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The past couple of months have been so busy and honestly, I haven’t had the time to really update this blog. I have just been inundated with a new project that I started and now, I can finally tell you what I’ve been up to! I OPENED MY ONLINE SHOP!
I want to introduce you to my baby – alohaplannerstation.com. There are a few reasons why I opened my own shop, but before that I want to formally introduce you to it. Aloha Planner Station stemmed from my love of bullet journaling and memory planning. I needed a creative outlet that combined all my hobbies into one and that’s what bullet journaling and memory planning is for me. When I first got into bullet journaling and memory planning, I found that some of the supplies were pricey! Cute washi tape retailed from $4 – $6! I wasn’t sure if this would be something I would stick with so I didn’t want to spend all that money on something that might just sit in my craft closet. It was difficult to start out because I was really working with the bare-minimum.
That’s why I wanted to open Aloha Planner Station. I wanted there to be a relatively affordable place for those who are interested in starting these hobbies (or any craft hobby) to buy washi tape, dashboards, etc. Though the selection is very small right now, I’m hoping to add more as we get more customers. Right now, we’ve only been open for about 4 days and unfortunately we haven’t seen any sales, but I know it takes time.
The biggest motivator for me, in regards to opening my online shop, was my sister. She is currently a part of this life-skills program for young adults with learning disabilities, she has Downs Syndrome, and I found out that once she turns 22, she will no longer be eligible for the program. She turns 22 in January 2019 and her last month of being a part of the program is August 2019. I was devastated because she enjoyed going to “work” everyday. There is another program that she can be a part of, however, the waiting list is long and there’s no guarantee that she will qualify for it. I don’t want her to sit at home doing nothing, she blossoms when she has a purpose and something to work for. I wanted to be able to provide her a job and to be a part of something that brings joy to people.
Last, but certainly not least, I just wanted to share my love of creating with others. When I found bullet journaling and memory planning, it was the creative escape I needed. It has helped me deal with my depression and anxiety. It has helped me deal with the loss of my Uncle, and it has helped remind me that there are more grateful moments in life than there are bad. I wanted to share all of that with the world.
My sincere hope is that you find a way to create. Whether it’s using supplies and inspiration from my shop or any of the others, I just want you to let go a little and just let your soul/spirit express itself on a blank canvas.