color us brighter
I came across a quote on Pinterest a few months ago that really resonated: You may have a heart of gold– but so does a hardboiled egg.
Yikes— and, also, yes. Because it’s simply not enough to wish you might, somehow, just-as-soon-as-it’s-convenient find a way to help. It’s good to be thoughtful and intentional and compassionate, don’t get me wrong, but at some point you have to take that next big (and sometimes risky/scary/out-of-your-comfort-zone) step.
Here’s the cold, hard(boiled? ha, ha) truth: I’m an egg. I think I’ve pretty much always been an egg. But I don’t want to be an egg anymore, and so I’ve spent the last few months– between toddler-wrangling and getting a handle on this working-from-home thing– trying to figure out how to take that next step in the most meaningful way possible. And earlier this week, when my mom introduced me to her friend Cyndi, I found some major inspiration.
When she first traveled to Cambodia in 2004 to help build houses, Cyndi had no idea that, several years later and nearly 9,000 miles away, her construction efforts would continue– but would take a very different form. Thus, Entwined— which supports female artisans in Cambodia who create incredibly beautiful silk treasures (seriously– check out these scarves) that are sold through Fair Trade– was born. And Cyndi (and the incredible and talented women who craft the beautiful scarves, handbags, bedding, and other accessories available through Entwined)? Sooooo the opposite of egg (which is…I don’t know what. But it’s good!).
Today– International Women’s Day– I feel especially proud to know that so many people all around the world are standing together to honor the women who’ve worked their tails off to build up their businesses and rebuild their lives.
Seems like a fine day to start making my way out of Eggville.