I wasn't going to participate in Dressember this year. It's something I've done for the last two years and this year, for purely selfish reasons, I just wasn't going to.

I'm pretty sure I've said it before, but despite being a blogger, I'm actually a fairly introverted person. I especially have a hard time asking people for money; in fundraising, it's sort of all about asking people for money.

So, there I was, sitting in the nursery, rocking a sleeping Mattheus and browsing Instagram, mind made up that I would enjoy my December in pants, when the Dressember account posted this:

Ok. I get it.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough of a punch in the gut, a friend text me about twenty minutes later, explaining how she was just so excited to join me in Dressember this year. 

“Well isn't that convenient, because I’m not doing Dressember this year,” I thought.

I thought, but long story short, I am participating.

But woah, wait, it doesn’t end there. I’m not only participating, I’ve rallied together a whole team of ladies to participate with me!

Introducing, and drumroll please….

photo: Jeremy Brandt || edit + lettering: me

photo: Jeremy Brandt || edit + lettering: me

Yes, our team name is indeed “Pants Free to Set Them Free” and yes, you can totally join it.

The more women that rally with me, the more excited I get for Dressember. 

Of course, it’s not actually about me at all though—and I get that. It’s just really encouraging to be able to link arms (even if it’s just virtually and not physically) with a bunch of other women and say, “Hey, that whole human trafficking thing? Not ok.” 

If you’re interested in learning more about the what + why behind Dressember, you can do so by clicking right here. After that, if you’ve decided that you’d like to join the battle, go forth with registering and consider joining my team! (Just saying, we have an Instagram chat that’s pretty legit). Also, I have a Pinterest board just for Dressember if you’re thinking, “I have no clue how to wear a dress every day of one whole month.” Because, let’s face it: that ain’t easy.

Have you participated in Dressember before? Are you doing it this year?