We recently bought a house in California. I never thought we’d be able to make it a reality but I’m typing from my new home in Aliso Viejo. It’s just 7 minutes from the beach and currently 81 degrees at 9:45 am on October 12th. We continue to pursue our passions and push the limits of reality. My wanderlust is no secret and we’ve been filling our new home with inspiration from around the world and personal DIY projects that reflect our personally and interests. I will still travel as much and as often as humanly possible, but it’s nice to come home to SoCal especially when I bring the world home with me. I found the perfect piece of art to add to our decor. My Inspiration Ingrained world map inspires my passion for travel from home.
I was recently introduced to a new company called Inspiration Ingrained. The owner, Mike Shaw, decided to leave his tool making career and pursue the two things he loves the most – traveling with his family and making great pieces of functional art. With his partner, Sarah, they opened a wood shop and art studio. They decided that nothing could be more meaningful to fellow travelers than reinventing the way we use a map of the world to document adventure and inspire wanderlust.
Their goal is to inspire others to strive for the journey they have yet to check off their list. Their piece incorporates the flags of the 215 countries and territories all with their own push pins just waiting to be moved onto the map section so the traveler can then say “I have been there”.
They handcraft all of the frames in house to give every piece its own character. All of the materials used are hand selected by Mike or Sarah.
Their mission is to change the way people track their journeys by using this piece of art as inspiration. Knowing that it was made by someone with a similar passion for traveling and pursing the best life possible makes it that much more personal and inspiring. I’ve already begun to place my pins on my map and every morning when I walk by the map, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come and how much more there is for me to discover. It is a beautiful awaking and a great start to my sunny SoCal day.