FUNdraising, starts with FUN!

I DONT want your money, just your happiness,…

I am both excited and nervous, this damn year has gone by so fast that I am not caught up in all my business goals at all. As of my charts I wanted to have more artists, and more seed money and by now everything together perfectly for a proposed event in April.

I am not currently up to date on what I want done for the store and it is frustrating, the next couple days are going to be excruciating Business writing and realistic goals and marketing plans put into cement.

I actually have two points I want to make in this post, and it may not make any sense to you but here it is.. “I Don’t WANT your money..”

and on the other spectrum I have a very exciting idea for the store for a fundraiser and it requires money…OK how to explain..

Well, honestly you probably have not read anything past scrolling a few seconds on the Blog post page, I don’t blame you, its a lot of content that my head vomit turns into on here, but bear with me, if you scroll down down and way down, you hit the first two or three posts that I made to this blog. Now you’ll see I say in the second one and a very long one at that, (it has nice pics tho..) that its called from Dreams to Reality; my story. I don’t know if anyone TRUELY understands what this means; I am living my Dream everyday, working for myself and not getting paid much.

I could never ask for more than just living for nothing. I have never had much more then nothing, ever. I am not asking to have a boat for a vacation to Jamaica, nor a trip to DisneyWorld, or even to have more money then I know what to do with. God what does that word Vacation even mean? Does that mean that you Hate your life so much that you have to get away from your LOCAL town and spend Vast amounts of money to be HAPPY?

I don’t want that, nor even dream of that. I mean sure I wouldn’t mind going around the world in 80 days, who wouldn’t but I know, I NEVER will. I am not THAT person.

I am that local girl that wants to change the world’s thinking from her own backyard on, who bussed it for 3 years, 3 towns, every week to sometimes not make a dime at the Sebastopol Farmers market just to take a basket of sidewalk chalk and see what that amazing market crowd would create every week, I have pictures that you wouldn’t believe of the artwork produced from my basket of chalk..it warms my heart.

I thrive for seeing happiness around me, don’t you? When people smile and dance and create art around me and because of something I brought to the table..wow that feeling is to DIE for..

(I added some pics below to show you… =) )

I am not in need of some 1million dollar donation to create a mufti-corporate identity to start conning people out of more of their savings,..that’s definitely not what I want. I wouldn’t know what to do with a million dollars, I take that lie back..

I was researching compounds and off-grid communities to live and I came across the best amazing site called Wood-Rats community out of Sebastopol, they even utilized the best marketing ever and had a brief survey to take for their site, I took it and one of the questions is what would you do with that kind of money. Like say 1 million dollars. This is what I would do..

If I had a million dollars I would find a property to start the largest Urban Homesteading/Sustainability Retreat in the nation. With state of the art, herb gardens and seed libraries and best of all, I would offer everything for FREE.

You could barter things you create of course, like these amazing people are doing in Seattle called Backyard Barter.

But most services would be free, I am talking a Library the size of Stanford and an herb propagating by the football fields here.

I would love to offer free bike repair and help people like these innovating tech workshops I have read about that employ/utilize the knowledge of the homeless in bike repair and such to enable the community to have a free bike repair shop..amazing

I would have an amphitheater for a Share Concert every week for local musicians to Share music.

I would have a seed bank the size like no ones seen before and give out heirloom seeds to elementary schools and to senior citizen homes.

I would have so much fresh organic herbs and veggies, that I would have to have a Free CSA to low income people in my area much like the amazing Food Bank here in Fort Bragg.

I would have a MONEY FREE MADE LOCAL, yes a store that you don’t use money,=BARTER, you use what you Create to get other creations..doesn’t that sound amazing…like say my bag of fresh veggies for your fresh made jam from your backyard, my home-drawn recipe book for an exchange of all your favorite recipes to make..sounds nice doesn’t it..

Well I don’t have a million dollars, and I am not too sure but I don’t think I will get that kind of donation without a lot more hard work, but you get my point..right…?!

I don’t want your money. I don’t even want to make money. I am tired of dealing with money, and my journey into dealing with it hasn’t even begun yet. I am sick of anything that has to do with money and I hate numbers, I can barely figure out percentages discounts at the store shopping. I hate shopping with money.

Have you ever been to a Swap or a Barter? Have you ever had that feeling of bagging up a box of items to be swapped locally? Its amazing; “ I am giving my own items away to get more cool things from cool people who don’t want to deal with money.”…if you don’t know that feeling than try to find it.

Its amazing to give and get back locally. I love it.

