Normally I choose my polish on a whim, eying colors until something pops out at me. But this was worn with intention. This beautiful blue-toned purple from Essie with pretty pink and blue shimmer went on my nails for a cause. My college club, the Feminist Student Alliance, just put on our annual charity production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. If you've never heard of TVM, it's a series of monologues that touch on female experience. Some are funny, some are sad, some are uplifting. We talk about the stories of all kinds of women and through these stories hope to help other women love themselves. For the performance, we wear all black with an accent color. This year's color was, you guessed it, purple. We chose it not only because it's pretty but also because it's the color generally used for domestic violence awareness. This matters because our primary beneficiary this year was The Spring of Tampa Bay, a wonderful volunteer-run local domestic violence shelter. Through the generosity and support of the community, we were able to raise about $3000 for The Spring. The remainder of the money goes to an organization called V-Day that acts as our parent organization for TVM. Their portion of the money will go towards global efforts to help women and girls. It was a tremendous, scary, and exciting process to direct and bring this year's production into fruition and I can't wait to do it again next year.
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