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Jacksonville and Rethreaded July 24 2012, 0 Comments

Our launch party has happened.  It's weird to think that a week and ½ ago, I was standing in the warehouse and it was filled with 500+ people!   I have been looking back and thinking  “Did that really happen?”. 

But it did really happen.  I  know this because some friends and I have been working for an entire week adding up our sales and putting them into QuickBooks!  I know it has happened because we now have this stack of Commitment cards with people who are ready to give their time and their finances to help make Rethreaded happen.  I know this because, suddenly, Rethreaded has over 500 Facebook Fans.  So, I have physical evidence that ,  Yes – this day we plan and prepped for months did in fact happen.

And then there is what happened in my heart.  As most of you know, I spent 5 years in Kolkata, India working with women trapped in the sex trade.   My time in India was  the most amazing, richest, heart breaking, formative, difficult time of my life.  My last three years on staff in Kolkata, there were three North American staff and 2-3 Indian staff members.  And there were 10,000 women in the red light district we would go to every day.   That is what the battle felt like most every day.  Us, our little army, vs layers and  layers of darkness that kept women and men trapped in the sex trade.  We were always fighting.  Always hoping.  Always feeling like the fight would never end  6 of us, with 10,000 girls that needed a community to fight for them

That is why I think the Launch party blew me away. 500 people showed up!  For the past three months, about 50 people have worked on the warehouse.  Rethreaded has a board of the most amazing, wise people.  We had over 30 volunteers that worked the day of the event.  And it occurred to me: Jacksonville has an army.  An army of over  500 people.   500 people who want to see change in our world.  500 people who believe that love wins.  500 people who will help fight against what the sex trade steals from our brothers and sisters.

It has helped  restore my heart.  It fills me with new hope.  It fills me with new vision.  It makes me believe that this crazy idea we have of love, relationship, community and business will actually work.  Because we have a community of people who say, “Yes!  I believe there is more for me, for our community and our world."

I am officially all in and it seems like Jacksonville is as well.

So thank you, Jacksonville, for making Rethreaded’s Launch Party surpass anything I could have dreamed of.  Thank you sewing a new story in my heart. 


Rethreaded is going places! April 13 2012, 0 Comments

Seriously when I think about what is going on at Rethreaded I feel almost nauseous with excitement!  I was on the plane ride back from Texas and was writing out the next three months and I couldn't stop smiling.  I mean i can't believe this is all happening!!!  I keep thinking how my whole life i avoided anything business.  I purposely didn't take one business class in college. I mean I have been a dietitian, nanny, social worker.....all not related to business.  But what i am finding and what people have been telling me is that is what will help Rethreaded succeed. That all these experience can help in the business. 

 And so far all these door are opening! I am not doing anything! Rethreaded is gaining momentum and I am just along for the ride. And Load Kind has donated the warehouse and we just found out all the white paint for the warehouse!!! We are entering a fashion show and Audra and her team and making these clothes that are so cool! And the board....oh my gosh the board is sooo amazing!!! They all bring such unique gifts. And then all the people that randomly hear about Rethreaded and what to be involved. I got a phone call from a person who puts on a benefit dinner every year that wanted to know if Rethreaded wanted to be the beneficiary this year! Rethreaded got to be a part of national sexual assault awareness event! Rethreaded is now connected to the women's center. I mean it all so freakin excited!!! I need to remind myself to breath when i think of it all!!

I just wanted to document this journey. I honestly feel like God is showing off.  When Rethreaded first first started i felt like God told me "My promise to you is that I will never leave you or forsake.  You have to trust in me, not your business".  So all this stuff that is happening....well like i said before i think Jesus is laughing and having just as much fun as we are.

and i keep thinking that by the end of the year we will have women at Rethreaded.  hopefully, 3 women.  I keep praying for those 3 women.  They are going to be Rethreaded's future, our family, heroes for future employee's......I can't wait to meet them.

Just want you all to join in. Come and have fun with us.  We have lots of stuff to be involved in for the next couple months.  Check out our calendar!!!

I am going to close by adding some pictures of our warehouse...before transformation. We are having a couple transformation parties over the next three months.  See the calendar for details!

 

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