Ideally I will get 1 million dollars we can all pool together and make this MONEY FREE dream come true, but it would take a million to do so.. in the meantime..

I have a grand Fundraiser idea and I surely will not spoil it, but it is good and the only reason it is good is because my life partner, the marketing guru/ old broadcasting personality, gave me the idea and all the steps to make it happen. I love him so much!

But the key to a successful fundraiser I think is letting you know I do not want your money for myself, never will, never have.

I want us all to have FUN and raise money together for a cause and that cause is togetherness and localism and enabling ourselves, maybe one day we can get off this MONEY trip and turn Mendocino county into a Barter Town, until then lets just have some fun and start this store together!

Donate here and I will keep y’all up to date on the FUNdraiser I am planning.

http://www.gofundme.com/MendoMadeLocal

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My Dream…

 I have a Dream,

That every person realizes their potential,

knows their own capabilities

and strives to be self-sufficient.

I have a vision,

that were all Makers

and empower ourselves

to create a world of our imagination.

Makers unite. Creators combine. Innovators alike coming together.

Fab-Labs, Maker-spaces, Made local stores,

tech-labs,hacker-spaces, Shareable,

Co-work spaces, Time Banks, Grocery co-ops,

Business Co-ops, Granges, guilds,

Art co-ops, Maker Fairs, Kinetic Carnival, and more.

All Emerging to change this economy

from consumptive consumerism into,

a BETTER vision,

a better life,

a better future,

and a world of sharing,

creating & thriving,

innovating & dreaming,

imagining & most of all

Making!

inspired by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE

&

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB_wLl1FURw.

Slideshow!!& links!

my latest work is embodied into a slideshow, and it needs improvement, next one will explain more of the gmo chemicals we are buying in our toys and food, and what is banned from most of the world that we all addictively consume here.

 

and here is a list of links to places and websites I am administrating and been runnning for the past 2 years or so and some new ones for the store,..

Facebook links

https://www.facebook.com/MomsOrganicBohoFoodFun

https://www.facebook.com/LaureNemoArts

My Fundraising Site

http://www.gofundme.com/MendoMadeLocal

thanks and I hope to see you all on Boho mom,(my foodie page) and LaureNemo Arts (my arts  page) and please donate so we can get this store going!!!!!!!please!!!

Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur, Blogger, soon to be small business owner,herbalist….

 I have come to the conclusion that the only way for me to get support is to continue to be as authentic as I can online, so here it goes;

I am a mother first, a wife second, an entrepreneur third, an online social media personality fourth and now to be a business owner.. you have no idea what it means to be all those, unless you are those yourself.

Here is a quote from another mother/wife/blogger I had to share with this blog post, although it may be christian and religious based, the overall feeling of how she puts this is how I feel. 

From Musings of a Minister’s Wife on Facebook: “Parents, don’t forget that you are the most important thing (next to God) in your child’s life. They want you in their life! And they NEED you in your life. Be active. Spend time with them. Don’t buy into the “Me, Me, Me” society that we live in and don’t allow them to either. Once you have a child, you don’t have that full-time selfish privilege anymore. Yes, by all means, take some time for yourself. But your children are more important than yourself. As Christians, we are supposed to be self-less, not self-full. I’m 36 years old, and I still want my parents’ love and affirmation. That will never go away, regardless of the relationship that we had/have with our parents. It is innate and deep within us. Yes, your son/daughter may be a child right now and they will make you angry. They will disappoint you. They will break your heart. But remember that, first and foremost, they are WEAK FLESH, just like you are. They have to be trained on how to be strong in the Lord. Extend grace. Extend mercy. Recognize that at the heart of “discipline” is “disciple”. You will be held accountable before God for how you parent. Your children are your talents! (Matthew 25:14 for the Parable of the Talents)

Speaking to myself. This parenting gig ain’t easy.”

As an aspiring mother, my selflessness has more and more increased everyday my son gets older, as I realize my role as a mother and wife, my responsibilities grow as does the weight on my shoulders to do the right thing. For one thing, my son has never seen me unhappy from slaving away from a job I didn’t want. He’s never had to wait up for me to come home from a cubicle or a waitress job, tired and unhappy. 

Instead my son has seen me struggle since he was a baby to sell artwork, with him always at my side.ImageImage

Humbled, Humiliated and with some pride that I was selling my own stuff to live, and never giving into having him being babysat and trying to pay for it with a part time job. When he went to daycare, I went to the Santa Rosa Junior College to get my art business off the ground and to study marketing my artwork. I figured out I would never be happy to sacrifice my morals to work at a big bad corporation or gmo taco bell.

