Have you ever had to write an autobiography? Not necessarily a full book length, but even just a few paragraphs? Say... for your small businesses website? I'm not trying to be dramatic but it's basically the hardest thing that any human, around the globe, living or dead, could ever possibly do.
So. I don't think I'm going to do it. I think I'm going to write you a letter where I introduce myself instead. It'll be like we're pen pals.
I'm not sure if you know me or not. I found your address written in blue ink on a tightly rolled piece of paper, inside of an old, empty bottle that washed up onto the shore. My favorite type of bottle is a Hendricks Gin one. Preferably not when it's empty though.
Since I don't think we know each other, I'll kick things off. I'm Julia. I'm from Southern California. Costa Mesa to be exact. I wonder where you are. I'm writing this as I sit at the desk of my father. He owns a construction company that's been around this area for 35 years. He grew up here. I grew up here too. But I don't work for him. I work for myself at a company that was started in 2019. My company is called Home Ec and it teaches creative workshops and classes (anything Home Economics related like sewing, cooking, weaving, gardening... all sorts of stuff.)
Do you know how to sew? I love it. I started sewing when I was a kid because I was so bad at sports. So, sewing and creating was kind of my thing all through childhood. I even went to college for my BFA in Fashion Design at SCAD (it's an art school in Savannah, GA). When I left college, I thought I would work in fashion. I had had a bunch of fancy New York City internships and was even offered a job at my dream company at the time, Anthropologie. But I didn't take it. Instead, I moved back here. I don't really know why I did that... I just knew it wasn't right, you know? Then I thought that maybe I should be a real, professional lady and I got a job at a Real Professional Lady Company. I said Real Professional Lady things like "we'll circle back" and "per your email" and "you can't handle the truth." I learned so much and I liked it. And I also hated it. And then I kept trying to like it more. For a while. Friend, I promise, I really tried. But all I wanted to do all day was go home and cook my dinner. Or sew a dress. Or knit a sweater. Or look at pictures on instagram of people who were doing those things. So I quit that job. It took a minute, but then I realized that all of my favorite things could be my job. I just had to make it happen.
So, with a lot of googling and a lot of support from my friends and family, I just sort of did it! And I love it. Owning your own business is really hard, but I love my job so much. I didn't realize that you could really love your job. But it turns out, you totally can! I hope you love your job.
Anyway, there's a lot more to learn about me (like: Baskin Robbins Peanut Butter Chip, Enneagram: 8), but I think that's enough for now.
I'd love to learn more about you!
What are your hobbies? I love hobbies and trying new things, so I'm hoping you spend your Saturdays doing something really weird like archery or making claymation stop motion videos with your friends. I took drivers ed from a man who's hobby was to go the the park and watch other people fly model airplanes. I think about that man all the time.
Or maybe you have the same hobbies that I do. If so, can you send me your favorite recipe? I'll send you one back.
Or maybe the question "what are your hobbies?" leaves you with that blank feeling in your head. In which case, what is your dream hobby? I'd love to help you give it a shot.
Please reply to this letter. I'd really like to be your friend but, also, I'm a whore for snail mail. So it's a real win win for me.
PS - if you're an unattached male who is kind, possesses medium good looks and likes James Taylor too, FOR THE LOVE OF IT ALL, WRITE ME BACK.
1733 Monrovia Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA