Brand Story Challenge: Day 1

I am inspired by living a life full of passion.

I am an aspiring fashion designer and I’ll get deeper into that throughout the challenge. Right now, however, I want to talk about why I created my blog Journey to Success. I’ve always been a lover of tech. My parents had me in computer classes since I was 4 or 5 years old and I still remember the “dinosaur” of a computer my dad had that didn’t even come with a mouse. You had to know what keys to press to maneuver around the screen. As far as gifts, I would always request electronics, especially games. I had nearly every Gameboy you can think of before 2010, a Gamecube, Playstations, and a Nintendo 64.

Six years ago a seed of excitement started to grow in me. While reading a chapter out of my Business 101 book I discovered the amazing technology of 3D Printers. Later I saw a designer Jessica Rosenkrantz, create a 3D printed dress that was not only beautiful but flowed like fabric. And then over the past 2 years I started learning about Wearable Technology (Defined: Electronics that can be worn on the body, either as an accessory or as part of material used in clothing). Finally, last year I decided that Wearables would my niche in the fashion industry. It seemed perfect. Whenever I would go to a conference, watch a video, or simply talk about it butterflies of excitement would fill my belly.

Even with this excitement I didn’t start right away. Honestly, I was afraid. What did I know about CREATING technology?? I was just a gamer chick who hadn’t even opened the box of her new sewing machine I just had to have at the time. I let myself get sidetracked. I went back to old habits and started working jobs that I didn’t enjoy because it was safe & comfortable.

But my desire to pursue my passion refused to be pushed aside. One day I worked up the courage to START. I dusted off a book of DIY Wearables I had bought months ago and started to collect all the materials I needed. I ran into two problems.

  1. I couldn’t find some of the materials! Not even online. That is until I enlisted my fiancé-who works as an electrical designer-to help me and he was able find similar parts to the ones in the book.
  2. As you can probably tell from my first problem I could hardly understand the book. It was supposed to be for beginners but the tech lingo might as well been a foreign language to me.

I wasn’t about to give up though. Naturally, I went to the internet to find YouTube videos of people doing similar things. I kid you not, I found none! At first I felt defeated. How am I going to learn what I need to know? Where do I even need to start?? And that’s when I knew that I was going to help others in my same situation.

Since then I started a blog where I mostly re-posted cool photos and videos of wearable technology and the people who make them. I didn’t post original content because I felt I wasn’t at a level to make my own yet. It caused me to do research and now I know where to find video tutorials on wearables; I also know where I can go in San Diego for hands on training, FAB Lab and Maker Place. I still have so much more to learn and many fears and doubts to get past but I’m progressing none the less. My latest improvement came exactly a week ago. I saw a video by Gary Vaynerchuk on my friend, Sarah Paikai’s wall. It talked about documenting vs creating. He said, “Can you image it we could have followed Vera Wang from the point when she first started sewing?”

That hit a major cord with me because I was beginning to blog less and less due to running out of ideas. I thought why not? And since that day I have been documenting my journey. And not just the good parts either. Some days are great and I find joy in the smallest of moments. I let people know about it. Other days I feel tired & lazy, and don’t accomplish my goals for the day. I let them know that too. I AM going to become a designer of Fashion Wearables, it’s only a matter of when. And I don’t really care that I don’t have a lot of followers or views right now. Because when I make it happen there will be weeks, months, possibly years worth of documentation for others to see my journey and know that they can do it too.

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