Politics during the past 3 months exasperated me beyond words. Lots of name calling and griping about issues by citizens and the candidates nearly drove me crazy. What I want to hear is "what can we do about the issues? or how can I help?" Funny how much easier it is to speak negativity than positivity. One day while reading a negative post about a candidate it became clear to me. I may be only one person but it is my duty to my children and to all those I know to "do" my part. I may not make a huge difference but maybe my legacy that I leave behind one day will be that "I did attempt to be part of the solution and not the problem."
The fiscal issues we have in our country are not new. In my opinion, we have been on a snowball rolling downhill for quite some time. I must admit that I do not know how to stop the snowball but I do know that I must try. I firmly believe that one of our greatest issues is that we "outsource" way too many of our products here in the US. I understand the rationale but I do not believe it is healthy to our economy.
We need to take pride in products that are made by the hands of true American citizens. Yes, it may cost more but supporting American made products is by far the greatest first step any of us can make.
Thus, I am beginning two new journeys:
1. I will be more conscious about the products I purchase and will attempt at all cost to buy American. This will include my food purchases as well as anything else I need or want. There is nothing better than a room full of furniture that has its own story. :)
2. I will become a "small" business in this economy and do my part in keeping our money here in the US.
I love crafts and creating one of a kind items and thus I started my own company (sole proprietorship is more like it) called "tHe sEcOnD hAlF - WRAPPED IN LOVE". My mission is to create scarves, hats, gloves, etc. that when you wear them you feel the love that was used to make that item. I create wall art that is custom and one of a kind and hopefully brings a smile to your face. I love art that you can just stand and stare at . . . like those photos you just can't seem to get enough of.
I hope that by being a small business owner, I will be a part of the solution and not part of the problem. I know the economy is slow and jobs are scarce but that is the glass half empty perspective. The economy may be slow and jobs scarce but I have to start somewhere and to me starting a business when all the chips are down is facing fear head on. What this country needs is more people that believe in themselves. An individual can make a difference. Belief in the fact that good can still arise from the ashes is a glass half full approach.
Therefore today, I CHOOSE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.
Follow me as I begin posting about my creations and the lessons (hopefully they are not too painful) I learn from trying to be part of the solution.