Traveling Begonias

Bringing the world to you one artifact at a time


New year, renewed focus

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The wind down of 2018 really took me into some doldrums. I lost enthusiasm for everything and didn’t do as much as I should have with my business, my non-profit, or myself. Knowing and regretting that, I think I started January with the right blend of eagerness and focus and my attitude has shifted from one of resignation to one of resolve.

With that, I’ve been concentrating on finishing the handbag line and will start promoting it more actively in the next few weeks.

I’m really pleased with how the product tags came out. Now I need to get good product photography completed so the Etsy site can be updated. I have other ideas I need to prototype but I think these need to get out the door and onto “shelves” first so I’m not in a constant state of development.

So that’s the current state of affairs over at Traveling Begonias.

Oh, and I’m planning a trip to Ireland for March. Stay tuned!

Our first showcase!

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I am so excited to announce that we have our first showcase scheduled! Our approach to these showcases will be to feature the items selected on the latest trip, pour some great local wine, provide something to nosh on from a local restaurant, and show highlights from some of the artists we met during the trip. It will be held at my home and invitations will be sent to people I know personally. 

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After the showcase I'll take what's left and do a pop-up shop in the Portland-metro area. I am considering an online presence as well but for right now I'd like to make it more personal by interacting with my customers face-to-face. 

July 22 is the big day and I can't wait to get feedback on the items I brought back from India last month. I'm viewing the showcase concept as a way for me to refine the business and merchandise I procure on upcoming trips. I'm hoping for lots of feedback on this first excursion. 

Birthing a new Begonia

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I am kind of at a crossroads in my life. I'm nearly finished with my first half century and find myself wanting to take my career in a new direction. I've spent over 25 years in corporate America and the thought of taking on another soul-sucking job doesn't please me in the least. Don't get me wrong, I've had some great experiences along the way but I've also had enough terrible ones and I just don't want to gamble with my quality of life that way again.

I've thumbed through dozens of books about finding your calling, your life's work, your own satisfaction, etc. yet nothing has quite clicked for me yet. So I'm feeling my way into something new, something that I can't quite articulate yet but will include travel for me and my family. It will keep me busy. It will allow me the flexibility to have a schedule that supports my kids as they move through middle and high school. It will allow me to meet people and perhaps do some good in the process.

So Traveling Begonias is currently in the birthing stages. The kernel of the idea is to travel, document my adventure, find local artisans and craftsmen, and bring their wares back to the states for resale. At its most basic, this is an import business but I hope it will be a true experience that will captivate people and give them access to other areas of the world.

Please follow along and let me know if you like what you see. And send me interesting ideas. I love recommendations on areas and special artists to profile. Thanks for supporting me in something new!