me in four photos.
thank you for being here - my name is kim.
i am the owner and creator behind clay and aloha.
I am 27 years old (I just had to check and make sure, I am 27...right?) and originally from the state of Michigan.
Adventurer. Diver. Lover of all humans and any form of dessert.
I'm very passionate about hiking and the ocean. I have two dogs who are my best friends - Oliver is a Shetland Sheepdog and Benny is my Golden Retriever....you'll see them a lot on my social media pages.
Years ago if you asked me what I do - I would say "travel". That was my entire life. I backpacked around the world by myself on and off for around six years. I was freelance writing and working odd jobs in all different countries in order to continue my journey. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. The only thing I knew was that I was in love with a man named Alex who was joining the Army, I loved to travel and experience other cultures, and that ice cream was my weakness. (Tell me your favorite ice cream flavor!)
Fast forward a few years later and I am getting proposed to and moving down to Florida to be with that man Alex. He did join the Army and he was currently stationed at Eglin in the panhandle. I moved in with him in our first home in October of 2019.
I started playing around with polymer clay in November of 2019. I had just moved to Florida and I was battling with anxiety and depression. I didn't have a job at the time, I didn't have any friends, I was stuck in a small town that I hated. I was used to a completely different lifestyle and it was draining my soul. I needed something to occupy my time - something to do that I could enjoy and find peace in. I tried painting and failed miserably, I tried crocheting and that went even worse. Polymer clay was one of the mediums I went for while shopping in Michael's - there were a couple people on my friends list that were posting about it and it inspired me to grab a bar. I had no idea that testing out some hobby ideas would turn into me quitting my job and eventually turning this into a small business and my only income.
After months of trial and error and practicing, I went public with Clay and Aloha on April 24th, 2020.
I spent most of 2020 practicing, growing, learning and investing in this art. I was still working my serving job at nights. I was determined to make this my full time job in 2021. December of 2020, Alex and I moved to Hawaii due to his job and I decided this was going to be the perfect time for me to follow my dream.
And here you are! On my website.
Thank you for being here, believing in me, and showing me support throughout this journey. I cannot wait to continue to grow and share everything I make with you this year.