The Tote Project

Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you just have to roll with it.

     I didn’t have the best week last week. It seemed that everything that could go wrong did. An order got backed up and messed up my schedule for the week, which will then mess up the schedules of others in a few weeks. Then a database crashed on me causing me to come up with new and inventive ways to reconcile some accounts. I managed, but then I had to repopulate the database. It was lots of fun. (Can you hear the sarcasm dripping from every word?) Then Saturday I went to get my hair trimmed and the beautician ended up cutting it all off. That was quite a surprise, well that and finding out that during the process my water bottle had somehow opened up soaking everything in my purse. Oh hey! Did I forget to mention the random flat tire I got while clear on the other side of town and my insurance company telling me that I was only covered to be towed 10 miles and I’d have to pay the rest of the way. Yeah that was a fun one.
Sharmon Lebby
However, some good things were on the horizon. Because my schedule was different, I didn’t have to go into work over the weekend. Because the database crashed I had a task to occupy my time that week when I might have been bored otherwise. My hair is super thick and has very tight curls and can be difficult to manage, so in this time of my life when things are pretty crazy, I’m blessed that my hair is going to be less of a problem for the next few months.
When I got the flat tire I was able to call a friend who just happened to be close by. He came, took off the tire, took me to a repair shop to get it fixed (which they did for free). Plus he gave me one of those amazing hugs that seem to pul you all back together when I really needed it.
Sharmon Lebby
Oh and the purse. Well I had to change my purse which I’d been carrying around for most of the year. I changed it to the tote I got from pledging to Ethical Style Journal’s Kickstarter campaign last year. It’s from The Tote Project and it’s fabulous.
According to their website, The Tote Project was created to support survivors of human trafficking and give them a means to pursue their dreams. The women that sew the bags in India have come out of the sex trade and are given the opportunity to support themselves. Though, what really surprised me what not the company but how amazing this bag was. I was expecting a simple little bag that I could throw some papers in or use as another grocery bag. This was so much more than that.
First, it actually closes. Well in a way. I should say it has a closing method. One of those fun little magnetic snap buttons. It doesn’t close completely but it’s better than nothing, and way better than I was expecting. Then it also has an inside pocket. Which, by the way, comes with a cute little “who we are, what we’re about, what we’re made of, how to take of me” label. And, of course, we can’t forget the hashtag #HoldOnToHope
The bag is wonderfully constructed and I’m excited to see how it holds up. So glad the universe forced me to switch. Here’s to bad days that turn into blessings in disguise.

**Outfit is a mix of thrifted goods and gifts (and I never look a gift horse in the mouth)**

4 thoughts on “The Tote Project

  1. Loved reading your blog!

    Bless your soul! You definitely had a few challenging episodes recently which you overcame with your contagious optimism.

    I’d love to visit The Tote Project in India one day in my life. 🙂

    Thank you for educating us and writing about them.

    Love, peace and blessings
    Sabeena

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