Age 16- watched a YouTube series on longboarding, called Original Skateboards: Puerto Rico Series. My heart said, "Yup, this is what I want to do."
Age 17- began baking a ridiculous amount, thus leading to my desire to open a bakery. I also thoroughly love puns, rhymes, and alliteration, so the name Bake and Skate was born.
Age 18- was nannying for a super shonky business man who wanted me to sell part of Bake and Skate to him for him to become a business partner, meaning it would now just be a bakery. (He didn't believe a half-longboard shop/half bakery could have potential. Poor man. He doesn't know what's coming.) I said thank you, but my passion isn't just for "Bake", and my passion isn't just for "Skate", it's for "Bake and Skate". I went home that night and bought the bakeandskate.com domain, because I was afraid someone would steal it.
Age 19- moved to Ghana, where I met incredible women in these markets who don't get nearly what they deserve for their beautiful handcrafted goods, so the idea of Sew The World Knows was brought to life. (Sew The World Knows is a separate arm of Bake and Skate, which will be initiated when I open the physical storefront in the food truck upon moving back to America. It is a not-for-profit fair trade handcrafted goods movement, designed to properly honor these talented women around the world by giving them what they actually deserve for their cool-as-junk products. I'm stoked, you're stoked, we're all stoked for STWK.)
Age 20- began studying Entrepreneurship at uni, where I was taught how to run a business, the ins and outs of website design, and that there is no graceful way to eat a pita wrap.
Age 21- moved to Cambodia and Thailand, where STWK was brought to life to an even fuller extent by living with these incredible women.
Age 22- moved to Guatemala, where, you guessed it, I met more and more women whose handicrafts I cannot wait to bring on to STWK.
Age 23- created and constructed and cultivated this shop, so I do hope you love it. (I took courses on how to code sites for you, so it better look good.)
Now, I'm 26, and this shop is a dream come true.