Keeping Promises: Let Your Yes Be Yes

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What is a promise? When you make a promise, you are giving your word that you will do the thing promised in a timely manner. Problems can arise when you do not keep your promise and the relationship between the two people can break down.

“Be impeccable with your word” is one of the Four Agreements in the book by Don Miguel Ruiz (it’s one of my favorites!) Do you keep your promises? Can people count on you to do what you promise to do, when you say you will do it? In order to build a successful relationship, there has to be credibility and truthfulness in your words. People need to know they can count on you. One of the quickest ways to show this is by keeping your promises. The reverse is also true — one of the quickest ways to destroy a relationship is to not keep your promises.

Have you ever had someone ask you to make a promise and you said “yes” and almost immediately you wished your answer had been “no”? Best to go ahead and keep the promise, learn your lesson and be more careful and think about it a little longer next time. But always let your “yes” truly be a yes and your no be a definite no.

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Two Steps to Jump-Start Your Efficiency

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One of the core beliefs of trendy trade clothing swap events is that if you use what you have wisely you will never be in need. As the old proverb says, “waste not, want not.” It goes hand in hand with being efficient.

Efficiency: preventing the wasteful use of a particular resource

Clothing aside for one moment, one of our most treasured resources is our time. Consider this — you can work hard all day long at spinning your wheels. You are still working hard, but you are not getting anywhere. Busyness and working are not the same thing.

How do you know if your work is efficient? Look for two things:

  • One, you are exerting effort on the right thing with little to no wasted effort and
  • Two, you have something to show for that work when it is done.

When working, focus your energy towards accomplishing a task – focus gets you working efficiently. The work will then end in something – you will have an end product or a result to show for the energy you have exerted.

You can’t do anything halfheartedly and expect to get the full result. Maybe it is just the Midwestern farm girl in me, but I believe hard work pays off and anything less risks breeding entitlement. The reward you seek for a job well done comes to you based on your efforts.

Working does not mean staying busy. If you find you are staying busy, but not accomplishing anything, it is time to reevaluate how you are working. Are you focusing your energy on the right things and in the right way? Eliminate what is not working – discard the waste — and try something new.

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Believe Anything is Possible

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Look up into the sky on a clear night and soak in the view. Those billions of stars, planets and galaxies are all waiting to be discovered and some of them, we have. Humans are living and existing in space — eating, breathing, surviving on the International Space Station. In another decade or so, rockets will be launched into space to asteroids threatening the earth to send them into reorbit so they don’t destroy us. It’s true and in development as we speak. If people have dared to believe that this was possible and have made it happen, how can we ever think that our dreams are not possible too? Anything is possible, if we believe — and that is where it all starts.

Trendy trade clothing swap events were created out of nothing. It came out of a small seed of an idea and the belief that something like this was possible. To date, we have swapped over 3,000 items of clothing at our various events and donated over 1,000 items to charities that help women in need. None of this would have happened if we didn’t do something simply so small to begin with: dare to believe it was possible and take one small step to make it happen.

To accomplish anything, first comes the belief that you can. First, see it in your mind to begin. Then, take the next step to help bring it to fruition. It’s all you have to keep doing – put one foot in front of the other and repeat; one small step at a time.

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You Were Meant to Shine

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If you have ever found yourself excelling at something, only to then find that other people become afraid or jealous, let this be an encouragement to you — keep doing that thing! Not in spite of those that are reacting negatively, but only because anytime we are up to something good, it is natural that we will face adversity.

A light does what it is best at doing – it chases away darkness and brightens up its surroundings. No one turns on a light just to then cover it up or smother it. The same is true of the lights that shine from our lives – do not smother it and do not cover it up. You cannot let unhealthy people stop you from being the beautiful you that you were meant to be. You cannot let their incorrect perspective keep your life from shining.

