Hello and welcome to our first BLOG POST!
You would think that a blog post would be the easiest part of starting a sustainable and locally sourced boutique, but, in fact, it appears to be the most difficult for me!
I am so thrilled to be in my second month of owning and operating this online boutique with big, BIG goals. First and foremost, I must take a moment to thank all of the local makers in both NC and around the USA for their wonderful products. If it weren't for you, there would be no way for this collection to exist and for that I'm very grateful.
Wildwood Hideaway was started during the trenches of Covid-19 in an effort to support local, talented artists. These makers were people that I met during my ten years of travel as a touring musician. It gives me great joy to be able to now feature so many people that I met along my journey in this collection. While Wildwood Hideaway started from humble beginnings, we have HUGE plans that will slowly be revealed as these goals and opportunities continue to manifest their way into reality.
In addition to wanting to support makers from around North Carolina and the surrounding states, I have also had another passion building and brewing. That is a passion to learn and cultivate ways to better my physical and mental health by way of homesteading, yoga and meditation. After caring for my mother in 2018 before her passing, it became quite clear to me, just how important it is to pay attention to what we are putting INTO as well as ON our bodies. This thought began to grow into an effort to reduce plastics in my life as well as grow my own food. In 2019, my husband and I purchased a home in the mountains of Western NC where we have slowly been building a homestead on our small, 1 acre plot of land. So far, we have a small garden and chickens. We hope to expand into bees in the coming year and are always learning more and more about foraging in our local area.
In the coming months, I am excited to begin introducing plastic free, USA made products including a compostable, vegan make-up line, created in Wilmington, NC as well as plastic free shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and even toothpaste! I believe that wellness is not just one act, but the combination of many acts. In order to be well, we must nourish our body, mind and spirit. I find that the more time I spend nourishing a garden, the more I process what it takes to nourish my physical body. The more I nourish my physical body, the more I desire to nourish my mind. The more I nourish my mind, the more I crave nourishment within my spirit. Wellness is wholeness.
Nourishment doesn't happen all at once, but instead in tiny steps. Each step gets us closer to the wholeness that we so desperately crave. It's an uphill battle but, in time, we will all look back and be grateful that we kept climbing! Happy trails! Don't forget to trust the journey.