Hi! I’m Elizabeth,
I’m going to self describe as weird, you know I was the nerdy girl who at recess went to read Judy Blume instead of playing kickball. I’m a pretty serious person, I think it’s a combination or being born that way and just how I grew up. But just because I’m serious doesn’t mean I don’t love to laugh. I have a funny bone and I can be pretty sarcastic, plus I have a little cheeky ball of fire that keeps me giggling through most of the day. I worked in non profit for ten years, not because it was nice or because I’m somehow this good person, but because I felt called to be there and to help and to serve. I’m pretty passionate whether it’s about food, reading, fashion, work or love. Whatever I do, I do with my whole heart and I give it my all. I love to dance, but I’m horrible at it so I mainly do it in my living room or in the car, pretty sure people think I may be having a seizure while I drive. My husband and I have been married for 9years… what 9years, I can barely believe it… and we met in a bar, which if you know my husband meeting him at a bar had to be divine intervention because that’s just not who he is.
I have a true calling to community and starting OUTSIDE THE BOX is a part of that calling. I a mom with a mission who wanted to create a fun and creative way, we could talk to our kids about all those things we want them to know, but don’t always know how to start…like why kindness matters, why some people don’t have homes, why super powers aren’t about using guns and gadgets, but about understanding, compassion and perseverance, why we need grit and love, why some animals are being harmed needlessly, why taking even one minute in the morning to think about others and what we’re grateful for impacts not only our day but how we interact with others too.
For ten years I worked with homeless children and families. And I learned how giving is what it means to be a part of community, to show love, kindness and shine light into the world… and I truly believe that’s what we’re all called to do in our own unique way! I think it’s important to strive to make a difference and an impact in any way we can, to create the change we wish to see in the world… and this doesn’t have to be some big grand gesture or expensive monetary donation, this can be, this really IS an every day living!
And being a mom has been life changing for me (as I’m sure all of you moms can relate) and it shifted my focus from, how was I creating change and building community, to, how could I teach my little one to create change and help him learn that all the skills and talents and gifts he has are not only unique, but meant to be shared with and part of the community all around him.
For me, as I know for so many parents… kids are tough, parenting is rough, the days are long and the to-do lists longer. We run to swim, to dance, to music, to tee ball, to tutors. We do everything we feel we should do to make our kids life the best life, to give them what they need. And there were days I felt I was giving him everything, but what he truly needed. I want him to be kind, to be loving, to be empathetic, compassionate, to understand diversity and difference, to be grateful and to know life isn’t about the stuff, it’s about what we do and how we do it.
So with that passion and belief, my husband, Aaron, and I started Outside The Box by Cheeky Days, a curated box that provides an opportunity to spark creativity, curiosity and imagination while providing teachable moments on how we can not only talk about connection and community, but how we can start to live it out in our daily lives.
Y’all Outside The Box is a journey for me, I’m just a mom and a wife and a woman who believes together as women, as parents, as families, as communities we can untie and build something beautiful and teach our little ones the things that truly make us successful. We’re on a mission to bring kindness, compassion, empathy, love, gratitude, grit and resilience to our daily lives, to make them a way of life. Join us on the journey… to live Outside The Box + Create Change!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss