How exactly could a girl lose? Simple answer, really…
(Group self-portrait, Take 1.)
She couldn’t! I am more thrilled than words could possibly convey to finally unveil this labor of love- my blog- today. In my wildest dreams it will serve as a venue that brings together some of the greatest talents in all areas of the arts beyond just interior design… from photography and printmaking, to music of many genres, to all things on this earth so tantalizingly palate-pleasing, to sculpture and fine art, and so far beyond; to places and towards talents yet to be discovered. With my every hope, this blog will celebrate creativity, the inspired voice, the engaging, exciting, the gracious and philanthropic. And what I know beyond all else is that with every post, every day, you’ll get to know the passions that drive my life; those which continue to inspire, uplift, and motivate me to share and champion the art and efforts I love by the talents that strive to make the world around us more beautiful, more thoughtful, and more dynamic.
It was at Westweek nearly a year ago that I bumped into and met the super-talented and very dapper Eddie and Jaithan, as we were all leaving to grab our afternoon coffee, after a full day of design talk at the PDC. Imagine my excitement in being able to tell messieurs Ross and Kochar in person that I was starting a blog; that my taking on the endeavor at all was due in very large part to their heretofore unsuspecting and unfortunately remote influence and tutelage, and that my blog would, with no doubt, be fully functional and ready for me to exuberantly post in a week’s time… Hooray! Eureka! I felt like the interiors version of Charlie, and that I indeed had a Golden Ticket. (In-person “thank you”s are so gratifying!)
(Group self-portrait, Take 2, titled “Almost”.)
I skipped home after bidding my new friends adieu. (Yes, completely embarassing!) But I was inspired to get back to my desk and figure out the art of the self-hosted WordPress blog- I mean, how hard could it be? Jaithan (he’s a tech guru, not merely a handsome face!) just told me there were an infinite amount of options of which I might make use, and easy ways to customize the blog to “me”. Fabulous!
Hmm… Wait just a minute…
But: I’m still pondering and designing “me”, I’ve only just dipped my hesitant toes into HTML and code, and I really have no idea how to navigate through the positively labyrinthian nature of WordPressland through the eyes of a newbie!
Fast-forward almost one year. A subtantially re-realized business plan, much loftier goals, so much gained code knowledge I can go head-to-head with my website-building peers, huge amounts of frustration and tears, too many cups of coffee to count, cursing a blue streak so dynamically that it’d make a sailor flinch, total sleeplessness, and holding tightly still to that initial excitement and those skipped steps home later (Phew!)…
I have an entire online world to share with you. And I am enormously proud of what I’ve accomplished! Being able to get to know new friends, and creating (hopefully!) a community from this corner is the goal. So, please- won’t you make yourself comfortable and introduce yourself? I can’t wait to get this conversation started!
To Eddie and Jaithan- thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou, gentlemen! You’ve- both individually and together- been such an inspiration to me as fellow flea-ers and as bloggers for what feels like many moons now, and I want you to know how much your strength in leading by example has meant to, and done for, me. And lastly- beyond the boundless amount of creativity that comes from your household, it is your graciousness that sets you apart from the rest… it is a thing to behold, and so valuable- I’m happy to now be a firsthand witness to such a beautiful thing! Much love, you two. xoxox