Once upon a time, I built a house from scratch. Actually Don, the builder, and his guys with lots of skills built it. But, I was there most days, watching, choosing, working along side. A few months into the process, I think I said something slightly whine-y like 'this is taking a long time'. His reply was profound. I can still hear the words, and I apply the spirit of them often. He smiled and said, "If you go to work everyday, eventually you get done." Hmm...wow.
So today, I am updating this Kickstarter blog, building a case for people to support this effort. I've never done anything quite like this before. I do have 'guys with skills' who have been generously advising and supporting. Still, if I don't go to work everyday, it's not gonna get done!
Heard a journalist-turned-novelist on NPR today. Journalism taught her that writing is her job i.e. when the Baltimore Sun is paying you to write stories, you can't show up and decide 'hmmm...I'm not feeling it today'. This carried over into her process for writing and publishing novels that she now gets to talk about on the radio. Hmmm...wow.
So everyday, I am getting over the I've never done this and/or others could do better stuff. I am preparing to talk to several division heads of the AOH thanks to co-chairs of the INA (who knew there was all this Irish infrastructure?!) to ask for support. I have identified a living space for the women coming in October and a possible work space. I've been to three neighborhood meetings near where they will be based to give information and get people to participate. This weekend, I asked family and friends to support financially and pass the word. A few have said yes already...we'll see how it goes. Tomorrow is another work day, right? Thanks, Don, wherever you are.