One of the best ways for me to sit down and get a bunch of work done is by finding music I love, pressing play and busting through my to do list. It was through this habit and the advent of internet radio and ITunes that I stumbled across singer songwriter, Tristan Prettyman. She was young, sang from the heart, and had percussive acoustic guitar tracks that reminded me of Ani Difranco meets Jack Johnson. What's better is this was also the time of MySpace where musicians would bare their souls through tons of photos and blogs and let you in on their creative process, behind the scenes tour moments and deep thoughts, be them random, profound or a total waste of time.
Tristan did a fabulous job of this. Through this wacky online world of transparency, I became even more connected to her music and her. I was a totally fan-girling.
People close to me knew that if I likened something to Tristan Prettyman-greatness, then I was giving the ultimate compliment. It was funny. It was my thing. I was oddly obsessed, and to this day I can't exactly pin down why, other than the fact that Tristan has a genius ability to speak and sing from her heart that instantly connects you to her if you're listening at all.
Fast-forward to the onset of Twitter. MySpace has died a quiet death, and I'm now gobbling up TP words of wisdom in 140 character chunks. All of a sudden it occurred to me that I'd like to do business with Tristan. We were two birds of a feather; I, a small business owner selling jewelry to the fans of this jewelry, and she, a singer-songwriter, band leader singing songs to her fans. I wanted to team up, meet her and collaborate. My soul was screaming for me to do this.
So, through a series of Tweets, emails and conversations, we did! It was a momentous occasion for sure for me to be connected in real life to someone who I had prior only a virtual connection to. We collaborated with Tristan and key designers to go on and create a few of our best selling skus. We even met up with Tristan when she toured in Portland and hung out pre and post show, pretending to be rock stars along with her for the night.
We named the first collaboration we did with Tristan "The Good Path Bangle Set", after the Path of Life charm that hung from one of the bangles and the tattoo she had just gotten in Balinese that read "Find and follow your good path".
I truly believe the universe orchestrated all of this, hence setting me on my Good Path. I believe if you are looking and listening, yours is always there, right in front of you. When it came time to name this venture, it only made sense to keep with the theme. Hence, Good Path Consulting was born.
As soon as I registered the LLC, I emailed Tristan to let her know that she and her tattoo continue to inspire me. We agreed that life takes you exactly where you need to go, you just gotta open up your eyes and go there.
Where has life guided you? What is your good path?
PS - Guys, Tristan and I are business name twinsies! Check out her Instagram feed about health, food and wellness @GoodPathSD.