My son grew up at the farmers markets with me selling artwork from the ground up. From inside my arms to a stroller to standing there at my side, he has always known I love what I do, I love selling art. 

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Now, in Mendocino County, I want to continue to show him what I stand for. The selflessness of being an entrepreneur or being a struggling artist has no words, you cannot know how hard it is, unless you have been on a st corner selling your artwork. 

Being a mother to a toddler, living off grid, not having a car, these things just make me more resilient. More qualified to run a co-op or a non profit that is for the artists by the artists. For localization and small business morals, every time I am asked ” How are you to do this store” or even I think it is impossible, I always remember everything I have been through as an entrepreneur/artist. 

All those days that I felt like leaving the house without any artwork and giving up and start to turn in applications for jobs to be away from my son, I never gave up, I stayed outside for hours with artwork till it was sold, or I made enough for the day. I struggled, I am struggling with a child at my side, and not much to show for my efforts yet. 

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I feel that if I continue to publish my challenges of making this business happen and being all of the above at the same time, well maybe one day someone will recognize my efforts and help me FUND this enterprise. In the meantime I am now off to start an awesome power point to prove that fort bragg needs a made local store and every city in the world needs a made local store!

Please spread the word about localization in your city and if you have not a made local store in your town please make one, ill soon have awesome blueprints for anyone to follow and a powerpoint on slideshare. IN the meantime please help me FUND the 1st 100% made local store in Mendocino County the Mendocino Made Local Marketplace and contribute just 5$ here http://www.gofundme.com/MendoMadeLocal and you could be a part of a local movement, that will help our children have a better understanding of the morals we want them to have, like creating and making and buying local!!

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Manifest Destiny: A “Maker” Manifesto

John Taylor Gatto “Dumbing Us Down” http://www.amazon.com/Dumbing-Down-Curriculum-Compulsory-Anniversary/dp/0865714487

After a whole lot of thinking and a few restless nights, I have finally concluded on an ending for this piece of writing I am about to write here, I had been mulling over this since Christmas Eve when I read front to back an amazing book by John Taylor Gatto called “Dumbing Us Down” about Compulory School Systems and how they were actually made to control our Children.

Now this may sound kinda radical but the more and more facts that he present to make this argument are true and sound and you cannot argue with their real-ness in our soicetys school system.

I came to realize that not only am I Dumbed Down by being a Gen Y delusional Gypsy I am also Dumbed down by the fact that I was raised in a public compulsory school system that accounted for my every movement and even changed some of my home life. But one thing stands true that makes me overcome this Dumbness that was forced upon my training to become an adaquate functioning human being in society yes a Drone, something I hope that trickled into the homes of all the children of my generation…Creativity. Creativity saved my life.

Making saved my Life, when my mother despite anything she was taught about having kids in that generation or not, told me at a young age to express myself through Art, “How do you feel? You don’t know how to describe the feelings inside you? Than Draw them and then see how you feel.”

And my father was the only occupation that actually helped me understand being human more than any occupation on this planet, carpentry. Making things into functional items, like a rocking horse for us as kids, or a cabinet for my mothers fine china, or double sized castle beds that gave me and my sister rooms within our one room for privacy, if I learned anything despite compulsory schooling it was that I have the ability as a human being to be Creative, I can Make things that will help me live, I may need to learn to do so, from a person, place, book or experienced teacher, or Guide, but I can Learn how to Build Anything.

That’s not something I think I was taught in School, Some things that public school teachers teach and Gatto recognizes in his book are mind blowing, I was taught indifferance, I was taught confusion, I was never taught the natural order of things or even ever taught how to live for the future and have all my actions reflect what I want my future to be. We were (public school kids of in the last 100 years) taught that BELLS determine our every move and to never live in the present because the present is always changing every 50 min. We were taught to be so dedicated to every subject, Gatto even says jumping in your seats, your so enthused and then taught to actually drop that subject and move on to the next with no realization WHY your actually learning each thing.

Do you think if we were all taught Recycling in school 50 years ago and shown the consequences of our actions that we would still have adults not recycling today? We are not shown that every action we make as a humans will reflect on what the world will look like later. We are not taught that we can Make our own Reality and manifest anything we need in life. We were not taught that we DONT have to be under surveillence for our every move, in fact we were taught the opposite of that, that everything we do must be APPROVED by a higher order, by a teacher, by the principal if we did bad, (been there) and our Parents if we did even worse, “How to creatively punish your children” I am sure there are thousands of books like that from my generation and before. When we were actually taught how to live?

