Ten years ago (almost exactly), I apprehensively purchased a fax machine for $110. (Yes, people still used fax machines back then.) It was my first “official” business expense, and I was nervous that I might not be able to recover the $110 with my earnings as a free-lance graphic designer, let alone earn a living. Of course, there was a little more at stake than just the $110. I had also just become a mom for the first time, and I had decided to quit my full-time job so that I could be home with my baby. I figured if I free-lanced, I could “work naps.” It was a time of big transitions and uncertainty, but I took the leap. In retrospect, I have no regrets – it was a great decision for me and for my family. Oh – and don’t worry – I have totally re-cooped the cost of the fax machine…a few times over, even.
Today I find myself feeling the same nervous anticipation that I felt when I bought that fax machine. I am not sure where the newest adventure in this journey is going to lead me, but I am sure that regardless of whether this new site is a huge success or a big flop, I am about to learn something good. I am hoping for it to be a huge success, of course, but for that to happen, I will need your help.
This new website is much more than just an updated design concept – it is an invitation for creative people to join a community and make a difference. I have a vision that includes writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, designers, photographers – in short, all manner of creative thinkers and doers – coming here to share their work and let the world know how that work is having a positive impact. I want this to be a place where we can share ideas, form partnerships, celebrate kindness, help each other, and care for the world while using our most creative talents as the instruments for change.
I am kicking things off with a story about a project of my own that I have recently started. It is a music mentorship program at my kids’ school that I hope to eventually grow into a district-wide scholarship program. You can read more about it here.
The “creative community” portion of this site will be dedicated to featuring projects like mine as well as other artists and creative thinkers who are using their talents for positive change. If you know of an artist, project or organization that should be shouted from the rooftops, post it on the Cadigan Creative Facebook page. Inspiring items will be selected regularly as “features” and highlighted on the blog. If you have an idea for how we can come together to creatively do something good, let us know. If you know of an organization that is already doing great things, let us know that, too – we’ll feature it and direct people to the proper channels so that they can help, too. Are you a writer? I encourage you to submit stories about your own work or about those who inspire you.
Please join me in starting this creative movement. One of my favorite quotes is by Mother Theresa:
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
My thought is that if we each commit to doing a few small things with great love, but we do them TOGETHER, we might just change the world.
Lisa Cadigan is the owner/designer/sole proprietor of Cadigan Creative. She is also a wife and mother of two, who loves to sing, write, run, and hike. She spends a great deal of time trying to master the ultimate balance between all of these things while living in the present moment with kindness, compassion and gratitude.