I hate asking for help. I am ferociously independent and I feel weak when I can't do something myself. In a sense it is a flaw because the “I Can Do It All” mentality creates a lot of unwanted stress.
Since becoming a mother almost 6 years ago, I have learned to let go (a little) and ask for help (sometimes). It has not been easy but I now trust that others are not only willing to help but happy to do so. And why wouldn't they be? I myself am known for literally dropping everything to help just about anyone.
It took a tragedy to really teach me about the importance of and value in reaching out to your close tribe and your greater community.
You can read about what happened when I found out that our house was killing me and my family. This was the catalyst that forced me to step outside my comfort zone, humble down, push my “I can do it” mentality aside and lean on others for major and immediate help. Yes, I had to take a deep breath before I reached out but when I did, my faith in humanity was restored. I learned the meaning of “love the neighbor” in a very personal way.
While I couldn't make our tragedy public, I knew that there were a few people that I could contact to help me get a few critical things I needed right away. Today, I would like to extend a humble and public thank-you from the bottom of my heart; from the depths of my soul. I truly could not have put one foot in front of the other without the immediate help these wonderful individuals and companies extended me. And while we have a LONG LONG road to help us rebuild our lives after we lost EVERYTHING, what these amazing and generous folks did for a family in need will never be forgotten. I am eternally grateful.
Please support these business if you can. These are good people. People with huge hearts. These are my kind of people and they should be yours to. And never be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Just do it. You will be surprised out how many people WANT to help.
Also, if you would like to help our family rebuild, my dear friend Alicia has created a GoFundMe campaign. You can find the details at the end of this post.
Thanks to the founders of The Green Sisterhood Network, I was able to get a replacement Blendtec which is hands down my most used kitchen appliance. I use that sucker several times a day. I was truly lost without it and far too busy and overwhelmed to figure out how to make the appliances my mom had work for me. Living on canned fish, baby carrots, and ground beef was getting depressing. But now I am back in action and so bowled over with gratitude it hurts.
You all know that I love me some Morrocco Method hair care! Well, you should have seen what happened when I was forced to stop using their products. It was disastrous. Check out what happened in this post. Anyhoo – they saved the day and sent me a TONS goodies to help get me back on track. My hair and scalp is starting to feel like its old self. This may seem like a small thing but right now, ANYTHING that makes me feel good is important.
Oh how I love The Moody Sisters! I have had so much fun writing about their products over the past couple of years. Not only are their natural skincare products truly some of the best out there but they are all fun and funky and really work. I always get excited when I see a package from them. As soon as these sweet sisters found out about my situation, they set to work creating an awesome care package. Not only did they include Moody Sisters goodies but they sent over some lovely items from some of their favorite companies! That was all kinds of fun. My daughter went nuts for everything. (And I did too of course!)
The lovely ladies over at Kelapo Coconut Oil were quick to help me restock my coconut oil stash! They sent a lovely care package and I feel oh-so-good now that I have my favorite coconut oil cooking spray and coconut oil back in stock! You all know I can't live without my coconut oil!
My dear friend Lauren from Spiral Elixir along with her husband and children have done so much to help me. We are talking in-real-life help. Lauren's husband took apart my daughter's little play structure so we can store it. Lauren has helped me clean out and pack up stuff from the shed. They are going to generously foster two of our cats until a longer term foster situation can be located. And Lauren is offering us some storage space for our backyard stuff to help us save money. That's friendship people. That's friendship.