In all honesty, being a soap maker was not on my list of careers choices after college. It wasn’t on the list for Tyler, either. If things would have gone according to our previous life plans, Tyler would be a famous vocalist touring the world and I would be teaching philosophy at a university in California. So, how did we go from music and philosophy to soap making? A Groupon and good timing!
Tyler, as you may remember from NBC’s The Voice (Season 1), spent some time in Los Angeles in hopes of catalyzing his career as a musician. After experiencing the expected highs and lows of living in LA, Tyler returned back to downtown Sacramento to live with me through the rest of my college years. I graduated last December with honors in Philosophy with a concentration in ethics, politics and law. Shortly thereafter, I applied to several Ph.D programs around the country in hopes of getting a gig as a TA, which unfortunately did not happen.
Around this transitional period in our lives, we stumbled upon a Groupon for a local soap making class at a place called The Soap Salon. After we took our class, Tyler was so inspired that he ordered several soap making supplies that night. We thought of it like this: if we make a small investment in soap making materials and we suck at it, we can call it a failed hobby and move on to one better suited for our talents. Ultimately, the supplies came in and we became addicted to the craft instantaneously: an unexpected love. And the rest, why that’s history.
What is so lovely about the handmade soap making community at large is how genuinely courteous, informative and helpful soapers really are. If you do not believe me, just view the comments soapers leave one another on their social media platforms.What is lovely about soap making as an activity is that it is both cathartic and rewarding. Making artistic soap that smells great and helps our clients really brings us humility and joy. Furthermore, soap making gives us creative freedoms that other jobs simply lack. In fact, soap making has opened a wealth of avenues for us to explore and experience.
I realize now that my “wordiness” has shown itself, so I will save you a rambling about these avenues for another blog post. What I would like to point out is that, in retrospect, learning how to make soap is unarguably one of the most amazing things that has happened for both Tyler and I.
Until next time,
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