I’ve been compiling idea upon idea of a great philanthropic idea that would be fun for us and great for some charity… and I finally got it.
With “Denim Doing Good“, I wanted to give you the chance to step into the shoes of a designer and create your own pocket design.
Oh, don’t worry guys. It’s not going to be hard. There won’t be any critiques. And, I might be able to do something dorky with them (maybe get them all printed on fabric and made into a denim pocket quilt?) – but, the core purpose is obviously a little bit more philanthropic.
For each pocket that we get back, I will be donating $1 of my own money to NEDA – the National Eating Disorders Association.
Beyond being a cause that is so near and dear to my heart, it’s also one that is regionally close, as NEDA is based here in Seattle. You’ve heard my eating disorder story before but, if you missed it, here’s a little portion (with edits based on new memories and updates. What can I say, I’m verbose!):
After high school ended, I moved in with my father. He forced me to eat and I had no way of hiding it. I took diet pills after that for a while, and kept up with them when I went to Loyola.
My weight was back in a healthy range at the start of college, but I was still heavily abusing drugs and I finally hit bottom. While that was probably one of the worst times of my life (and we won’t go into details here), it also saved me.
I took the second semester off of college and moved back in with my father in Ann Arbor. I found a good psychotherapist, saw him a LOT, and worked through my problems. I have memories of my amazing father waiting, in a tiny waiting room on the second floor of an old house in Ann Arbor (downstairs was a homeopathy/crystal shop. Not that poor man’s scene.), for his unhinged daughter to come out and cry again. It was a ritual we managed to do three times a week. At seven am. (Just goes to show you that you’re never the only one you’re hurting.) But we all stuck with it.
Was it easy? No.
Am I 100% cured? Nope.
Will I ever be? Probably not.
Was it worth it? Hell yes.
And those of you who have sent me hate mail telling me I’m too fat (or too thin… I’ve gotten them both), you don’t matter to me. When my – or any person’s for that matter – weight become a punchline, a joke to make you feel better about your insecurities? I’d love to say it doesn’t phase me at all – of course it does – but those people and their hurtful antics just look sad now. One more way that I’m not the girl I used to be.
I think what I’m trying to say here is no person should spend their lives like that. You are so much more than a number on a scale, or a size on a pair of jeans. There are so many more important things in life… and you deserve them all.
Now, on that note… help me help NEDA! Grab the pocket by clicking to make it larger and download it via right-click > save image as. Then design it however you want! To make things fair(ish), I added the same pocket I used above… though, you won’t recognize it.
Then take it into Paint, Photoshop, GIMP – even Word! – and make some magic happen.
Once you’re done, email it to me at [email protected]. I will take them in any format, as long as you are not making anything sexually explicit or referencing illegal behavior (this isn’t for my awesome readers, as much as it is for my troublesome friends. I’m looking at you, Jess.) I’ll keep a stream of them with links to your site (if you have one) on the sidebar.
So, with that – it would mean a lot to me if you wanted to participate, even if it’s not you making a pocket – anything from a personal/business donation to NEDA or you sharing the story (and another pocket!) with your friends is the kind of above and beyond that would render me awestruck.
As the weeks progress, I’ll share my (albeit boring) pocket, as well as some of the ones made by the best readers a girl can have. Let’s make this go so well that I have to consider taking a third job.
Administrative note: I will be collecting pockets – and running the tally – through 8/31. Totals will be announced on or around 9/1. And all (I mean ALL) money raised goes straight to NEDA.