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Friday, February 13, 2015

Personal Note: Happy Valentine's Day


I keep my blog rather compartmentalized and focus on the pretty things in life rather than my personal life. However, in honor of love day, I want to share about a cause close to my heart. Outside of the blog, I work full time as a high school English teacher. For the past few weeks, my freshman classes have been reading Night by Elie Wiesel. In learning about the Holocaust, we've also been discussing bystander apathy -- its affects on a micro daily level, through systemic discrimination, and during genocide. Last Friday, students discussed the diffusion of responsibility in society, and in each class, a table group would bring up human trafficking as an example. Sometimes taking action against human trafficking is overwhelming. But as with anything, I try to use the resources around me and work within my power of control, by educating myself and others. I'm also inspired by a local organization in my city called REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) that provides refuge and counsel for victims of sex trafficking.

Recently, the International Princess Project reached out to me about Punjammies, clothing created by women in India who have been freed from sex-slavery. These are easily the most beautiful PJ pants I've ever owned with their ornate pattern, billowy material, and side pockets! I love that Punjammies promotes a positive cause through clothing.

"Our love changes the world."

Beyond daily acts of kindness, love for strangers is social justice. Spread love this Valentine's Day and everyday.

23 comments:

  1. Great post! Have a wonderful weekend

    Mel
    www.girlandthepolkadot.com

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  2. Such a great cause and so nice to hear about something near and dear to your heart.

    Heidi
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  3. I love this. What a simple way to support such an important cause. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    xo, Risa
    www.reallyrisa.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a positive cause and company on your blog. Your students are very fortunate to have an English teacher dedicated to teaching them how to take an active role in their community.

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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  5. I love the message behind this....and those pjs are cute,. Happy vals day to you

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  6. I love the message behind this....and those pjs are cute,. Happy vals day to you
    aprilbasi.blogspot.com

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  7. Those pics are so cute! Beautiful! Kisses, Anja

    http://vivalafashiondiva.blogspot.com/

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  8. amazing! it's amazing indeed :) and i didn't know you were an English teacher, that is so great!

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  9. What a beautiful post <3 I did not know that you are an english teacher! I bet you inspire lives every school year. Thank you for sharing to us the clothing line. Its a great idea to turn things that some people may think are shallow into a means to give a more meaningful life to others.

    BCfactor.blogspot.com

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  10. Yes - I love this!! "Spread love everyday" That is something I definitely want to do every single day of the year. Thanks for this post, and I'll look into that organization. I want to buy some of those PJs!

    -Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

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  11. Great photos, Have an amazing weekend
    Happy Valentine's Day
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  12. Such a cute post!

    Dora
    http://www.thebangsbang.blogspot.com

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  13. Lovely post, beautiful pictures!

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  14. Amazing! Those pics is beautiful!

    http://irinasenina.blogspot.com

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  15. I love this! That's such an inspirational cause, thank's for informing us about it. P.S. That's such a great job, you're personally make a difference to so many young minds (:

    christycee.blogspot.ca 

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  16. Wow great, love the idea of the punjammies!! xx

    www.thestylishcupcake.com

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  17. Lovely post darling! have an amazing sunday!
    xo
    Valentina
    http://fashionneed09.blogspot.it/

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  18. Love yours pants ! :) X

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  19. What an awesome Project! And the pattern on those pants are so intricate and beautiful.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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  20. You're totally right because I am dying for a pair of those cute pyjama pants !!

    Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day!

    Helen xx
    http://CH1K.com

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  21. It's so cool that you're an English teacher! This so such a wonderful cause--those pants are gorgeous!

    Mandy | mandydacandy

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  22. Very creative and nice shots!

    From Jing at www.bejingxu.com

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  23. What a great cause to share. Thank you for sharing it!

    Juju
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

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Love, Carolyn