As many of you know, I started my quilting business a little bit before I retired to make sure I had something to do during my ‘retirement’. I love quilting. However, I think I was affected by all the people who told me they won’t retire until they are 67, 70 or never, because they can’t imagine what they’d do with their time? They, allegedly, just see a world of boredom. While I never saw that, it did make me wonder if maybe I didn’t understand something, the reason other people were going to work well into their dotage. Maybe they knew something I didn’t know? So, I decided I needed a small business to make sure I had some structure…and I do enjoy small business. However, I kept trying to make the business bigger even when I was totally enjoying the size it was. So, I am reducing the size of the business.
One reason I retired fairly early was because there are so many things that I like to do, that I didn’t have time or energy to do while working in a stressful environment with long hours. And while I have planned my retirement well into my 90’s, I don’t think that there is any guarantee that I will be healthy enough to do everything I want to do in my ‘retirement’. The longer one waits, the older one gets, and the greater the chance of illness. I really worry that people will retire late and be very sorry they waited so long. Now, keep in mind I’m talking about people who can afford to retire, but won’t, not those people who have no choice. I’ve bumped into other retirees who are also mystified by people who will belittle ‘retirement’ and retirees as if it means a brainless, sedentary life. That’s hardly the case. I don’t have enough time to enjoy all that I want to do and learn. And the longer I’m retired, the more I enjoy it! But to each their own…
I have been very upset recently with the terrorist attacks and the affect they have had on the position of refugees here in the USA. The horrible, angry, fascist rhetoric from certain political figures or candidates are frightening and I think it is becoming so dangerous that the quiet, calm, generous people need to start speaking up. As a result I’ve recently been very vocal with my representatives in the government as well as just with people I know. It has also made me want to support Syrian refugees, and other refugees. I am fortunate that I don’t need my business to make money for me. Consequently, I am closing my Etsy shop on December 1st. I will continue to make my Don’t Bore Your Baby quilts, but I have arranged to give them to a local refugee resettlement organization. I will use the money I make from concentrating on tee shirt quilts to buy more materials for DBYB quilts. I will still make custom DBYB quilts for people who want to buy one via the grapevine, because I think the visual stimulation for babies is so important, but again, profits go to more quilts for refugees. And, I’m keeping this business small so I can enjoy more than just my quilting. This is a small endeavor to help people, but it is something I can do.
So, TheQuiltifyShop is closed. Profits from any sale will go to materials for more refugee quilts. Unpurchased quilts will be delivered the week of December 1st to the resettlement organization in Boston.
Besides kindness, what are some other ways sane people can help the world one small step at a time?
The morning light on the rocks on Otter’s Point. Here’s to you, who are adding some joy to the world. Happy days!