When I started the Old House Chic blog, I wanted it to be a source of inspiration to those that read it. I wanted to give a gentle push to those that needed a little courage to take on something big or to step way out on that limb. Had I not been given the same, I feel like I might not be in the place where I am today.
Through projects featured on my blog, I had hoped that I could convey that it has not been easy sometimes, but we all persevere just the same. After a certain series of posts, I decided to create a t-shirt that I could use in different ways- but with the same goal in mind of inspiring courage in your own lives, a sort of “I lived through that and I have the t-shirt to prove it.” Whatever the battle was, it was yours and you conquered it- thus, the boxing gloves. I also wanted to unite a community of restorers, upcyclers, lovers of the before-and-after makeovers, rust fanatics and antique collectors, vintage fans and purveyors of anything in between all commonly, and lovingly, known as “junk.” Thus the “Junk Addicts Unite” line printed above the boxing gloves. The idea was that we are all encountering battles along the way in our own journeys and, in that journey, we all want to feel a basic sense that we are not alone in fighting the good fight.
My own best friend recently conquered her own battle alongside her middle child. Notice that I phrased this as “alongside” as opposed to “against.”
Here’s why: A few years ago, my best friend’s child was diagnosed with ADHD and, with it, a wild roller coaster ride of impulsiveness that surfaced with stealing and confrontations that led to fights with fellow students. This kiddo’s confidence tanked and she was cast as the “troublemaker” and, worst of all, “that kid” in every teacher’s classroom. But her mom, who was the most frustrated of all in the path that she was watching her daughter go down like a runaway train, was determined to fix this by any means necessary. She took the prescribed path that most parents take and, when one psychologist told her that she was “loving her child too much,” she decided to forge her own path, hand in hand, with her daughter. They would figure this out together because giving up was not an option and neither, apparently, was the “normal” path of dealing with a child that was drowning in the deep end of the ADHD pool.
My best friend and I were both taught from the time we were born “to kill with kindness” but this can be interpret a little differently when those two little girls were brought up to be two very strong women. To my best friend, “killing with kindness” meant that she would fight her way through the ADHD fog in her daughter’s life to set the best example possible:
If her daughter was hitting, she would teach kindness, if her daughter was stealing, she would teach the concept of giving.
Her daughter would learn to be strong, in an appropriate way, and thus know how to direct that strength into positive channels that would feed her confidence…and it worked.
Their weeknights, weekends and days off from school were filled with generosity, acts of kindness and selflessness. They volunteered with Meals on Wheels, ran clothing drives and gathered toiletries, made care packages for the homeless and, in the process of giving, received so much. Pretty soon the whole family was involved and their efforts became a nonprofit organization called Little Hands Giving Hearts. And the logo?
Two little hands, belonging to the very daughter that was all but lost to ADHD, holding a heart.
From a far, I watched my best friend’s journey with her daughter and I am amazed and so proud of what they have accomplished. I am proud of her daughter and can see the transformation from a child who was lost in an internal battle to one of quiet peace. They are both an inspiration to me on a daily basis and on this day I am inspired to help with their cause of spreading kindness- such a simple thing that so many just don’t get.
In an effort to support the continued mission of Little Hands Giving Hearts, Old House Chic would be honored to offer support by offering the t-shirts that were created to inspire courage in fighting your individual battles and spreading that inspiration and hope onto others through a sense of community- that we are all united under a common theme- a love for the old- the same one that brought you to this blog .
The boxing gloves t-shirts will be available to be purchased
with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Little Hands Giving Hearts, for $10 with free shipping. In an effort to direct 100% of the proceeds to Little Hands Giving Hearts, the shipping will be paid by Old House Chic to wherever your home resides.