Six years ago, feeling lonely, bored and uninspired by my job, I decided to start spending my early mornings, evenings and weekends learning to work with my hands. As my skills evolved and my community grew, I was able to build a life and career I love. I created this site as a resource for anyone interested in getting their hands dirty and doing the same. I've become "Anne of All Trades" with the goal of gaining and sharing knowledge and living as an example to empower and inspire my peers to get outside, to take risks, to pick up tools and explore their own creativity. I strongly believe that folks seeing real people, who look like them, really doing things is hugely powerful when it comes to having a sense of personal empowerment to try things on their own. The moniker "AnneOfAllTrades" is not meant to glorify me for being especially skilled at anything I do, but rather, to highlight the fact that I've made it my life's mission to learn how to do or source anything I can as locally as possible. This site is a chronicle of my journey to make the most of every moment I've got; to act NOW rather than waiting until I can have the right tools or skills to do this or that, or until I retire so I'll have time to do what I want. Ghandi said it best: "Be the change you want to see in the world." I want to live in a world that operates not simply on paper money but on people, time and reclaiming a set of disappearing life skills. If I can spend my time doing things myself, or if I can source things within my community, relationship can be just as much a commodity as dollars. I won't have to spend my life sitting in front of a computer screen so I can afford to pay someone else to do, fix, or make things for me. When my time is my own, I can spend it how I want. I will have time to learn and share my newfound skills with others. If you'd like to join me on this journey, subscribe to my blog, follow me on Instagram @anneofalltrades, or find me on YouTube as Anne of All Trades.
I'm currently in the process of writing a book chronicling my metamorphosis from a city-dwelling millennial working in a soul-crushing job in the tech industry to a full time woodworker and organic farmer. I've made some major changes in my life, my buying habits, and altered my perspective on what's important in life significantly. Six years ago, I picked up my first tool. My first woodworking project led to another and another after that. The gratification I experienced working with my hands in the woodworking shop expanded outside the garage and I convinced my husband Adam to let me get chickens. One thing led to another, and a couple years later we lived on a farm, I'd built most of the furniture we owned, and I wouldn't trade this new life for the world.