The Good Life. It’s just the beginning.

By Laura Faison on Feb 04, 2015

Welcome to The Good Life where we celebrate all things fun, fabulous, and frugal! Join in and you’ll have fun, feel fabulous for having visited, and learn even better ways to spend, and not spend, your hard-earned money.

Who’s behind “The Good Life?”

The Good Life is brought to you by 4 women who work together but more importantly have become friends. We work for Goodwill, so we know frugal better than most; we have more fun at work than most; and most importantly, we think each other is fabulous in her own right!

Are we trying to sell you something?

Yes – many things! First, a belief that your life can be as good as you want to make it, maybe even better than you thought possible. We’re on that journey too, and look forward to having you with us.

Second, our work gives us a front row seat to tons of ideas and ways to be frugal, fabulous, and fun all at the same time. So we’ll share those with you every week and if those ideas get you shopping our stores, then great! More than that though, we’d like you to be part of our conversation.

So who are we, anyway?


I spend most of my days trying to keep up with my team… posts, tweets, boards and now blogs…their innovation and creativity abounds!  It is a fine balance of fun and serious; useful and frivolous; inspired and inspiring. That’s our life too- somewhere among The Devil Wears Prada business entrepreneur, the Mary Poppins collaborator, the Leave it to Beaver mother and friend and  The Survivor finalist. I should know…as I have a blended family that is a combination of the Brady Bunch with a Duck Dynasty twist. May our today’s experience be your tomorrow’s inspiration.



My father loved Goodwill.  As an Irish immigrant there was no shame in buying gently used items, for him it was a way of life.  His favorite Goodwill buy was a violet purple t-shirt that said in white letters on the front:  “Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine”.  He kept that shirt until the letters wore off.

I can’t help but think that my working at Goodwill was prophetic.  After being unemployed for 2 months, I joined Goodwill. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with what we do and how we do it- from the operations to the marketing.  Like most, I didn’t know that helping others find jobs was the point of taking and selling donations. I’m a mother to 3- two princesses and a step-son that just hit puberty.  Not only am I working on a career, I’m working to balance it with motherhood.



Can we just talk about this whole working mommy thing?  That’s right – I’ll be cleaning meatballs off my walls when bam! – this creative idea for an ad or video hits me and I find the closest thing – usually a toddler-sized easel and chalk — to write down my thoughts before the next bit of drama hits.  I’m so fortunate to work with a team that not only understands this scenario, but makes coming to work every day incredibly fun.  I’m the old timer of the group, having worked with Goodwill for over 9 years now and can’t imagine working anywhere else.  I have a slight Pinterest addiction and love nothing more than finding the beauty in simple, everyday things.  I handle our website, print ads, billboards, etc. – so one day if you see something that looks toddler-inspired, you’ll know why.



I’m in my late 20s and trying to figure out who I am and what in the world I want to do with my life. While I’ve spent a lot of time in a lot of different places I’ve truly found a home in Virginia. I’m the baby of my colleagues and I enjoy reminding them often of how old they are. I kid. I am so grateful to work with a group of women who set such a great example and offer me guidance as I maneuver through this part of my life.  My guilty pleasures Include watching Investigative Discovery, listening to Taylor Swift and an unhealthy crush on Shia LaBeouf.



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2 thoughts on “The Good Life. It’s just the beginning.

  1. Juanita Dale

    My name is Juanita Dale and I am looking for work that will have an inpack on others. I lost my husband to prostate cancer 2 years ago.We had been together for 23 years and to have him taken from me in a matter of just a few months was more than I could comprehend. I was very depressed and felt so alone and just lost without him, he did all of the financial matters i.e. paying bills,he took care of the cars and matters of the house i.e. roof leaks, fence falling in the Blvd. then having to put up another, what keys go to what and I still don’t know all of them yet and last but not least insurance policies that went bad from being overdue and not even a life ins. policy for himself. So……thats pretty much my story of the last 2 years. I learned that I am much stronger than I ever thought and that God has a plan for my life, I can’t wait to see what that is!!!! Thanks for listening!

  2. Laura Faison Post author

    Juanita – thank you so much for your comment. I’d encourage you to get in touch with our Community Employment Center staff to help map out the best path to reach your goals! They can be reached by calling 757.248.9405 in the Hampton Roads area or 804.745.6300 in Central Virginia.

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