I have to be honest. My art still saves me. Even if I never shared it with the world, I would continue to paint and create. But, there are lots of days I wonder how much longer I can continue to keep things running from a business perspective. Between five children, homeschooling, life, marketing . . . sometimes, I want to just stop. Why? Because I am never sure if what I do really matters to those who receive my work after it leaves my hands. Most people don’t have the time or desire to give feedback. I mean, seriously, when is the last time you stopped everything and sent someone an encouraging note, or said “I like what you are doing over there in your part of the world.”
And then I read this today:
“I found this item on Etsy. I have a friend who lost a child to stillbirth and I am always on the lookout for things I can give her to help her through this very difficult journey. I saw this pregnancy loss journal, and read a review that another mother left, a mother who lost HER child to stillbirth as well. Just by reading her review alone, made me choose to buy this for my friend, now walking that same road of loss. When she opened it up and thumbed through it, she was so overwhelmed with gratitude. She told me this will be a book she will treasure the rest of her days. I guess that says it all. Like I said, I didn’t really have too much of an idea, and still don’t, of what the journal all entails, but that review alone, from a previous buyer, convinced me. So, thanks so very much!” Lynn
I guess that is a reason to keep me going for a long while more.
If you know someone who needs a journal designed for the loss of a baby, a place special and sacred enough to put memories and keepsakes of their child, please visit the shop. I have three journals designed for a specific kind of loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. And I am offering Free Shipping with THEMOTHER code at checkout until the end of Feb. 2015.