Giveaway: One Less T Shirt!


Last month I wrote about buying one less of something and using that money to bless someone else or to donate to a charity you care about. I got a lot of responses from the post and the www.valpolife.com website picked it up too. I have been stopped several times by kind folks who really felt the same awkward impact I did from the experience and wanted to thank me for sharing myself even when it wasn’t the prettiest sight!

I did buy a shirt to support my friend Lovelyn's work to adopt her two new Ugandan sons. In fact I bought two and decided to give one away here instead of just giving it to a friend. It is an XL lavender tunic with that haunting quote:


Would you be proud to wear it? Would one of your friends enjoy it as a gift? I really enjoy mine, both for it’s comfort and style but also as a reminder to myself of how I truly wish to live. I wear it to remind myself that to live my love out loud I need to be giving and loving and investing in other people every day I live.

To win the shirt, please follow my blog and leave a comment below about how you choose to live your love out loud. Maybe you chose “One Less” recently and can share what you did instead. Maybe you sucked it up on a day you’d rather not and helped a friend or a stranger in need. I’ll pick a winner from the entries by Friday the 16th of September. Thanks for sharing yourself too. You matter!

10 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, such an awesome giveaway with the best intentions! How do I live my love outloud?? I have been TRYING (not very gracefully) to consider others over myself, have been giving beyond what I think I have, and I guess most recently just took meals to some friends, dropped surprises on doorsteps to be cheerful when I neeed to be cheered up, too, and am trying above all to remember to be like this with my own family and not just with strangers!

Steph

Pamela said...

I just purchased one of these shirts tonight! I have been trying to live my love out loud by filling in the places of need that I see. A little here, a little there, and like Steph, I'm trying to give my best to my family.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful where and how can you purchase these shirts?

liz said...

I got through!! What a blessing to Love & her family! I have been "doing without!" No lattes, no unnecessary purchases for myself or the boys,esp when we have a CLOSET full of clothes we rarely wear. I'm just trying to make them mindful of their blessings. Complain less, feel more gratitude. Notice the gifts. Thanks Heather!!

Anonymous said...

You Rock Heather! I for one had"forgotten myself" on the "day of the peaches" (shame on me!).... USUALLY I do try to live by the rule of "pass it forward". I continue to do my do-gooder little things on a daily basis. I have been trying to do your one less thing. NO purchases at Popcorn, no sale racks, no garage sale items, etc. I have been cleaning out and weeding through things and passing along items to those who I feel could use them. Even have already given half of my take on the peaches I canned. I hope that absolves me of my peaches greed that one day. :)

HeatherCurleeNovak said...

You can just buy her gorgeous shirts here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovepalm21

HeatherCurleeNovak said...

Steph- trying to cheer someone else up when you need some cheering is CLASSIC-such a good way to shake a mood. And how try we need to treat our fam as loving as we treat strangers or coworkers.

Pamela-thanks for supporting Lovelyn! A little here and a little there can be A LOT to one person. Make the difference right where you are, right?

ANON- I posted the link to Love's ETSY in the comments, should have done that before sorry!

Liz, YES! Isn't it fun to teach gratitude and service to our kids? For me it has been the first meaningful teaching...other than "NO WHINING" LOL!

Darling "peaches" Anon- you were fine...I think we want to control our giving(which really is ok), not have someone snatch at it...you were ok Babe! YOU do LOTS for other folks...your fern love lives on.

Jill Baker said...

I love what you are doing Heather! However, I didn't realize that I would have to write to enter for the shirt...lol. So here it goes...your blog, Heather, made me realize that I am one of the fortunate ladies who has an amazing Godly husband who cared enough about me and our four children to send me four years ago to an eating disorder treatment center in Anderson, Indiana to get the help I needed which in turn, saved my life. Just because I had went through treatment didn't mean that everything was going to be fine and dandy when I got out. It's a working progress that takes a lot of time, energy, and willingness on my part. In the meantime, my family has had to wait patiently for my recovery. They are the ones who has had to deal with "less" of a mom over the past few years while I would work a little here and a little there on my recovery...whenever it was convenient for me. Some habits are hard to break and some I wasn't quiet ready to give them up. What you helped me to realize is that it was time to be grateful for their patience, buckle down and give back to my family! I am happy to say that I have already begun this process. I just saw a dietician yesterday and I am feeling very positive about this much dreaded step that I have taken. So, it really doesn't have to do with money in my situation as it does with time. I have finally decided to take "less" time fighting my struggles and deal with them head on, one day at a time. My family and I both deserve nothing less than all of me!

HeatherCurleeNovak said...

Jill, I am so proud of you sharing your story. I think transparency through our struggles doesn't only benefit us, it allows other people to work through their stuff without hiding it too. YAY for the nutritionist appt, how it goes/went well. Many of us have food issues, body issues...it is a brave road to conquer the to be more available for your family.

HeatherCurleeNovak said...

And the winner is...JILL BAKER! Jill, accepting yourself for who you are and recognizing your value is a very strong way to live your love out loud. Unless we are filled up, we have nothing to give to others. Keep living your love out loud Jill, and keep changing the world around you by being present in it.