Good deal alert! Below are links to some sales happening today. While you are lounging around + recovering from yesterday’s food coma, you might want to whip out your gift list and do some shopping For those of you brave enough to venture outside, we are thinking of you! We will post again on Monday, or should we say CYBER Monday. XO
Happy Thanksgiving eve, Lolo readers! Thanksgiving is such a special time. It is so wonderful to spend the day with those you love most, being thankful for the many blessings in life. We want to take a moment to share what we are most thankful for! Read below to hear from each of us- Lo, Melissa, and Tessa. -Love, Team LOLO.
Thanksgiving is one of the sweetest times of the year because it is a reminder to slow down, enjoy our loved ones, and reflect on the beauty in our lives. Whether refinement developed through pain or graceful moments, there is always a reason and importance to joyfully celebrate! This year I am so grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness through my first year of marriage, in the adjustment of moving to a new city, and in the provision of precious new friendships. – Lo
This year I am thankful for my loved ones and the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving together. It is on days like today that my heart feels especially full! There is something so special about being around the table with family & friends. I am most thankful however for the Lord’s love and grace. It is so amazing to watch the Lord work in our lives- His timing is perfect and for that I am so grateful. “Trust in the Lord and leave the consequences to Him.”- Dr Charles Stanley. – Melissa
I especially love this season of thankfulness because it re-centers our hearts on the people and experiences that have impacted and graced our lives. This year, I am especially thankful for the Lord’s provision and His faithfulness. Even in times of uncertainty, or in times when our lives have not yet resembled what we thought or dreamt them to be, we are pointed to the goodness and the powerful love of our Father, who enables us to be all that we can be. So, I am thankful for the many friends and family that have been placed in my life as living examples of the depth of the love of our Father. –Tessa
Last week, we discovered how generosity would transform our hearts and minds in preparation for this season of Thanksgiving. As we look forward to this week, spending time with family and friends, we should now look to discover how this gratitude will manifest itself in our actions.
As I was exiting the freeway today, there was a homeless man holding a sign on the side of the road. I am sure, by now, we all know the feeling. As the red light drags on, not seeming to change anytime soon, you begin to feel a twinge of anxiety, guilt, or discomfort. You may reach to turn up the radio a little louder, you may turn your gaze in the opposite direction, or you may just wait, hoping for the light to turn green a little quicker. But, something transformative happened during those minutes that I was stopped at that light. I saw the man pass by me and as I looked back in my rearview mirror, I saw a person from the car behind me give him some money. Then, I saw him cross over to receive money from another person in the car next to me. You could call it social peer-pressure, but something in my heart changed and within seconds I found myself giving some spare dollars to the man. The decision I made to follow suit of those complete strangers had to be more than social peer-pressure, though. It had to be something deeper, something that has the capacity to transform hearts and remind us of our shared humanity. It had to be the product of generosity. You see, it was the generosity of others that inspired me to be generous with what I had. It was almost as if the hearts of those complete strangers opened up a wave of communication between us all: reminding us of our shared humanness and encouraging us to act out of compassion.
It takes only one drop in a pool of water to cause a ripple effect. Whether that drop is monumental or miniscule, it still creates a change in the waters. That is how our generosity impacts those around us. It takes one action, one decision, to affect a multitude of change. It takes one heartfelt response to change the hearts of others. It is this generosity that we share and exchange with our fellow humans around the world that binds us all together. Our actions, then, are a response of the condition of our hearts. What started with allowing gratitude to transform the depths of our hearts finishes with this sense of thankfulness that begins to manifest itself in our actions. When we allow gratitude to transform the condition of our hearts, the thankfulness in thought begins to manifest itself in our actions.
A thankful heart does not find itself complete in the confines of our minds, but it is set free in the sincerity of our actions. Then, when we allow our responses to flow out of our thankfulness, when we allow our actions to mimic the gratitude that has transformed our hearts, we will notice a difference in the way that we act towards one another. When gratitude grips our hearts and generosity claims our actions, we will begin to perceive of one another in a drastically different way; we will begin to place the needs of others above the needs of ourselves. This way that we reorient the priorities in our lives, in placing the wellness of another before the wellness of our own selves, becomes our trademark.
Whether our action is big or small, it adds to the culmination of all our actions in a way that makes a lasting impact. You see, when we act generously, we inspire others to act generously. The impact of our generosity, then, stretches far beyond its immediate recipient, but it has the capacity to transform communities. Our generosity can also transform selfishness to selflessness, weakness to strength, greed to compassion, hopelessness to hopefulness, and despair to restoration. When we continue to send ripples of change into our communities, we will begin to see the world change. When we unite the total of our ripple effects, the collectivity of our actions, we will make generosity the emblem of our generation.
So, as we approach this holiday of thankfulness, as we are reminded of every person and experience that has impacted our lives for the better, let us wear this emblem of generosity with pride, and let us encourage those around us to do the same. With our hearts full of gratitude and our actions marked with generosity, let us inspire others to give freely and love deeply. In light of this year’s holiday, here are some ways that you can send out your ripple effect in your communities:
Donate or volunteer at a local mission or food bank:
Guys- there is currently a ShopBop sale happening and we are SO excited. This week is the perfect time to visit their site and do some online shopping- load up on gifts for others and even grab a few things for yourself! Lo & I have picked out a few favorite things below- scroll down to see what they are. And don’t forget to shop the post at the bottom of the page- we added even more favorites there. Happy Shopping!
Two hobbies of mine are cooking & spending time on Pinterest. That being said, finding new recipes on Pinterest and trying them out the kitchen is hands-down one of my favorite things to do. Pinterest is such a great source for recipes. We’ve pinned quite a few on our ‘To Cook’ board, but wanted to share some recipes today that are totally perfect for Thanksgiving. If you need to bring a dish to Thanksgiving (or to Friendsgiving) consider making one of these. Happy pinning & happy cooking! -M
Hey LOLO Mag readers- we have a new page on Pinterest! We will be pinning style inspiration, recipes, travel images, decor inspiration, lovey-dovey moments, quotes, and more. Scroll down to see a sneak peek of each of the 10 boards. Click the board title to see more. Here’s to pinning with us and being inspired!