Back in about 2012 I had a ‘bonkers’ idea. I felt strongly that I wanted to try out a few products, a wee experiment of sorts using characters and illustrations as a way to communicate positive messages. I called this experiment Gozo Bonkers.
I tried different characters, stickers, buttons, various merchandise and eventually had an idea for saint cards. They were very successful and have gone around the globe. I learned alot from trial and error!
I was blown away by the support and encouragement and got a real sense of community from Gozo Bonkers. While I loved it, learned alot and feel a deep sense of gratitude I also now feel that it has served it’s purpose, after 6-7 years it's time to move on. Living life as a Sister of St Joseph I also have a new focus. With much discernment, prayer and support from our Sisters I have decided to wrap up Gozo Bonkers. Instead I will offer the artwork as free resources on this website, you can also still order the saint cards too. Please view the resources at: designjane.com/resources
I’m hoping that these resources can be a source of joy and generosity for schools, parishes and organisations. If you are a teacher or anyone from any organisation and have an idea feel free to get in touch.
So, what I have learned?
- People are drawn to joy: We are hungry for connection to God in ways that are not fearful or pius. Reverence/respect is important, but joy helps us grow with others in community and in relationship with our unconditionally loving God.
- Just do it: If you have an idea start small and see where it goes. By doing little things, we learn. Embrace failure. Don't expect to sell millions, be open to where it takes you.
- Little bits count: Like drops in the ocean we do make ripples. I am amazed how supportive people were and how the Saint cards went around the world (see pictures at the bottom of the Saint Cards page). We can all do our little bit to spread joy through generosity.
I take heart in what in what Mother Teresa said:
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
I hope my little drops continue to spread joy and generosity…
With much love