For as long as I can remember I have loved handwriting. It was something that my mother had had a passion for. After her passing, writing and designing the shape of my own letters was a way I could connect and feel close to her. I would spend endless amounts of time when I was younger making elaborate hand written notes for my best friend or adding designs to my notes. When online classes began gaining popularity, I signed up for some calligraphy ones to gain more experience.
When I got pregnant with my daughter, I began toying with the idea of opening up a business to focus on my own lettering designs. I wanted to be able to bring beauty and happiness to others through something that was so spiritual for myself. So I began lettering designs for other people. Slowly but surely I gained enough confidence to open up my own designs for others to purchase. I picked a name, made a shop, and Goldie Letter Co was born.
THE NAME GOLDIE
STAY GOLD PONYBOY. STAY GOLD. -THE OUTSIDERS
Yes we all read The Outsiders in school for English class, but out of the tons of books you were assigned to read this quote always stuck with me.
It references the Robert Frost poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” which means that all good things must come to an end. By the end of the novel, the boys in the Outsiders apply this idea to youthful innocence, believing that they cannot remain forever unsullied by the harsh realities of life. Here, Johnny urges Ponyboy to remain gold, or innocent. Johnny knows that Ponyboy is different and wants him to hold onto the golden qualities that set him apart from his companions.
After the birth of my daughter, I was inspired by the beauty and happiness she brought to me and to those around her. She sees the world as pure beauty and joy, nothing from life has tarnished her views or made her question what makes her special. She follows whatever makes her happy with no fear or questioning.
We all have a bit of gold within ourselves that life tends to darken or diminish. We must work to bring out our gold and to share it with others around us.