Things are really picking up over here, very soon there will be so much to share. We are getting VERY excited…and maybe having just a tad bit of stage fright. With all that we’ve been busy, we’ve also been watching the news and talking about what we see daily and all we’ve seen and read over the years. We are starting a business, and we hope that it is a success. We hope that others can receive joy from the work we do and find value in it. Sometimes, with all the work and effort (blood, sweat, tears?) it seems desperately important for all this work to be “successful”.
But really, as we’ve been looking at the world, some perspective comes into play. All in all, succeed or fail, we have it pretty good. And as we have contemplated our relative comfort in the grand scale of things, it really has raised questions about what it means to Create2Thrive. There are some key events that have really stuck in our minds. What knitter who has touched Noro or Habu, or picked up a fantastically designed Japanese knitting pattern can watch what has happened in Japan without a deep sense of mourning and desire to help. For that matter, I’m not sure non-knitters have any less sense of loss over the quake and tsunami. I read Half the Sky last summer, and as a woman I find a strong need to reach out and lend a hand up. And Jeff (my partner in this venture) has a deep commitment to helping young children with serious medical issues to ensure they get the best treatment available regardless of means. And we’ve also had our minds blown repeatedly by the immense giving spirit evident in the knitting community as a whole. From little things like knitters turing their stash to find the one skein in the right die lot that another knitter needs to finish a project, to the huge impact made as designers, bloggers and the community as a whole rally support.
Over the last month, we’ve talked between ourselves about what it means to us personally to start this business, and how we want to move forward in the world. And we’ve come to a decision about how we want to Create2Thrive, in our lives and in our business. Our business is getting closer to launch, and while we haven’t actually sold anything yet (or let’s face it, finished what we are creating), we have made a decision to commit a portion of our hoped for proceeds to charity.
The list is not yet final, and it might change over time. But we are committed to helping a core set of causes that have meaning for both of us. This includes Knitters without Borders, SickKids Foundation, and 1-2 others such as Heifer International (knitters donating sheep — very fitting).
There will be more information coming as we get closer to launch. We are still focused on the work and effort, but now it somehow seems to be better balanced in a cosmic sense. We know if even one person finds value enough in our product to spend their hard earned money on it that we will have made a contribution to move the world in a better direction.