Welcome to The Sleepy Pine, formerly known as Erica Gilliam Studio. I am so excited to share with you all the amazing things that have been happening in my life! I have always been someone who embraces the process that is required for personal growth and change. For years, people have seen my shifts and changes as “flakey” or “indecisive” and while there is a bit of truth in that, it doesn’t look at the whole picture. Every choice in my life has brought me closer and closer to the place that I am at today, to living my most authentic life.
8 months ago, I made the decision to make art full-time. This was a huge leap of faith, but I knew that it was the right decision for me. During this time, I have been really intentional to learn more about who I am, how I work, and what is important to me. Everything brought me closer to accepting the person that I truly am, indecision and all.
However, making art isn’t all that I am passionate about. Yes, it is a huge part of it, but there are so many more things that I need to share and I needed an outlet to share them. I looked at all the options… Have a separate blog/youtube for the lifestyle stuff, just share it in my Instagram stories, have a blog with my husband, etc… But the reality is, I am not a person that likes to compartmentalize. I actually want a very blurred line between my “work” and my “life”. I believe that it is all cohesive and connected.
So, I made the riskiest decision I have made thus far, combine it all. This is where The Sleepy Pine comes in. The Sleepy Pine is about life, family, and passion. It is about exploration and adventure. It is about embracing who you are and creating the life that you dream of. The Sleepy Pine is me, through and through. Not the version of me that I thought people may be interested in or the version of me that I thought I should be, but the real me.
What can you expect?
The Sleepy Pine will be comprised of a few platforms: My website, which includes a blog and an online shop, my YouTube channel, and my social media. Throughout all the platforms, you will find a combination of my art, everyday life, travel, and more. I want to be able to share tips, inspire, and encourage.
Some of the subjects that I want to talk about include:
- Art & the creative process
- Living life non-traditionally
- Homeschooling (or unschooling, worldschooling, etc…)
- Motherhood, Parenting & Relationships
- Self-care & Self-love
While I want to talk about each of these, it won’t necessarily be individually. I want it to flow cohesively, for example, I may make an art studio vlog that includes bits of travel and my life as a work at home mom. I just want to be as real and authentic as possible. I don’t want to only share a part of my story, because, in a world full of highlights, we miss the reality and complexity of life. I am not just an artist. I am not just a mom. I am some jumbled mess of a lot of things and I am choosing to embrace all of it.
It will take me some time to find my flow in everything, so please be patient with me during this process, but I hope that you stick around to see the exciting things to come!
Why did I change the name?
Coming up with names has always been really difficult for me. Whether it is a painting or a blog, I always clam up and get stuck when it comes to a name. Names for me represent so much and they feel so final. Because of this constant struggle to name things, a few years ago I made the decision to just run my business under my own name. It seemed like the safest option regardless of what I was doing.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. Kendall and I were discussing the possibility of starting a blog and online store together. We have had some big shifts in our life and we thought it would great to build an online platform together. So as we were discussing things we starting thinking through names. For the first time in my life, deciding on a name was an incredibly organic process. We talked through things that define us, not only as a couple but also as individuals. Then we brainstormed keywords for those representations. The end product was The Sleepy Pine.
As we continued planning our blog and business we quickly realized that we have two very different ideas on what this would look like. Ultimately, this led to us deciding to do our own things while helping each other on our own platforms (such as Kendall editing my YouTube videos!). However, I was REALLY attached to this name.
Of course, I went through all the reasons why I shouldn’t change my name. These ranged from people’s opinions to what I viewed as the “right” ways to run a business. All the pressures I have felt externally and internally came up. But, after some contemplation, I realized that this is my own business, I can call it whatever the hell I want! Thus, The Sleepy Pine Studio was born.
The Meaning behind “The Sleepy pine”
There is so much symbolism in this name and the branding that goes along with it. So here is my attempt at explaining it to you…
Our family loves living a bit more of a “sleepy” life. We like to do things at a slower pace, we don’t like to go out, and are completely content staying home all day. We want to travel, but slowly. Taking our time to feel things out and experience things slowly. The word “pine” connects to so many things for us as well. It represents our love of nature as well as the constant growth that we are experiencing every day. It is singular because we are choosing a life outside of the norm. We are choosing to do things our own way, even if that is a little lonely or feels like we are doing it alone. But a Pine tree, even if it is alone, is never the only of it’s kind. There are always more trees just like it.
You see, right now, this journey feels really lonely. We don’t know many people who have chosen to live their life similarly, but I know that we aren’t the only ones out there. I hope that The Sleep Pine will be an opportunity to find more of our people in the world.
The Sleepy Pine represents my passion for nature, the different pace of life that my family chooses, and the realities of living life outside of the societal norms we are surrounded by.
There are so many nuances to my emotions connecting with this name, but I feel like that is the biggest gist of it.