Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get Ready, It's Arrived!

Look at what just arrived in my mailbox!

Have you got your copy yet?

You still have time. We will be discussing Chapter One of Hope Unfolding on Friday Sept 2nd.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Club: Hope Unfolding

Motherhood. It is so much more than I had imagined. So much more exciting and more rewarding. There are moments of such pride and times I'm smiling so much that my face hurts. On the flip side, however, it can be so much more daunting, more challenging, and more heartbreaking than I had anticipated.

I had a picture in my mind of the type of mother I'd be and the kids I'd raise. Then my babies arrived, and instead of instruction manuals they came with bursting personalities, strong wants and desires, and so much to learn. We all had so much to learn about each other and how to navigate life together.

I'm not the mother I thought I'd be. I think all mothers feel like that at some point. Navigating motherhood is challenging. We try our best yet often feel like we fall short. I still have many moments where I mentally give myself a high five for being exactly what my kids need in that moment, but I want more high five moments.

I have been following a couple blogs that offer encouragement to mums and one of the authors published a book earlier this year.

Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma's Heart by Becky Thompson
I listened to the audio edition of this book a couple of months ago and loved it. I value honesty and grace in motherhood. Listening to Becky was like chatting with a good friend who completely understands the highs and lows of motherhood. Becky is refreshingly honest about her struggles and reminds me that I'm not alone in this crazy adventure. This book encourages me to accept grace and hope for the future, rather than guilt for my shortcomings.

I enjoyed Hope Unfolding so much that I recently ordered the paperback version and intend to read through it again. If you are interested in journeying with me through this book then grab a copy and join me back here at the end of each week. I'll post a summary of what I've learnt or applied from each chapter. I'd love to hear your thoughts also as we read through this book together.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Day In her Shoes Recap

My feet hurt and my heart is heavy. July 30th was the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and I participated in A Day In Her Shoes to raise awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds to prevent human trafficking where it happens. I went about my day as usual, chasing kids, washing clothes and buying groceries, all while wearing my heels (note to self: next year don't do grocery shopping on the same day as A Day In Her Shoes). Throughout the day my sore feet were a reminder of the pain and trauma experienced by survivors of human trafficking. Obviously the pain caused by high heeled shoes is insignificant compared to that of slavery and abuse, but each time I thought of my sore feet I reminded myself that...
...Today we wear the same shoes but my freedom means that our day will look very different. 
...I have so many choices but not everyone has the freedom that I have to choose. 
...When my feet get sore I have the power to take these heels off. No one should be forced into sex slavery.
Being reminded of this issue constantly throughout the day weighed heavily on my heart but I'm glad that by participating in this campaign I have helped to raise awareness about human trafficking. Also, the money raised from this years’s A Day In Her Shoes Campaign will help to fund Abolishion’s prevention programs in Romania. Read more

Visit Abolishion to learn more about human trafficking and what you can do to fight it.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Day In Her Shoes

"Nicki, you want to support women in the sex industry don't you?" I was asked. No! No I did not. I quickly clarified for my new friend that I had a desire to support people who were struggling, struggling with life, mental illness or overwhelming circumstances. I was passionate about journeying with young women, to support and advocate for them, and to equip them to overcome and to reach their potential. As far as I was concerned that had little to nothing to do with prostitutes.

My friend smiled at me graciously and began to open up her heart. She explained why she wanted to help women in the sex industry. I had no idea that many of these women are victims of human trafficking. Many are sold, tricked or forced into prostitution and frequently by someone that they know and trust. I had no idea that some of these women are actually children. As my friend shared her heart, my own heart broke and my world view shifted. These women that she described were exactly the young women I wanted to journey with.

As we approach the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th I encourage you to find out more about human trafficking and what you can do about it.

Abolishion offer a free 30 day email course that is designed to...
- inform you about human trafficking,
- help you understand how it works and
- equip you to do something about it.

I have registered for A Day in Her Shoesa campaign run by Abolishion, and will be wearing heels all day on July 30th to raise awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds to prevent human trafficking where it happens. I'll post an update and some selfies with my heels on afterwards.  Watch the video below to find out more and join me in the fight against human trafficking by signing up at adayinhershoes.org

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