Shifting Course: A Meaningful Life
As some of you know, my mother became gravely ill and was hospitalized for over a month. We are so grateful for all of the prayers, and, thankful for the grace that has been extended to us by clients who's orders have been delayed as we took time to be with family.
We recently received some unfortunate news; my mother has been diagnosed with Cancer. I've probably felt every single emotion over these last few weeks, but today, I feel God is calling me to move in a more intentional and meaningful way.
When I started Rain Sky Home; I always knew I wanted to build up my brand big enough to give a portion of our proceeds to much needed organizations. Organizations that I knew I had a personal tie and connection to. People close to me know, but, many don't know that I was adopted by this beautiful, fierce Black Woman.
As the story goes:
My mother never desired to have children. After freeing herself from an abusive marriage, and going on to build a successful life for herself. She felt this overwhelming desire to help someone in need. Her plan, was to adopt an older child. She was 43 years old; what was she going to do with a baby? She told herself. She was very specific in her desire to adopt a high-school aged child and help them navigate out of the foster care system, into college and onto adulthood. She went through the tedious background checks, financial and psychological assessments, and all of the state required courses. Years of her life devoted to one very specific plan. On one of her walk-throughs of the children's home, they passed by the nursery. Her words, "I saw those big brown eyes staring at me from across the room and I knew it was you". I'll never forget when she first told me that story; how I felt so loved. How lucky I was, that she chose me. Even when it wasn't in her plan. To know in that moment; everything shifted for her. Though it has always been in my heart to partner with the children home's she adopted me from. Learning of her diagnosis, has shifted me to no longer put my plans on hold. To no longer wait until my brand is "big enough". To do more.. now.
I will be taking the next couple of weeks to research Cancer Organizations, as well as contacting the Children's Home back in my home city of St. Louis. This is all unchartered territory for me, and we have a long road of healing ahead of us, but I want to focus on the positives. I want to stay strong for her, continue to work, and do what I can to help someone else. I want to ensure that we do this the right way; and make this a part of our brands mission moving forward.
Sometimes; life has a way of shifting you; changing course.
Paving the way for a more meaningful life.
-Asia, Rain Sky Home