So here we are. Exactly one week until the Daughters Crowdfunder campaign ends and less than a fortnight until my birthday, the last year of my twenties. It's going to be a climactic fortnight as not only will I be flying to India to start production, I will also be hearing about jobs that I have applied for and where I will be living in 2018. Since moving back to the UK in May almost every part of my life, including core parts of me, has changed in some way and the next two weeks will be the grande finale of months worth of work and growth. Change comes slowly and then all at once and it is a relentless rush when it does.
With Crowdfunder we are currently at £2000 which is an incredible feat and one I don't know if I genuinely thought was possible! The page only shows us as being half way so far but some money has gone straight in the Daughters savings fund from private donations. We may not reach our pledge target, I found out on Tuesday that my fund application with Santander got rejected because the women I'll be working with won't be in the UK which was a hard pill to swallow, but it's an amazing amount and a damn sight more that we would have had otherwise. Thankyouthankyouthankyou to everyone who has pledged and shared. There are still 7 days to go so please keep spreading the good word! If you have any billionaire friends who want to do something good with their money then send them my way :)
The India trip is forming nicely and I am excited to get out there, get to Maitri and start seeing how we move forward together. I'll be meeting the wonderful ladies on the course, Winnie the founder of the charity, my lovely fabric agent Sanyam and many more who will hopefully join me on the journey. I've missed India a lot and my feet itch to be back. I'm currently in contact with several Arts & Film Universities in Delhi to see if I can find the right person to shoot our brand film but right now nothing is concrete. Wish me luck with that hunt!
Loose ends are starting to tidy themselves away and it calms me a lot to know that I'm coming to the end of this transition period. Many of the things that I have learned during this 6 month period of flux have been good for my heart and soul though. People show their love and support more freely than cynics would have you believe, and it comes from all angles, expected and unexpected. Hard work pays off, even though the path isn't always straight forward. If you have conviction in your pursuits you have the ability to change a small part of your part of the world. People like people who do good stuff and there are A LOT of people doing good stuff so there's a lot to like. Starting a business is like falling in love. It's also a bloody load of work.
7 days ladies and gents...it's the final countdown!