Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.
A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads. I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared. This excited me as well as frightened me do death. I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go. I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out? How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion . I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>
The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me. Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether. From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver. I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway. This left me scratching my head. Is it wrong to make tags and sell them? Would this be “selling out”? Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials. Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this? Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker. This is not always a bad thing.
So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes. The biggest change is the name of the kindness project. I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name. Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”. This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive. I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process). I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.
What is the mission of Soul-Positive? The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago. I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe. I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life. I want to love hard. I want to be loved. I want to make a difference.
In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds. See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention. These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project. These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process. These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words. The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine. In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.
My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue. I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others. Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds. If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know. I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name. If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey. I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality. You’ve encouraged me to dream big. I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.