After a lot of effort and generosity, the shop is painted, and the equipment is being moved into place. I can't say enough about all the things I feel grateful for. It can be so easy to only hear that part within us that wants nothing to do with peace.
I've said it before, but I watch that voice saying stuff like; 'I was starting this to give others a hand-up, just as I would have liked, and here I am, still working alone at 3:00am, obviously the world is against me! Well, I'll show them, I'm not going to share anything, EVER!'.
Luckily, there's a lot of people who have my back so that I move through these thoughts. The other week I visited some Art of Mentoring alumni in the Annapolis valley. It was the first time in a long while where I was part of a circle that was so practiced in the art of sharing gratitude.
When I really make time for the practice of sharing gratitude with others, or even with myself, it makes the purpose of life more apparent. Instead of using a worn-out saying that it's not about the destination, it's the journey, moving to gratitude gets past the head knowledge to feeling heart knowledge.
Requests for support;
For a long time I was wanting a few people to help in overseeing my decisions, now I am humbled that two men who have provided me with a lot of insight are now willing to form a board of advisors. It would be great to find a woman who would want to join in order to honour as many vantage points as possible. This would involve meeting once every few months for a couple of hours to have a conversation about what is working well, and what could use improvement.
I'm still looking for shop help in exchange of mentorship/use of the shop. In my mind, it looks like a mature high-school student, or a young adult who has the passion to develop their skills by getting good at the foundational tasks of scraping old paint and scrubbing floors, so that they develop the patience and perseverance to move into more technical tasks. This is an opportunity that can lead to owning a share of Community Machinery, or being supported in starting an independent enterprise.
I'm looking for insight on developing an onboarding framework for people new to the shop; a basic list of what training needs to be done before moving into more complex tasks. I also know there's information to collect for payroll, Worksafe, WHMIS, a way to track hours, this is all new to me, and I'd like to do it right.
Financing; I wish someone had told me to apply for as much credit as I could when I had a regular job. Right now, my reality is that I'm really short on cash-flow. I'm open to any number of options, such as pre-selling shop hours at a reduced rate, I'd be happy to borrow money at 8%/yr, I don't know much about leveraging assets I have, like putting liens on vehicles. I'm sure there's a lot of creative ways to raise some capital. Please let me know if you have any ideas, or know of people who have found creative ways to move through this stage.
Tool & Machine Swap Meets; Our insurance coverage allows us to have swap meets on the property, there's a whole bunch of directions this could go in. The plan is for donations from vendors and attenders to go towards creating better mentorship opportunities around Sackville. I'm hoping it will create a market and showcase for old machinery that could be rebuilt and put back into service. On a deeper level, it's also about creating a culture where men get to be more supportive of one another, which in my experience is rare in blue-collar professions. It would be great to have a network of people interested in developing this into something that serves our community.
If anyone has other ideas on accessing funding, programs, or grants that would connect with what I'm organizing that would be really helpful. Thanks for your consideration, hopefully if you've read this to the end, I'll let you know we're aiming to officially open in September, and there will be some opening celebrations you'll be able to get in on. In the meantime, I'm happy to consult or take on work we're currently set up for.