Hello, family and friends. After some planning and consideration, I have decided to start a new business venture. As if my hands weren’t already full enough between running an online boutique, being a loving wife, and going through a pregnancy! As some of you know, I started my online boutique this year. Considering my business isn’t just online, given all the craft shows and market fairs I attend, selling these dresses has occupied almost all of my weekends. Luckily, I’ve not been without help. Eugene has been an amazing “assistant”, keeping records of sales, setting up/breaking down at every event, and lending a hand as a part-time cashier. I don’t know what I would do without him. With my own hard work, the support of my husband and the Holy Spirit, I have seen a rise in the success of Wander & Grace Boutique. And a quick side note - my definition of a successful business does not entail sole financial gain. To me, a successful business is having the ability to do something that I love without feeling as though I’m working, while making a profit in the process. We have definitely been blessed by God, however, I am not rolling in cash by any means! Therefore, I have made the decision to start a new business in high-quality handbags.
I have always had a passion for helping others. But one morning around 6 am as Eugene and I were on our way to an event, I saw two young guys. They must’ve been around 20-30 years old, and you could tell they had been out all night - most likely up to no good. Even though they didn’t appear to be completely homeless, they looked so lost. I was able to relate to them because I had been in a similar situation not too long ago, going out and partying until the wee hours. However, all the fun I had the night before would suddenly turn into a deep, terrible feeling of sadness. This left me feeling so hopeless as I would watch the sun rising in the morning. So, when I saw these two guys, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to turn back as we drove past them, to pray for them and buy them something to eat. But I didn’t. Eugene kept driving, and though I wanted to tell him to stop and turn back, nothing came out of my mouth. Instead, tears filled my eyes and I felt so mad at myself for not listening to my heart. I wanted to pray for them. I wanted to pray with them, to tell them that things would be alright, and whatever shameful things they’d ever done in their lives were irrelevant. I wanted to tell them that God loved them no matter what! I guess those were words that I wish someone had told me on those mornings. Even though I’ve always had a roof over my head and food to eat, the shame and sadness in my eyes back then was no different from theirs. My struggles, my story, and when I turned to Jesus Christ, I will save for a later time. I am so far from being the “perfect Christian”. But if there’s one thing I learned from becoming a believer is that no matter who you are or what you have done, there is nothing you can do to have God stop loving you.
Those who are closest to me know that that situation with those two guys inspired me to feed the homeless. Eugene and I usually do it ourselves. We go to the grocery store to buy Torta Bread (a.k.a. Bolillo), eggs, ham, avocado, lettuce, tomato and jalapeños, because who doesn’t like a torta with a little spice?! We also add a bottled water and a side of chips. For the lunch bags, we choose and write down several passages from the Bible. Then the real fun begins! We drive around a city that we know will have homeless people. We take our time looking near railroads, under bridges and anywhere else the homeless may go to seek shelter. We then approach them and offer a free lunch. All of them have said yes. There’s this common misconception that homeless people prefer to be given money as opposed to food so they can buy alcohol and drugs. But let me tell you, the people that appeared to be users were the most grateful to be receiving a meal. I want to say that 90% of the time, without us mentioning God, they return their gratitude by saying “God bless you.” That is something I was so happy to hear, and it took me aback in a good way. I encourage everyone, no matter who you are, to engage in this philanthropic small act of kindness. You can really make someone’s day. It is truly something very fun to do with your significant other, family member or friend! Eugene and I usually take our time driving around. Sometimes we even stop to grab a coffee and chat about life, or stop at an intriguing store or vintage shop! We talk, we laugh and grow closer by taking these little trips. I never really posted much about this because I didn’t want to feel as If I was bragging. This was something I decided to do with my husband to feed our souls. But I realized it’s totally worth sharing and I hope it inspires many of you to take time and do the same. :)
Now, back to the original reason for this post. This year, God has inspired me more than ever. Given my busy schedule, I was wary of even giving this new, big idea a second thought. Yet I eventually caved and gave it a chance. My new business venture is called Krista Paige Handbags, named after my unborn baby girl who we’re currently expecting to arrive Late September. Krista Paige Handbags is still in the developmental stage, but as previously mentioned it will be a high-quality handbag business that will be produced in India. This business will benefit many people in the country as it is opening up job opportunities to artisans and to two companies that I am currently working with. I am also planning to partner up with a Christian Organization that helps people in India by offering Christian classes, donating used bibles and building water wells! We all know water is vital for life, and I want this company to make a real difference! I am meeting with the director of this organization next week. I will keep you informed on what is going on with this business. So, I am asking from the bottom of my heart to please follow my new page in hopes that you too can make a difference in the lives of people in India. Likes, Comments, and Shares will be very, very much appreciated. I truly believe that we are all here to make a difference in the lives of others. The differences that I want to make through these partnerships are both natural and spiritual. I want to bring Jesus Christ into people’s lives, and provide water to those in desperate need of it. I know that this journey will not be easy. It already has me up at 4 am communicating with my manufacturers in India, and with the baby, I am going to need all the support I can get in order to grow this business and help others along the way. But I know that in the end, it will be well worth it. Thank you so much to those of you who read until the end of this post. God bless you all and thank you for following my page ;) There will be more updates on the process and where I am at. I hope that you will stick around and follow me on this extraordinary journey!