Despite the pain, I had some amazing experiences at the 2017 HSCG conference as a presenter and as an instructor at Voyageur Soap & Candle and Windy Point Soap, meeting so many awesome people, and spending time with women I consider my business mentors and friends, like Michele from Windy Point, Tammy from Voyageur, and Jen from Lotioncrafter.
Our world and our lives are so different than they were 18 months ago, In the midst of all this chaos, I started asking myself some really hard questions: Who am I? What do I stand for? Why am I blogging, writing, teaching, offering youth programs? Could I be doing it differently?
Here’s what I’m about: My goal is to provide evidence based, scientifically accurate information on ingredients, and to create lovely, safe, and stable formulas, which I share in a number of places, including this blog. I’m overjoyed at the idea of someone making something they absolutely love after reading something I’ve written. I’m not about making Pinterest ready products or taking pretty pictures of things on a marble surface with lavender buds strewn here and there. I’ve made very few video tutorials because writing, researching, and formulating takes up the bulk of my time. What I do is write.
During all of this soul searching and mission statement creating, I realized something else: I deserve to be paid for my work.
As you may or may not know, I quit my job as a family counsellor in November – for so many reasons, not to do this full time, although that’s kinda been the outcome – and I need to support my family. Rather than taking money for ads, pop-ups, sponsored posts, and affliliate links, I started a Patreon feed.
What does that mean for this blog? I’m still writing the blog, but most of my time has to be devoted to paid projects. (This has been happening for quite some time – for example, I wrote 41 posts in November and more than 38 in December for Patreon subscribers.) With Jane Barber of Making Skincare’s incredible help, Raymond and I have started a new site for the blog – you can find the website here, which includes a new blog mostly for Patreons only at the moment, an unpopulated resources section, and a place to buy e-books and future courses. (It’s definitely a work in progress.)
Everything I write from now on will end up on the new blog to make it easier to find and search. Most of the posts will require a minimum subscription to Patreon for $1.00, but there will continue to be free posts as there have been since I started Patreon in July 2016. I’ll post links here for those of you who get notifications by email.
Don’t worry, all the proceeds from the five e-books I’m offering at the moment will continue to fund our youth programs.
Thank you all so much for all your support over the years. I love this amazing craft so much, and I’m so happy I get to share it with you! Happy New Year!