Not only has this past month flown by, but I feel like the last few months of 2018 did as well! The year wrapped up with some exciting new things. I had my first jewelry showcase, featuring a jewelry collection and some leather accessory items, where three artists were represented. It was so wonderful to see it all come together and I was completely overwhelmed by the turnout and support I received. Pictured below are a few of my friends who came to show their support and the display of products. This endeavor to create equip, empower and encourage people, in the hopes to create sustainability through a trade, has not been without its many challenges. It has been a learning process for sure. So much here in Guatemala is based on relationships, which is so wonderful, but also requires putting in a lot of time. I’m finally reaching a point where I’ve earned their trust. I’ve had to work through a lot of frustration when things don’t go as planned or in the expected timeframe, but I can say that relationships have deepened and there is a deeper level of investment on the artisans behalf.
I am excited for the possibilities this year, expanding our current collections and adding more artisans!
Speaking of expanding and adding, I recently became an Aunt(again)! Brooks Jason Conn was born on January 13th! It was such a gift to be able to be there for his birth! There were several delays with my residency and I was told in November it was looking like it wouldn’t be until 2019 until I’d get my interview and be able to complete the process. (I wasn’t able to leave until it was finished). I had come to a place of having peace with not being there for Christmas, but was considering putting the process on hold so I wouldn’t miss being there for his birth. In God’s perfect timing, an interview opened up the end of November, the requirements were completed and I received residency on December 11th. So not only was I there for my nephews birth, but I also got to spend Christmas with my family. It was quite the surprise and I treasure all the memories made!
So what’s next?! This year has taken off and the calendar is already fulling up! In addition to One Mercado, I will continue to serve on the leadership team at my church Shoreline, where I have the privilege to oversee our youth program, photography team, and most recently was asked to be the lead on the decor for our sisterhood( women’s) events. Thinking I’ll need do a whole update just on this alone, as it’s a lot! But I am absolutely loving being a part of this church plant, am honored to be a part of their leadership team, and am so grateful for how much they pour into me!
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