Where to begin?...Perhaps, "Hello." My name is Young. I am the maker behind Scarlet Elfcup. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with the love of my life and my two little hearts.
It seems that this would be an appropriate time for me to reintroduce myself and Scarlet Elfcup. In line with this, I think it's time I ought to show my mug publicly for the first time in the three years since Scarlet Elfcup came to life. I'd like to preface this with the notion that I am a very private and very camera-shy person. In my personal life, particularly since becoming a mother, I try very hard to leave as little footprints as possible on the internet. I don't own a personal twitter, facebook or instagram account. I think this is in part due to my on-going journey into mindfulness and being 'present'. But, I also think it is in part due to the fact that I am very much an introvert. I am better with up-close-and-personal, one-on-one than I am via the worldwide web or in large group settings.
With that said, you...and I, myself, may wonder, "Why, then, did I start a business which requires a strong social media presence, a business by which all human contact is via the web...intangible, sometimes impersonal. It's a good question and an appropriate one to contemplate on this day.
To begin, let me take a few steps back and give you some background on how I arrived here. After all, I've learned over the last three years of growing with Scarlet Elfcup, that try as I might to separate my personal life from Scarlet Elfcup, it is quite impossible to. Hence, past, present and future, my life ties deeply to the work that I create through Scarlet Elfcup. As a result, it is only appropriate for me to take you back in time a bit and introduce you to my background.
I'd like to introduce you to me before motherhood...the me I still know and understand to the core. Growing up, I always knew I would land in the field of science and math. These were my forte. Never in my life did I ever envision involvement in the arts, in the world of creativity, imagination, sewing, knitting, crafting handmade wonders. These were not my areas of interest nor expertise. I have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a graduate degree in Math and Physics Education. I worked in both fields for a number of years until a life in the Peace Corps changed my entire perspective on what I would do for the rest of my life.
Peace Corps. "The toughest job you'll ever love." Tis true.