Listen. Think. Idea. Try. Try again. Keep going. -my brain.
It’s exactly what we have been doing here at WeAreDAR. When I decided to start this project I wanted to start something that really matters. A project that changed lives for the better forever…and we are well on our way, but none of this would have been possible if it were not for the faith, hard work, and clear dedication of Ashlyn, Amy, Annette, Taylor, Crista, Denise and Kayla.
About two weeks ago I was pulling into my driveway after a long day of work. It was roughly 7:20pm on a Thursday, and I was on the phone with Annette. She was telling me we could not continue the aDARable project without the funds to pay for fabric and wages. We are talking over $40,000 and we needed at least half to start aDARable and proceed with our trip to Haiti. I hung up the phone. Holding back tears, I opened my car door to get out and looked up to exchange a few words with my homeboy, J.C.
Looking back now I feel awful because while I was home, I was mentally absent. I try so hard to flip the switch to off mode and focus on family while home, but this night I couldn’t. I sat outside while the girls played, and I drafted an email to a mentor of mine from a few years ago. I explained our situation and asked her if she knew of anyone I could pitch our project to, in hopes of receiving a donation. I told her at this point we were SOL…$–t outta luck. I called Taylor and gave her the devastating news that she wasn’t going to be able to travel to Haiti with us because we needed the money to pay for the women’s salaries in Haiti. It was so hard to do because she has just given so freely of herself and was so excited for our upcoming trip.
9:13pm I sent the email. I remember thinking, “God, I’ve listened to my heart. I went for it. I took the leap of faith and I am doing what I feel in my heart is You calling me to Serve. So why is this so hard?”
I didn’t sleep well at all that night.
7:10am Annette calls me. She asked me if I had read my emails, and at this point I hadn’t so I told her I would call her back.
11:30 we are in a meeting with Ashlyn. We discussed our plans with her, and 20 minutes into our meeting with her we were no longer SOL. I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I couldn’t even eat my lunch. It was one of those “God” moments. Describing it wouldn’t even do it justice. We hugged, I got in my car and I just lost all control of emotions. We had exhausted all other funding options, and then a heaven sent angel ignited our flame again.
Then, the following Tuesday, Annette, the brains behind our aDARable line and our factory in Haiti, finds out she cannot make the trip three weeks before we go to Haiti. I again looked up at the clouds, but this time I just smiled and laughed to myself. It was as if God was telling me “I never said it would be easy!”
I quickly reached out to Kayla at Matilda Jane Clothing. Kayla has one of the biggest hearts I’ve seen, and I told her we needed someone to help us put together our factory in Haiti. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that less than an hour later MJC’s owner, Denise, and Kayla had a response for us and introduced me to Sarah who is now traveling with us in place of Annette!! Talk about God moments…this project is full of them!
Amy–I have not talked enough about Amy. Amy, and her husband Michael are the founders of Women of the Cloud Forrest in Monte Verde, Costa Rica. They are angels behind our project in Costa Rica. We have 15 women doing our micro-enterprising program via our donations from our clothing companies. I’m not sure if you remember me telling you their goals for the first trial run. They vowed if they made over their goal wages they would like to pay it forward to other women in need. Just last week we received a very gracious check from Amy and our 15 women in Monte Verde, along with a thank you video. I’m so blessed to have met and connected with Amy! Amy- if you’re reading this–gracias por todo hermana! Te quiero mucho y espero verte muy pronto!!
And of course there is Crista and Taylor and the other student designers behind aDARable. These young ladies who have given so much of their time too. I can’t wait to introduce them to our beauties in Haiti! Thank you all for believing in this project.
I’ve learned so much about myself during this journey. I’ve learned in the last couple of weeks that God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. A sense of destiny is our birthright as followers of Christ. God is awfully good at getting us where He wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.