Through April 2018 I am donating 20 percent of all Goddess sales monthly to a non-profit selected by 12 real world GODDESSES
This project started in anger and frustration. It felt like there were more challenges in the world we share than at any time in my life -- at a time when my physical and financial resources were least able to do anything about it.
Finding the Goddess bead, researching Vestonicka Venuse and identifying the six similarities between her and today's Goddesses formed the core idea, but the structure kept evolving.
After a couple of months of designing with and dreaming about these beads, I started to understand Gepetto. The more I thought about all the Goddesses in my life -- and the gifts they have and share in abundance -- the less the beads seemed like Artisan Czech glass, color and finish.
FIRST CAME AGNES
Agnes would have never allowed herself to be called a Goddess -- but she was the first to step forward - solid, strong and unflappable. I could see the cloud of flour as she tossed the egg noodles for her perpetual pot of chicken soup and the warm cinnamon smell of her apple pies every time i picked up the amber glass.
My father's mother died in 1985, but is always close in my thoughts. Any time I have a hard choice to make, I think about the harder ones she made and try to follow her path. Her 1919 wedding picture is the focal point of my office. The feeling of having Grandma Mohn physically close again in that bead shredded what I thought was the final Goddess business plan.
THEN THE REST
I deleted that overworked file -- and started a list of all the amazing Goddesses in my life. Two hours, later I'd filled several pages with 57 years of truly exceptional women. I felt rich and overwhelmed. Emotionally, it was impossible to pick just 12 to match the remaining beads. Everyone of them had abundant gifts and made a difference in my life.
But when I went back to the six qualities, twelve names popped off the pages. If my criteria was objective and choices more throughly vetted, perhaps other names would have emerged. But sometimes a girl has to go with her gut. Once the group identified themselves, the idea of allowing them to pick the non-profit to benefit from the monthly donations made perfect sense.
Clearly there are no physical similarities between these women - ranging in age from their 20s through our prime years -- and the beads. While I know all of them, most have never met and I haven't even spoken to some of them in several years. It's my hope that these small pieces of ceramic from the Jizera Mountains of Bohemia, will honor their gifts.
I'll tell you a little more about each as we go along. Their paths are divergent and some of their views and choices quite different than my own. But thinking about what they have done and will continue to do with their gifts brought my Goddess project from anger and frustration to celebration and empowerment.
I am grateful to each of them for what they have done in my life and others and invigorated by sharing with you and them the opportunity to make a difference together.
MY PART IN THIS
As a daughter of Buffalo, New York I'm a practical gal. Value and fairness are important. If I marked up the prices to make the donations that would be not be giving, but marketing. The Goddesses are about giving back. Prices will only go up if costs go up.
I have design sketches to introduce new Goddess items monthly and contingency plans with a non-profit to assist with making Goddess Collection items if orders exceed my personal production ability, but otherwise we'll just have to see how things unfold. Whatever we do together will be good.
The beads themselves are versatile gals and not one of the women I selected to represent them are the least bit selfish. Once you have a Vestonicka Venusa in your hand, i wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if you discover in her an identity more personal to you.
I'll bet you already have someone in mind...