Oh hello! It's me, Moorea again :) I've experimented with colors in my hair since I was 12 years old. It's always been something I feel passionate about in how I express myself. I'm 33 now, and I doubt I'll ever be over changing my hair. Change and variety, for me, feel freeing. How about you?
Fresh Starts for Spring
Last year, I went pink for the first time and kept it for quite sometime, until I decided to give my hair a break with something dark instead. Well... It's 2020! And I wanted my pink hair back, so I did it! Have you ever had a hair cut and color that just felt SO truly you? That's how I feel about my shoulder length pink hair. And having it back now makes me feel like there is so much more to me that has been missing that I CAN and WILL bring back in 2020. Blogging is one of those things too, I'll tell you more about my 10 year history of blogging soon :) I want to give you the same feeling I have, motivation to bring back elements of yourself that you miss and that bring happiness to your life.
I am a very empathetic person. Hyper empathetic. I feel other people's feelings on not just a person to person level, but on a broader, nationwide scale. On a big global scale, that empathy helps me tap into figuring out the overarching message that many many people across the globe are needing and feeling each season, each year. With that, I choose topics for my 52 Lists series and write a book for the energy I sense growing in the year ahead. Last year, it was addressing Anxiety. And this year, is all about building bravery and reconnecting to parts of the self that have been absent for a long time, or even lost. 2020 is about facing the hard shit and bringing back what you and I NEED to thrive.
Being an Empath. It's a weird things to have, an energy connection that sometimes feels like a super power and other times feels like a very heavy, overwhelming and isolating weight. It draws a lot of hurting and wounded people to me seeking hope, help, and reassurance. And it sometimes is a big challenge for me to remember, I must invest in myself in all my own weird ways WELL so that I have the capacity to use my empathy in a healthy and loving way for all. And, ya'll, that's what changing my hair up is all about; Investing in one of my favorite forms of self expression and self investment so that I see myself proudly, loudly, being myself. When I feel strong, when I can see my inner self living out loud on the outside, I feel more capable in being able to give to others as well.
So with that...
Win a $250 Hair Cut +/or Color
In an effort to find creative ways to encourage GIVING to others while also seeking new ways to invest in ourselves in 2020, I've partnered with my personal hairstylist Sharell from the Belltown location of Bang Seattle for a really fun and fulfilling giveaway!
If you come down to our Seattle storefront at 1012 1st Ave, Suite 150, Seattle WA 98104, this Saturday, March 7th, bring 3 or more items to donate to Treehouse, Seattle, a non-profit supporting kids in the foster care system, that is close to my heart. We're looking for gently-used or new clothing, jewelry, and accessories that can outfit older teens who are making their way into adulthood.
Take the opportunity to clean out your closet, give back, and be rewarded.
Bring 3+ gently-used or new items in to our store between 11am-6pm on Saturday March 7th, and you will receive a $10 gift card to mooreaseal.com as well as be entered to win a Cut and/or color by Sharell!
Where your Giving Goes: Treehouse
Their Mission: Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future
We envision–and strive to create–a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood.
At Treehouse, we promote and take action toward racial equity. We are at our strongest when we embrace and reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our community. With fierce optimism, we individually and collectively fight the structural inequities that impact all of us. Our commitment to equity is an investment in our mission and our shared future.
By 2022, youth in foster care across Washington state will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood.
Painful Stat's on People who have Experienced Foster Care
This is why I am ferociously passionate about supporting kids aging out of the Foster Care system.
Give these kids a chance. Donate.
We currently have over 500,000 children in our broken foster care system, and all are at extremely high risk...
Almost 80% of inmates incarcerated in our prisons have spent time in foster care.
40-50% of former foster youth become homeless within 18 months after leaving care.
60% of youth earn incomes below the poverty line.
65% of children in foster care experience seven or more school changes from elementary to high school.
Only 1-3% graduate from college.
25% of foster youth will be in prison within two years of emancipation.
It costs an average of $47,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in California.
Four of five (80 percent) young women become pregnant too soon.
32% of foster children are between the ages of 0 and 5
28% of foster children are between the ages of 6 and 12
40% of foster children are between the ages of 13 and 21
Average # of birthdays a child spends in foster care: 2(28 months)
They are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at six times the general population and double the rate of veterans returning from war.
Eight of ten (81 percent) males have been arrested compared to 17 percent of their peers who were not in foster care.
California has twice as many foster children as any other state -- 60,000.
In 2012, U.S. authorities received more than 3.3 million reports of abuse, representing about 6 million children, or 8% of the child population. From those reports, after investigation and intervention, about 400,000 children were placed in foster care, and of those, nearly 60,000 were permanently taken away from their families of origin.
I love this so much! Is there any way to ship a donation to be entered?