Is it bad luck to start the first blog post about your passion project—a charity no less—with a curse word? I guess we'll find out!
I think once I share my timeline, though, you'll see that it's not gratuitous.
- Pre-2017: I have a vague notion to do something with my crafts, other than wear them or give them as gifts, but can't be bothered to figure it out.
- Fall 2017: I have the idea to give things to people if they donate to my favorite charities, but dismiss it as too much work.
- March 13, 2018: While visiting an orphanage in Kenya on vacation, a lightbulb goes off and the full idea finally forms.
- March 31, 2018: I say my idea out loud for the first time to family. (Thank you, Lisa and Aunt Rose, for fanning a flame that could easily have been put out.)
- May 1, 2018: Que Linda NFP is incorporated with the state of Illinois.
... Something I couldn't put my finger on a year ago now has a name, a website, a tax ID number and a bank account.
It has the potential to fulfill my wildest dreams: Help people in need via charities I believe in; Build a legacy for my mom; Give a creative platform to those who crave one; And link art and charity in a meaningful and accessible way.
It also has the potential to fail miserably: bylaws, board meetings, inventory, terms & conditions, contributing artists, site design, payment processing, accounting, IRS forms... each one of these things is complex with substantial room for error.
So far, we've broken down every challenge in a way that would make Christopher Nolan proud. What seems like an overwhelming action sequence on first glance has turned into logistical shot sheets... there's a plan, a props person, a costume director, and somehow, so far, everything has worked out.
I picked a kickass board, and I have supportive friends and partners who oooh and aaah at all the right times, and who remind me of the potential to succeed when all I can think about is the alternative. To all of you: THANK YOU!
In just a few weeks we'll have a soft launch, where family and friends can test what we've built. I can't wait for you to see it. And in the meantime ... Holy Sh!t, Batman! It's really happening!