Tuesday, December 16, 2014


It finally arrived today and I love it! It's a key necklace with the word "courage" on it from The Giving Keys company. I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and have been waiting with great anticipation for its arrival. It's lovelier than I imagined.

The Giving Keys company is a California based company that employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of re-purposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. 

The concept is all about empowerment, inspiring yourself and others, paying it forward and to share your paying it forward story. 

Each key is totally unique and carries a single word message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM. There is a wide variety to choose from or you can create your own word. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and are encouraged to share their paying it forward story on The Giving Keys website. 

I could have chosen a number of different words but in this season, I feel that the most appropriate word for me is courage. Courage is the running theme in my life these days. It's the word that comes up over and over and over, in stories, in what I'm reading and what people are talking about. Courage is the thing I know I need to to help me embrace and to hold on to all things good, it's what I need to help me let go of anything and everything that weighs me down. It's what I need to accept, to inspire, to speak my truth, to keep on keeping on, to look ever upward. It's what God calls us to do in Joshua 1:9, it's what I sense God is calling me to do, fearlessly, and boldly. And I want to answer the call, every single time .... with courage and daring greatly. 

So now it's your turn. If you could pick a word, what would be your word?

Until next time, 

xx, Ruthie

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you. ~Joshua 1:9

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas gift ideas for your best girls

Hi Everyone!

I'm back from a year long hiatus. I know! I can't believe I'm posting again!!! I wanted to share some of my favorite things with you as I love giving most of these items as gifts to my best girls. So if you're still trying to decide what to buy for that special girl in your life, consider some of my favorite things. The soap and candles are super fragrant. I like to wrap #5 in pretty paper and finish it off with beautiful ribbon. I use it as hand soap. It's so yummy smelling, you're tempted to want to bite into it. Seriously. Oh! And I buy # 5 at my local Whole Foods store.

I hope you're all enjoying a beautiful Christmas season.

Love to all from Chicago.

xx, Ruthie

1. Set of two notebooks from the Rifle Paper Co.

2. Geranium lavender scented soy candle from ROOT.

3. Monogram mug from Anthropologie

4. Shea butter hand cream from L'Occitane

5. Zum Bar almond goat's milk soap from Indigo Wild

6. Volcano scented candle from Anthropologie

7. Modest mineral glass from MAC.

8. Striped cosmetic bag from West elm.

9. Key pendant necklace with words from The Giving Key.

10. The Rebel necklace from stella & dot.