Guest post by, Crystal Russell founder of All of Us Matter
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Fashion with a purpose will look a bit different for the month of December. Savanna and I have decided to feature this incredible organization called Dressember.
“Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.
Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.
The Dressember Foundation exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time.
The heart of Dressember is freedom— That every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.”
December is about the season of giving so we are giving you an extra special three part series featuring some incredible women who have teamed up with us to talk about why they are wearing dresses for the month of December.
Over the following weeks we will feature three incredible women that live ordinary lives like most of us but know that it’s in the small acts of kindness that make the biggest impact.
Single, no kids
Job: Corporate Partnerships Assistant UNICEF UK
Passion: Traveling and exploring new cultures, places and faces
Hobbies: Cooking & baking, rowing
Q: Where do you live what do you do?
A: Currently living in Cambridge and in the process of relocating to London to start my new job with UNICEF UK as Coprporate Partnerships Assistant.
Q: What does Dressember mean to you?
A: I only came to know about Dressembrer this year. While I have known about Movember for years the idea of doing something as women to express our unique individuality appealed to me. Although I can see the catchiness of the playon words, what I find most fascinating about Dressember is that while it might be easier for some women than others to put on a dress, it is an opportunity for each one of us to shine from within. An opportunity to remember and revive memories of the girl we were, and still are in one way or another, in spite of what life looks like or the journey we have been on.
Q: When did you first hear about Human Trafficking?
A: I first became aware of Human Trafficking was when I was grade 10. I was in a boarding shool in Thailand. Although I had watched the movie “Taken” its was only when my room mate wanted to watch the movie “Trade”, when the effects of Human Trafficing dawned on me.
Q: How do you think small acts of kindness make a difference?
A: Growing up my mother would always tell me that if you are able to make a small gesture to make someone happy then we should always do it. Small acts of kindess can have the effect of softening hearts, bringing down barriers, and building relationships based on trust and genuine care. If we want to live in a welcoming and safe environment that allows everyone to flourish then small acts of kidness has the potential of making a great difference.
Q: As the year comes to a close what has been your biggest lesson(s)?
A: After 18 years of being in an education system, where each school year was structured into lessons and exams, and every summer with internships or volunteer work, this has been the first year I had to navigate through life entirely on my own. I am aware that I am yet to experience more things life has to offer and relearn lessons I am currently learning now. Yet my biggest lesson this year has been to live by faith and not by emotions or allow circumstances to dictate my mood. However, it hs been precisely these experiences that have taught me the biggest lesson in staying in the present, and perservinging and not giving up when things do not seem to be moving forward.
Q: Whats the best piece of advice anyone has ever given to you?
A: I remember hearing a pastor preach on “it is what it is, but it’s not what it seems”. A close friend also helped me unpack this further and I understood how most things are all about perspective and how we see things. Only from an elevated place in God’s peace have I learnt to accept things as they are knowing that it is not always what they appear to be. This has allowed for a growth mindset.
Let’s celebrate freedom for others and celebrate femininity! I am in, are you?
**Join us next Friday for more Dressember inspiration! **
Crystal & Vanna