I’ve wanted to visit Haiti for several years. In September, I was given the opportunity to go and I jumped on it. I imagined a trip of heat, dust and hardship. As I prepared to go, I knew I wasn’t going to save the world – or anyone for that matter. I knew that while I wanted to help the people I was going to visit, I would actually be the one who would be changed by this trip. But I had no idea how, or to what magnitude. I went expecting the worst. I imagined a country of extreme
This week, we had the pleasure of visiting the Atlanta Mart. If you’ve been, you know what an experience this is and if you haven’t, nothing can prepare you! It is massive. Three 18 story buildings to shop. It is intense.
Our intention of going was not to shop or to be shopped, but to network. To see what is out there and understand what people are buying. There are sections of the Mart that are dedicated to Emerging Artists, Handmade Goods and Global Goods. It was so refreshing to walk
During our trip to Haiti this past October, Sarah and I learned so much. We learned about the people, the culture, and how beautiful Haiti is. We met many of the artisans working with Second Story Goods and visited the workshops of each guild of artisans.
The first workshop we visited was the sewing guild in the city of Jubilee. Phillippe is the Director of the sewing guild. I urge you to watch Phillipe's video here about his gratitude for the work. This was filmed inside the sewing
It’s been a fun few weeks. Lots of family time, which is awesome but can be overwhelming! I love having days with no schedule and impromptu outtings with the kids. But, I am finding more and more that we all thrive on structure! So, as happy as I was to have 16 days of fun, I am also happy that school starts back tomorrow and we all go back to our “normal” life.
One great thing about having a break is the opportunity for brainstorming. I am so excited to begin this year with my thoughts
Au revoir to 2014 and Bienvenue to 2015!
We are so excited about what this new year has to offer! As we move into 2015, we have big plans and we want to share them with you!
This year, we hope to:
1 - Bring more, sustainable income to our artisans!
2 - Bring new, exciting items to market for our customers!
3 - Make the goods our artisans make more accessible to you - not only online, but in shops where you live and shop!
We hope you are as excited about this as we are!
What are your hopes
The anticipation is great! The old year is almost gone and the New Year is upon us! As you reflect upon this past year, what is it that sticks out to you? What was your most special moment this past year? Is there anything you learned that you will pass on? Have you set goals for the new year?
According to statisticbrain.com, 45% of the population makes New Year's resolutions. They resolve to do something different in the future than they are doing now. In 2014, the number one
So, it’s the day after Christmas. Traditionally, this is one of the hardest days of the year for me. Everything that I’ve worked so hard for the past month for is over.
This Christmas season, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how as a society, during the holidays, we have a tendency to shift our focus to the activities of the actual day of Christmas. Everything we do for the entire month of December is geared around either the gifts or the big meal or the family we have staying with
Christians around the world celebrate Christmas in much the same way. It is so interesting to see how the celebration of the birth of our savior ties us together. Because many of our Artisans live in Ghana, Africa, we explored to see some of the interesting traditions they have at Christmas.
As in many countries, our friends in Ghana begin celebrating on Christmas Eve. There is much feasting that takes place over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with rice and goat or chicken stew being
It starts every year after Thanksgiving. We get our tree and decorate it. I always do the lights. Always. We enjoy a month of singing Christmas songs every day, eating off Christmas plates, and intentionally being nice. We go to the local Christmas Parade every year and build ginger bread houses with the candy we collect. On Christmas Eve, we have dinner with extended family and we read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before bed. We listen to Bing Crosby Christmas as we open gifts on