I really started to think A LOT about what the world was going to be like in 20 years once I had a child. I had been socially conscious, but I had never really considered what the future generation had in store.
Previously I cared because I did not want to harm the planet or the people currently living on it. I did think about the population problem and also just never actually had an interest in having children. For all these reasons, I never put a lot of thought into the legacy we'd collectively be leaving.
When that all changed (6 years ago-o.m.g.) I started asking a lot of questions to myself: "will I have a boy or a girl?" "what will he or she be like?" "what will America be like for my child?" "will he or she have the luxury to choose whatever he or she wants to be when grown up? "
When I quit my job this year it was really clear to me that I wanted to do something in my tiny way to help the NEXT GENERATION in their creative and entrepreneurial pursuits so that our children have a chance to live out their dreams. I also happened to believe in buying less stuff and had been on my own journey to find locally made things. I had a Tumblr blog and a big spreadsheet of where to go for my various shopping needs so I thought maybe others might be looking for the same. I was worried people would think I was trying to make a statement that 'America is best' or 'don't buy from anywhere else' because I didn't know how to message what I care about properly or succinctly.
So, I want to thank this guy (yes, I had a boy who turned five yesterday) for inspiring me, initially, and every single day. And thank *you* for reading my unpolished feed ;)