A few weeks ago I made the big move from Hawaii to Carlsbad, CA with my boyfriend, Mitch. I know I have zero sympathy from my cold midwest friends!...but moving can be a really hard step especially when you are leaving friends and job stability behind. But in order to grow, sometimes you just need some risk and a change. My main hope in moving is to grow my wedding videography business, and now that I'm in California I've been putting a lot of focus on what my business model is going to look like. I started out learning video by making promotional material for small non-profits, which is something I still love to do. It's a tangible way I can give back, and it's also a gift that continues to give. I don't have a lot of money to donate to organizations that are helping others, but I can make a good video that promotes their cause and encourages others to give or volunteer! Plus I get the added bonus of working with and getting to know awesome people fighting a good cause. Because of my passion for this, I've decided that my business model for weddings needs to involve giving in some way as well. So as a way to connect my two passions, I'm going to donate a portion of the profits I make from wedding videos to whatever non-profit I decide to feature. What I'm hoping this will look like is when a small non-profit needs a short promotional video made they will partner with me. Then using the funds I've put aside from weddings I'll be able to create a free video for them! I'll feature each non-profit for however long it takes to raise the funds to create their video.
So, with all that said...I'm excited to share that the first non-profit we are going to be partnering with is Coast to Coast Initiative!
C+C is located in Bali, Indonesia and was founded by my friend Caleb Vegh. Their focus is to build relationship with the community while working with orphanages and bringing relief to the poor. They are always working on new projects such as providing clean water solutions through their partnership with Waves for Water, and raising money and resources for the orphanages. The other unique thing about C+C is their Surf House. Caleb is an awesome surfer, and uses that passion to connect with locals and travelers all over the world. He uses his Surf House as a hub to connect those he meets on the beach to all the service projects he's working on. I admire Caleb so much for his hard work starting this organization all on his own, and can't wait to help him out in any way we can!
Here are some pics from Coast to Coast down in Bali:)