who: Mary Elizabeth Kay
what: software developer, writer, wife, mom, avid reader and traveler, compulsive creative, and lover of all things nerd.
where: Cleveland, Ohio
why: I started my site as a way to gain some web development experience, as I rarely use these languages at my day job, so it often serves as a web dev test kitchen. I was also desperately in need of a consistent creative outlet, I just didn't know it at the time. It is always amazing to me how life leads you to exactly what you require, even when you don't realize you are lacking. I spend a lot of time examining connections in life like this; always looking for that common thread leading me through and linking each experience. I try to be more mindful of it...to trust it.
Personal growth and the subsequent contribution to the world are a combinational force. We must be able to draw from a myriad of experiences, disciplines, and sources of information in order to achieve either with much significance. We also live in a consumer-based society and I think it is really important to stop and create on your own as much as possible, not only for your own engagement, but to develop a sense of appreciation for all of the conveniences most of us take for granted on a day-to-day basis.
This sentiment is what I wanted to build the content for the site from - the importance of reaching beyond my comfort zone, creating instead of idly choosing between others creations laid out for me, trying new things, and challenging myself - so that I can be better and that I can do better for others. Whether that be in the kitchen, learning a new skill, trade or art form, traveling to places near and far, building deeper connections to those things that I don't understand. All of these small explorations continue to mold and shape me and create a deeper sense of gratitude for what is (hence the making/bildungsroman theme). I hope the site, at the very least, builds connection and inspiration.
On that note, Sylvia Plath poignantly once said...
"I can never read all the books I want;
I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want.
I can never train myself in all the skills I want.
And why do I want?
I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life.
And I am horribly limited."