Life

Peace Tree Africa, My Sapling

The wind knocks down the beautiful wooden statues, and then proceeds to close the pages in the album I had spent hours creating the night before. It seemed like everything else was against me. We had been sitting at this table since early morning, and it was now striking noon; 3 bracelets were sold. But I knew better than the wind, and I felt the complete opposite at the core of me, where I felt the strength and love from everyone I was there for. Where I felt my worldly purpose, that was something that nothing could discourage.

Since my last entry, I have been drowning in the mumbo jumbo of IRS form 1023. This document has taken so much time, energy, and has added so much stress.. But it will open doors to the next chapter of this organization. Once we receive tax exempt status, we will be able to apply for grants..which means funding for the first tour, which means the purchase of merchandise, and more exchanges with interested stores, etc etc etc.. Of course, there are lots of other details to remember in between.

We need a broker. Apparently, they help us with import tax and shipments. We need more contacts, and marketing. We need the website to look better before we can start pushing people TO the site, though. We need posters and brochures to inform people of our mission. We need a budget! We have to know how much exactly we need, before requesting what we need from other organizations. We’re tangled up in a web of things, with a small view of the way out! I’m so excited for it all.

I hope that this is read by someone who has hope for their own organization, or for a dream that is difficult for everyone else to see.. Don’t let go! It’s all just a series of steps to the next level. Here is to everyone who knows what they need to do at the core of them.

About Tara

Tara received her degree in French and Communications before jetting off to serve Cameroon for 2 years with the Peace Corps. She has forever since been inspired to serve in humanitarian projects around the world. She's a writer, tour guide, business owner, property manager, wifey, dog mom, and traveler. Tara lives in Dallas, Texas, where she's happily married to the tech genius who keeps her website pretty.