Monday, August 2, 2010

Mission statement...of sorts

It occurred to me that I should explain just why I want to start blogging. I truly have a passion for handmade, American goods. The venue I primarily buy these items from is a website called Etsy. It saddens and sickens me to see how many products are made in China and other countries rather than in the USA! Buying handmade supports artisans in OUR country! In my opinion, it is much more meaningful to give a handmade item as opposed to a mass produced one that was purchased in a big box store. Now don't get me wrong here. I absolutely buy products from the big box stores as too. When I'm buying a gift or something special for myself or my friends and family, I PREFER to buy handmade! Because I respect and value what certain Etsy artisans do for a living, I want to highlight them here on my blog. Plus, I just enjoy sharing cute things with people! Some of the shops I ♥ have already approached me to sponsor some very cool giveaways for my readers.

On a greenish note, I've been concerned for several years about the impact the ingredients found in our food, medications, beauty and personal care products have on our health. I want to share with you what I've learned and would LOVE for you to share your knowledge with me as well.

On a personal note, I've been doing much soul searching as of late. I've come to realize the "slump" I've been in (for far too long) has to do with not having an outlet for my creativity! I've been going through the motions of life. Plodding along but not really being excited about much. I finally see how this hum drum existence really does affect my family too!  Blahness is not fun to be around! So, after much thought, I decided that writing this blog would be creative outlet for ME! Creativity begets passion (and vice versa), passion begets energy and energy gets things done. Sounds like a win win situation!

Drum roll please.....

Last week I slowly started sharing my big SECRET about writing this blog.  A few of you asked "what's the deal with the secrecy"?  It was mainly because I'm still a bit insecure about this whole blog writing "thing". I'm getting over that though! "I can do this, I can do this"!  Oops, that wasn't supposed to be in print! :)

Ok, on to the good stuff.  I neglected to mention that I'll be hosting GIVEAWAYS here!!!! So sorry about that omission!  I have 2 Etsy shops that have offered to sponsor giveaways in the coming months here! There are 2 additional shops that I **think** will be on board too but I haven't formally asked them. I hope you're as excited as I am!

More later folks. I have to finish my morning coffee now. I have priorities, ya know! :)