I’m so blessed to have ‘met’ Becca and to have begun cultivating this long-distance friendship via social media and email chats early on in my business. Even though we have never met in person (though we live in the same state!) her encouragements are so timely and good for the heart. She is a lovely soul with a selfless spirit. Becca makes lovely upcycled clothing with a distinct boho chic style, and she uses her small business to give back in love. I look up to her as a beautiful model to follow in life and in business. Today I am pleased and honored to feature Becca of Wear Love Now as the perfect read on this day of giving thanks, counting blessings, and serving others well. //
Hi, I’m Becca, the mompreneur behind Wear Love Now, an Etsy shop of upcycled fashion for women. I happily create in my Wisconsin home that is full of life and love with my husband, 4 kiddos, and a sweet service dog.
My training and background are in elementary education and educational ministries. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wheaton College outside of Chicago. I’ve done a variety of jobs–everything from teaching 4th grade to product development at a publishing house.
Wearing Love percolated in my heart for years as I struggled with my self image. In my career days I could compensate my lack of confidence with clothes and hairstyles. But, once a mom, limited with time and money put my heart in a corner. I often felt very lacking in my looks and naked in my heart’s wardrobe. My twin sons were born premature and I would count myself lucky to get a shower, let alone fix my hair in any semblance of style.
Then my youngest was born with some medical needs, again refining my heart. As the false structure of ‘pretty’ was torn from my life, God began to build ‘beauty’. It was in this vulnerable stage of life that I realized how much more important dressing my heart with love, patience and grace was rather than putting on the latest fashion and makeup.
I camped out in Colossians 3, a book of the Bible that talks about God’s custom-made wardrobe for us…especially wearing Love. With prayers, time, refining of passion, research and private sewing lessons, Wear Love Now was born.
I love everything about the upcycling process–the thrifting, the taking apart the old to make new–it’s a very redemptive process. I create clothes with women like me in mind–women who want to be good stewards, have easy to wash and wear outfits, look good with flattering styles, and make a difference in our world.
Giving has been a part of our life as a family and so it was no problem to make it a part of my business. A part of ‘wearing Love’ is helping others in need and so it seemed very natural to look at familiar organizations that were already making a difference.
My kids have been a part of Operation Christmas Child, a global shoebox giving movement since they were preschoolers. I was familiar with Samaritan’s Purse, the organization that runs Operation Christmas Child. It was a natural fit for us to consider giving to that specifically.
Before committing to Samaritan’s Purse, I checked with a few charity watchdog agencies to verify their financial reputation and they rated among the highest in organizations. That thumbs up, and a conversation with my family, gave me the green light to choose Samaritan’s Purse as the organization of our choice.
I give 10% of all gross income each month. I love the way it allows my kids to extend compassion as they are aware of issues in our world. When my older 3 were studying the horrors of human trafficking, we chose to give to that specific cause of Samaritan’s Purse. We also have chosen to help provide wheelchairs to people in 3rd world countries as our youngest is often in a wheelchair because of her medical issues.
It broadens our world view and also shows my kids how they can get involved in making a difference and acting on needs they hear about.
I would encourage Moms and Makers to pursue giving as an option with their budgets and businesses. There are both spontaneous ways to make a difference and regular venues as well. I remember being embarrassed by our first month’s check to Samaritan’s Purse; it was proceeds from only 2 sales (one being my sister)! But, that habit that began with my business is now a regular rhythm and the checks are bigger as my sales increase.
It’s not so much about the amount, as it is about cultivating the habit of giving. Find something you are passionate about supporting, check their financial accountability standing and then decide what you can be happy about contributing.
You will get back far more than what you give.
“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”
Corrie Ten Boom…a woman who truly wore Love.
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Lindsey…thanks so much for sharing a bit of ‘my story’! Your support of other women in small business is inspiring and appreciated. xo
Thank you for sharing your story Becca ❤ You’re an inspiration for other women.
Thank you so much for reading, Linda! Becca is indeed a beautiful inspiration for other women. I appreciate her so much!