The Inspiring Story Behind The Giving Keys
Written by Christi Given | May 31, 2018
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On the PI Girl Talk group posts on Facebook, many of you ask for prayer regarding overcoming anxiety, despair and hopelessness.
I want to share an amazing testimony of one of my friends, Caitlin Crosby, singer and founder of a company called The Giving Keys. Caitlin is an amazing social entrepreneur and is helping thousands of lives, one engraved key at a time. She turned anxiety into gratitude, insecurity into embracing her flaws, and is helping a selfish culture to become a selfless one.
Caitlin was invited to speak at the NEXUS USA Global Summit in March 2018. She has given TED Talks before and has partnered with celebrities, and has even been endorsed by Starbucks. Her desire to help people by engraving inspiring words of hope for a hurting world on simple key necklaces has now become a “pay it forward” movement.
Watch had Ted Ex Talk Here in 2018:
Caitlin’s idea is to look out for others when you’re in pain. To take your eyes off yourself and bless someone else is one of the KEYS to overcoming anxiety, depression and hopelessness. To help others when you are low and to pay kindness forward to others is even part of a global movement that Caitlin initiated. Her online store not only has necklaces that are engraved, but she has expanded and now employs people transitioning out of homelessness to engrave key chains and other jewelry. All of the proceeds go to the salaries of those transitioning out of homelessness.
Watch The Giving Keys and the “LoveYourFlawz” story and testimony with founder Caitlin:
For those of you who are hurting or maybe don’t know your identity or hope in Christ, you can find that in the Word of God and by helping others in need. Caitlin did just that when she was walking down Hollywood Boulevard and helped a homeless couple by hiring them to start The Giving Keys with her. They were holding up a sign that said “Ugly, Broke & Hungry.” Caitlin displays the true love of Christ in caring for others beyond what most people do.
She feels that instead of despising our flaws, we should embrace them. Prior to starting The Giving Keys, Caitlin had a movement online called “LoveYourFlawz.” She even wrote a song about it and turned her pain and insecurity into love and hope. We all have brokenness and pain, and face insecurity at times, but instead of being victims, we can be VICTORS and look out for those around us who need love, too.
I just love and admire Caitlin’s desire to help other people, and in the end, the keys are helping her, too. She even said that when she started engraving the keys in the beginning phase of her company, she herself needed a word of hope like “believe,” “faith,” “strength” and so on.
The idea behind “LoveYourFlawz” evolved into her engraving this saying on keys and merchandise at her concerts over a decade ago, and they would sell out, and they inspired many people. Caitlin started a website where people could share their stories about how their lives were impacted or changed for the better, and this all was the beginning vision for the birth of the Giving Keys company.
We can take our pain and turn it into purpose through our gifts, love, acts of kindness, creativity and more. We all have something to bring to the world and we all have a story or testimony.
Many of you PI Girls ask about insecurity and how to deal with depression and anxiety, and I encourage you to get a new Giving Key, wear it and pass it on when someone needs it more than you do. I also encourage you to pray for someone around you, call a friend, write a gratitude list of what you are thankful for and keep your eyes out for those who are broken near you.
I pray this inspired you to give and to bless people through your pain.
Go to thegivingkeys.com to learn more.
PI Girls, how can you bless someone else? Do you have ideas on how to change the world? Comment below!