What is “Empathy”, Mom?
This was the question my son asked when I gave him the pin that I had brought home from my visit with Kim Smiley. “Empathy means to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and imagine how they are thinking or feeling,” I said. I then asked Owen if he would like to wear this pin and learn how to practice Empathy every day? With a big grin across his face and a simple “Yes Mom”, my heart filled with hope and pride.
I later showed Ella her pretty little bracelet, and another one made by Kim Smiley, for her baby sister who is on the way. Although I won’t be able to explain their meaning for some time yet, one day I will be able to share with my daughters that these pretty pieces of jewelry represent strength and hope for many.
Kim Smiley, a Mom, Artist, philanthropist and Entrepreneur founded Sappho, a collection of handmade jewelry made by women working towards self-sufficiency. Besides being a beautiful and useful collection of jewelry, when you purchase a one-of-a-kind piece from the Kim Smiley line, you are also creating employment opportunities for women and empowering them with training and a living wage.
Inspired to give back further, Kim started The Empathy Effect—a non-profit organization that gives 15% of the proceeds from every pin sold to a charitable organization that carries out its work with empathy. “The remainder of the funds will be slated for education, programming and social welfare projects,” Smiley promises.
As we walked through Kim’s showroom, she showed me artwork that she had created—each piece telling a different story, sharing memories with me of how she grew from creating artwork to creating beautiful pieces of wearable art, her jewelry. She then gifted me with a stunning cuff, two beautiful bracelets for my daughters and the Empathy Pin which I gave to my son. I also purchased a pair of earrings for myself as an early birthday present, and although I was excited to have something so beautiful from her collection I was even more delighted that the profits were going to a great cause.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Kim. When it was time to say goodbye to Kim and her son Sam, I left feeling a sense of “we need more people like her in this world.”
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This post is a little past due but I unfortunately came down with a bad cold towards the end of the Christmas Holidays and all I’ve been doing besides taking care of my little monkeys is trying to get some rest. Being sick while pregnant is probably the worst… am I right?? Thank goodness for humidifiers and essential oils!
In 2016, with our children, friends and family by our side, Rick and I said “I do” and became husband and wife. I don’t think I have ever cried so much in one day… from getting ready to walk down the isle with Owen and Ella, to almost kissing my husband a million times before saying “I do” ( we could hardly wait) to sharing a special moment with Owen by the fireplace at the end of the night. The emotions that came along with that day will always be memories I cherish for the rest of my life.
My husband and I checked off ITALY to our bucket list, decided to add one more baby to our mix, and started our separate business ventures. It has been a huge learning and living process and I’m feeling incredibly excited for whats to come.
2017 will be an exciting year for all of us. My Natural Bath product line is about to launch, Rick is quickly gaining clients for his web design business and the most important of all, we prepare for our baby girls arrival. We moved our little Ella to a bigger room ( only fair that the older sister get the bigger room right? : ) ) and I’ve really enjoyed making it her own. I will definitely be sharing a before and after once completed.
We wont be doing too much traveling now before the baby comes BUT we have been invited back to Mont Tremblant this winter, so we couldn’t say no to that! Plus its not too far away if our little princess decides to come early. We have also been invited to… get this… NYC!!! I’ve planned that trip for after the baby J and perhaps a way to spend our 1 year anniversary. NYC is my absolute favourite place in the world and I cant wait to share our time there with all of you!
Having this blog and being able to connect with such a great community of people online has really been a blessing for me! If there is anything that you want to read more of Fashion, Food, Mom life… ANYTHING… Please let me know! I’d love to hear from you! 🙂