Since you guys were thoughtful enough to fill out my reader survey a few weeks back, I really want to make sure to answer all your questions. And since a majority of those asked we’re related to my background and path to blogging, I thought I would just go ahead and spill the beans! Brace yourselves, this baby is text heavy.
2009: I’d like to think that my adult life was shaped by the grand excursion I took with my dear friend in the summer of this year. I had been living and teaching in Dresden, Germany when I came back to Ohio a month before going back to school (college). At the time, I’d done a fair amount of traveling throughout Europe, but had never taken the time to explore my own country. We decided to pack up my car and head west on a three week road trip, couch surfing and relying on the kindness of strangers the entire way. To this day, it’s still one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.
Of all the incredible places we stayed and amazing things we saw along the way, Portland was my favorite. And I was determined to get back there one day.
2010: I graduated (in three years) with a BA in Art History, Minor in Writing and TEFL certificate. Eager to get out of the midwest and explore some place new, I took off to Oregon.
I began teaching art in an elementary school and tutoring reading/math on the side. After a while, I began to assume more responsibilities with the tutoring gig and eventually took over managing the program, which helped low-income students in failing schools receive free tutoring (funded by No Child Left Behind). I learned to hire and train a staff, budget at a company level and everything else in-between. My day to day involved overseeing 30 employees working in 20 different schools with over 200+ students. Needless to say, I was busy.
2011: I fell into a rut where I was constantly stressed about work and wasn’t making any time for myself or the things that I loved. I knew something had to change and decided to give myself a challenge. I knew a bit about blogging, and thought that if I made my work public, it would force to me to stick to it. And so I signed up for a tumblr account and started 52 Weeks Project in August.
When I started blogging, I was completely clueless. I didn’t signup for any social media platforms, I hardly knew how to use a digital camera and couldn’t create a basic text overlay in photoshop to save my life. Looking back, I didn’t even put any thought into my domain name aside from the fact that it was available and affordable. What I did know, however, was that I loved making, learning and teaching. So I started small and only posted one new craft project a week…
Stay tuned, because the rest of this journey is coming in part two next week!
*UPDATE: Read part two now!