This year I decided to take part in Dressember. Dressember has become a global movement to help aid the fight against slavery and sex trafficking of women and children which exists in every country all over the world.
The idea is simple, you as an advocate of dressember wear a dress every day for the 31 days of December. Your journey can be shared on all social media platforms to help raise funds and awareness of the fight against worldwide slavery and sex trafficking.
Instead of doing it alone, I decided to reach out to the world via social media for wonderful ladies who would like to take part with me and form the Ethical Souls Dressember Team. The response was great with lots of interest but in the end we formed a group of amazing women and I would love the opportunity over the next few weeks to introduce you to some of them.
If you would like to donate to our Ethical Souls Dressember Team and support these wonderful ladies just click here
Meanwhile, let me introduce Dottie Sebez
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Dottie Sebez, and I’m a writer. My husband and I live in Colorado with our beautiful 10 month-old son and gentle giant doberman.
This past year, I underwent two significant life changes: I became a mother, and shortly thereafter, I adopted a vegan lifestyle. These two events have introduced me to the true meaning of compassion, and I simply thought I’d burst if I didn’t do something with all the love and blessings I’ve been experiencing.
I became an animal rights advocate, and then I came upon the Dressember Challenge, and I just knew I had to be a part of this fight as well. Who knew that personal style and dresses could be so powerful?
Why did you decide to join the Ethical Souls Dressember Team?
Thanks to scrolling through Instagram at the right time, I discovered Ethical Souls Boutique’s post seeking advocates. I was moved by Dressember’s mission and wanted to participate, but I also knew I couldn’t go about fundraising by myself so I joined the Ethical Souls Dressember Team.
How did you prepare for Dressember?
With only a few dress outfits in mind, I gathered my most basic, comfortable, and versatile dresses along with some accessories and jewelry. I also shared Dressember and my fundraising plans with my network, including my social media savvy sister-in-law who became my first donor.
What have you learnt about yourself since starting Dressember?
I learned that, more than ever, I love my community of women. I realized that I want to become even more involved in ending voilence, and I need to learn more about fundraising.
What have you learnt about your personal style?
I once considered myself a chameleon when it came to style; however, these days I desire more of a uniform look that is both functional, classic, and sleek. With the Dressember Challenge, I’m realizing that I’m more of a minimalist dresser than I’d thought, and I desperately need to learn the art of layering and accessorizing.
Have you found the experience difficult?
As of now, I’ve hardly raised any funds, and I’m far from reaching my goal. I’m quite embarrassed. I’ve found it challenging asking people for donations; however, the most difficult part has been realizing that the people in my network are slow to take action.
What would you like to be your message to others?
Wear compassion. Bring it everywhere with you, and let everyone see it.
Would you do Dressember again?
Absolutely. Without hesitation.