Being an entrepreneur with an idea that turned into a viable product is not just empowering and freeing, it is scary, nerve wracking and very risky business. And it is the best advice I could give someone who is struggling with finding their path and purpose in their profession as I was in 2013.
I Lost My Buzz
In 2013, I found myself struggling with my professional identity and my confidence was going down a slippery slope, which I write about in my blog The Decision That Changed Them All. This led me personally, and my family collectively, to embark on a 14 month journey of exploration and intentional living.
During these 14 months I realized that an idea for a project doesn’t need to be complicated, complex or colossal in measure, certainly it can, but it doesn’t need to be. It can be a small idea with intention that has passion or an idea that is meant to disrupt the standard business practice, otherwise know as disruptive technology.
With that, it is with great pride and gratitude that I share with you what we have been up to these past five months.
The Bee(ing) of Business
Skeetie B’s was founded on April 1, 2015 as a creative, engaging, socially conscious company that is focused on the art of family-centric living, loving and learning. It was formed after 14 months of intentional living as a platform to create and share our blog, books, interactive design and publishing experience with the world. We love our community, readers, families, friends, pets and most importantly, each other.
Our mission is to share and evoke our passion for living, loving and learning through our products and services with our customers, community and employees. To continue to grow, learn and teach in a way that is fun not only for us, but also for all of those we reach. To provide extraordinary products and services that will enrich lives, activate curiosity and that are safe for the consumer and our environment.
The Blog was Born
On May 1st 2015 we launched our blog. Our blog is focused on our mission to share and evoke passion and we are off to an encouraging start. If you missed any of our blogs you can check them out here. We even had our first guest blogger Professor Eric C. Christian who wrote about Expanding Pride on our Workplace following the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling on Same Sex Marriage.
The Birth of the Book
On August 15, 2015 we released our first children’s picture book The Toothless Fairy. This book has been a labor of love for me and I am forever grateful for the team that helped to make this book a reality. The Toothless Fairy is a 32 page children’s picture book about longing for friendship and the mysteries around Halloween.
More than anything, the sad, lonely Toothless Fairy wants a friend to play with, but with her single tooth and face full of warts, she feels unlovable and fears she will scare other kids away. But when Halloween comes around, she notices the kids are not afraid of all the scary costumes. Realizing this might be her chance to make a friend, she comes up with a brilliant plan, and that is how a new Halloween tradition begins.
Parents, grandparents and others who read this book can:
- Explore with children the feelings of being different
- Share the importance of friendship and how each friendship can be a unique experience
- Experience the magic of Halloween
- Teach children about sharing and caring
- Create opportunities to share the potential of excess candy during Halloween
- Have the opportunity to create new family traditions around Halloween
Meet The Team
And finally, I’m proud to introduce The Toothless Fairy team who made this book a reality.
Timothy Jordan > is the author of The Toothless Fairy. Writer, competitive runner, lyricist, lead singer and more, Jordan is a California native currently residing in Oregon. Jordan is deferring his first year of college to participate in the full publishing process of The Toothless Fairy.
< Matthew LaFleur is the illustrator of The Toothless Fairy. Jack of All Trades, Master of Fun, LaFleur currently resides in Illinois. A designer and illustrator for fifteen years, he has a BFA in illustration. He is excited to add The Toothless Fairy, his first children’s picture book to his diverse portfolio.
Marlo Garnsworthy is the editor of The Toothless Fairy. Author, teacher, illustrator, children’s book editor, and photographer, Garnsworthy is an Australian native currently residing in Rhode Island. Garnsworthy loves to create with words and images as well as help other creatives succeed through teaching classes, workshops and editing services.
I hope you will enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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