doesn't make it that much different than all the times in life I either decide to share what I've been given or decide to not. I hope I'll choose generosity in other avenues as well.