Catching up with old and new friends.
Boys, girls, I expect you all are doing as awesome as it can be possible. I wanted to let you know how life is going on this side as I just realized two of you even mentioned developing an app to know where the hell I was. As some may know, I always dreamed to come to California and here I am, only that I am not there but on the move every single week, at this moment I am in Medellin, Colombia, after two weeks of artisan discoveries. When I started this blog, I was in the coolest beach town I have seen in the US, called Cayucos.
I am not very sure how the dots of my life have been connecting lately, by lately I mean since January 2014 when my office job in Washington DC ended. I ended up doing exactly what I have dreamed of for a long while without the slightest idea it was time. It sounds very silly, but I have been following my heart and turns out that guy is the smartest thing I own. It has lead me to where I need to be; I have always wanted to let go of possessions, to find a meaningful purpose, to really enjoy nature, to find a job where I could take my dog(s) to, even to come back to the compromise of wasting less water, to continue travelling, and obviously to try to do good; to improve the world that I live through my minuscule activities on it. So, lately I have been living and travelling in a 20ft travel trailer that has taken us to the most beautiful places of California, only a few very selected items of my past big-ass closet fit there, but doggies love it, Polish Mcgiver loves it and I adore it.
Professionally, after months of long flights, drives, treks, I can say I have formed a solid network of artisans from six different countries (Mexico, India, Nepal, Colombia, Haiti, Lebanon and Thailand) to which I not only know how they source their raw materials, how the produce their products, but I also know their houses, their family members and their professional dreams. I work with so many talented and beautiful people, I have had the luck to find artisans on top of mountains, in their houses, in their market booths like mine and they all tell me: “just give me your design, the size, colors, whatever you need, I will make it for you”. You won’t believe the amount of badass products we have, made by some badass people we trade with. My philosophy is to build strong partnerships with our artisans, I never hassle with them, never ask for a discount, we always aim at growing our collaboration and particularly in Haiti, my mom and I are proud to say we are seeing the birth of an artisan community of our own.
For now, I just wanted to present World by Hand to you. To further explain the dots (some of them really painful to me) I would need to write another blog, where I can also fit in the amazing network of people by my side (John, Jim, Carlitos and Magdita, my parents, my sister… so many friends that have been so supportive, patient and caring!). Please check the website, like our photos on Facebook, and Instagram, please comment our blogs and follow us! It will mean so much to us. It took me a while to write and let you know about this, it was simply because I wanted to have something more ready for you and the world. The website only includes the tip of the iceberg, but, after all, I have ADHD and most of our stuff is one of a kind that leaves us in market days so no time to really showcase it properly. Anyway. Enjoy and keep up!
Lots of love!
p.s. do not worry guys, I still shower,I rarely use a bra but I still shower.