January 21, 2014

Beautiful Things

To catch you up - I had the amazing opportunity to serve at the Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones - the orphanage in Santa Cruz Bolivia that a percentage of CooCube sales supports.  Showing love to children in need is an important part of who we are and this will continue to evolve as we establish ourselves as a business.  I am grateful for the timing of  this opportunity- just as the CooCube story is starting,  as it will be woven into the core of who we become.  Below I share a reflection of the trip.  Enjoy!




There is something magic that happens when you give yourself away. If you can get over the mountain of fear that holds you back - you end up gaining so much more.  I got a first-hand look at how a generous human spirit matched with hope can make room for the unimagined.  As a creative it's easy for me to imagine making beautiful things out of, well, other beautiful things.  But a true triumph is in restoring beauty to where it seems void.  Some of that victory is in simply re-writing that definition of beauty. 

In starting CooCube I knew that I wanted to contribute to the force of good in the world.  Little ol me with big ol dreams- a dream to have resources to give away.  What I am learning though, is that the key, is to give the little that I have now.  While I didn't have a lot of money to send to Judah Quy based on my first 3 months of sales - I did have myself and this seemed much more costly.  I am not going to lie - deciding to take this trip was difficult for me.  I was letting me get in the way.  I knew I would have to get over my fears  -  of flying, of finances, of leaving my family, of a different language…but ultimately I knew I had to make room, to clear out the clutter and let something bigger in.   

I finally left my home and set out on this adventure. I started to find forgotten pieces of me on the plane ride over and by 20 some hours into it I was excited at the week in front of me.  Just as I was feeling empowered to serve I walked into Judah Quy for the first time.  I was hit with the raw reality of brokeness, of imperfect conditions, of "abnormal" bodies and mis-shapen faces. I wasn't exactly prepared to face my most intimate fears - the ones that hide inside. The ones that are sort of-kind of, well, ugly.  And then again, I wasn't prepared for the beautiful truth of redemption that followed. 

What I saw scared me.  In that moment I saw dusty floors,  dirty clothes, mis-mashed toys, eggs on top of the fridge (what? they don't refrigerate those), worn out bibs, stained sheets and then the hardest of all…before me were the blind children,  children that couldn't walk, children laying on the floor rolling around, a cleft palette, 3 year olds in cloth baby diapers, the sound of the cough of the child that couldn't quite eat properly and the smell of not so fresh diapers.  I faced my ugliest thoughts on that day and the days to come as I sat on the dirty floor with them, changed their diapers, wiped their faces, carried them to their crib and force fed them bottles to gain that weight that they so desperately needed.  As I gave myself away a new heart was being formed.

And then I heard it.  I heard a voice from the other room pierce through the dark.  "You are beautiful. You are strong. You have a purpose and there is a plan for you. You are not Fatherless. You are important and you are loved."  It was Sarah, the assistant director of the home, speaking truth into one of the children. 

I became undone. 

Needless to say, a lot happened that week and as I said goodbye to each child and took one last look I didn't see the dirt or smell the poop - I saw a beautiful thing.  I saw the deepness of love in their eyes,  I heard the resounding giggle of a soul inside of a broken body,  I saw the courage of the heart determined to walk and the spirit of the once unwanted finding acceptance.  I saw life in fullness. 

And here I am - home safe, some fears conquered and knowing that these were the forgotten children, the ones that no one wanted and now their story is being rewritten. Love is ushering in life and beauty is being restored.   

I am inspired to work harder then ever before and determined to give myself away.  I am so excited and honored to join in the force of those making beautiful things. Whether that is you and enabling you to make your special CooCubes or with Sarah at Judah Quy enabling children to thrive.  I am looking forward to embracing each story of creative potential. 2014 - here we come!

October 8, 2013

Freely You have Received, Freely Give


Well - it's here.  It's finally here.  Today I have the blessing of launching CooCube.com.  It seems surreal after all this time of preparation, doubt, hard work and now excitement.  I am celebrating today - CooCube.com is ready to stitch your story together!

I was greeted by a lovely text this morning from a dear friend - "This is the day that the Lord has made!"  The truth of this really sunk in today. The Lord has made this day - perfectly planned for me.  Today it happens to be a day of rejoicing. This day 5 years ago happened to be a day of sorrow.  I have the honor of launching CooCube.com on my dear son Aidan's birthday.  We lost Aidan at 38 weeks - on this very day 5 years ago - Aidan was still born.  The experience of  walking through death in all it's brokenness has pointed us to true life.  So, though I don't know what tomorrow brings, I am comforted by the truth that the Lord has made all my days and is working out his perfect plan for me. 

