Let the Adventure begin!
Juvy and I have been together for 6 years and are currently engaged to be married. We live in San Antonio Texas and have both worked more dead-end jobs than we would like to remember. I say dead-end, not to detract from the experiences we've gained, but to highlight the fact that no matter how hard we worked or how far we pushed ourselves to see those businesses succeed that in the end we still are struggling to make ends meet. Some people think it's easy to work retail, but that is far from the truth. For the past decade we have worked 40+ hours per week on randomized schedules with consecutive days off being a rarity (and even more rarely having time off together) while pushing ourselves to manage employees and inventory and sales, all while watching the companies we worked for thrive and our own finances and mental health plummet. I personally have major depressive disorder and severe anxiety, and while I have never needed to use medication to handle it, this year I had a severe break down. After years of stress and worry and working weird hours (at least twice a week having close to open shifts leaving me less than 8 hours to sleep) for people who didn’t appreciate me or consider my experience and ability as anything but a liability for them, I realized I couldn’t do it anymore. I quit working retail. I started working with family but by that time the damage had been done. My mental health continued to deteriorate and I continued to spiral. After I spiraled into a breakdown I couldn’t so much as leave my house for over 3 months, as I was constantly plagued by depression, fear and anxiety. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t drive, I stopped responding to everyone, even my parents. I felt broken. And while this was what I went through my incredible fiancé had to watch it all happen while still working in these horrible conditions and providing for both of us when our 2 jobs together could barely cover our few bills. The stress built in him until he couldn’t face going to work anymore, until he broke down and the stress literally consumed him. At that point we made a tough decision. We decided that after running other people’s businesses for so long with almost no reward beyond the roof over our heads (and that being a stretch at times) that we would take our experience and our varied skills and build our own business. Juvy is extremely gifted when it comes to administration, organization and managing resources and I have worked in several fields. I have been a plant specialist, an Audio/Visual technician and consultant, a commission sales person in several fields and I have worked in construction, where I gained skills about everything from plumbing and electrical to wood working and framing. And those are only naming a few. We have decided to start our own upcycling business. For anyone who doesn’t know what upcycling is it is basically taking furniture and other household items that are discarded or considered of very little value and refinishing them or even completely reimagining them to give them a new lease on life and selling them. With our varied skills and backgrounds, we are uniquely qualified to excel at this and as a bonus it is giving us a creative outlet to express ourselves and to help us heal from the years of stress and worry and constant oppression working for corporations has laid on our shoulders. Unfortunately, the circumstances leading up to our decision and the speed at which we had to act to prevent Juvy from following in my path to complete mental instability we didn’t appropriately save for all our needs. While I have the skills to do everything needed to create beautiful pieces of furniture and decorations, I lack the equipment necessary to do it quick enough to keep up with our expenses. I am currently doing everything by hand with no power tools and a surprisingly low number of hand tools. This is why we need help. In order to create a profitable business, I need to reduce the amount of time it takes for me to complete my projects. Just buying a power sander will reduce my work by days. If I can afford to purchase everything needed and to pay for a small work space (as I live in an apartment) I can speed up my production which will allow me to make enough to pay my rent and utilities as well as my car payment and let this new chapter in our lives be the freedom from stress and worry it was meant to be. The goal I set would allow me to pay my bills for this next month, acquire a workspace and allow me to purchase the equipment I need to become self-sufficient and to make our business profitable. Every day I am doing what I love and beyond that I can see the potential in this business to not only create a new positive life for both Juvy and I, but also to create a business that will, in our own small way, help reduce waste and contribute to the betterment of the world around us. Please help us to make this dream come true, anything helps. If you can’t afford to give a dollar (and trust me, we know exactly how that goes) then please at least help us share this through social media. We are grateful for support of all types, from donations to moral support. And thank you in advance to everyone who even took the time to read this.