Here’s my thinking on the matter and I still haven’t found a succinct way to explain. (Gotta work on that.) I really believe it was divine inspiration but that doesn’t make much sense to folks who don’t really hold the same belief system. In God’s word it says:
Typically folks lean on this verse during hard times that don’t make sense. Maintaining faith includes knowing and expecting that God will use every circumstance, decision, event – good, bad or otherwise – for our good. Our lives are like intricately woven tapestries that may appear like a jumbled mess when viewing just one section up-close but…when we step back we see what looks like randomness is actually a beautiful piece of art.
So all of that being said, I believe God gave me some talents, experiences and interests that led me to the idea of making soap. These include:
– I’ve always been creative but in a practical sort of way; not art for art’s sake. (For example, when I was at Princeton I majored in Civil Engineering but took some art classes like oil painting and ceramics. In ceramics I got yelled at by the instructor for creating a box – she chided me saying this was not an arts and crafts class. Whoops – my bad! Decades later I learned she yelled at everyone and told them how their work sucked too. )
– I like making things by hand (e.g., for a season knitting became my “passion” as I spent many hours attending my daughters’ various activities: piano lessons, tennis lessons, soccer practice, drawing class, volleyball, etc.)
– A trip to Vermont introduced me to the notion of being a soapmaker and having my own shop. I stopped in a store named “Thistle” in Woodstock, VT which became a huge inspiration to me but it sat dormant in my subconscious. I remember thinking, “Now THIS is the good life!” and then quickly dismissed it as not being in the cards for me and moved on.
– I wanted to be a pastry chef and own a special occasion bakery called Baby Cakes. Before going to business school I considered going to culinary school. I chose b-school. For my dream bakery, I was going to specialize in mini-cakes. When I was living in the NY area after b-school I took classes and almost enrolled in one of the top pasty chef programs. Life took over and I ended up moving out of the area.
– I always wanted to have my own business. I just never really knew what to do.
– Somehow or another I believe I stumbled on the Soap Queen’s blog. That was the clincher. I watched this video below with much interest.
After making my first batch that pretty much sealed the deal – I found something I’m passionate about, I’m good at and can ultimately provide the lifestyle I dream of.
So, in the end – I believe God has been putting it all together for some time now. It’s so amazing and humbling to look back and see how He’s been fitting the pieces together on my behalf; of course unbeknownst to me. Can’t wait to see what else He’s working up! 🙂