A healthy person will see your light shining and be encouraged to allow their lives to do the same. Through trendy trade clothing swap events, we are in the business of positive life transformation just as much as we are in the business of swapping clothes. Your life is meant to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of people all around you. You are meant to shine and be an inspirational example for others. Keep shining.

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A Definition of True Beauty

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Every woman needs moments where she feels truly beautiful – and not because of what can be seen, but because of what is not so easily seen, except for when it shines through you and out of you and spills over into the world around you to be seen. No matter who you are or what you have been through, you absolutely deserve to feel cherished and treasured.

A scar here, an injury there – life has a way of chipping at us and slowly breaking us apart, if we allow it. If we start out, perfectly sculpted, over time, we can be worn down. As we grow older and find the outward beauty isn’t as easily achieved for us as it once was, we can encounter a crisis of sorts and we strive to hold on to what is fleeting.

Try on this traditional definition of beauty (from dictionary.com,) for size: “the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).”

Wouldn’t you be intensely pleased if you saw a woman completing living into who she was meant to be? Wouldn’t that give you the inspiration you need to do the same?

The confusion comes because our culture would have us believe that the opposite is true. With the amount of airbrushed magazine covers, beauty cream commercials and multitudes of hair color we can choose from, how are we to believe that beauty doesn’t actually work on us from the outside and move inward? Do I need to look beautiful before I feel beautiful?

Let’s shift our focus and our definition of beauty to that which stays: our inner beauty. Unlike outer beauty, it doesn’t get harder to achieve over the years, it evolves. All those scars, injuries, bumps and bruises – when they heal properly – are a testament to the life we’ve lived and the experiences we’ve had. They hold memories, some good and some bad, but all that are used to develop us into a beautiful being.

If you have been to one of our trendy trade clothing swap events, whether you know it or not, you were noticed for your true, inner beauty. I saw you and absolutely adore you and have seen something in you that tells me you are beautiful. I believe it is when our inner beauty shines through us and out of us that we achieve true beauty.

Be who you were meant to be, from the inside out. That is where you will find your true beauty, when you are living from that place that was only ever meant for you.

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4 Step Guide for Finding Your Perfect Style

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One of the most exciting things about clothes is the fact that there are endless options to choose from when dressing to fit your personal style. But what if you just haven’t put your finger on what your personal style is yet?

Check out our helpful 4 step guide to finding your perfect style:

Look for inspiration

Style inspiration is all around us! The key to looking fabulous starts with identifying what kind of style personality you have.  Pull inspiration by observing the style of women you see in everyday life or in movies, images from magazines, books or websites—you can see what styles are out there and how they are being worn. Focus on style icons you admire and ask yourself which pieces you love most.  Then, you can choose the styles that stand out the most to you!

Don’t Splurge

When we get an idea of something we want, it can be easy to jump the gun or break the bank in order to get that item. When experimenting with your personal style, it is important to remember that you should start small and find more affordable methods for attaining these styles. The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of money clothes only to wear them once. Instead, you can go to a consignment shop or find items on sale. Or, our trendy trade clothing swaps are a great way to experiment with your style for a low price.

Trial and error

Once you decide which looks you want to try, and you have purchased (or borrowed) some of these items, the experiment stage begins! Wear these items and adjust the style or pairings if needed. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for advice.

Feel Your Best

When it is all said and done, you want to make sure you choose the style that makes you feel your absolute best. The ultimate goal is feeling great about what you are wearing!

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on the fast track to finding a personal style that fits you!

Buy tickets now for our upcoming trendy trade event and build up your perfect personal style, while having fun!

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What’s Hot: 3 Trends You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the warm weather has arrived. Welcome the spring season with these 3 hot trends you don’t want to miss out on!

Fringe

This easy-going, bohemian look is BIG right now, and you can add it to your wardrobe in a variety of ways. Probably the easiest way to add fringe to your look is to put on a pair of fringed boots, or strap on a fringed purse!

