Get comfortable, folks. This might be a long post.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I read books constantly, and would write stories and poems whenever I got the chance. In high school, I had a wonderful creative writing teacher, who made my love of writing tenfold.
I went off to college and took as many creative writing courses as I could. I focused on writing poetry. Deep down, I knew that I’d never be able to make a living writing poems (or anything, for that matter) and so after getting my bachelor’s degree in creative writing, I decided that studying to become a librarian was the most practical step forward. It turned out to be a great idea, mostly.
One of my graduate classes was a course in book indexing. It opened my eyes to the possibility of working for myself, which was another dream of mine for as long as I could remember. Working from home, a coffee shop, a beach, or anywhere else in the world was immensely appealing to me, and book indexing seemed like a way to make that happen, someday.
In the meantime, I started my career as a librarian. I worked in a large suburban library as a children’s librarian. It was challenging and fun, but incredibly exhausting. My commute by train was over an hour each way, sometimes two if the weather was bad. I would have moved closer to my job, but Justin and I were living on a boat at the time. (I’ll write more about this in another post.)
I began book indexing in 2008. My goal, at first, was to make enough money to pay for the $500 software. I really didn’t know if I could even make that much. I started “marketing” (sending out some crappy emails to publishers). I had no idea what I was doing. But then it happened. A publisher asked if I could write an index for them!
Within two years, I was at the point where I either had to quit my job or focus on my business full-time. I was so ready.
My indexing career has been fun, and I’m still doing it occasionally. But what does this have to do with this site?
Well, working for myself has given me the opportunity to try new things. A friend of mine (also a librarian!) was getting her writing published on some big name sites, and getting paid for it! It was incredibly inspiring. If she could do it, so could I. Right?
I sent out my very first pitch in October 2015, and it was accepted. My. First. Pitch. I was ecstatic and totally totally totally hooked. From that point forward, everything in my life began revolving around writing. I’ve had close to 50 articles published in less than a year, and that’s on top of book indexing, parenting two kids, and renovating our Airstream.
And that’s where this website comes into play.
We bought our Airstream this spring when the snow was still flying and I had a lot of time to gaze lovingly at other people’s wonderful renovations online.
On the first hot day of the year, we started tearing apart the interior. We ripped out the yellowed, fragile curtains. We took out the putrid cushions. We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, then cleaned some more. And the more we did, the more we realized had to be done.
And so, here we are. The Argosy is currently a shell. We’ve ripped out all the cabinets, walls, flooring, and insulation. The project has been incredible for me. Apparently, I love slingin’ crowbars and using power tools. I love ripping out insulation and getting dirty.
I love dreaming about the possibilities of this little Airstream. Who can we meet? Where can it take us? What memories can we make?
I realized something amazing. I’m not alone. Buying an Airstream was like buying an immediate and forever spot into an amazing community of people from all over the world.
So here’s what I want. I want to meet people. I want to meet you. I want to hear your stories. I want you to share your Airstream Love. I will be honest. I’m hoping that this site can start earning me some money along the way, so I’ll be writing posts about what I’m learning (like using affiliate marketing with sites like Bluehost) so that you can learn from my mistakes.
As for you? I want you to meet me. I want to tell you my stories. I want to share my Airstream Love. I want our stories to teach, inspire, and connect.
Welcome to Airstream Love. I hope you enjoy the ride.