Day 345 – Life After Apples

Art Apple - Day Three Hundred Forty FiveA lot of you have asked me, “What comes next?”

Great question! I hope the answers I have will lead to things just as great. Here are a few areas I have outlined. I hope you all continue to follow me as my journey switches focus a bit this fall and in the years ahead.

Here are my plans – we shall see.

1. I’m not going anywhere! I will continue to blog here at The Feeding Edge and work for AS awareness and other health and social issues. My scope will just widen a bit. I’d love to also continue to create occasional “Apples For AS” and support the SAA in any way I can. I believe in what they do and I don’t think anyone does it better!

2. For the last year I have been an artist, blogger, and health activist. I did not focus on making a living. That was not where I wanted to put my energies. I decided to spend the year raising AS Awareness and that took all of my energy – well, along with making apples! Moving forward, The Feeding Edge will become a Social Enterprise. What’s that you ask? From Wikipedia (I know) “A social enterprise is an organization that applies capitalistic strategies to achieving philanthropic goals. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit.” Additionally the primary purpose of the company is a social aim.

3. So what is my social aim? I will work to assist and learn from other artists who suffer from chronic disease and who wish to establish an entrepreneurial social enterprise for their emotional and financial well being.

4. To the moon and beyond… my loftiest goal is to strive to develop a non-profit organization –  The Art For Good Foundation – with artists and social activists everywhere to support issues for the common good. I reserved the domain name months ago – we’ll see where this goes. The Art For Good Foundation will be a vehicle to find ways to do good things for the world through art. It broadens the scope – includes any and all social programs and artists.

Big dreams? You bet!

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 345 was created with watercolor, ink, black thread, and pastels.

***A big thank you to my Mom, Susan Dye, who is helping me organize my thoughts and reining me in when necessary. She will be joining me as my path switches to the above endeavors and helping me administer and manage while attempting to stay retired at the same time! You’ll meet her on Monday – she’s written a post that we will share with you all. When Doug read it a few minutes ago his comment was, “Your Mom is wonderful!” He’s very right on this one – she absolutely is!

Comments 7

  1. Irwin Lim wrote:

    Great to hear your plans. Continue to inspire us all. Cheers.

    Posted 10 Sep 2011 at 5:07 pm
  2. Jenna wrote:

    Irwin,

    Meeting you set off a whole slew of events that helped to make this year very memorable. World AS Day was a huge boost for awareness efforts and meant so much for so many of us. You are so important to the AS community & your dedication to educate health care practitioners worldwide about AS is truly awesome!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Jenna

    Posted 11 Sep 2011 at 10:39 am
  3. Vic wrote:

    While it’s great to have plans, and your plans sound great. I do hope that you are going to at least allow yourself a bit of a breather.

    You’ve talked about your mother often so although I don’t know her, I do know that she is a wonderful person, because of the little bits that you have shared about her.

    Posted 10 Sep 2011 at 11:08 pm
  4. Jenna wrote:

    I plan on a nice long rest for sure 🙂

    Posted 11 Sep 2011 at 10:33 am
  5. Susan wrote:

    Bravo! Can’t wait to hear more!

    Posted 11 Sep 2011 at 4:49 am
  6. PeachyPains wrote:

    FANTASTIC!! I’m looking forward to your next journey!

    Posted 12 Sep 2011 at 10:22 am
  7. Felicia Fibro wrote:

    Oh, a non-profit?! How exciting! I can’t wait to watch it happen!

    Posted 17 Sep 2011 at 7:16 pm

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