Red

Pops of red are in bloom for the spring season! Whether you are in head to toe red, or are rocking a red blouse, you will stand out from the crowd.

Shirt dresses

Shirt dresses were popular last year and they keep picking up steam. This easy breezy look is not only comfortable put polished! Pair it with some cute sandals or flats and you are good to go.

The best part about these looks is that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve them. Keep an eye out for these hot trends and more at our next trendy trade eventpurchase your tickets today!

5 Basics Every Girl Should Have in Her Closet

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Us ladies love the latest fashions and trendy looks! But having those staple pieces that never go out of style is just as important to your wardrobe!

Check out our list of the 5 basics every girl should have in her closet:

Plain t-shirts

Having comfy, plain t-shirts is a necessity for any closet. With a plain t-shirt, the  possibilities are endless since you can either dress it up or down. Pair it with some shorts or jeans for an effortless look, or with some dress pants, a skirt and a statement necklace for a more put-together outfit.

The perfect pair of jeans

You can’t go wrong with a pair of good quality, perfectly fitting jeans. Since jeans last a long time and are the foundation of every day looks, it’s okay to splurge a little—as long as they are good quality and fit you like a glove!

Black pants

Black is the new black. Owning the always infamous little black dress and/or black dress pants is the perfect tool to have in your arsenal. Think parties, weddings, work, conferences… the list goes on. Don’t leave these essential black pieces out of your wardrobe!

Dresses

Having at least one great dress for day time, and one for a night on the town is a must! Once you have these pieces in your closet, you can add accessories to make it fit the any type of occasion – whether it’s brunch with the girls or a Monday at the office.

Bold blazer

A basic, solid colored blazer can complete an outfit. These are perfect for work attire with the black pants we mentioned above, or they can go with a t-shirt, shorts, maxis and jeans. Just make sure it fits properly! This basic piece is limitless when it comes to styling it!

With these pieces, you can mix and match them all to create a variety of different looks and get the most out of your closet – and budget!

Are you in need of these wardrobe basics? You can find them at our trendy trade events!

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trendy trade Phoenix Clothing Swap Event Preview

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Ready to spring clean those extra clothes right out of your closet? If so, we have a solution for turning those valuable items you have sitting around into something that you will love to wear.

Join us for the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event coming up Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. All women are invited to attend. Plus, we help women in need by donating unclaimed items at the end of each event, so you can feel good about helping, all while having fun.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. You’ll want to bring a minimum of five items to trade. We accept stylish dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home. So, bring five, take 5 or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories; some pieces even with the tags on it.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event will benefit UMOM, a local organization that helps mothers and families become self-sufficient after hardship.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE VENUE

Trendy trade loves supporting women and also loves supporting local business, so we find it completely perfect that a woman owned local business will be the venue for the next trendy trade in the Phoenix area. Join us April 11, 2015 at D’Vine Gourmet, located at 4955 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

You will love D’Vine Gourmet, run by Tucson native Denise McCreery. McCreery and family established D’Vine Gourmet to share their love of food and wine and their culinary creations with others. During the event, you will have the opportunity to shop their gourmet treats and gifts, plus see their beautiful brand new location!

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SWAP

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $12. Register online in advance at the link below.

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SUPPORTING LOCAL WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Here is a sneak peek at the women run businesses featured at the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event.

Sak Saum Representative Audrey Heine Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum’ through showcasing their mission and products at our events. For more information about Audrey’s involvement with Sak Saum, please check out our blog here: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 1A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

Denise McCreery of D’Vine Gourmet D’Vine Gourmet was established by the McCreery family to share their love of food, wine and their unique culinary creations with others. D’Vine Gourmet’s beautiful new location boasts their gift shop, wine cellar and commercial kitchen all under one roof. Come see the treats as they are being made! D’Vine Gourmet is also the venue for our next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event and can be found at 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler next to the Good Egg. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm. Visit them online at http://stores.dvinegourmet.com/.

