SRC for Purpose: Funds Raised June – Sept 2017

Oh my, I am a little embarrassed by how long it’s been. But in my own defense (warranted or not, you decide), I’ve been SO BUSY since May. I moved out of my apartment in Richmond, went on a two week, cross country train trip (and then recovered for another two weeks), moved AGAIN to Philadelphia, PA, celebrated my baby niece turning one year old, got a new part time job with an event planning agency, and somehow kept up and even expanded my own business. Life is weird.

Becca and Winston at Canyonlands National Park in Utah

But I’m finally back and hoping to be a little more consistent with my posts now (haha, yes, I say that every time). I’m even working on a new activist print! I haven’t determined yet if this will be included in my for purpose series, but I am so excited to share it with you all as soon as I get all the supplies in. I wasn’t able to focus as much on selling during this time period (see paragraph 1) and actually had my shop closed the entire month of July while I was travelling. I think my results reflect that a bit. Though I’m always proud of being able to give anything, it does get me motivated to work even harder for next months and the months after.

Part of what I’ve been working on to boost my business I just quietly launched late yesterday evening. I’ve finally taken the dive to start my very own email subscription list. I know that can mean a lot of different things, and don’t worry, if you sign up you won’t be getting 20+ emails a week (maybe in a year), but I did want to offer people a chance to stay connected with me that may not be on social media as much or want a more personal connection. Everyone who subscribes will get the chance to choose where their interests are more focused, that way you won’t be getting emails about web design for small businesses when you really just want coupons for my Etsy shop. I get it! You might see my sign up form poking out around my website here and there (*cough cough* check out the right sidebar) and I hope you’ll consider being one of my first subscribers! There may even be a little special treat for my first 50 subscribers.

If you’re interested in any of these nonprofits, and want to help support them and get a great piece of art at the same time, check out my “nevertheless, she persisted” design in screen printed posters, digital prints, and tshirts, my “wash your spirit clean” design in limited edition screen prints and tshirts, and my compassion honey bee design screen printed posters.

Unfortunately this summer wasn’t all fun and games. We had devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida (I had family in both states in hard hit areas) and Puerto Rico. Even more recently, Las Vegas and the whole country has been devastated by the worst mass shooting in modern history. In August, the world lost an incredible human being and high school friend of mine, Karen Shollenberger, to her sixth battle with leukemia. Life is unexplainable.

I wrote this tribute to Karen in late August while creating a work of art in her memory (accompanied by a picture of the original work):

You’re on the rim of a valley. You’ve come all this way up from the floor looking for something but you know not what, all you know is the feeling you get inside as you soldier on. You can see beauty around you, everywhere. No matter how many times you see the same tree or stream or patch of wildflowers, your heart still swells with the magnitude of it. “Pity the poor beloved needs [sleep], weak, weary, forespent; oh, the pity of it, to sleep in the midst of eternal, beautiful motion instead of gazing forever, like the stars.” You march on, arriving towards the edge of a river as it tumbles off the imposing rock into the green valley below. You know at once, this is what you’d been searching for. But you can’t get close, the rock refuses it. But you know this is what you need. You scan the rock face. You see a ledge of rock not three fingers wide, and no way to arrive at that point. You “therefore concluded not to venture farther, but did nevertheless.” You arrive.

That was Karen. Taking danger and hardship and any obstacles in her way and venturing foreward nonetheless for the beautiful gifts life has to give. Too many people miss these gifts because it is too easy to get distracted, to find a reason not to look. Karen didn’t. I only know a few people who have achieved this so fully, and Karen was by far the youngest. You battled leukemia 6 times over 13 years, but somehow you made that just a side-story to your life. There were bigger, better things to focus on and so many mountains to tackle. But despite your other interests, your schooling, your treatments, you became a guiding light and source of strength for others going through similar things through Cool Kids and Camp Sunrise. I still have so much to learn from you.

I am creating this work of art in honor of someone I never knew as well as I wished, but has taught me and is still teaching me so much about how to truly live. A portion will be donated to Cool Kids Campaign or Camp Sunrise or one of the organizations helping other kids and families battling cancer live life beyond the disease just like you made sure to do. Rest in power, Karen 

Picture of 11x17" Venture Farther poster print with digital tree illustration and John Muir quote

 

The print is now available on my Etsy page, and 25% of all sales will be donated to Johns Hopkins’ Camp Sunrise. Camp Sunrise is a youth overnight camp for kids who are undergoing or have undergone treatments for cancer and is 100% free for campers. Karen knew so well the importance and beauty of finding oneself in nature as often as possible, and I wanted to honor that message through this print and the donation.

 


Funds Raised June–September 2017

350.org

Number of sales: 3

Profit made: $105.00

Amount donated: $15.75

ACLU

Number of sales: 7

Profit made: $170.00

Amount donated: $25.50

Pollinator Partnership

Number of sales: 0

Profit made: $0.00

Amount donated: $0.00

Camp Sunrise

Number of sales: 0

Profit made: $0.00

Amount donated: $0.00

 

Funds Raised To Date

350.org

Amount donated: $59.10

ACLU

Amount donated: $72.45

Pollinator Partnership

Amount donated: $13.50

Camp Sunrise

Amount donated: $13.50

 

 

With Love,
Becca

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