For some time now, I’ve been on a break of sorts, from fundraising. For many reasons… Time, some intense health issues, family, etc. We’ve been in a crazy whirlwind riding on a seemingly unending rollercoaster. Not a happy camper.
I needed to make a tough choice… Do I keep going and run myself into the ground leaving my family in the lurch? Or do I have to say the dreaded word “no” to these families who need help, just so I can step back, breathe and heal? You can guess which I had to choose.
Part of the reason for my absence is that I planned to move toward a way to help that was more manageable for my sanity and my family. Auctions are LOADS of work and take so much out of me. During one, my children get twenty percent of me and my husband -whose that? I needed a better way.
You still with me? You’ll want to read to the bottom! Trust me.
My heart really missed helping families, and I missed interacting with all of you, the amazing community of followers, supporters, cheerleaders, fellow bloggers, my Reece’s Rainbow peeps and the mama’s and papa’s! Weather they are in the thick of the adoption process, or it’s in the rearview mirror. I miss you, the updates on your kiddos, seeing photos of them thriving! It was a difficult thing to go quiet for so long.
There is still a long road ahead of me… Ahead of us. But we will get there, wherever “there” is.
I decided the next chapter needed to be written. Where was/am I headed with all of this? How do I help and contribute to my own family?
Opening an online store, where I could sell a variety of items to help make a living for my family, and donate a portion of every sale to an adopting family or cause of the moment seemed a great option. A boutique and flea market of sorts. Unfortunately, I still can’t decide on a platform for my storefront. There are a lot of options out there and it’s a hard choice. I got antsy. So, until I decide on the details, no more waiting.
For now, I will use my usual Facebook page for the purpose I intend the store to eventually serve. The items you see in my “Store Events” were originally intended for an online store I plan to open but haven’t officially. It may function in an auction-like fashion, maybe it won’t. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the family or cause I feature rather than the previous hundred percent. The only way that will not be true is if I help a family run a traditional auction, and they have most of the items. I may still do those very occasionally.
I have so many great items I’ve invested in, intended for the store. I need to recoup some of that investment and help my family with some income as well. So, for now it’s a “store”. I’ll have store hours and use PayPal for payments. In addition, I also started selling on EBay where most items list a donate amount to a family or cause.
Whew, it’s a lot!
Most of you know from my many previous events that this is a legit way to help, and you end up with great items too!
I work hard to ensure everyone has a great experience, and will continue to do so. Thank you all, for your support!
If you’re interested in learning more or keeping up to date on my store openings and events, go to Loving, Giving and Empowering.
Also check out my Current featured family and the event!
The Willis family with their new daughter C!