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Veronica Shaw and Karen Cummings, Co-Founders VISION Marketing & Consulting VISION’s mission is to contribute to the continued success of small businesses, primarily within the healthcare & wellness industries, by becoming an integral part of their business and collaborating to implement tailored, affordable and effective inbound marketing solutions. VISION Marketing & Consulting was created with the client in mind and knows how overwhelming and intimidating marketing may seem at times – so they’ll help to make it simple. With their healthcare marketing services, they’ll do all the hard work and you can reap the rewards! VISION provides small businesses in the Phoenix-metropolitan area with simplified, effective marketing solutions to help grow your business. They make the extra effort to listen and learn what makes a business unique in order to present a customized and effective plan of attack. They are passionate about marketing and excited to see their efforts take small businesses to the next level. For more information or to contact them, please visit their website at: http://www.visionmarketingaz.com/

Lilli Spano and Laurie McPhie will be in attendance with a special offer from Jenny Craig. Join Now For Free + $50 in Food Savings. (Disclaimer: *Plus the cost of food. Plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Monthly fees of $39 apply. $50 food discounts to be used in $10 increments for each weekly food purchase of $90 US/$95 CAN. Valid at participating centers, Jenny Craig Anywhere, and jennycraig.com. New members only. Program enrollment required. No cash value. Offer ends on 5/29/15. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Restrictions apply.)

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3 Easy Steps for a Quick Spring Closet Clean

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With spring officially here and two trendy trade clothing swap events quickly approaching in San Diego and Phoenix, now is the perfect time to tackle that closet. It can be one of the most dreaded times of year – spring cleaning and having to face all those daunting tasks you’ve been putting off the rest of the year. Outside, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and inside, cobwebs come down and closets come under attack this time of year.

With just a few easy tips, we hope to help you breakdown this task so it is a little less overwhelming and actually more rewarding. Go through each step, one at a time, and when you’re done, you’ll find space in your closet for all your new favorite finds you are sure to bring home with you from the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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Step 1: Purge

This doesn’t take long and, in fact, should be done quickly. Start at one end of your closet and work your way across and then top to bottom, looking for items that are completely worn out and not usable. If beyond repair, these items should go directly into your recycle pile.

Step 2: Filter

Here is where you will be slightly more attentive to what you are getting rid of. In the same pattern as before, across and then top to bottom, filter out items that are still in good condition, but no longer fit. This is where painful realism comes into play. Too big or too small? These items should go directly into your swapping pile. If an item has sentimental value, store it, but free up the space in your closet.

Step 3: Match

With the work you’ve completed so far, the items left in your closet should be usable items that fit you well. Double check what you’ve done by “closet shopping” and putting together outfits for yourself in advance of needing to wear them. This will also help you take inventory of what items you need to complete an outfit or look. Then, be on the lookout for those items at the next trendy trade clothing swap event.

Our hope is that these few easy closet cleaning tips will help you make the most of what you already have and then also give you a head start on filtering through your closet so you have a bag ready to go when you attend your next trendy trade clothing swap event.

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trendy trade: Bring This, Not That

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Scrounging around in your closet to fill your bag for the next trendy trade clothing swap event? We have some tips for you! There is a fine line between what to bring or not to bring to a trendy trade clothing swap event. We want to help give some guidelines so that when you are cleaning out your closet (spring cleaning closet tips coming next week!) you will have a better idea of the items allowed into the trade.

Think about it this way: if you wouldn’t give it to a sister or a friend, then likely the ladies at the swap or the women in our community that we donate to at the end of each event also won’t be interested.

We accept up-to-date items that are dry cleaned or laundered with no stains or signs of wear. Items that will be excluded are: dirty, worn, stained, logo wear, intimate apparel, outdated clothing, outdated jewelry or outdated accessories. If you’re bringing shoes, make sure they are in “like-new” condition. (In some instances, we are able to help fill a need for women in our community for intimate apparel, however, we ask that these items still have the tags on them and be unworn.)

