A little Black Friday post from me to you…

I wanted to write something a little different today–something honest and straight from the heart. I know some of you don’t like to read posts like that, and you’re just here for the beauty and the fashion–if so, that’s 100% fine, and I won’t be offended if you close this post and move on to a different blog.

Still there? Okay, here we go.

I don’t usually tell you guys a lot about me or my life away from the blog. If you were ever curious about what I do when I’m not blogging, I work at a very large retail store. This means that every holiday season, I witness firsthand the mad rush to stock up on food, decorations, and presents. And every Thanksgiving night, I’m at work, prepping and working the floor during Black Friday.

I’ve always been a little disgruntled at having to spend a holiday watching people push and shove to score deals on items they probably didn’t really need, but for some reason, it hit home extra-hard this year. All I felt last night was revulsion. There are so many people right now who have nothing to eat, nowhere to live, mounting medical bills, no family to visit, et cetera et cetera. So many people are struggling to get by with their day to day lives, and here are lines of people scrambling for deals and threatening to beat each other up over snagging the last of a hot item.

I know the excitement of a sale and the thrill of saving big on an item, and I love shopping for Christmas presents for my friends and family! I understand the appeal of all of the fashion and beauty sales out there, and I certainly don’t fault anyone for partaking and scoring some great deals.

BUT. I really hope we’re not all so obsessed with adding to our nail polish collections or getting a good deal on a new outfit that we’re forgetting the important things this season. Things like family, faith, and love. Things like helping those who are less blessed in life, either financially or in some other way.

Part of the reason I bring this up is to warn you that this blog is not going to be packed with last-minute Christmas sales and deals or lists of covetable beauty items to buy this season. I’m really feeling the need this year to take a few items off of my own wish list and think about what someone else might be wishing for this season.

Maybe you know a family who struggles to make ends meet each month, and could really use a bag of groceries on their doorstep. Some families can’t afford toys for their little ones. There are lots of seniors who face this time of year alone and have no one to light up their holidays with a smile and a “Merry Christmas”.

So, in the middle of your shopping and gift wrapping, please join me in finding a way to make the holidays happy for someone else–perhaps even someone you don’t know. I really think that giving to someone who cannot repay you is one of the most beautiful things you can do, and you never know just how much a kind word or deed can mean to someone with very little.

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