Pay it Forward
Do you remember the list of "hopes" I had for you and me in 2017? If not, you can read the post here. I decided not to make "resolutions" which are easy to make and even easier to forget.
Now, I am working my way down my list of hopes as 2017 gains speed and heads toward spring. Really, I should say I am working my way "up" my list because, for unknown reasons, I decided to begin at the end of my list.
Here is what I am doing to make that list of "hopes" become a part of my life and work.
The last item on the list is "focus on doing something nice for someone else".
I thought about doing something each day (paying for someone's coffee or lunch, for example) but I wanted to think bigger.
What could my jewelry business do to 'pay it forward"?
I started thinking of charities whose work I support and admire. The list was long, let me tell you!
Finally, I settled on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). One of my nieces, who is now 27 years old, (and who is a part-time jewelry model for my jewelry) was diagnosed with this life-altering disease on Christmas Eve when she was just 10 years old.
I contacted the state chapter of JDRF and presented my idea of making a dedicated line of simple jewelry pieces that would have special meaning to those living with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) and their families.
My ideas were well received at the state level and I hope to partner with them so that this jewelry can be offered directly to those who would most appreciate it with proceeds going back to JDRF.
There is a chance that this will not work out; they may decide that my jewelry is not a good fit for their organization. If that happens, I will move forward and work with another charity and keep going until I find the perfect fit for my jewelry.
Have a wonderful day! Working on your list of hopes for 2017? I would love to hear in the comments below!
2/28/2017 09:23:21 pm
What a terrific idea! That gives me something to think about. Keep me posted!!
2/28/2017 10:48:30 pm
I have loved the several pieces of your jewelry that I have purchased and hope that this new venture will work out. My daughter is a juvenile diabetic-diagnosed at 17. She recently had a leg amputated because of complications related to a fall. She is 52 and wears an insulin pump.Needless to say, I am a supporter of anything related to research and services for juvenile diabetics.I will look forward to hearing about your new success!
Hi, Anne -
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!