"inspired by a traditional Argentine shoe & challenged by the continent's povery and health issues, I created TOMS with a singular mission: to make life more comfortable. TOMS accomplishes this through its unique shoe & my commitment to match every pair purchased with a donated pair to a child in need...no complicated formulas, it's simple: you buy a pair of TOMS and i give a pair to a child on your behalf."
- blake mycoskie: designer/chief shoe giver

i LOVE my TOMS... go to www.tomsshoes.com to see shoes & learn more...

see last year's shoe drop in argentina here
next shoe drop is SOUTH AFRICA!!
the goal is to give 50,000 shoes...order in the next few weeks to be a part & make a difference!!


nashville is the new LA?

well, that was the name of the party i went to with some friends last week. but what does that mean???
we care more about what clothes we're wearing than about the homeless all around us without clothes?
we worry more about hitting up the latest party than if our neighbor down the street really needs to talk?
we are concerned more about the circles we run in and the friends we claim than if we are truly connecting?
well, i think any "progressive" city has some of that...trying to keep up with the ever-changing trends and fashions and culture. and nashville is home to so many celebrities, sometimes it does feel like hollywood.

but my hope is nashville will NOT become the new LA...that we'll stay true to our southern roots of hospitality and sincerity. that we'll care more about loving our neighbor than loving our reputation. that we'll care more about growing our relationships than our bank account.

i know that i have found authentic community here and i am so thankful...my prayer is that God will continue to use me here to be real and passionate...even when that means being different.

hebrews 11 talks about "seeking a homeland...desiring a better country...a heavenly one" and how God has "prepared for them a city"...
i pray our efforts would be focused on the perfect city that is to come (hebrews 13:14)

"being exiles does not mean being cynical. it does not mean being indifferent or uninvolved. the salt of the earth does not mock rotting meat. where it can, it saves and seasons. and where it can't, it weeps. and the light of the world does not withdraw, saying "good riddance" to godless darkness. it labors to illuminate. but not dominate."
- john piper

here are some pictures from the party...