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I am out of town on a business trip. Though I am having a great time with my amazing colleagues, my body hurts tonight. I went back to the hotel room early and skipped out on dinner. One part migraine, one part body pain. I poured a nice hot bath and slid in.
That was the first bath I think I have taken in over 7 years.
( now stop...I didn't say I don't bathe, I do have a shower!)
There are two reasons that I started making soap. ( I promise this will all make sense in a minute!)
1) I love making soap. It makes me and others happy. I used the 'fufu' soap at the hotel and my skin is now so dry that if there was a match to be struck....well ....let's just say I have you covered! lol While the branding and packaging are cool, the soap is still the same, drying. I miss my soap at home, the amazing lather and the way my skin feels after a shower.....and that is why I make soap.
2) The other reason is because I haven't been able to take a bath in years. Tonight , my knee and chest wall pull are feeling better after a little hydrotherapy. I was in the tub wondering how much less pain I would be in when I buy a house of my own.
While I am grateful we have a house to live in, there are so many things wrong with it, from the tub, to the wiring, to the roof. When we first moved in, I put money into the house ( which was a "party house" until we moved in.). When it became apparent that the landlord had no intention of fixing the property ( as evidenced by the many broken windows and the front window with a bullet hole since we have moved in), I stopped. Oh I still have the lawn mowed, but that's it.
My dream is to have a home that as I begin looking to retirement in a few years, I can have a yoga studio, make soap and help those who need a safe place to have tea, put their heads on a pillow and eat a good meal. Many people ( and the media supports this) have told me that I need to downsize and become smaller.
But this is where the dream is. That may be what society wants of me, but not what I want. I want to be vibrant , to be supportive and helpful in the ways I am gifted until my last breath. And I would like to do it in a place with a nice bathtub, good insulation and a sturdy roof that I can call my own.
And now you know! ( My soaps are at Gallery Boom in downtown Olympia, available on Etsy and on this site.!!)
Oh wait. one more thing. Thank you to all of my friends who are buying my soap. We are getting closer to being able to build that savings and decrease my debt so the dream is closer! Thanks to you!
Other creative endeavors from Sandra Kozlowski
Did you notice that with every soap, I post a little music video?
( ok liability statement, in no way does my posting of the videos imply that the artist supports or endorses my soaps or business......it just means I like music that is available on the internet!)
When I was growing up, my Mom was a single parent. It was her, me and my brother. She worked hard during the week and Saturdays were or house cleaning days. Instead of creating the day to be difficult or sad, she would put on the 8 track tapes ( yes, you now know how old I am) and would play Jim Croce, Neil Diamond or Merle Haggard. We would get the cleaning done to one or two albums and then would have the rest of the day to do whatever we had planned.
All of my kids ( and now grandchildren) play music as they clean. I guess you could call it a family value!
It is a given that when making soap, I would think of music. I find that I am humming as I am creating and mixing the scents, bringing joy to every bar of soap.
I hope you hum and dance as you are shopping this site! And dream BIG dreams! That is what this site is all about, dreams and joy!
entrepreneurship with my boys. The name of the company was Boys4Eco and yes, we made soap to sell!
While the little company was shortlived, it did exactly what I hoped it would do. All 4 of my younger boys are business savvy. Josh is always promoted to management due to his sales and inventory ability, Paul is seeking to run his own company as well as in a supervisory position in a kitchen with inventory and cost management. Both Silas and Tim ( not in the video) are rappers who take their business seriously and are expanding their offerings to increase profitability.
Yes, soap started it all for us then and I am praying will bring me a house now.
Here's to a bubbly future! :)
I really do have a great job. Actually jobs.
During the day I work as a chemical dependency counselor, at night and on the weekends I teach yoga.
The house I live in currently is a rental that is in horrible shape. The landlord doesn't care about it, it requires so much investment to bring it up to reasonable that I just can't continue to make the improvements. ( such as replacing without reimbursement the dishwasher, dryer, oven. ) To make matters worse, the propane furnace has not been inspected so we use electric heat. Our house isn't warm, yet for the past 4 months,my power bill has literally been $500.
Doesn't make you wonder why I can't seem to get ahead and move my credit score up from low. Even though I pay my bills, with that electric bill, there is no way that without a miracle that I can qualify for a loan.
The idea of making soap to sell came to me. I figured out that if I can sell 2000 bars of soap, I would be able to buy a house and get my credit score up enough to qualify.
My hope is to have a home that I can have a yoga studio, small retreats, a few animals, space for grandchildren and rental Air BNB. Whenever I think of it, I smile. Just like I do when I make soap.
So it is on to job 3- soap maker, following Dave Ramsey's information regarding financial management and I believe that I can do this. ( PS doesn't that also sound like a good retirement??)
As this endeavor progresses, I will keep you updated. You will go house shopping with me, help me pick out colors, go to the tradeshows and stores. Together we will remember that hard work does bring amazing results and sometimes miracles ( like an older lady buying a farm and living the life she always hoped for.)