A marvelous March to you!
After the excitement of finishing our IRS 501(c)(3) application at the beginning of February, I was ready to tackle huge swaths of our to-do list, and then I realized I had to quickly catch up on organizing for teasecraft, our meetup group for folks interested in DIY sex toys and equipment. (Boston-area folks, we've got a Show & Tell featuring the Nogasm automated orgasm denial device on March 17, and we're celebrating teasecraft's 5th birthday on May 19.)
...And then I got sick. I think I probably pushed myself too hard -- maybe you've had that same problem. I've been working for years to get to this point, and now there's suddenly So Many Things To Do. This is just another reminder for me to slow down, focus on one thing at a time, and accept that there's only so much I can do in a day.
This month the paperwork continues, now focusing on charity registration. I'd also like to dig myself out of my email backlog, rework our budget, and make progress on assembling our Advisory Council, as a start -- but I'll try to take it easy and just see how far I get.
I recently enjoyed reading "Why we need to stop asking 'What do you do?'" by Vu Le of Nonprofit With Balls.
Vu writes: "'What do you do?' by itself is not the issue. But it is a manifestation of a more pervasive philosophy that defines and values people based on actions, often overlooking who they are and the strengths they bring."
This piece strengthens my resolve to build a grantmaking process for sex-positive artistic and educational projects that focuses on "own voices," supporting projects by women, members of gender/(a)sexuality/relationship minorities, people of color, people of size, and people with disabilities.
We're going to get there, and it's going to be amazing. Thanks for all of your patience and support!