It has been almost 6 years since I first attended GenCon with Jenny (my spouse).
We played in Games on Demand; what was then a small operation. Each of the following 4 years, I became more involved. Helping organize and host Games on Demand at both Origins and GenCon. I met several friends, too many of whom live far away (snif, snif Albuquerque snif, snif).
Two years ago, I stepped away from Games on Demand to redirect the vacation time I was spending to instead help grow Jenny’s business.
She is the sole proprietor of The Soapy Gnome, a bath and body care business specializing in bringing cozy to your everyday moments. Since 2015, we’ve had a retail shop in Goshen, a small thriving northern Indiana town.
For the last four years, we have had a booth at our local farmer’s market. More often than not, I am the one selling our handcrafted buttermilk soap at the market. And I love it; Each Saturday I see friends and neighbors, have a delicious breakfast at Anna’s Bread, and catch up with Taproot Tees (my booth neighbor).
Some people stand up a Patreon to support their blogging; I’d like you to instead consider ordering your next bar of soap from the Soapy Gnome. Each sale helps fuel our creative endeavors, one of which is this blog. Another is Goshen Women’s Mastermind, a local network of women entrepreneurs founded by Jenny.
I may get to GenCon or Origins again; I know I will feel them calling. For now, I am content to spend time organizing local public RPG sessions and ensuring that my local gaming scene continues to grow.