The Omni Foundation is all about "the whole thing." It is NOT business as usual. Our approach to life is to integrate the parts that might normally be separate. Our life is our business, and not the other way around. That being said, this newsletter will give both the personal and practical news of how we're growing.
Today is May 5th. We are less than a week away from our flight to California. Though we are eagerly looking forward to our travels, we weren't intending to head back to the US so soon. When we were married on January 12, we were told that I could apply for a spousal visa from here in South Africa. That wasn't the case. Without a spousal permit, we can't open a bank account for The Omni Foundation, and I can not legally earn an income. This comes as no surprise.
As of today, I (Leah) still haven't received my extended visitor's visa. The 10-12 week maximum waiting period to have it processed, has just elapsed. We would like to say that things have gone smoothly, but this immigration/government process, particularly while living far from a city and having no car, has proven quite the challenge. If I leave the country without a visa, I will receive the mark of the "undesirable" and I will be banned from re-entering SA for 1 to 5 years. There are ways to avoid this catastrophe, and we are doing all we can, but it's exhausting, to say the least. Btw, the children received their visas in late February, they expire May 15, we can't postpone our trip any longer.
It's been a marathon rat-race, with walls, traps, hurdles and fiery hoops to jump through and so many extra expenses. It's almost enough to make a person want to give up and be illegal. If we didn't have the dreams and drive we have to fulfill our purpose together, we'd ditch the red-tape, go off-grid, keep to ourselves and live off the fat-of-the-land. Which is kind of what we want to do, except for the red-tape and keeping to ourselves parts.
As a non-profit company, founded on principles of honesty, transparency, and community, we need to keep things nice and clean. We have a lot of light to shine, and we can't hide it behind dirty windows.
Yes. Right now, we have one product, my children's book, "The Tale of a Runaway Toenail," which will soon be available as a downloadable e-book. Eventually, my songs will be available on CD or download. For now I can share them live and on You Tube.
We will also be previewing the "My Life In Simple Terms Book" app. (Landing page coming soon). My LIST Book is a keepsake organizer and self-reflective journal for every day and forever after. A place to keep all life's lists together, it's not meant to speed you up, it's meant to slow you down.
Though one of our priorities for The Omni Foundation is to purchase land so that we can begin building our first community, we will are focusing our fundraising on app development because "My LIST Book" could become a main stream of passive income to help us build the rest of our dreams.
I've been working hard on redesigning My LIST Book, and we are in discussion with a couple of potential development firms, one in California and the other in India. Both developers say the idea is amazing and that there's nothing out there like it. We haven't gone with anyone yet. Of course, significant costs go into tech development. Our plan is to seek investors, pre-sell the app, and include a different kind of advertising--something not so intrusive and annoying (more on that later). We are also entertaining the idea of working with a developer who would like to invest in the product or The Omni Foundation.
So, our days together have been filled with dreaming, planning, creating, learning, teaching and growing closer. These past six months we have been laying the first foundation for community--family. We're very pleased with how it's turning out.
Would you like to join our family? There are many ways that will be available to participate in this vision, whether living in community, volunteering, donating, investing, advertising your website in "My LIST Book," purchasing "Tale of a Runaway Toenail," hosting a living-room/campfire/ anywhere concert...