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To demonstrate, we’ve dug deep into our closets to show you which items are swap-worthy and which aren’t.

Bring this (up-to-date) | Not that (outdated) – Just to clarify, vintage (pictured below, left) is timeless and will be accepted into the swap as there is a huge demand for this style right now

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Bring this (graphics / designs ok) | Not that (no logo wear or t-shirts)

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Bring this (clean, dry-cleaned) | Not that (no stains or holes)

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Bring this (like-new items) | Not that (no signs of wear)

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trendy trade San Diego Clothing Swap Event Preview

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Sunshine and swaying palm trees set the stage for the next trendy trade clothing swap event coming to San Diego soon! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. Space is limited and the event is open to all women. Plus, when you register online by March 16, you’ll receive a bonus pick!

Join us for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event coming up Sunday, March 29, 2015. You can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show-up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through the San Diego Rescue Mission. SDRM exists to help the homeless and poor create better lives for themselves as well as build a better community for all. To find out more about San Diego Rescue Mission, you may visit their website at sdrescue.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Marina Village Conference Center & Marina, located at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, is the backdrop for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event. You’ll find us in suite D6. Parking is in the lot out front and it is free. Just look for the trendy trade signs.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE A SPOT IN THIS EVENT

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, get your ticket in advance. (City regulations prevent sales at the door.) Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $15. Register online in advance here.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR RAFFLES AND PRIZES

Local women business owners will be giving away raffles and prizes at the beginning of this trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event, so be sure to arrive early to get in on the action. Here is a sneak peek at the women owned businesses featured at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event.

Barbara Maisonet runs YOU Choose Life & Business Coaching. She works with top-notch managers and individuals committed to creating a work/life balance, gain clarity on purpose & direction, and have more fun and more freedom on a daily basis. For more information, visit her website at: www.youchooselifecoaching.com/

Nicole Wright with Promise Organix will be a featured woman business owner at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event! Join us, along with Nicole as she showcases her unique skin care line and products. We are excited to have her joining us and hope you find her products helpful and a good fit for your lifestyle. It might just be what you’re looking for.

Rosita McLaurin is a San Diego realtor who will listen, advise and guide rather than push. She is committed to helping her clients every step of the way.

Emalyn will also be joining us with her fabulous spa-like body wraps! Don’t miss it and come pamper yourself!

Paula Shoemaker with Flowers in Balloom makes unique, handcrafted flowers made from balloons! The balloon flowers are made in an array of colors, shades and patterns that range from the realistic to the surrealistic, and from the identical to the whimsical. Each flower is tastefully and creatively embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, beads, stones, pearls, sequins, fur and various other materials. And, since every flower is made by hand, no two flowers are alike, which makes Flowers in Balloom a one-of-a-kind floral creation! Flowers in Balloom can be used to decorate hair, hats, clothing, gift packages, and in many other ways!

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A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

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Read Part 1 of our story: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story here

Audrey wondered, “Is there a purpose in all this?” With just she and a friend going, the perceived safety of being in a large group was gone, and her curiosity piqued for what might be ahead. So, off she went to Cambodia on a trip that would change her life. There was more for Audrey ahead than simply a chance to help for a week. She came back with an idea on how to create something new and extend her reach beyond her own hands, and into ours and also into the hands of each and every woman who attends a trendy trade clothing swap event this year.

Audrey spent a majority of her time with Sak Saum (meaning dignity in the native language,) an organization that helps the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. Sak Saum’s programs include housing, meals, childcare, education and work training. Women are taught skills to enable them to make a living and the products of their work are exquisite handmade items.

