I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree almost exactly seven years ago. Our commencement speaker said something amazing that day. When describing how important it was for the world to have more artists like us in it, he said- “You make the world less blah.” It gave me goosebumps that day in the sweltering heat on a hot Boston day, and it gives my goosebumps today on an unseasonably chilly day here in Central Mass. At the time I thought to myself “wow that is an awesome thing to say during a commencement speech” but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until I spent several years in the corporate world that it really started to resonate with me. Artists DO make the world less blah, and that’s needed now more than ever.
My soon to be husband, the most patient and supportive man on this earth, is a commercial airline pilot. Together we raise our two children full time (3 year old and soon to be 2 year old) along with his two sons from a previous marriage part time. I’ve also been working a grueling full time corporate job. We have been “making it work” as they say (they being everyone who tries to convince me that working full time, having a partner that is absent most of the time, and raising two young children are just a walk in the park), but after some tough times, losses, and seemingly an awakening of sorts- we’ve decided that it’s time for the next chapter of our lives. That next chapter being me starting my own creative business and leaving behind the 9-5 grind.
While I’ve always considered myself a maker, we are learning how to navigate through making this a full time, real life business. I spent much of my twenties asking myself “When am I going to grow up? Will I realize it? What do I even want to be when I grow up?” It wasn’t until I was faced with a loss and a reconnection that I realized it- Holy shit. I had grown up! At least in comparison to how I used to be. Losing someone and finding someone who means so much to you after so must time has passed really makes you view life through a different lens. This new lens helped me to see that life is entirely too short to be wasted. WanderLost Creations is my response to the question I’ve been asking myself- What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be the captain of my own vessel, creating things for others to tell their stories.
I’m not perfect and my voyage won’t be either, but it sure as hell won’t be lackluster. This is scary and it’s real life- but I’ll never know the outcome until I try. Join me as I figured out everything from how to master power tools, how to successfully sell my products, and how to also ensure myself and the kids are fed (and bathed) in the process. I plan to share my journey as it unfolds, so I hope you’ll wander along with me. Here’s to making the world less blah!