In my quiet reflection time today I was thanking God for all he has done for us and reading a passage in Matthew.  In this passage, Jesus is getting ready to send His disciples out into the world for the first time on their own.  He has spent time with them and He has trained them, and now He is sending them to reach others.  He tells them to go tell the message that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  He gives them the power they will need to heal the sick and raise the dead...Just before they leave, Jesus gives the disciples a principle that they should use to guide their actions as they go tell His message to others.  He tells them, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
 
I feel blessed when I reflect on how much I have received during this time of preparation for CooCube.com- opportunity, wisdom, grace, mercy, encouragement and love. I have been given so much and I am so ready to freely give. 

One way CooCube makes giving possible for me is that we will be donating a percentage of our proceeds to worthy organizations working to care for and positively impact children. In fact, this passage was brought to my attention through a talk this summer by Paul and Kristin Hoffman.  Paul and Kristin are the founders of The Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones, an orphanage in Bolivia dedicated to infant orphans needing intensive medical intervention. At this time CooCube will be donating a percentage of our proceeds to The Judah Quy Home.  Paul and Kristin Hoffman freely give their life away every day to love little ones in the Lord's name. We are excited to support their efforts and we were able to give our first donation to them during their visit (from CooCube pre-sales through our Indiegogo Campaign).  What joy.

Join me in celebrating today!! Hip Hip Hurray!!

xoxo

July 20, 2013

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Hip Hip Horray! Our 30 day
Indiegogo campaign has come to an end.

Because of YOU, CooCube is off to a great start!
300+ likes on Facebook
40+ Twitter followers
50 Instagram followers
1,000+ entries to our Give-Aways
1,748 video views
79 funders
$500+ raised for The Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones
365 CooCubes to be made!

Here's to a bright CooCube future. We are inspired by the possibility of what the future holds and can't wait to get going.  A big thank you to all who believe in us! We absolutely, positively, without a doubt, could not have done it without you. 

xoxo

June 19, 2013

It's Go Time!!



Here we (indie)go(go)!! 

Watch the video, learn our story, pre-order now & share the love!


xo




Nuts, the Countdown is Over, But...

the excitement is just beginning!!

























Way to go Plucky Momo! Go nuts - you are the final winner :)  A big thank you to everyone who made the CooCube Countdown Give-Away a big success!! It was so much fun, I want to do it all over again :) 


CooCube Pre-Orders are available for a limited time.  Grab yours now :)

xoxo

June 18, 2013

Why Indiegogo? It's Simple


I set out to use Kickstarter as our campaign platform.  I am now using Indiegogo. 

Why? It's simple -  Kickstarter had this guideline:  Creators cannot promise to donate a portion of funds raised or future revenue to a cause.  And, well - I wasn't willing to give this up - its at the core of who CooCube is.  So Indiegogo it is! From the start, a portion of our proceeds will be supporting the Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones.  Located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the home is specialized for infant orphans needing intense medical intervention. In the future we hope to refine a model in which customers can see exactly what they have contributed to - whether it be medicine, school supplies, food, shoes, clothes, or special-needs diet items (just a few things on the list of needs from Judah Quy).  We also are looking forward to expanding our support to other worthy organizations. 

And while we are talking about simple - remember that book I mentioned - Start Something that Matters? Blake Mycoskie, founder of Tom's Shoes (One for One:  for every pair of shoes sold a pair goes to a child in need), challenges his readers to answer the following questions in one sentence or go back to the drawing board. He calls it THE SIMPLE PLAN.

So here it goes...

COOCUBE'S SIMPLE PLAN:

What is your business about?
CooCube is about enabling people to create beautiful things - meaningful/safe products and hope to children in need. 

What do you want to be known for as a person?

I want to be known as a successful servant leader that encourages people to be the best version of themselves. 

What social cause are you seeking to serve?

I am seeking to serve children in need by helping to restore hope and beauty to broken lives (partnering with orphanages and anti-trafficking organizations)




Help us "Start Something That Matters".  Please consider contributing to our Indiegogo campaign.  We can't do it without you. You will enable us to get off the ground by pre-ordering your CooCubes tomorrow!  It's the perfect, meaningful gift for that special little one in your life. 


If you can't contribute now, please consider supporting us by helping to spread the word. 

xoxo!

Closing Out the Countdown


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