If you are privleged enough to have Maker parents and people who taught you things in life and the consequences of your actions at an early age and that “you are indeed special” but special in a way that you can manifest destiny, maybe your a special Wardolf child or you were homeschooled, whatever the case may be, if you got denied any kind of INSTITUTIONALISED schooling than you are better than me, no your better and smarter then me, and thousands of other compulsory school drones that don’t know the difference between right and wrong because we were forced into thinking that we needed to stay in the classroom and repeat things to learn, because we were forced to live by the bell and drop our every thought onto the next, because we were taught class segregation by age, gpa, and IQ were OK, that we were given a place to be separated from the rest of society and taught things that even our parents were probably forced to learn so they agreed with, were taught that we all must account for every second of our day, half of it for school then supervised play at home and maybe if your lucky we were allowed to learn on our own on our Bicycles and explore the neighborhood or 3 houses down and back if we promised to come right back.. is that learning?

My husband, was not taught this way. I am so lucky that I learn from a life partner that wasn’t solely raised on public schooling, was raised on a herbalogist mother,more than I could ask, and an Electrician father, both Makers and showing him how to live off the land and even wire it for electricity, At one point His mother had an her own Herb Store, and helped people feel better off herbs.

If you were also raised this way you are super lucky and should teach and show the rest of us uneducated people how to take care of ourselves.

The point I am trying to make is, how do we unPROGRAM compulsory Public schooling, how do we excape from the sea of networks always percieved to be genuine and never really caring who we even are, school, jobs, parents, teachers. How do we get together as a generation and stop the same thing from happening to our children, the answer is Manifest Destiny. The Answer is creativity,The answer is sitting down with our children and showing them how to build a home, from an inside out. To create such a sacred place as HOME and to have a even more sacred place called community.

A huge point Gatto made that is just going over and over in my head like a broken record is “How can we have community if we lock up our children into schools and our old people into retirement homes?” we cannot have community if we cant learn and interact with our old people and children, especially the children, how can we all have enthusiasm for life and learn how to be happy with the simple little things if by not looking at our un-Programed Youth. I showed my son two communities already, in the actual Real Definition of a community of young and old, The Santa Rosa Junior College is a community college it accepts high school students and old people/ seniors of our community, it showed my son and I that you can learn without BELLS, or by always changing your subject every 50 minutes, some classes were 2 hours and then you went home, you made your own schedule at the JC, and thats a real community to me, one that allows REAL experiances and learning without segregation.. actually it still has its flaws like a compulsory school institution, it segregated math and english bound students into categories of test scores and IQ but how can we get them to the right teacher without segregation…by changing our whole way of thinking and knowing it takes a community to learn not segregated classes repeating lessons.

So my conclusion to reading this book and realizing how Dumbed down I am, is embracing the Maker in me and the creative manifestor inside of me and teaching my son more and more from experiences and not lessons, I would like to show him that every action he makes is a part of a bigger larger part of our experiences on this planet and our “Footprint on Earth” means everything. If I can do anything as a mother and as a educator and teacher to my child will be to show him PROCESSES and REACTIONS. Like the process of getting up and getting yourself presentable in the morning, brushing your teeth and hair, has a reaction of people thinking better of you and  having nice hair and having good teeth, like the process of learning how to talk, I showed him as a child he could express himself in both sign language and talking and either one would have a better Reaction then yelling or crying for me, Like showing him the process of walking and how he learned to lift himself up to the coffee table for food.

It all shows him a reaction of learning a lifelong experience that will shape his future, every meal I make, all the things that take being a mom, maintaining a home, having meals on the table and snacks in the cupboard, all are teaching him about processes and reactions.. is Public school going to do that for him?

I doubt it, I am set to have my son never have to hear a school bell in his life, It is hard enough that I am still learning how to be a better person then to instill all the crazy institutionalized school things that I was taught. I don’t ever want him to be stuck with people the same age as him to learn properly or same IQ, I want him to see the world, and I want him to Grow with it, not be held back and just learn how to be another uncaring drone in the USA.

I am determined that Processes, Making and Creating will save this generation from inevitable repetition of behavior that our parents instilled in us and public schools instilled inside us.

