Angela, Lindsay and I were on a cross-country road trip following college graduation when someone said, “If we start a business together, we could hang out all the time, set our own hours and travel as much as we want!” In the beginning we didn’t know what we were going to do, or how we were going to do it, and there was no mission or purpose to motivate us, but our long journey had begun.
As our friendship matured over the last fifteen years, our business conversations followed suit. We started to recognize each other’s strengths in the business world and realized that our strengths and experiences were extremely complementary. We also realized that we wanted to create an inspired business – one that was in line with our passions and vision for the future of the world. We wanted to create a business that would make a dramatic impact that affected global change.
Though our morals and values are closely aligned, our passions and true inspiration vary. Angela is passionate about giving women a voice and the opportunity to make decisions for themselves. Lindsay, a Registered Nurse, is passionate about global health issues and creating a world where everyone has access to healthcare and medicine that many of us take for granted. I am passionate about easing suffering and – beyond that – easing the suffering of children.
One particular inspirational moment occurred immediately following the Haiti Earthquake of 2010. I will never forget the image of a mother looking down at her dying baby and screaming for someone-anyone-to help her. I sobbed uncontrollably, and a feeling of complete and utter helplessness came over me. I remember thinking that I didn’t have the right to feel these overwhelming and paralyzing feelings unless I was going to do something about it – something beyond writing a check. I knew that I had to do something to help mothers in this situation – mothers who would give anything to save their children whether it is saving them from starvation, disease, sex trafficking, lack of education, the list goes on and on.
I have learned so much since starting Threads but the most powerful lesson is illustrated beautifully in a quote that hangs on my bulletin board: “A journey of one thousand miles starts with a single step” (Chinese Philosopher, Lau-Tzu). Threads is on a journey to be a leader in the fight to end poverty, attain gender equality and achieve global freedom. This quote has helped me on countless occasions when I started doubting my own abilities to contribute to this purpose in a meaningful way.
My step today is writing this blog in the hopes that sharing my own story will inspire you to push yourself to take a risk that helps someone else. So, I will leave you with this: Today is a new day and a chance for you to start on your own journey to make the world a better place. What’s your step?