So I’m very excited to announce some BIG changes happening with Beloved Unlovables. I hope you’ll become just as excited as I am.
I’m transitioning jobs right now moving to full time for the first time in 8 years when I had been completely homeless and went on disability for my complex PTSD at just 21 years old. This is HUGE. This will also mean I lose my disability check. The downside is it could cause my already tough financial situation to suffer a bit more but the GOOD NEWS (more like GREAT) is it will give me the freedom to peruse Beloved Unlovables further and add MERCHANDISE without fearing losing that check. My disability income really helped me get on my feet but I started to allow it to become a safety net and hold me back. I’m TERRIFIED but it’s more of the type of scared you feel at the top of the first hill of a rollercoaster.
Saying this, I want to tell you what changes you can expect:
First, I’m taking a break from Facebook right now and for my mental health I’m going to need to continue with that for at least a while. It’s become a very bad trigger and my mental health and recovery will always be placed first in my endeavors. HOWEVER, INSTAGRAM is where it’s happening. 🙂 I’m using the handle @belovedunlovable (no s). I believe I created one with an s but having the memory issues I do (thank you PTSD) I forgot how to log in. So make sure you follow the correct handle for daily poems, and cute pictures of my new kitten featured in my story.
Second, as I mentioned I will be adding merchandise to this site. I’m not being overly specific at this time because I’m definitely still in the early stages of this process. My goal is to have the merchandise page with a few sellable items this NOVEMBER, but tune into Instagram (and I’ll try to post here) for updates. My goal is to have it out before Black Friday so you can get your awesome Beloved Unlovables gear and writings during your holiday shopping. I’m excited and hope you will be too.
If you follow me on Instagram I’m going to start weekly live blogs. I did my first one this week announcing these changes. Right now it’s going to be Wednesday’s at 8PM EST, but as I mentioned, I’m a single mom and just getting started so it could change a bit. Hang in there with me during this transition stage. In the videos I’ll announce updates and changes and sort of my thoughts and successes and trials for the week. I hope it’ll inspire and be informative and that you’ll join me. Guest appearances by Koa, the warrior kitten, also almost guaranteed. We found him dehydrated outside under the cars last week and I named him this sealing the deal.
Maybe the most obvious change you’ll see is a definite shift in the look of Beloved Unlovables with a more pinpoint focus. I’ve been a little all over the place, but I’ve decided to really narrow what I’m doing. My message is still the same: All people are beloved and deserve to be loved as they are right now. However, I’m going to really start to focus on my poetry and using that as my means to spread this message and get my voice out into the world.
As far as this webpage and blog, I’m a little uncertain right now and still trying to make executive decisions as to what I want to use it for and how often. Please, please, please follow me on Instagram for DAILY poetry because I’m not certain I’ll be using this blog space for that purpose. I think right now (of course it’s subject to change) I’m going to use this space more informative to keep you up to date on what I’m doing. I really hope to start doing some local poetry readings and it’s always been my ultimate goal, even in the throes of my struggles with my PTSD, to share my story and fight stigma and inspire others to do the same, so I’m hoping by taking a more direct focus I will be able to find some doors open and get out into the world. Therefore you’ll be able to check in here for where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing.
Now those are the definite changes that will be happening. Just to kind of share where my headspace is thinking as far as beyond that, eventually I want to start growing a team of people to grow Beloved Unlovables (I already have a few helpers, but they’re more advisors vs partners) and get out into the community. I’d like to attend relevant events that share the mission of spreading love or creating change to help “Unlovables” get equal rights. I will fight for love for all people and stand beside other unlovables. I also have a few ideas for charities I want to create or get involved with, but that will take place after I’ve grown a bit. So there’s definitely a long term destination too, but even as liberal as I am I want to stay true to love for ALL people. I definitely fight for the Unlovables like those with mental illness, single parents, the poor and homeless, refugees, different races, different religions, etc, but listen y’all, we are one body. I will seek to love the white conservative with the same gritty, unconditional love as I do my low income, black, single parent friend. I hope people will see this. I’m NOT going to be bashing anyone or judging. Beloved Unlovables has been created to advocate love.
I will try to post weekly here, however, to update and get my thoughts out, but for the poetry focus, again, hop over to Instagram. Let me get comfortable there and then I might join the twitter scene, but y’all — I REALLY don’t like social media. This is WAY outside my comfort zone. Please be patient with me. I really need support and encouragement throughout this process and will love to hear feedback and input.
And as always, remember, YOU are beloved and deserve to be loved no matter what. It doesn’t matter how unlovable you feel or are made to feel, YOU are beloved as you are RIGHT now. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a valley or on the top of the mountain. Who you are is enough. You deserve to be loved because you are beloved.
My new hashtag for this is going to be #youare so follow, like, and share and join me in spreading the love.
Here’s a preview on the new Instagram vibe from @belovedunlovable