How Pinterest Has Fulfilled My Childhood Dreams
So here is a pretty crazy thing that has happened... I am currently featured on Pinterest in the 30 Days of Pinterest along side such brands as Nina Garcia, Anthropology, Dr Oz, Esquire, Pottery Barn and a few others! I feel so honored that Pinterest asked me to be featured and that they think so well of me. Pinterest has changed my life in so many ways over the last year, opening my business up to so many amazing opportunities and making my every day life so much better through the connections I have made. I owe SO much of the great things that have happened in my life over the last year to Pinterest, honestly. I've never been interested in schmoozing with people, "networking" if you will. I just want to make what I love, curate images of things that are truly beautiful in my eyes, and promote a positive vibe and peace giving energy to others. I want to work with people because it brings me joy. I want to connect with others because it's the root of being human, the most fulfilling aspect of living. I love collaborating with others and Pinterest has opened up so many avenues for exactly that. Over the last year and a half, Pinterest has become a really amazing space for me to channel all that I love & has created incredible connections all in one place.
Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a museum curator. I started collecting art books around 10 or so. I started collecting fine art and fine art posters at a really young age too. I remember getting my first print of a 1600s portrait painting I adored at age 6. It still is hanging in a beautiful frame in my parents house. From age 12 on, I was determined to be a museum curator. I loved the idea of making a life out of collecting and curating beautiful artwork in a clean white space that I called my own. In high school, I fiercely studied art books in my free time. I wanted to soak up everything. I took our one Art History class offered at my high school my junior year and retook it with a different teacher the next year just because I was just in love with Art History. At the same time, I was obsessed with experimenting with fashion, studying high fashion magazines like I studied my art history books. Fashion, Art, and Curation have been passions of mine for years.
Once I got to college, I threw myself into Art History classes, quickly realizing that I simply didn't have the capacity to memorize a million little facts about art as much as I had hoped. I knew I wasn't dumb, I knew I had talents elsewhere but I was quite heartbroken realizing my dream that I had clinged to for so many years would never come true. I would never be an Art Historian & a Museum Curator. I didn't have the ability to memorize facts the way that was necessary to pursue that career.
Since then, I've put the skills I do have to use. I switched to a Studio Art major with an emphasis in Illustration. I had a part time freelance career in Illustration for a few years that I started up all on my own. I got into Graphic Design and Jewelry Designing as well supported by my background in Studio Art. (I've recently decided to take a break from Illustration, Graphic Design, and Blog Design to focus more on just jewelry and online curation.) I started a blog years and years ago to document the work I was doing and here we are today, my blog being a central part of my brand and a hub for all of the other places I have landed on the web. And the most important place on the web that I ended up traveling to and finding a home in in the past year and half is probably Pinterest. It started for me as a place to create inspiration boards for my clients. Then it also became a place for me to create collections of art and fashion that I wish I had, a space to pretend I was shopping without actually spending money :) It became a ritual and routine, a place for me to decompress after working long days every day. It became a place for me to find other curators whose taste inspires me. It became a place of community and every day inspiration. And over time, it turned into a place where I had accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers without even realizing it, catapulting me to being one of the top 10 most followed people on Pinterest. While I was interested in seeing my "following" tally rise over the years on my blog, twitter & facebook, I didn't even think about that aspect of Pinterest as being a possibility. I didn't looked at how many followers I had on Pinterest for the first few months until a sponsor on my blog asked me how many I had. I looked...and I had 250,000 followers at the time. I was stunned. The one place I didn't even think about as a potential place to promote my business and brand was the place that was booming simply because I was just genuinely curating images I liked and didn't care one bit about catering to others in that space.
A few months later, and I now am in the top 100 most followed people on Pinterest with over 800,000 followers. I've never tried to figure out ways to gain more followers, I'm happy with it growing organically. I know there are sites where you can "buy followers" for Pinterest and Twitter and such. But I'm not interested in gaining falsified numbers, robot followers, or followers who are just being paid to follow me. If you like what I post, go ahead and follow me. If you don't like my taste, you don't have to follow me. Simple and unoffensive, straight up honest. I pin what I want to pin, love what I love, appreciate sincerely those who following along and dig some of the things I dig, and I so deeply am grateful that I have fallen into curating fashion and art daily and am supported by so many communities in doing what I love. I appreciate the companies I have met through Pinterest who have invited me to play around on their sites, curating beautifully made goods, fashion, and art. I so deeply appreciate that I get to fulfill my childhood dream of being a curator in a very round about way. Who would have imagined back in the late nineties that my dream of being a museum curator would never come true but I would get to do something similar via the world wide web.
All in all, thank you Pinterest for simply being, for giving me the space to curate things I love. Thank you friends for following my blog, my Pinterest, and just supporting me like good friends. Thank you random websites for wanting to feature me as a guest curator every so often because you found me on Pinterest. It's my favorite thing ever curating beautiful fashion, inspiration, art, and interesting objects and products. And I am grateful EVERYDAY that even just one person is interested in checking out my collections, visiting my blog, reading my words, and sending me positive energy. I hope my Pinterest page, my blog, and anywhere else I may be on the web only generates good energy and warmth to you my friends and followers. I appreciate you so much. Happy New Year. May the year ahead bring you prosperity of the heart, mind, body, soul, spirit and more. And I hope that with everything you gain in the coming year, you also pass on to those around you spreading love and peace in your communities in real life and online.
Lots of love.