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that’s what she wore ~ rock bottom and high heels

Yesterday, I saw a homeless woman whose sign said:

Rock bottom is a hard place to hit, but at least it’s solid ground.

That thought stuck in my head, and I just keep thinking how true it is.  And how sometimes in life, we feel like we are free falling, spiraling downward – and it’s only once we hit rock bottom that we can begin a new ascent, and even soar to new heights.

Speaking of new heights, these heels I’m wearing for the first time ever today just might be my highest heels yet.

But speaking of hitting rock bottom {in a shallow, completely different way than the homeless woman meant}, I bought these shoes to wear during the NBA Finals.  When the Thunder were going to bring home the ship.  Except Russell Westbrook got injured in the second round of the Playoffs and we didn’t even make it to the Western Conference Finals.  Boo.  And my grand plan of wearing a more spectacular pair of heels for each round came crashing down around me.  Sad day.  So, in an effort to forget about all that, I styled these in the least Thunder way possible today.  I went the tropical route, which seemed perfect for such a rainy summer day.

This button down sleeveless top and these colorful earrings were thrift store finds.  I’ve worn the earrings a million times – they seem to go with everything.

But, as is usually the case with me, the shoes make the outfit.  I love ’em.  And I can’t wait to wear them to Thunder games next season.  {I really miss going to games, y’all.}

And now, switching gears back to the homeless woman and her sign… I was bummed when I stopped next to her at the stoplight, because I didn’t have anything to give her right then.  Like most people these days, I hardly ever have cash on me.  And to be honest, I don’t always feel like money is the best thing to give to people on street corners.  So, a few months ago, I made a trip to Sam’s and put together some baggies to hand out when I see people in need.

I simply picked up some gallon zip lock bags, and filled them with things like: cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, juice boxes, hand sanitizing wipes, cereal bars, etc.  You know, stuff that is individually wrapped and will last.  Then I kept them in my car to give to people.  So much easier than avoiding meeting that person’s eyes as they stand there holding a sign on the corner.  And I’ve actually met some really nice people this way.

Oh, I also made some cards to stick in the baggies. I simply wrote an encouraging verse or quote on each blank card and then added a little sticker.

This would be a great project to do with your children if you have kids.  I’m sure they would enjoy helping you put the bags of food together, too.  And it’s a perfect opportunity to teach them about helping others.  I actually did this with Grace, one of my Switch girls, and we really enjoyed the whole process. Philippians 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. {The Message}

If you find yourself hitting rock bottom, remember to be thankful for solid ground.  And like they say, things can only go up from here, right? :)

~abi~

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jJimmie FergusonJuly 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Abi, you are amazing!! That is such a great idea! I think I will do that with my boys. I am a sucker when it comes to ppl on the corner. I agree, sometimes giving money isn’t the answer. The shoes are great! You know what I love about really high heels with a good platform?? They are easy to wear!! As usual, you look adoreable!! God bless you girlie!!

Amy RoseJuly 16, 2013 - 4:37 pm

I love your blog, Abi! Wonderful “that’s what she wore” as always and what a wonderful idea for the homeless…I would really like to do the same and share with others your wonderful idea:)

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