Take the story of Mary. This precious woman came to Sak Saum without the ability to see. Unable to do the work in the current curriculum, a position was created that she could do— it was created special, just for her. Someone who had previously been treated as if she had no value; Mary now has a beautiful purpose, unique and special to her and her alone, as she custom creates painted fabrics that are one-of-a-kind and then turned into purses. A life repurposed, repurposes the fabric – all of it ending in something beautiful.

Audrey has pioneered a partnership between Sak Saum and trendy trade clothing swap events, and we are excited to share that beginning this year, you will be seeing these items for sale at our trendy trade clothing swap events; also giving you the opportunity to directly support Sak Saum’s mission by purchasing these items.

Rather than just treating the trip as a once in a lifetime experience, Audrey came back purposefully as an advocate for Sak Saum’s mission and connecting women at trendy trade clothing swap events with a way to help fellow women globally. Trendy trade clothing swap events is proud to support Audrey in her endeavor and we are honored to have been able to witness this idea come to life.

What’s beautiful about this is seeing Audrey’s life repurposed simply because she saw a place where she could help in her own unique way. As she works to support other women whose lives are being transformed in Cambodia, she is undergoing a transformation herself. Audrey says, “Since finding my purpose for the next phase of my life I have become bold and I might even say daring. I am so far out of my comfort zone that I don’t even have anything to compare where I am going to. At 45 years old, I find myself adventurous, doing things I have never done. I have confidence and my everyday movements are with determined purpose. Time is fleeting, and this new sense of excited wonder is so amazing that I don’t want to waste one moment.”

Please join us in encouraging and supporting Audrey and Sak Saum in the year ahead. To purchase these items, visit us at any trendy trade clothing swap event in 2015. Or, buy online at saksaum.com.

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A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 1

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One small event can be the catalyst for big life change. We’ve seen it happen over and over again at our trendy trade clothing swap events. Within our first couple of events, I began to realize the power of just getting a group of women together in one place at one time. The clothes, purses, shoes and jewelry are all a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong, but simply having the power to reach out and connect with other women face-to-face, is the launching pad for even greater things to happen.

At one of the clothing swap events, I asked one of the ladies if she had found anything [clothing] and her emphatic reply was “I found my purpose!” as she tossed her hand up in the air. I was so excited for her because I knew how important it was at that point in her life. Audrey, a wife and stay-at-home mother for over 20 years was sending her first born off to college and watching her second grow up just as quickly and contemplating what her life would hold next.

A model of excellence, any domestic goddess would lose her crown trying to keep up with this lady. Every room perfectly packaged, every meal carefully cooked, and a house filled with love, it’s the kind of place where you feel right at home the moment you step foot across the threshold. In Audrey’s house, marriage and motherhood are an art and she has mastered it. So it caught her, and everyone else, by surprise that she was now searching for new meaning in life.

She had connected with another woman at one of our trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap events and they began talking about a partnership that could come from the connection. It was a win/win situation and perfectly timed – quite the serendipitous encounter.

What we didn’t know at the time was that the small conversation was only the beginning of an inspiring story with a journey that would take her across the world and back and an ending that is still yet to be written. One thing always leads to another and through this encounter, Audrey found seeds being planted in her heart to prepare her to help women in need across the globe.

Her decision to travel to Cambodia was just as surprising to her as it was to everyone that knew her. Leaving the comfort of her family, community and home was a risk, but going with a large group helped to put her at ease. However, things didn’t stay that way. As the trip approached, the group dwindled from 12 to three and then the day before, just two…

Next week this story continues. Check back then for Part 2 of A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story

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trendy trade Sacramento Clothing Swap Event Preview

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We are excited to announce a first for trendy trade clothing swap events as we open up the event to a new city, Sacramento! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. The event is open to all women; space is limited.

Join us for the inaugural trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event coming up Saturday, March 7, 2015. All women are invited to attend. Plus, you can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! Participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event. Visit our FAQ page for more details on what is accepted into the swap.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through Acres of Hope. To find out more about Acres of Hope, you may visit their website at acresofhopeonline.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Journey Church, located at 9001 Foothills Blvd, Roseville is the backdrop for the next trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event. Just look for the directional signs and follow them into the plaza. Parking is in the parking lot in the front and around the sides of the building. Parking is free. Overflow parking is available on the side street (Niblick Dr.)

REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, register online in advance for this complimentary inaugural event. Register online in advance here.

HELPING WOMEN IN NEED

One of the things we are passionate about is helping women, especially single mothers, both locally and globally. At this trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event, we are proud to have representatives from both Sak Saum and Acres of Hope in attendance. Here is a sneak peek at both organizations and how they help women in need.

SAK SAUM

Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. Trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum through showcasing their mission and beautiful items available for purchase at our events.

A sampling of Sak Saum's beautiful handmade products available for purchase

A sampling of Sak Saum’s beautiful handmade products available for purchase

ACRES OF HOPE

Through their faith-based program, Acres of Hope provides a long-term housing option for homeless women with children. Acres’ program helps mothers transition out of destructive cycles and patterns of behavior that have led to homelessness and into whole and healthful living that gives them long-term stability and hope. Trendy trade is proud to support Acres of Hope through our Sacramento area clothing swap events. Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Sacramento clothing swap event will be donated directly to meet the needs of mothers at Acres of Hope as they transition back into the workforce. Additional items will also be donated to their local boutique, ReNew.

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One simple solution: just love

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If you find yourself fighting a constant battle of relational issues with someone, let me ask, are you loving that person? One simple concept can solve so many of our problems, yet we don’t do it for a myriad of reasons. We think we’re not capable, we think they don’t deserve it or we simply don’t want to. After all, how can you love someone so difficult, mean, abrasive or harsh?

Loving someone doesn’t mean putting yourself in harms way. You don’t have to be constantly subjected to unhealthy words and circumstances. Loving someone in a healthy way comes from a place of compassion and it’s not always easy, but it is worth it. If you can get to a place of realizing why that difficult person acts the way they do, that is the beginning of compassion, which is the beginning of love.

Think about a time when someone showed you love, even if you didn’t deserve it. How did it feel? Now, how would you feel if you could extend that same understanding to someone else? If not for them, for yourself? To get you in a place of being able to manage through difficulties.

If we would widen our perspectives we would see that the answer to so many things is to just love, even when it’s difficult. Amazing things happen when you choose to show compassion to someone even if it seems they don’t deserve it. You could impact them in a life-changing way just by setting the example — just love.

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What is a beautiful exchange?

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What makes an exchange beautiful? We believe that an exchange is beautiful when both sides involved in the exchange win. It’s not beautiful if someone comes out ahead at the expense of someone else. That’s not an arrangement we want any part of and so at each trendy trade clothing swap event, you will find a series of beautiful exchanges.

The primary exchange is the clothing that is being traded. Item-for-item, you’re attending and trading clothing, accessories and other items you don’t use for items you will use. That’s beautiful and just plain smart too! You are spending less, saving more and making the most of what you already have by exchanging unused items for items you will love to use. That’s beautiful.

A secondary exchange that happens is a product of the clothing swap events. Without fail, we have a surplus of clothes and we have found a way to make the most of these as well by helping women in need right here in our community. At the end of each trendy trade clothing swap event, unclaimed items are donated to a local women’s charity. They receive the clothes, which become a valuable resource for helping to transform lives, and at the same time we are given the opportunity to feel good about helping other women in our community.

One of the most beautiful exchanges that is made during a trendy trade clothing swap event is through product sales. The only items sold, and not traded, at a trendy trade clothing swap event are handmade items from Sak Saum and Living Hope Maternity Home. They offer us a beautiful product to use and enjoy and in exchange, we can pay for that product knowing that money is being used directly to change lives. Yes, you can get the same thing at a store, but here we know exactly how our money spent is making the world a better place.

