I was never good at following rules blindly. “It’s not a good business decision,” they say. “You’re giving away too much,” they say.
But, this blog is about changing the culture. If we’re serious about changing the world, we need to take drastic action.
I’ve always dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur. It has been a long six-year journey. But, today, I’m finally here.
Today, I’m launching The Store.
What you’ll find inside The Store
The Store is my first ever business. But, more than building a business, I’ve always wanted to have something tangible to offer my blog’s readers and subscribers.
Inside The Store, You’ll find my artwork and shirt designs which I offer for sale. When you purchase from The Store, you’ll be taking a tangible piece of the journey with you. Thank you for journeying with me.
The Store is also a collaboration with my fiancée and, in the future, other artists as well. Inside The Store, you'll find a link to her own collection of shirts and artwork.
Where each peso of your purchase goes
The blog and The Store are founded upon transparency and generosity.
On the blog, I chronicle my entire journey to finding and doing work that I love—with all its wrinkles and my pains, struggles, and failures.
At the same time, all my posts and articles on the blog are free for everyone to read. The only time my writings will not be free is when I compile them into a collectible and tangible book. But, the content will always be free somewhere in the blog’s archives.
At The Store, I’ll share an income report to customers who purchase my prints and my shirts at the end of each year.
Also, a 20 percent of your purchase will go to our church community and other foundations we support. I’ll also report this in the year-end income report.
Generally, here’s where your money goes for every 100 pesos you spend at The Store:
10 pesos: Tithe
10 pesos: A foundation we support (for the past two years, we supported The Thousand Book Project)
40 pesos: Cost of printing, website hosting, and other expenses
40 pesos: Profit and salaries
Some words of thanks
Today marks a huge milestone in my life. But, I couldn’t have done it alone. I was dreaming and struggling to build a business for six years. What made the biggest difference was that I no longer did it alone.
First and foremost, I want to honor, thank, and praise the Lord God Almighty. He has always been with me.
Second, I want to thank my fiancée. This business became possible because of her. It was her actions that led us to learning more about the business and purchasing the equipment from her friend. Also, if it weren’t for her, I probably would have quit blogging. Thank you, Mahal Ko. Especially for believing in me.
Third, I want to thank my family, my friends, my brothers and sisters in our community, my readers and subscribers, and everyone who encouraged me, trusted in what I could do, and believed in my project more than I, myself, believed in it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I spent sleepless nights working on The Store, printing shirts, designing web pages, and thinking of ways to serve my readers better. So, tomorrow, I’ll take half of the day off to rest and to thank God for this whirlwind of a schedule. (But, I already have a blog post scheduled for tomorrow, so I won’t miss a post tomorrow. Hurray!)
Then, I move forward once again—with a sole focus on my purpose of loving God and loving others through my writing. I'll do some content planning for the blog and read and read and read some more so I'll have more ideas to share with you. But, today, I'll celebrate this small win and recharge so I can serve you better.
Thank you for being there. Thank you for believing in me.
Feel free to visit The Store.