Years ago, I read a book by Country Living Magazine called The Business of Bliss: How To Profit From Doing What You Love. My Dad is a veterinarian and I have never known anybody love their job as much as he does. I’ve heard “I get paid to do something I would do for free” and “I’m never retiring. I hope I die doing surgeries,” more times than I can count. He was even born on the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals. It wasn’t until I was older, that I realized how blessed I was to watch my father live his life with such passion and purpose. My Dad wakes up every single day excited to get to his clinic, despite the fact he is in his 70’s. He went into it because he loved it and had no intentions of ever being wealthy. Despite that, he has made a great living and his practice grows every year. His business gives him the freedom to be creative and use his brain. He rarely leaves his farm, Sunset Hill, he loves it so much. I love it too. I have hundreds of photos of my kids there. It is a special place for my family. I wanted that same type of life. I didn’t want to wait until I was 65 to start living.
I started “Junkin” in High School with my Step-Mom, Nita. We would pour through the pages of magazines for inspiration. Our favorite was Country living Magazine. We loved reading about the Junk Gypsies and Farm Chicks. We shopped garage sales, junk shops, antique malls, and even rescued things from the curb. We were always fixing something up, re-purposing things, and remodeling that old house. At the time, it never dawned on me I could make a living “Selling Junk” and just documenting our life. It took almost two decades for that idea to bloom. I went to college and tried to “find myself” there. It was an expensive lesson. Looking back, I knew I wasn’t living authentically and I should have followed my heart.
Chris and I got married in our mid-twenties. Shortly after we got married, we were told we might not be able to have children. We were both crushed. It was our dream to have a big family and we spent many nights praying for God to bless us. Four years and a miracle later, we were blessed with our first child, Krystiana. 16 months after that, our daughter Willow came into the world. Willow had constant battles from the time she was born: heart surgery, Autism, and scoliosis. We were managing her care while welcoming four other blessings. All boys! I was too busy managing my ever-growing brood and hectic life to think about doing something creative.
One night, I was up late (not unusual) and got on Country Living’s website and they were doing a contest for their “Blue Ribbon Bloggers.” I always loved reading blogs and I excitedly checked out the new ones being featured. That is where I found KariAnne Wood at Thistlewood Farms. Her about page and her story “Jump” really spoke to me. I had just started one of my own but I really didn’t feel it reflected who I was. She had just started her consulting business. Something told me to jump too.
I took a chance and made an appointment. I knew within 5 minutes of getting on the phone with her I had made the right choice. She literally finished my sentences and it was like we had been friends for 20 years. She got what I was trying to do and helped me make a business plan and carry out my vision for My Mom’s Junk. She put me in touch with Lesley Clavijo from Chaotically Creative and we built my website. They cheered me on and became my biggest fans. For the first time in my adult life, I made creativity a priority. I found my bliss.
It is making a positive difference in my home. Blogging is a family affair. Chris helps me with projects, I write and do the photography, and my daughter edits my posts sometimes. When you truly love to do something, it doesn’t feel like work and you make it a priority in your life. I’ve had to become organized and purge to make room for things we really love. It has made me look at creating a life, not just a living. Chris and I have big dreams for our family and our “Junk” business. Thank you for following along as we grow!