In a nutshell.
Founded in 2016, Limeadestand Works empowers people by facilitating a process of discovering their own voices and personal power, curating their stories, and helping them reclaim their own inner sparks. We are a small, independent brand communications and public relations service in Northwestern Oregon, serving the region's world-famous community of artists, crafters, makers, and DIYers whose desire is to turn their creative sparks into a sustainable income source.
We promote human dignity through micro-enterprise.
Limeadestand Works' program is three-fold:
Discover one's sparks and restore human dignity through our "Personal Narratives Studio"--a cross between personal branding consultation and spiritual directions.
At our "Creative Liberation Lab," learn how to start and run one's own small business with little or no start-up capital requirement, even if you have zero access to banking or financing. The academy provides personalized mentorship, continuing access to support, and a community of peers on the journey.
- For new and established businesses (and community organizations) we offer comprehensive brand communications and brand management service, from facilitated brainstorming sessions at the inception stage to long-range brand engagement and public relations. This includes content creations and curation, social media strategy and management, event planning, and other components to help business owners communicate their stories and share their experiences with an engaged audience.
Is this a good match for you?
People stumble upon this little corner of the Interwebz by a variety of means and reasons. To save everyone's time, let me get this one out first.
This isn't a right place if...
- You have a strong ego, strong sense of self, and are full of yourself.
- Your dream ends with your material desires, and lacks in a greater vision for the collective, for the community, and for the world.
- You're looking for some kind of "lifestyle business" guru who will try to convince (or dupe) you into shelling out lots of money that you don't have in order to learn their (alleged) secret to "six-figure wealth and success."
- You are looking for a get-rich-quick scheme so you can brag on Instagram about your luxury vacation in Cancun (and so you can start your own get-rich-quick guru business!).
- You are into listening to yet another classist, ableist, neurotypical-normative, misogynist, and heteronormative lecture about "self-realization" that tells you to "work on yourself" -- including those victim-blaming talks disguised as a New Age woo-woo.
- You are looking for a moral or ethical justification for your self-centered and ego-driven desires under a guise of "self-care," "boundary-setting," or any other kind of nonsensical psychobabble. (Fun fact: "self-care" was originally proposed by bell hooks and Audre Lorde before it became co-opted and misappropriated by the white self-improvement salespeople!)
This is, however, a right place if...
- You have constant difficulties with self-respect, self-image, and confidence.
- You feel like you are a failure or worthless, but you want a way out of this depressing spiral.
- You are indignant about the way your voice has been systemically silenced by the mainstream society, by the media, and even by self-claimed "progressives" and "liberals."
- You have great ideas and powerful stories to offer to the world, but you don't know how to go about it.
- You find everywhere a barrier to economic and social rights as well as to participation in the economy.
- You are an aspiring or growing entrepreneur who is looking for a way to combine social conscience with business practice.
- You are a rebel who seeks an alternative to a life of subservience to the System (whether in the form of employment in Corporate America, or in the form of dependence on the dehumanizing Public-Private Welfare Industry Complex).
- You are interested in building a solidarity economy in your community where people can find opportunities for creativity and income.
By a rebel for the rebels.
I'm not a self-styled guru. I'm not an "expert" on anything other than on constant learning. And most importantly, I am a born rebel, free-spirit and free-thinker, much to my parents' horror.
I founded Limeadestand Works after years of frustration with the progressive activist scene that was all empty talk, lots of infighting, and no tangible results. As a queer POC who experienced years of extreme poverty and extended homelessness (in a city that was supposed to be a progressive paradise!) I called out the bullshit of the career non-profit professionals, politicians, the business community, faith leaders, self-appointed progressives, and NIMBY neighborhood activists. This is an entrepreneurial approach to concrete social actions.
I was not interested in endless protests for protests' sake when people who are worse off than me needed a way to generate income to support themselves in a dignified manner but they had no means to do so. Instead, well-meaning, middle-class talkers would paternalistically pontificate about how poor people should not be trusted with even a dollar or spare changes. I was tired of houseless women forced to take on themselves "a boyfriend" for their own safety and to sell their own bodies for survival.
Even more troubling was when I came to a rude conclusion that society and those in power condition those who are marginalized to accept docility by training them to speak of themselves as sub-humans or someone with a character defect. Instead of teaching them to speak of themselves as a unique person with inherent talents, good character, and dreams, the System would have them believe that they are homeless, unemployed, an addict, a criminal, or mentally ill.
Words matter because words mean something and ideas have consequences. Oppressions first begin small, through well-meaning and even scientific-sounding talks and "studies" that relegate certain classes of people to the undesirable margin of society. But we know how this ultimately ends.
