The Little Things

The Little Things

I have always loved October, and not just because it’s my birthday month. (although that certainly doesn’t hurt)

I have several friends and family members with birthdays around the same time so it’s always been a jovial, celebratory month. October is when the weather usually starts to change and as far as I’m concerned, its the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. 🙂

On a more serious note…I woke-up on my birthday to read some of the worst news we’ve seen yet. (and let’s face it- we’ve had a lot recently) To see so many people lose their lives or have to endure something so horrific and senseless while just trying to enjoy a concert is hard to even put into words.

As I inch closer and closer to 40, I sometimes want to hide under the covers, but this was a humbling reminder that growing old is a privilege denied to many. Although the loss of life was completely heart-breaking, I found it so touching to see how many people were lined up to donate blood. A verified GoFundMe donation page has been established for the victims and has already reached $9.5M in less than a week. It can be hard to focus on the good when things seem so bleak, but clearly people are trying to reach out to help any way they can.

There are also still many people struggling to get back on their feet as a result of Harvey, Irma and Maria, so if you are interested in helping with hurricane relief, the Red Cross is a good place to start. We were especially devastated to see the complete and utter destruction in the USVI’s and BVI’s.

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
St. John, USVI
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
St. John, USVI

We have family friends who live in St. John who shared their beautiful guest cottage with us last year. They sustained an enormous amount of damage to their homes and seeing photos of the island is just tragic. I have such fond memories of how green and lush everything was and now everything is brown and desolate. I know they will rebuild, but they have a long road ahead of them.

I encourage anyone who is trying to figure out how to help out with any of these disasters to visit one of those sites listed above and make a donation. Every bit helps.

Hope you have a great weekend.

(if you’re new to The Little Things and want to know more about it, read here)

The only way to start a vacation. Even better was the fact that it was free as the credit card machine was down. Thanks United!

 

Plotting out our daily adventures poolside in Sedona
The view from our favorite hot tub at Sedona Summit. Every evening we would come here to soak our aching joints after a hike.
A message I can get behind
Yes yes yes to this birthday gift. Gimme alll the lipsticks!

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