If Money Wasn’t An Issue…

If Money Wasn’t An Issue…

I am going to speak very candidly about my personal life in this next blog, which is something I have yet to do. Last weekend Beau and I finally got the opportunity to sit down and go over finances, goals, future, job opportunities and all of the other things that make a relationship work. With the farm in the works, which equals a ton of expenses and the uncertainty of this next years job prospects, we both have been dabbling with potentially changing our careers.


As many of you know Beau and I both are freelance video people. Beau has been a freelance video editor for ten years and I began working on the production side in 2010. This line of work does not lend itself to stability or any of the other perks that come with a 9-5 job. I’ve thrown my resume to a few places lately hoping for a bite, but I am not certain that I am made for a 9-5. I have what my father-in-law calls a free spirit that people with an entrepreneurial drive tend to have. I can’t do the same job day in and day out and not be completely miserable. I need to be challenged. I need to follow the crazy passions that I feel that fuel me and if not allowed to be free in this my fire will be snuffed out, which can lead me to feeling dissatisfied and depressed. Being this type of person is a blessing and a curse because I also thrive on financial stability and structure. I’m sure there are many others out there that feel my pain. Those Creators. Inventors. Artists. Entrepreneurs.


People sometimes ask the question, “If money wasn’t an issue what would you do?” I know my answer to this question very well. I would focus all of my efforts on growing The Twenty. I want to grow food. I want to cook food. I want to eat food. I also want to provide others with food. Not just any food. The best tasting food. I also want to make things from The Twenty.


Beau and I have two dry erase boards scribbled with ideas for the farm. We have everything from growing mushrooms to making lip balm written on these boards. Life has been in such a frenzy, but with the recent settling of both of our careers, we’ve had a chance to work on these ideas. My parents watched Oliver this past weekend so Beau and our friend Paul Mays worked on mushroom cultures that they received from their class at SixTwelve and I experimented with making lip balm for the first time. So far all twelve of Beau’s cultures are doing great!


Hand crafted Peppermint Rosemary Lip Balm with a hint of cocoa butter for a light chocolate smell.

Hand crafted Peppermint Rosemary Lip Balm with a hint of cocoa butter for a light chocolate smell.


Beau and I are huge fans of a Peppermint Rosemary Lip Balm made by our friend, Kasey Scott. I experimented with his recipe by adding Cocoa Butter and it gave it a light chocolate scent. I also came up with and idea to do a Gin & Tonic Lip Balm. My friend Kate Trippe and I toyed around with a selection of essential oils until we got the perfect recipe. They both turned out very nice. A special shout out to Kasey Scott for lending me tips on making lip balm. And to my amazing mother-in-law, Debbie, for letting us use her commercial kitchen.


So, for now, I will continue my freelance career with the possibility of taking a part time job on a farm all while focussing my efforts on The Twenty as time allows. We’re still working on getting these added to our webstore, so if you’re interested in getting your lips on some of this tasty hand-crafted balm, contact me.

Stefanie Leland
1 Comment
  • jessica strecker

    I want some balm…xx

    January 14, 2016 at 4:42 PM

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