Wine Country Fire Victims Need Our Help

As you are aware the Wine Country Fires are still burning and over 57,000 acres and 1,500 structures have been destroyed, including the homes of some of our family and close friends. We want to show our support and do everything we can to help them in this devastating time. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help ease the despair felt by those who have lost their homes and physical possessions.

Right now we’ve been told they need donations. We of course will take anything gently used or new you have to offer, but below are the items in high demand…

Items in high demand:

  • Clothing – All types of women’s, children’s, men’s including undergarments as well
  • Shoes and Socks – All sizes
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage
  • Small Portable Toys – i.e. small LEGO sets, playing cards, matchbox cars, coloring books with crayons, small games, etc.
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Books
  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Misc. Linens – towels, sheets, pillow cases, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Tech Items – iphone or android cell phone chargers
  • Brown Grocery Bags
  • Gallon Ziploc Bags

When donating please organize the items in brown grocery bags labeled with gender and size and/or “toys & books” etc. This will help us sort through the items quickly and be able to disperse them in an efficient manner.

If interested in donating please direct message us here, on Facebook, on Instagram or via email we will happily come and pick up your donations for you.

If you are interested in making an online monetary donation, please donate to the American Red Cross “Home Fires or to donate by phone please contact 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669).

Thank you and please spread the word!

be kind

Focusing on and mindfully practicing kindness is a funny thing. A lot of things come up when you try to put other people first while still managing a family, working, living a life and trying to care for yourself.

Mostly what comes up is guilt. “I should be doing more; there is so much tradegy in the world and I feel so small and unessecary; Can I really help anyone with all this; Why do I get to live a life of privilege while others do not”… the thoughts go on and on.

As you can see we have been quiet around here and let’s just say, we’ve felt a lot of guilt about that. Guilt that we are letting people down, looking unprofessional, being selfish for putting our lives first and not the lives of others and guilt that we are both two imperfect souls who struggle with consistancy. When you feel this way, it gets harder and harder to pick up where you left off, so you keep putting it off and thus the guilt cycle begins again.

I could go on and on with excuses of why we have been silent for so long, but I don’t need to.

I don’t need to because we are practicing kindness with ourselves, which is one of the hardest practices of all.

I don’t need to because it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we pick up where we left off and keep shoving kindness into this imperfect world when we can. So let’s begin shall we…

Photo Credit: @freelancewisdom