A Little Help

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 Image via CityLab

Image via CityLab

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘it’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” – Mr. Rogers

We decided to take today’s post and share ways in which you can help those people in Nepal who are suffering after the earth quake. The following groups are accepting donations to support the relief efforts:

American Jewish World Service: ajws.org

AmeriCares: americares.org

The Salvation Army: salvationarmyusa.org

International Medical Corps: internationalmedicalcorps.org

Handicap International: handicap-international.us

Unicef: unicef.org

PayPal: paypal.com

Mercy Corps: mercycorps.org

Catholic Relief Services: crs.org

Habitat for Humanity International: habitat.org

Global Giving: globalgiving.org

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: jdc.org

Oxfam: oxfamamerica.org

World Vision: worldvision.org

Red Cross: redcross.org

United Nations World Food Program: wfp.org

Samaritan’s Purse: samaritanspurse.org

CARE: care.org

Save the Children: savethechildren.org

Lutheran World Relief: lwr.org

The Jewish Federations of North America:jewishfederations.org

SOS: Children’s Villages International: sos-childrensvillages.org

MAP International: mapinternational.org

International Relief Teams: irteams.org

P.S. This image is via City Lab and it links out to a beautiful article about a 10 day festival for women in Kathmandu – we encourage you to read it! 

Our beloved blog & Newsletter updates

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For over a year, we’ve had the pleasure of working on the Girl Gift Gather blog. And over time, it’s become one of our favorite parts of running GGG. The blog is a beautiful mix of thoughtful, personal, insightful, funny, silly, inspiring and sometimes just plain pretty posts. It’s a space for us to get intimate, to delve deeper and share the nitty gritty details of our personal lives. Using the blog as a platform, we’ve opened up about relationships,monumental moments in our lives and pivotal, personal realizations. We’ve also shared cool videosinteresting trendsencouraging quotes and a few of our dreams and musings. Suffice to say, we revel in the opportunity to share ourselves with you as individuals.

We’re also loving the chance to explore and experience New Voices. We were honored to receive a number of honest and compelling articles from both strangers and friends alike. And we’re excited to be reaching out again! We’re looking for more new voices and for more women to share their voices with us. This time, we’d love, love, love to have you write about Spring for us. Any aspect of Spring: the flowers, the growing, the rain, the change, the allergies — whatever inspires you! Send your thoughts, inspirations, ideas and articles to girlgiftgather@gmail.com — we look forward to reading them over tea and Spring showers.

Because the world is a busy, busy place and we know you may not have a chance to check the blog frequently, we’ve decided to start sharing a few of our favorite posts in our weekly newsletter. Going forth, we’ll include posts from our blog as well as articles, podcasts, blogs and magazines that are inspiring us on a weekly basis. We’ll also include a Watercolor Wisdom (a new series on the blog where Christina hand-paints a beautiful quote for the week).

We welcome your thoughts, desires, love and ideas here at Girl Gift Gather so if there’s something you’d like to see more of, send us an email!

Here’s to a beautiful week!

C+C

A Beautiful Weekend

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 Image via  Pay That

Image via Pay That

The New York Times Magazine launched Walking New York, a new interactive map that allows people to share their most memorable walks in NYC. Reminds us of this.

Time 100 came out this week and you can see all of the women that were listed here — plenty of inspiration for your weekend!

New York Magazine is running a series called Friends Forever this week. Two of our favorite articles so far have been 25 Famous Women on Friendship this photo story that shows a group of female friends grow up over 30 years. 

Are these sisters the most stylisH family members in NYC? We think so!

Amy Schumer speaks openly and inspirationally about confidence, body image and her sense of self and writes a skit that nails Hollywood misogyny (with the help of Patricia Arquette, Tine Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus) all in the same week. One of our favorite quotes from her talk: 

“I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you.”

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful magazine.

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful weekend!

7 Things

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 Illustration via  Mallory Rose Art

Illustration via Mallory Rose Art

This weekend, we got our first taste of Summer. The sun was shining, the weather was warm and all of Williamsburg spilled out of cafes and coffee shops with sunglasses on and nary a coat or scarf in sight. (All this being said, it poured with rain all day yesterday and there was literally zero hours of sunlight, but whatever, we’re still close you guys!). After being teased by that Summer weather, I got to thinking about the things I’d like to do over the next few months and I decided it’d be nice to set myself a goal of 7 things — fun things or responsible things or silly things or indulgent things. Just a little forethought into the months ahead. Today, I’m sharing them with you and encouraging you to come up with a list of 7 things of your own!

1. Go camping in Cape Cod — Michael and I did this last Summer and it was my favorite thing.

2. Reorganize my bedroom and decorate the living room — technically two things, but I’m going to try and do as much decorating and organizing and cleaning as I can whilst Michael’s off from school.

3. Go for a few bicycle rides– I learned to ride not so long ago (a post for another time) and I need to get some more practice in.

4. Bake my own birthday cake — I’m thinking this one.

5. Go horseback riding — a few of my friends have talked about this recently and I’ve been inspired to try it out again (last time I was 16 so we’ll see how it goes!).

6. Drink Pet-Nat — the wine store by my house celebrates Pet-Nat Season every year and I’ve never gotten around to trying it. 

7. Take more photographs — with this blog in mind. 

perfectly imperfect human magnificence

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Ever since little Oliver came into the world, the number of babies we find ourselves near has risen exponentially. And after a few months in the company of some super cute children, we started to notice just how completely unique each human being is. Though personalities emerge slowly, spending time with infants proves (to us at least) that there really is something to the idea that people come into the word with a spirit and a presence that is uniquely their own.  

It’s easy to meet babies and respect their snowflake magic and to allow them to be defiant, joyous, mellow or meddlesome. Those sweet smiles and chubby thighs make supporting them exactly as they are a lot more simple. We expect nothing from them and come at them with a whole lot of love and understanding. But for some reason, we can’t seem to extend this courtesy to our parents, friends, lovers and employees. Even our children as they get older. When someone becomes an ‘adult’ we expect their weaknesses to become their strengths. We ask more from them than they are able to give and we reproach them for failing to meet our needs. We overlook their innate gifts, the ones that they are capable and confident to share. Sometimes, we even criticize those gifts.

This behavior does not come from a malicious place. We’re all only human after all. And it’s a fine line between advocating for your needs and accepting a person for who they are (even when that means they simply cannot meet our needs). We cannot be everything to everyone and it’s unfair to expect that from the people around us. This truth is not easy to reckon with. It may force us to reconsider the parameters of our relationships. It may hurt to know that someone we love isn’t able to love us back 

in exactly the way we’d like. But, if we honor our loved ones for who they truly are instead of demanding things from them that are out of their reach, wouldn’t we have happier, healthy relationships in general?

What if we let our family and friends love us the way they know how to?* What if we simply enjoyed their perfectly imperfect human magnificence? What if we did the same thing for ourselves? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel wholly accepted and loved, just as you are?

*A quick note here: Sometimes the way people show love to us is not healthy for either party. It is a difficult separation but an important one. The world is not unicorns and rainbows and it’s important for people to set appropriate boundaries. Today, we’re talking specifically about those people in your life who come at you with whole hearts, healthy love and positive intentions!

xo

C+C