My Journey So Far...
"Once Upon a Time..."
We’ve all heard these words before. The iconic opening to countless fairy tales. They immediately draw us in and set the stage for the adventure to come.
From the caveman days to the present, no matter how much technology has evolved and politics and nature have shaped the world, the one thing that has never changed is our deep desire for human connection through story.
Stories pass down precious knowledge from one generation to the next. They instill in us cultural beliefs and values.
But more than that, stories affirm who we are, and that our lives have meaning. They lend perspective and demonstrate that we are most certainly not alone.
Story has been a driving force for me throughout my life.
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
– Joseph Campbell
It started in elementary school, when I would participate in storytelling festivals in my community. I’d memorize a story, and then act it out in front of a room of my peers.
I enjoyed putting my own twist on the characters' voices and mannerisms. I especially loved being able to capture a room's attention.
In high school I started to dive deep into film. During the summer I watched 3 films every day, using the Netflix and Blockbuster mailer DVD program. I couldn’t wait for the next film to arrive in my mailbox.
Then in college, I majored in Cinema Studies and dove deep into various genres and styles of film. I learned how master directors, screenwriters, and actors all come together to develop a theme and bring it to life on screen. How they deliver their message using color, types of shots, pacing, dialogue, and silence.
In 2015 I moved to Austin, TX. I began working for a great film organization as a grant writer, sharing their story and their impact with funders. This was a great opportunity to use my storytelling skills in service of a mission I supported.
And then one day, everything changed.
I was laid off.
I now had NO INCOME, no savings, and needed to figure out what to do next. FAST.
But surprisingly, I was calm. I was relieved.
Up until that point I had only been working in “creator-adjacent” roles. I always wanted to travel the world listening to and telling stories. This was my chance to finally pursue my passion.
"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."
– Joseph Campbell
At first I was excited about the possibilities. However, creating a business around mythology and folklore doesn’t exactly have a defined path. I kept second-guessing and overthinking and changing my mind on what I wanted to do.
I went back to more storytelling-lite roles like freelance marketing. I had success for a while, but I couldn’t sustain it. I knew I was ignoring my purpose.
And then one day while I was reading Pathways to Bliss by Joseph Campbell, it hit me. I was on my own hero’s journey! The struggles I was having were completely normal and expected, because whenever we try to make a big change in our lives we have to also transform ourselves and our way of thinking.
With this newfound clarity I began diving headfirst and unashamedly into this unorthodox journey. Today I share my passion for mythology and lore with the world through my mythology and folklore inspired blog. I hope I can inspire others to follow their bliss wherever it takes them, even if it’s the road less traveled.
I'm looking forward to the journey ahead, and the adventure that awaits.
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