It is with deep gratitude and great excitement that I share with you my new social venture, Among Women Collection and Among Women Inspiration Blog, founded to help connect communities and bring economic opportunities to women artisans around the world. Please know that you built this new venture. Every one of you who bought a Global Girlfriends book, or 2, or 100 (thanks again for that Brenda!) helped purchase the handcrafted goods you will find at Among Women Collection. The money earned from the sales of my book went right back into the hands of talented women who need us to invest in their futures.
Among Women Collection does not replace Global Girlfriend; the first company I founded, love, and still help lead under the umbrella of its larger parent company GreaterGood. I am very proud of the market we’ve created for so many women through Global Girlfriend! Instead Among Women builds on what I’ve learned, focuses on small groups, slow crafts that take more time to bring to market, and gives me the freedom to share my vision with you. Among Women Collection will target underserved women artisans, support them in meeting the wider needs of their families, provide intensive artisan training, preserve heritage craft skills, and bring you high quality and unique handcrafted items. And, through our blog, we will give you opportunities to learn and connect.
It is only in community with each of you, and with God’s grace, that change, opportunity, employment, empowerment, and freedom for women has been made possible for the last 12 years of this journey. But there is more to do.
So yes, I am unabashedly asking you, my friends and supporters, to “do more” to help me to launch Among Women Collection! Here is what I need from you:
I keep a yellowing newspaper page from college (over 20 years old now) of a Macintosh computer ad titled Dream Big that continues to inspire me (pictured above). Here is the ad in its entirety:
If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that’s your aspiration,
something that’s your dream.
You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.
Know, though that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.
Those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts,
and your heart
Believe in the incredible power the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new
brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.
Do it right.
So here we go again starting small, dreaming big, and hoping – with your help – to change lives. Thanks for helping me to do it right!
Peace & Blessings,
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