Self Inflated Image Crafting

So I have been looking into the basic uses for social media lately and a new term has come to me “image crafting”, 

Urban Dictionary defines it as :

1. facebook image crafting
Glorifying your life by creating it to be something it is not through staged pictures, posts, and statuses. Faking your life and not being authentic about your feelings and situation on social media.
She and her boyfriend broke up. She has been crying for two weeks even though she posts like her life is great. She is the queen of facebook image crafting

Have you seen him? He facebook image crafts like he is at the gym every day, but that dude is fat.”

 
Those examples are from Urban Dictionary, kinda extreme, but it makes a point.
heres a few articles about image crafting that I found very interesting, all leading back to The Gen Y article and author of Wait but Why a blog I just found, I guess we are starting to mass analyze our generation to try and figure out how to be happier people…go figure.
 
So even after learning this I find myself being the queen of Facebook image Crafting, I have an arts page and page of 350 people (no strangers) that followed me because of my accessibility to have good organic food on my plate and post about it…yes i said food.
That’s some sort of Narcissism, yes but educating the uneducated on the good accessibility of organic cheap food in my neighborhood does a service to the public…right…lol and my art page…self inflating my entrepreneur-ism and showing off my ability to make something out of nothing was narcissistic, yes but again, showing people that even homeless you can create your own reality and manifest goodness is all I was REALLY doing…
So even though I have already posted my whole life story to be authentic (its the first post on this blog titled From Dreams to Reality)…yes more narcissism, I have come up with the following for my Y generation to generally stick by on the internet, because when I searched google on “vowing not to image craft”, i came up with nothing, so here goes: 
Self Inflated Image Crafting on Social Media 
What Can we do about it?Easy as 1,2,3..
Stop doing those things, we all want enlightenment, we all want self-validation, and acceptance, but is Facebook or Twitter the best way to get those things…think about it..
Stop posting just the wonderful awesome things that happen to you and your family, post up some bad stuff too like when you loose your cat or dog too not because you want sympathy but because thats REAL LIFE. which brings me to number 2.
2. BE REAL: no one wants to hear self-inflated bullcrap, so save it for your diary..the actual pen and paper diary not your blog either..
Tell the Truth, it will set you free. 
3. Be authentic: the age of not being honest on the internet,is over…I grew up with parents telling me to never go online and tell people who I really am, Try to do that Anonymous thing now and your driven off the internet by a mob of people who want to know who you are,…so i concluded that letting people know who you are and what you stand for is the only way we can be authentic on the internet….wait is that more image crafting….?
 
I am not trying to claim to be some marketing guru, or even expert on my generation or even image crafting, but I see it, I know you see it everywhere around you and on all the social media sites, yea every single one. I know that it is a epidemic that we as a generation with a lot of authentic voices can take over the internet, and change the way we look at social media and approach it with less image crafting and more REAL TALK. I feel like confessing all the horrible embarrassing things in my life and seeing what actually happens..i am assuming nothing, because nothing will happen for all us unhappy Gen Y Narcissistic people unless we actually change, I know I shared the Social Media Anxiety Disorder Book but I fear that its actually a True thing, what would happen if our whole generation UNPLUGGED and actually tried to LIVE and BE with the people that we love and not be Self inflating on social media all the time, all I want is a cabin in the woods with WIFI, should not be our generational dream, we should stop merely at cabin in the woods, I don’t know how we can do it, more social gathering outside of our social media sites maybe more grange halls and youth farmers market participation and youth community participation maybe, I certainly don’t have all the answers and I even know that this post will only be seen by the people I promote it to via social media…its certainly not anything I know how to fix..and even today I got from my family the remark “Are you going to get off that thing and CLEAN yet?” meaning my laptop…I am certainly not a poster child for not image crafting and trying to figure out my identity through the social media interactions that I make…But really what can we and what will we do about it…Will we all Unplug and make homegrown guilds and farmers associations and our own priced goods and services without the help of the internet? The Sharing Economy is nothing new and it is growing fast but what can we actually do from behind our computer screens….nothing at all, except throw a few words someones way and hope that someones listening or cares..I had a question given to me in an art assignment in high school “what are you most afraid of not having before you die” and most people had very specific answers and mine really encompasses the generation Y feeling I have all the time , my answer was “Acceptance”.. that’s all we need as a generation is to just feel validated right, how do we do this without the internet validating our every move and thing we say…maybe you can help me figure it out.. until then I am going to keep trying to find Makers and Artists for my store from behind my computer screen because I don’t have a car to get to the farmers markets and meet them myself…..boy I have an excuse for everything…Delusional Gen Y Gypsy Syndrome…can I get Ritalin for that?J/K