Limeadestand Works is here to present a possibility of another path forward for those without socio-economic privileges, with tangible and workable solutions for individuals to undermine the System that does not serve them by using its own game book. In so doing, we not only hope to transform individual lives but also re-shape our culture and build a new world within the shell of the old. We call this process the Creative Liberation, a radical reclaiming of our human dignity, personal power, socio-economic sovereignty, and freedom. Through Micro-Revolution we learn and achieve to be a "master of one's own destiny." If your dream is to conform and consume, then this isn't a good fit for you.
Rebels are welcome here.
I bring to the world a unique combination of my unconventional life experiences as a journalist, a visual artist, a graphic designer, a political activist, a community organizer, a world citizen, a theologian, and a clergyperson--who has experienced both a life of privilege and that of an extreme poverty. The works of Limeadestand Works is rooted in both religious and political values for the liberation of every human being.
I am uniquely positioned in the field of branding and public relations as very few people possess experiences and gifts in both the visual and the verbal forms of storytelling.
We also welcome new and continuing partnership with a wide variety of community groups, faith communities, and social enterprises to further our missions.
Limeadestand Works traces its beginning in the spring of 2015 and formally established in October 2016. During these days practical experiences helped us learn and gain a deeper clarity on our visions. As a result, we are changing several things around.
Here are some of the changes you'll expect over the coming months:
We have become more specialized and our work is now narrowly focused on brand communications and public relations for independent artists, crafters, makers, and DIYers in Northwestern Oregon. We are no longer putting ourselves out as a "marketing agency," since it implies something a lot broader and beyond the scopes of our services -- and more importantly, we really don't believe in "marketing," which has become too much of attracting more people and money at all costs and means.
Our entrepreneurship education program, Creative Liberation Lab (formerly Micro-Revolution Academy), will resume in October for the fall term. However, in order to serve more students efficiently while cutting costs, we will be moving our programs online. We are still open to bringing in-person classes to community organizations and such, however.
- As an extension of our focus on brand communications, we also began service packages for general consumers who are interested in transforming their lives through a reclaiming and mastery of their own life narratives and self-images. We anticipate a significant growth in this new area of business.
We thank you for your continuing support and prayers.
Feel free to use the new live chat function on our new website to send us an email, or if we are online, chat with us real-time.
Pre-history, 2007: After 13 years of staying away from art, I decided to resume my artistic activities. I named the art production "Ancient-Future Iconography & Sacred Art" (AFISA) as, at the time, my art focused on a contemporary reinterpretation of Christian icons. I made some money selling art at shows and at the Last Thursday on Alberta.
Pre-history, 2008: While I was experiencing homelessness, I came across a workshop offered by a local non-profit that taught participants to earn money by painting windows for holiday decorations. Ultimately I was the only one who actually ran with this program. This is when I discovered the power of micro-enterprise in alleviating extreme poverty. From 2008 through 2010, I painted lots of windows in the greater Portland area including businesses such as Davis Tools, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Lithia Auto, and Pacific Lumber & Truss. I expanded this business to traditional sign painting as well as logo design. The original logo of Southeast Grind was my work (the current one is based on my work but redesigned by someone else).
2015: After four years of nearly full-time involvement in political community organizing, I resigned from a board position (and de facto general manager role) of a small 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. The organization collapses due to financial issues shortly before my intended last day with that organization.
2015: I explored several future options, and I initially thought of going on a consultant role to help non-profits manage their volunteers and events. I began formulating a business plan but it ultimately did not look viable, nor was I really happy with this.
2016: Based on my previous community organizing work among the unhoused population, particularly women, I decided to revive the project I started in 2011 to help people launch their own micro-enterprises to create economic opportunities. Now reformulated as a social business enterprise, Limeadestand Works was established in May 2016 and was officially organized in October 2016.
2016: The first major client, Estancia Serenova was founded in Columbia County, Oregon. (Fun fact: "Estancia Serenova" was one among two finalist options I presented; the other one was "GroundsWell Sanctuary"!)
2017: In order to train aspiring entrepreneurs, I started Micro-Revolution Academy (now it is known as Creative Liberation Lab).
2017: Based on my field experiences in teaching Micro-Revolution Academy classes, I sensed an important unmet need for helping people discover their inner sparks and shape their own personal narratives that define their perceptions of their own lives.
2017: Micro-Revolution Academy rebranded as Creative Liberation Lab, and Personal Narratives Makeover became Personal Narratives Studio.
For information about religious ministries, check out the Contemporary Priestess website.