This past year has been a whirlwind.
With all the obstacles and roadblocks, I have re-examined what I want most out of life. Time and time again, it comes down to two main things:
Being there for my family
Doing what I love.
Owning a small business takes a tremendous amount of work. Even tougher is owning business and working a full time job. The dream is to someday do Dayum Jam full time, and right now, I am working harder than ever towards that dream.
I love crafting jam, coming up with new flavor combinations, and talking with our supporters about our recipes and their favorite flavors. It’s one of the things I am most proud of.
I hope as you peruse our website you see just how much love goes into this business. I hope too, that you’ll continue to support my little biz and my big jammy dreams!
August 31 on facebook page
Warningthis post is and isn’t about jam.
Happy TDay to me! It’s been 3 years. 3 wild, beautiful, tough, life-changing years on HRT (hormone replacement therapy aka testosterone).
I’m so fortunate to have a small space where I can openly share who I am and what I must go through as a trans person seeking to live comfortably in my body.
If you would have told me 6 years ago that my little jam biz would also serve as an affirming platform to share my truth…I certainly wouldn’t have imagined that could ever be possible.
Yet, here I am. Being thanked for my openness, being reached out to by parents of trans kids for advice, and being lucky enough to live my truth in being an openly Trans business owner.
Next Tuesday I’ll be receiving a hysterectomy and a top surgery revision. To say I’m nervous is an understatement. After 3 years on T, unfortunately my body is essentially waging a war against my uterus causing daily – sometimes excruciating – abdominal cramps.
I’m very much looking forward to relief, but it is a major surgery and I’ll need a lot of time to heal.
Thanks to the generosity and support of many, I received almost my entire surgery fund goal. I will never be able to explain how impactful this is. As I am the sole financial provider for my family right now, being out of work is a big big deal. Funds donated will go towards paying for surgery costs as well as helping to take care of my family while I am recovering.
I’ll be resting and healing for a few weeks, but I won’t be far, and while I’m away my incredible team: Nic, Errol, and Rory will be holding down the Dayum fort.
And now more than ever, I’m asking y’all to support Dayum Jam. Every single jar we sell helps us, pushes us to a better reality and big dreams.
Buy jam. Come to our events. Contribute to my surgery fundraiser if you can.
This. Is. A. Very. Big. Deal.
How do I even begin this post? For my most loyal customers and supporters, you’ll know the magnitude of these words and this news.
After 4 years at my current job and more than a decade at others…
I issued my resignation from current state job and from the conventional workforce we all know to pursue Dayum Jam and community work full time.
This has been a long time coming and I am moving on from my current 9-5 job for a multitude of reasons, chief among these reasons being the constant misgendering, lack if organization/direction/support, and the level of work for abysmal pay.
For over a year, I have been steadily growing the visibility of my business and working tirelessly to find other means of income for my family. Now, with Dayum Jam, Morr Donuts, and my community organizing – I’m busy to say the least, but the work is infinitely more rewarding…and it’s enough to finally say goodbye to being chained to a desk 9+ hours a day, 5 days a week.
Y’all. It’s…I mean…it’s wild. I’m more than a teensy but scared but so excited I could burst.
Thank you for being here with me. For reading my ramblings. For buying my jam. For believing in me. All of it.
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