It’s happening. I’m settled (for the most part) into my job, I’ve been in St. Louis for a few months since my big adventure, its cold and dreary most days, and I’m feeling IT. I’m feeling restless, stuck, stagnant, all the things that make my skin crawl and like I want to hop on the first plane or train out of here. I feel like I need to explode in creativity and creation and life, and I’m not sure where to direct it. I work all day (not upset about it), but its dark when I get home, and all I want to do is eat and go to bed. And then I realize it only 6:30 and I have hours of time to be productive and DO SOMETHING with my life.
And then it clicked. I have been searching for a way to start building RWP into a brand, create some revenue for it, and ideally, in a dream world, have a future of supporting myself financially, emotionally, and creatively through it. So – how could I create things that I love and am passionate about while creating income and actually make some realistic moves towards the lifestyle I want? Open an Easy shop!
I have done a lot of research, and understand that in the beginning it is going to be a LOT of work on my part with probably not much response, but like any other undertaking with RWP I have to keep on keepin’ on with the fire and passion I have inside, and it will all payoff. I have seen so much change and progress through it already, have met some AMAZING ladies with aspirations to do something similar, and just need to make the commitment fully to myself and to RWP.
I am launching the Etsy shop in January of 2019 – which gives me about a month to get everything in order. It will feature notecards and postcard packs featuring some of my photos from trips, photos with design and text overlaid, photographic prints, cross stitch projects (and maybe pattern downloads down the line), and probably some random awesome things I think of or come across. Everything will be nature and adventure themed, and certain items will feature the National Park Service logo! A portion or these purchases will be donated to the NPS! This fills my heart, because I am able to create things I love, support an organization I’m passionate about, and with the support of all of you I can start my journey of self-employment! I will be blogging and vlogging about this journey, and hope that it continues to inspire others!
It is already taking longer than I thought as I want everything to be exactly how I want it, but I also know that it is all mine, and I can change whatever I want whenever I want to! That’s the beauty of art and creation. I am REALLY looking forward to what you all think of it, and am REALLY excited about getting this all started!
As a little side note – I have started a Patreon page. I have been on the fence about it as I have been looking for a way to provide those donating with something in return. Asking for money makes me uncomfortable. BUT! While most of the supplies needed for cross stitching and printing is on the cheaper side, if anyone would like to donate I would greatly appreciate it! If you choose to donate a few dollars, you will receive a little something special in the mail from yours truly before the launch of the store 🙂 The link is below!
So be sure to follow me on Instagram (@roamingwithpurpose) and to like my Facebook Page to keep up with the launch and store updates! Along with all my usual adventure and life posts. This is an amazing and creative and inspired time for RWP, and I CAN’T WAIT to see where it takes me!