Another beautiful exchange is the exchange of knowledge and encouragement that happens among the women at our events. Whether it is between the women that are attending and sharing uplifting conversations and encouraging words with one another or our vendors and local women business owners providing education about their products and services, beautiful exchanges are going on all around during our trendy trade clothing swap events. Local women business owners have been selected to attend and share their knowledge, products and services with attendees. You are getting information, products and services from a quality vendor and being connected with women that can become a valuable and knowledgeable resource for you at the same time. We love seeing the doors that open and new opportunities created for women when these types of connections are made.

There are layers upon layers of beautiful exchanges happening each time we gather for a trendy trade clothing swap event. The impact ripples out into the world around us and we’ll spread the impact as far as we can reach. Each time you attend, you are also supporting women locally and globally, just by having an afternoon of fun and walking out the door with new fabulous favorite finds – that is just plain beautiful.

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Stop waiting for permission

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Some people call them pipe dreams, lofty goals or think “someday” they’ll get to it. Whatever “it” is for you, don’t wait for permission. Maybe you have an inspiring idea or are tossing around a dream in your head, but the timing doesn’t seem right or the people aren’t there to help or …. (name your reason.) What are you waiting for?

With deeper reflection you may find that possibly what is holding you back is that you are waiting for someone to appoint you to the task, when in all actuality no such person exists. Take that first step outside your comfort zone and be the first person to believe in your dream.

No one can give you permission but you. If you are not breaking any laws and it will not hurt anyone, don’t wait for permission. Get started! Once you do, things have a way of falling into place. It just takes you giving yourself permission to dream and then permission to act on the dream that is uniquely yours.

Still not convinced? Then get started anyways, you have our permission.

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Love people more, love stuff less

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It breaks my heart to see people loving things more than they love people. It’s seemingly our default response when we feel someone or something has wronged us. We turn our attention to the tangible for comfort – the career that hasn’t yet let us down, a shopping trip to fill the void, or a drink to help us feel anything other than what we’re feeling.

Right about now you may be hunting down the irony to be found in the fact that the girl that organizes clothing swap events compiled of hundreds of items of clothing and accessories (all so materialistic, right?) is professing to love people more than stuff. But, please allow me to open your eyes to this – the “stuff” is our way to loving people.

Some people can only be reached through their things or reached when those things have disappeared from their life. They’ll spend all day shopping and will never know the value of people until they’ve lost everything they have.

Please hear me when I say, it’s not about the stuff – it never has been and it never will be. For us, it’s about helping women. It’s about helping women make the most of what they have and it’s about helping women help other women. We love people and the stuff is our way to them to be able to do that.

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Surrender actually can be sweet

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I never understood why surrender was so sweet. As a former control freak, if you wanted to get me anywhere close to surrender, you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming to it. Nothing about surrender ever felt natural, or sweet, until now.

Think about your options. If you don’t surrender, the only other choice is to keep battling it. Constant opposition is exhausting. Constant opposition steals focus from more important things that should be getting your attention.

So, I give up! When I say I give up, I mean I am relinquishing full control, which means I no longer own this problem. I so badly don’t want it that I keep trying to, with force, keep it at an arms length at minimum — or at most — actively try to to push it out of my life. It’s constant battling. If I don’t make that choice on my own, eventually I will wear myself out trying to fight it, and then at the point of exhaustion I will give up.

When nothing else works and we’ve tried all we can try, we give up and surrender. Most of the time it’s the last thing we do when it should be the first. If it’s the first, we save ourselves so much grief, energy and in some cases, resources and money. We become so tired of “it” so sick of “it” so desperate to be done with “it” that we just finally fall in exhaustion and give up. That’s the point of surrender. We decide to be done with it. We’ve fought until there is no more fight in us.

We’re not giving way to it, we’re simply choosing to loosen the tie that it has on us – and that is what can be so sweet about surrender. It detaches us from that thing that we never wanted in the first place.

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