Growing up, I had a unique family dynamic and everything we did had challenges along side of it. We didn't have the experience of just hopping in the car and being on our way with anything we did.
One of my older brothers was diagnosed with meningitis at 15 months old, which resulted in him being physically and mentally handicapped. Our family, together, worked daily to take care of him, while still taking care of ourselves. We learned to adjust how we did things time and time again to make life work, whether it was going out of town to see family, going to sports games, eating meals, or just playing outside.
As I reflect back on my childhood, adolescence, and entry into adulthood, I see that much of my world was consumed with configuring unique solutions to everyday problems. I watched my parents orchestrate our lives in order to enjoy daily adventures with a handicapped child, while still raising 3 other children, and have a life of their own. My mom has always been the role model of creativity in my life. Maybe that just comes with having to entertain children, but I do believe she has a special skill at taking the normal things and turning them into something a little more magical.
Here's the thing, there's an art to taking what seems impossible and turning into an adventure. As I went through college, worked multiple jobs, got married, and had a whole lot happen in between, I've come to a realization about myself. It's that everything I learned as a child has shaped me and shown me that I truly love expressing my creativity in organizing and planning.
As my life continues to journey on, I have joined forces with COLLECTOR and help to run this business that brings a whole new level of abstract thinking that has an endless well of new ideas and new people and places from which to learn. I have an expectant heart that as we travel the world doing what we love, we will be shown even more the ways of doing our craft.