Ethiopia + a giveaway

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i’m supposed to be heading to ethiopia today and i’m not.  i’m still trying to swallow those words myself.  i’ve been planning and prepping and waiting with anticipation.  and, somewhere in the midst of that i found myself overwhelmed with some things and made the very hard decision that….the timing, for me, isn’t right.

to say it was a hard decision is an understatement.  you see, so much change has happened in my life just in the preparation for this trip.  and now, this over thinker is trying not to over think things too much but to trust that the lessons learned, and the friendships made all have a purpose and that there will, in fact, be a right time for me.  i love the purpose behind fashionABLE  + the mocha club . . . the mission, the work, the product and the people.   i’ll be supporting and working with fashionABLE + the mocha club, however i can.

as for this week, i’m going to be a virtual traveler with the team! i’ll be following along, reading the updates, and joining in on the twitter chat (Tues. 8/13 @ 1pm Central) with @livefashionable.  you can follow the journey here and by following the hashtag #blogABLE

i hope you’ll join me!

(if you want to know who’s blogs, twitter, etc to follow they are : design for mankind, flower patch farm girl, emily maynard, eat live run, possesionista, what’s gaby cooking, the tiny twigand ellie holcomb, wild & precious).

AND, in honor of my friends traveling to see the work first-hand, I’m giving away 2 new amazing fashionABLE products:

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the Meseret scarf (perfect for these warmer months) + the brand new Tigist leather clutch!

One lucky winner will get both products!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

if you’d like to learn more about fashionABLE + the mocha club keep reading . . .

BlogABLE giveaway_La La Lovely

i’m supposed to be heading to ethiopia today and i’m not. i’m still trying to swallow those words myself. i’ve been planning and prepping and waiting with anticipation. and, somewhere in the midst of that i found myself overwhelmed with some things and made the very hard decision that….the timing, for me, isn’t right.

to say it was a hard decision is an understatement. you see, so much change has happened in my life just in the preparation for this trip. and now, this over thinker is trying not to over think things too much but to trust that the lessons learned, and the friendships made all have a purpose and that there will, in fact, be a right time for me. i love the purpose behind fashionABLE + the mocha club . . . the mission, the work, the product and the people. i’ll be supporting and working with fashionABLE + the mocha club, however i can.

as for this week, i’m going to be a virtual traveler with the team! i’ll be following along, reading the updates, and joining in on the twitter chat (Tues. 8/13 @ 1pm Central) with @livefashionable. you can follow the journey here and by following the hashtag #blogABLE

i hope you’ll join me!

(if you want to know who’s blogs, twitter, etc to follow they are : design for mankind, flower patch farm girl, emily maynard, eat live run, possesionista, what’s gaby cooking, the tiny twigand ellie holcomb, wild & precious).

AND, in honor of my friends traveling to see the work first-hand, I’m giving away 2 new amazing fashionABLE products:

livefashionable-clutch_La-La-Lovely

blogABLE-giveaway-items

the Meseret scarf (perfect for these warmer months) + the brand new Tigist leather clutch!

One lucky winner will get both products!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

if you’d like to learn more about fashionABLE + the mocha club keep reading . . .

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The fashionABLE mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. Born out of Mocha Club’s Economic Freedom project, they offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women. When fashionABLE invests in a woman, statistics demonstrate that she will have a life- changing impact on her family and community… and herself.

Mocha Club is a community giving up the cost of a few mochas a month to fund development projects in Africa. Committed to locally developed projects where the community identifies the needs and the response, Mocha Club’s end goal is to always create real, sustainable solutions. They work in 5 main project areas: Clean Water, Healthcare, Orphan Care, Education, & Economic Freedom

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Responses

  • Savvy in San Francisco
    Commented on August 11th, 2013 at 3:00am

    I know it’s a hard decision, but you have to be good with your decision. You did what was best for you and that’s what is important!! Miss your happy face!! XX

  • Trina
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 12:43pm

    thanks, friend! i’m trusting the timing and trying to rest in the decision. miss your sweet face too!!!! xo . t

  • robyn
    Commented on August 11th, 2013 at 3:20am

    I’m sorry you aren’t able to go to Ethiopia at the moment. I spent Christmas there a couple of years ago and loved it. You’ll get there at a more suitable time in your life and it will be wonderful.

  • Trina
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 12:41pm

    thanks, robyn. i loved hearing that you’ve been to ethiopia and loved it. if anything, my heart is growing more and more endeared to it and i know there will be a right time! hope you get to visit again soon! xo . t

  • katie//salt+pine
    Commented on August 11th, 2013 at 10:48am

    It’s always hard making such a big decision, but trust yourself! Only you know what is right for you. I know you will have lots of amazing opportunities in your life! xo-k

  • Trina
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 12:41pm

    thanks, friend! sometimes it so hard to rest in a decision but i’m learning. gosh, i’m always learning. isn’t life a process?! xo .t

  • jess
    Commented on August 11th, 2013 at 10:56am

    your time will come. thinking of you ;) always trust your gut, girl!

    PS– awesome giveaway! crossing my fingers!!!!

  • Trina
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 12:40pm

    thanks friend! love you! t

  • Genni Burkhart
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 11:11am

    Two years ago this month I was supposed to take a trip sans kids and husband to visit my friend who lives on the magical Oregon coast. I had the plane tickets purchased and everything. Then a few days before I was to leave, I had to cancel because it wasn’t the right time with the kids and our crazy schedules. I was sad about not going for sure. However, later that year we took an amazing vacation to the west coast and it WAS the right time. Sometimes, we can’t always see what the future holds when we are still in the moment. And as the wife of a traveling husband as well, I can certainly understand the chaos with four kids at home and plans that are constantly changing.

  • Trina
    Commented on August 12th, 2013 at 12:40pm

    thanks for sharing genni! i love what you said about not always being able to see what the future holds when we are in the moment. i believe that and i also believing for the right time! good things are ahead! xo .t

  • Leah
    Commented on August 15th, 2013 at 11:34am

    Hello Dear! My future niece or nephew is somewhere in Ethiopia and therefore, I am quite smitten as well! I am sorry that you weren’t able to go:( I believe you will in the future!

  • Trina
    Commented on August 15th, 2013 at 11:41am

    that is so exciting. i’m already taken with the stories i’m reading online from the trip and i can’t wait to hear more details from my friends when they get back. thank you for your kind words. i think i’ll make it there too! xo . t

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