as i sit here in (not so sunny) california & try to write up a quick christmas eve blog post before all gets too hectic, i apologize that i’m going to play the “grinch” for today. maybe it’s the dreary weather compounding it, but as i’ve gotten older, i’ve really not enjoyed christmas in recent years. the commercializiation, the “have to buy a present for someone because i have to” mentality & ending up buying a gift that i don’t want to give nor that person wants to receive, just because “it’s christmas.” it’s bullshit. for this year, i’m glad i was able to turn to dermalogica & their joinfite program once again.
you see, this program gives microloans to talented artisan women all over the world to help establish businesses of their own to bring hope & empower their lives. i use dermalogica products & in the past, a portion of certain products i have bought have gone to finance those loans. you can even direct which entrepreneur country you want your loan to go to!
this year, i’m giving the bracelets made from bullet casings by women in ethiopia. in a land with nothing, all they have are these leftovers from war & violence & it’s amazing they can actually turn that into a way of living & possibly prosperity. also in light of the recent gun violence in newtown, CT, the message is much more poignant. i feel much happier giving a gift that hopefully the recipients will like, but also goes to help a budding small business owner (like myself) somewhere across the globe. despite my melancholy mood, i do hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season & happy new year!