Some people may be wondering, how did this happen? I went from nearly 20 years of IT work behind a desk to driving around Baltimore and playing with reclaimed wood. How does a girl go from there… to here?
The truth is, I lost my job while I was battling cancer. It’s no one’s fault. The company I came from was very very good to me and I’m grateful for my time there. But when someone is out of work with illness for an extended period of time, everyone’s options are limited. And so it was.
But honestly, I’d always wanted more. I was good at my job and respected by my peers, but I wanted… well… more. So a couple years ago I joined a direct sales company. And I was good at it. I built up my own boutique, with my own customer base and I enjoyed connecting with people and controlling a piece of my destiny. It was good.
But still, I wanted more. When I lost my job, I was in the middle of a becoming. I was becoming more confident in my abilities. I was becoming more aware of what I could do if I let myself. I was becoming hungrier for more.
Then one day I had the idea to start a create and take sign making business. I asked Facebook for help finding someone to make signs for me and a friend stepped up. She brought me samples of the signs I wanted, and she brought me something else… some reclaimed wood.
At first, I was full of reasons why that wouldn’t work. And then I realized the reasons why it would were so much bigger. And the more I dug into the idea, the better it got. The potential to do good built beyond just the environmental impact. And I found good for the community, for people who really need some darn good, and for small businesses. At every turn, I find so much more good I can do.
And so I’m excited. I’m excited to make pretty things and I’m excited to do good. And I’m excited to take you all with me!