Since I began this whole interior decorating venture, I’ve wrestled with how I could somehow make it into more of a ministry and not just a business. I’m currently reading this great book a friend recommended called Start Something that Matters
by Blake Mycoskie, the guy who started TOMS’ shoes and it’s a totally inspiring read. In the book he talks about telling your story. He insists that people connect much more to a story than a product (or service). I totally agree. So, I’ve been trying to figure out, “What’s my story?”
Well, since I was a little girl I’ve always been a bargain shopper (ok, and a bit of a princess).
I can remember the family making regular visits to what used to be Hudson’s Salvage Center and what we now know as Treasure Hunt/Dirt Cheap. To this very day, my all time favorite place to score deals. I’d comb the disorganized aisles searching through the smoke-filled merchandise for buried treasures to spend my allowance on. We’ll decades later, not much has changed. I’m still obsessed with bargain hunting.
It’s rare that I spend more than $30 on anything, and I do mean anything, a skill that totally translates to my decorating. (Quite frankly, I consider it a gift and a curse.)
With that in mind, I think part of my story has to be the fact that I’m trained and skilled in stretching a dollar so far that you’d think it was elastic. I mean in this economy that’s got to be a niche’, right? Who doesn’t want to save some money? The other part is that I believe that EVERYONE deserves to live in a beautiful space, no matter how big or small their budget or if there is no budget at all. I also feel as if I’ve been given this gift and I know that it wasn’t given to me for the sole benefit of me. So, I’m itching to somehow use what God has given me to help others.
I love the mission behind interior design charities like Dallas based Dwell with Dignity, whose goal is creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.