For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new, wild experiment. It’s not one I could have predicted. It began as I added up my site costs for bevoya.com. One thing become clear: I have to figure out a way to break even while working on this project.
What I’ve come up with surprises even me. I’m not a big shopper. I get impatient and impetuous in stores, like a little kid.
On top of my own feelings about shopping, I don’t think anyone needs to spend money to feel better or to learn to ride the wave of anxiety.
At the same time, I started to fall in love with my idea. I imagined a place where like-minded sellers could share their creations with readers looking for new approaches to stress, anxiety, and overthinking relief. The Beautiful Voyager Stress Relief Marketplace was born.
Here’s how it works: vendors set up their own shops on the site. They can manage and sell their own products. 10% of anything sold goes back to the Beautiful Voyager, where my financial goal is simple: I want to recoup my hosting costs.
As I started to build I’ve got more and more excited about the marketplace. It’s fun to discover people solving problems in creative ways (like Megan Wan, inventor of a new, cool-looking pillbox or William O. Pate II, creator of Keep San Antonio Sane).
Earlier today, I published my press release on Medium to help get the word out in advance of the June 1 launch. If you know anyone who might be interested in the marketplace (or who might want to blog or write about it), I urge you to forward them this email or a link to the press release. You are the trusted voice here. Your belief in the project is what matters in these early, newborn baby foal days.
Thank you, dear readers. I hope you enjoy the marketplace, and I hope you’re having a great Thursday.