by Erin Napier
I’ve told y’all what a solitary existence I live most days. When Ben and I part ways after breakfast at home, I sit all by my lonesome in the loft listening to Sufjan Stevens or Ben Folds, working until it’s all finished and time to go back home. Some days I only speak if the phone rings between the hours of 9 and 5, and usually it’s just Ben saying hello. A couple months ago I was asked to speak at our juco alma mater, JCJC, and this morning I had the very great pleasure of talking to about 50 art and yearbook students about my story from Jones to international entrepreneurship. When I tell the story out loud, it sounds like a big happy accident in our terms, but I believe completely that it was all God’s plan all along.
I have no idea why my hair looks black back there. Is it really black back there? I never check. Could be a rat’s nest. Who knows?
I think I actually enjoy public speaking as much as the work I do. It’s the very opposite of my normal day. You ought to invite me to come talk to you sometime. Cause I’ll DO IT.
After a meeting about the future of my website with Bo at C3, I did my day’s work and rushed over to a neighborhood meeting and then to our friend Robby’s new art gallery opening. It was SO impressive. The first show is a photography series by he and 2 other guys from the neighborhood who climbed Kilimanjaro. How many people do you know who’ve done that? I know 3! Come to think of it, my town is full of interesting people like that.
There were delicious hor d’oeuvres like twice-baked mushrooms and onion-brie bread and sweet tea in Mason jars.
Good day. Fun day.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!