A message from Boy Story's founder, Kristen Jarvis Johnson, sharing an amazing piece by The Atlantic covering her decision to quit her job as a lawyer in order to make Boy Story a reality.
When I was undergoing the extremely long and excruciating deliberation over whether to resign as a lawyer to start my own business, I was inspired by a TED Talk speaker who talked about change and how we always complain about the routines we are stuck in and how we want things to be different and concluded: "The only way to change is to change." (Seriously, I can't remember which TED Talk this was...but was likely Tony Robbins!)
I realize I have been fortunate enough in my life to make the choice to change my circumstances. For that I am extremely grateful. I also realize that to some what I've done isn't following the straightest path. It's risky, it's throwing myself into a competitive industry with lots of critics (I mean, kids are the hardest critics ever!), and it's challenging some norms. I mean, seriously, I am making dolls now! That's pretty crazy, even to me, but also something that I'm excited about because it's a way to contribute to the betterment of the world around me and to offer an incremental, teeny change in a world that needs lots of little positive influences.
I had the amazing and humbling experience of working with The Atlantic recently on a documentary about Boy Story. They have a focus feature on living deliberately. That's what so many of us are trying to do. I truly believe that's how we make the world a better place. By paying attention to what we're doing and taking actions to change when we need to change.