I grew up in a house with parents whose lives revolved around art. It served as both their occupation and their solace. From a very young age, they taught us that art is not only an articulation of inner voices, but also a skill to be crafted. Salt House Road is my adventure into both of these mediums: a desire to share my voice with the world and an artistic journey to craft my writing, photography and design skills.
This journey started last year when I reflected on my 2014 New Year’s resolutions (which I like to keep diligently under my mattress). It was a darn good year and I was proud of my accomplishments…
- finish graduate school (check)
- consolidate student loans (check)
- get a promotion (check)
- run a 5k (check)
- learn how to become a smart investor (check)
- take guitar lessons (check)
- pay off car (check)
…but I still felt like something was missing. I had been so focused on climbing the corporate ladder, and checking the boxes on my endless to do list, that I had neglected the parts of myself that most needed nourishing. And so I asked myself: what have I been given? what can I share with the world? What will make me feel whole again? What is my calling?
“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer” – zora neale hurston
Salt House Road is the question, and the answer.
On New Year’s Eve, I told my family that I was beginning a new adventure and I promised myself by 2016, I would launch my blog: Salt House Road and write my way back to authenticity. Because Cheryl Strayed said it way better than I ever could, “I refuse to let myself become a dried up version of the person I intended to be”. I spent many months just reading and digesting everything I could get my hands on about blogging. I knew the writing would part would come to me, but I was in way over my head regarding all the technical components of opening a business and building a website! It took me a solid year, but VOILA! Here we are! My roots are finally ready for some rich soil! I hope you will come along and join me for this continuous unfolding. Lets read some books, visit some antique stores, make some darn good coffee and chat. Won’t you #walkwithus?
Please come back soon, the door is always open.
with grace and salt, kirsten