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“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher fence.”
 
The start of a new year is always exciting with twelve months of hopeful opportunities ahead and 2017 is no exception. Since starting our company in 2010, we’ve grown our business and ourselves as people. Putting heart and soul into our work has consistently been our priority. With each new transition, we’ve been grateful for the positive reception from customers, friends, and family. As we move forward into 2017, we wanted to tell you about the next great adventure for Bohemian Butterfly Design, formerly Johnny Loves June.

Since Day 1, we’ve had the desire to give back to the world in a positive way. Discovering how exactly we wanted to help others was a long journey for both of us. Donna has always felt especially called to help other women. After seeing the amount of opportunities that she’s had living in the United States, it only made sense that she could use her blessings to benefit others. Mark has felt the same pull to give back to the world. We don’t want to just make products, but create beneficial change in our lives and the lives of others.

Prayer, desire for purpose, and a passion for service have led us to our next journey. Last year, we were connected with an amazing non-profit in Puerto Vallarta that helps marginalized women in an impoverished community by teaching them valuable life and trade skills. We took several trips to ensure that this organization was transparent, authentic, and aligned with our own values. The group has worked for ten years with local partners and the community to help break the multi-generational cycle of poverty in this area. Before this organization, the people lived by picking through the garbage for food and items to sell in order to make a living. There was no electricity, running water, or sewage. After seeing the incredible work that the organization had done, we felt called to work with them by expanding their educational efforts for the women by setting up a teaching studio to teach them advanced trade skills.

2017 promises to be a big year for us. We’ve felt called by God that our life purpose is to help give back by using the skills we have. As we move forward into this work, we wanted to inform all of our supporters and partners of our plans for this year.
This year we have started our own non profit to help as many women as we can, We would like to invite you to follow along with our journey through upcoming monthly newsletters that detail our philanthropy work in Puerto Vallarta, working through Las Mariposas de la Madre Tierra ( The Butterfly's of Mother Earth ) as we transform these women into their full potential.  We are in the process of extending this initiative by giving classes through the University of Guadalajara PV Branch, geared towards senior citizens looking for a new skill.  And in discussions with the Women's Prison here to teach some of the inmates a trade skill they might use when they complete their sentence.   Many of these women victims themselves of domestic violence not recognized in Mexico. 

Blessings continue to follow us into the new year. We hope you join us in striving to give back to this beautiful world. May happiness and fulfillment find you all in 2017.


-Donna and Mark, Bohemian Butterfly Design
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