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.”
“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 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.
Meet Abigail Onley
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Abigail Onley, I am a military spouse and mother of three small boys, ages, 4, 2, and 2 weeks old who I am homeschooling. I am an artist and collaborator for the social business, All of Us Matter. I am passionate about using my gifts and talents to help lessen human suffering in all its capacities, but especially on raising awareness about human trafficking through my art. I am a people person and so I try to gather as many people as often as possible into my home and around my table. I find these conversations around the dinner table late at night with coffee and cake to be some of the richest and sweetest. I am currently living in England and loving my experiences and the friendships I have made here.
2. What does Dressember mean to you?
I learned about dressember through my friend, Crystal Russell, and saw it as a really fun way to participate in spreading the word about human trafficking.
3. When did you first hear about Human Trafficking?
Its hard to say when human trafficking entered my radar. I think, my first obvious exposure was through Life For The Innocent, a Colorado Based Non Profit, that works in the rescue and restoration of Human trafficking victims. My sister, Joellen, was the one who introduced me to their work and it really struck a chord with me. Not only because of the commands of Jesus Christ to help care for the needy and fatherless, but also because I can’t imagine my own life being treated so cheaply. I don’t want anyone to go through that kind of pain and mistreatment.
4. How do you think small acts of kindness make a difference?
When we love our neighbors even in basic ways we are perpetuating the love of Christ. That by itself is powerful. People want to know that they are seen and heard. That’s what gives value to our lives. When we are seen and we are heard.
5. As the year comes to a close what has been your biggest lesson(s)?
As I get closer to starting the new year, and reflect on this year past, the most obvious lesson I have learned/am learning, is dependancy on God. I have learned to trust Him with the deepest desires of my heart, and know that he is capable, wise, and that He sees and hears ME.
6. Whats the best piece of advice anyone has ever given to you?
The best advice i have ever been given is in the Bible. It holds the infallible wisdom of God.
7. Whats something interesting that nobody knows about you?
I have a sudden burst of life in Autumn. I have inspiration for all kinds of creativity, that I don’t know where to start. I reach a whole new level of “deep” thinking when that time of year rolls around. It truly fills me with joy to be able to live in places that have all four seasons.
Let’s celebrate freedom for others and celebrate femininity!
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**Join us next Friday for more Dressember inspiration! **
With Love, Crystal & Vanna
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