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Beginnings

I’ve never been the greatest writer or blogger. I’ve started a few blogs but they usually only last a couple of months before dropping off.

I think I know why this has happened; I’ve just never made the time to do it properly and have not been passionate enough. I'm a dreamer. I would try to start a little hobby project in the few spare hours I had between coming home from work and going to bed to wake up again.

I spent the vast majority of my day at work doing jobs that didn’t really satisfy me. I left the corporate world and joined the military because I thought that would fix it. It didn’t. I’m grateful for my time in the military and the unique opportunities and experiences it provided however I still felt unfulfilled. Every dollar I made would be spent buying more stuff to support hobbies that I thought would make me happy, that I didn’t actually have time to do…

This has been the loop of my life for probably the last 10 years. Wake up. Be at work for the best 12 hours of the day. Come home exhausted. Try to do something creative. Fail. Sleep. 

When I did quit, I was so close to going back to the corporate world, commuting hours each day to and from work again. Back in that same old trap. The temptation of regular money and the security of not putting your neck out is a sweet sweet song.

But here I am. I’ve been working for myself for two months now and love it. I’m poorer than ever but I am surviving. I’m making rent. It is possible. I can do this.

Mr. Draper is my attempt to do something I love and break the cycle. To go to work everyday and make stuff that I’m proud of and hopefully other people will love.

The business is not about making more ‘stuff’ to go in your home or me getting rich. It is about doing something I love and building a sustainable lifestyle. Creating quality products that will last. Giving people an affordable locally made option for their homes. It is about being part of a community and contributing something useful.

It is early days and there is a lot of work ahead of me. If you are in Melbourne and see me at a market come say Hi. It’s not just about money; if you can’t afford a product I’m happy to swap you something for it (see the about page for more info).

For those of you not in Melbourne I’m beginning to put a few products up in my Etsy store here. Again if you want to trade an item, send me an email and we’ll work something out.

Who knows where this will go, but I’m happy to be giving it a shot.

Al.

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