Discovering our Sameness: Guatemala Trip
Oftentimes as women we focus on our differences. Are you choosing city or suburban life? Do you home school or send your children to public school or private school? Organic or conventional? Attachment or cry it out? Eharmony or the old-fashioned way? The list could fill pages. We have often felt so threatened by one another’s differences that we choose friendships with women whose lives look more like ours. That feels a little safer and much more comfortable.
Last month, I travelled with eight other Ambassadors to Guatemala (plus Renee, Noonday’s go-to gal, our first hire, and my college roomie!). Our Ambassador group could not be more different—school choices, married, single, political, religious, and even personal style! But we are the same in our vision. We believe God calls each of us to use our work to create a flourishing world. We have a passion to create opportunity for those living in vulnerable places to use their talents and create economic opportunity for themselves.
We spent our week traveling through the highlands of Guatemala to meet the different artisans who create our handmade finds. And in the middle of being among people so different from our own, we discovered our sameness. Carolina, whose first language is K’iche, giggled when we asked about her boyfriend. Concepcion, through tears, shared the dreams she has for her four children to attend university. We spotted artwork, displayed on a concrete cinderblock wall in Rosario’s home, so similar to our walls back at home. We discussed fashion trends as the women proudly showed off the latest embroidery techniques they had applied to their huipil (the traditional Guatemalan top).
We closed each day in tears. In awe. In fullness. We held hands with those who are seemingly so different from us, and prayed. Each artisan shared how hard she is working to fulfill Noonday orders, and asked that we please send them more orders! We explained how hard we are working to share their stories, their creativity, and their lives with our friends and communities. Neither of us could do what we do without the other. It was a beautiful picture of women empowering women and families, no matter how different we all may be from one another.
When is the last time you broke bread from some one truly different from you? Would you be willing to invite these very women into your home by hosting a trunk show? It is the opportunity to share space with all the different women in your life, while affirming the sameness we share with women and families across the globe. You may feel vulnerable, you may have to clean your house just a tad, and squeeze it into your crazy Fall schedule, but I promise it will be worth it. Contact your local Ambassador. Don’t know who she is? Fill this out and we will let you know
Introducing our Ambassadors to Ana, the incredible leader of our weaving group in Guatemala and the namesake for the Ana Scarf.
Meet Jessica Honegger
Jessica is Noonday Collection’s Founder and Chief Dreamer. Jessica spends her days inspiring others to live lives of purpose—from empowering our Ambassadors to be powerful storytellers and stylists, to visiting and encouraging our Artisans partners across the globe. After hours, Jessica can be found relaxing with her husband, dancing with her three children, and enjoying a good book.