If you enjoy podcasts, Meg Tietz of the Sorta Awesome podcast is like the very best of the throwback hosts. She sparkles, her dulcet voice is like a hug, and her four kids (including twins!) & OKC locale give her serious everygal cred. Megan has been a long-time dignify fan, and her endorsement (which was 100% unsolicited or informed in any way by me) was so eloquent, lovely, and raving that I had to include it here.
Megan - "When I think of cozy, I think of blankets, and I have to tell you all that I have a blanket that I genuinely truly love; it’s the kind of blanket that actually makes me not feel sad that it’s cold, because I love to snuggle up in it. I got it from a company called dignify. Dignify is a company that is all about empowering women in different countries, women who would be economically vulnerable, allowing them to sell the goods that they make in ways that are sustainable for them, that are really providing good for them and also good for their customers.
So, this particular kind of blanket is called a kantha throw. The one I have from them is their off-whiteone, so it is off-white, it is six layers of sari material that have been stitched together, hand-stitched together; I cannot explain to you… when I say that it is a throw or a blanket, I cannot explain to you how heavy it is, it is truly a weighted blanket, it is so thick, and it’s all cotton so it is so comforting. Everybody in my family loves this throw, in fact the twins are usually fighting about it, who gets to cover up with it. There are times that I just say, I trump everybody here, and I am going to grab the throw and snuggle up in it, so it is definitely one of my favorites, it makes me feel so cozy.
I will say that anything from the dignify shop would be a great gift, particularly if you have somebody in your life who is hard to shop for, for example maybe a mother-in-law or a grown sibling of yours… somebody who it is a challenge to find something new, that they would actually use, and you want to spend your dollars well, so you’re not just buying something that’s just going to be a toss off after a couple of months. It is a little bit more of an investment, the one that I have is $112, a lot of these are going to be in that price point range, because again, what you are looking at is providing an economically sustainable income for women around the world. So, it is a bit of a higher price point maybe for some people, but depending on what your budget for gift-giving is, that may be a perfect fit. Or, if you yourself have funds to spend on yourself because of the holidays, it’s also a great shop to check out."
Rebekah - "Is it really brightly colored? Because when I think about saris, I think about them being bright colors."
Megan - "They have many that are. Beautiful, richly patterned ones. Again, the one I have is just an off-white, just like a natural color, and then the stitching around the edges is red. And I think they have blue stitching around the edge of some natural ones, as well. But, you can definitely look at their catalogue and find all kinds of gorgeous, brightly patterned ones that are also made from saris."
Rebekah - "It sounds beautiful!"
Megan - "Yeah, it really is, and it is so cozy, I can’t even tell you."
This is a motto I've been replaying lately in my mind.
For me, one of the *necessities* to sustain energy for this work is to embrace joy, celebration, & fun. But this year, those things have felt pretty elusive. The past 16 months have enriched the depth of my close friendships and have brought maturation & focus to my time; these have been invaluable gifts!
But... I feel like I need to learn all over again how to have fun!
Here are some of the ways I've been thinking about, or practicing, fun lately. I would also love to hear about how you find joy & energy to recharge for everything else that life brings at us!
Basha Boutique is the name of the organization in Bangladesh where all of our beautiful products are made.
Yes, *all* of our products, every item of kantha we sell. This was... ill-advised by our banker. But, a personal working relationship, excellent partnership, and the literal best quality products have kept us together for nearly 9 years! dignify is yoked to Basha, and we have zero regrets.
If you've been around dignify for a while, you've heard plenty about Basha and likely have a good familiarity with how they (and we) operate. But, if not, here is a bit more context!
I’ve written before about taking the time to think about our spending habits. We are in a particularly unique situation in this current moment; in March 2020, there was a dramatic interruption to our everyday spending and consumption habits!
Some patterns have remained interrupted over the year. Some rhythms are, or will be soon, returning to a closer resemblance to pre-covid. Regardless of our specific situation, interruptions make great opportunities to re-assess! Do my choices reflect my desires, my values, my priorities?