I’ve also always been a little bit of a business starter. I bought myself a Japanese ball-jointed-doll made from resin for $550 in high school. I was like 16! But I knew it was an investment. I drafted some clothing patterns and began to make doll dresses. My first doll dress sold for $20 and the last one I sold was for $250. I only did this for a few months because I have a tendency to do something creative like this until I feel fairly accomplished and then it sort of bores me and I move onto something else. It’s ridiculous, honestly and I really wish I could stay focused on one thing for a longer period of time. Since then I’ve also made paper dolls, paper toys, hand-bound books, clothes (people clothes!), plush dolls, and now I’m making portraits and will be making more plush dolls in the future. I also have tons of ideas for other things I’d like to make.. Toddler clothing being one of the adventures I’m about to begin.
Throughout my working life, I have saved every penny. Especially in high school. I managed to pay for a roundtrip guided tour of Japan with my savings from high school as well as my first car and still had some extra savings for college. I saved less in college (partied more). Now that I’ve graduated, I’m back to saving. I love making things so I’m playing around with that and hoping to produce a successful online store as well as continue advancing my photography work (I keep getting jobs!) so that next year I won’t have to nanny or babysit or dogsit to earn the money I want to earn.
Since moving to our new place, we’ve started to save our change in a big carboy. When it’s completely full, Zak and Odin and I will use the money for an international trip. I’ve been dying to go to Australia since I was in primary school and had a fantastic penpal from there. Now, I seem to have made tons of Instagram friends from Australia (I adore all of you!!!) and they’ve made me want to go even more! So maybe, when this jug is nice and full, that’s where we’ll go. It’s one of the many places we’d like to visit so we’ll see when the time comes (I say we’ll have it full by winter 2014!).
How do you fund extra trips or adventures? Where would you visit if you had the means?