As an artist, I’ve always been interested in the stories buried within us, especially the ones we’ve yet to tell. What conversations are most difficult for us to have with one another? Which ones induce the most fear? We’re wired for human connection and yet we put up walls, push people away, and don’t share out of fear of disconnection. As a fellow human, I’ve had my own share of unspoken truths and knew that if I felt this need to write them down, surely others did too.
The truth is, none of us are perfect, no matter how hard we try to be, because perfection just doesn’t exist. The more we fight our imperfections, the more they have a hold on us. It’s in our compassion towards our imperfections and sharing in a safe space that we can truly set ourselves free.
So I thought, what if we could have a place to come together and share safely and simply without being judged? A place to practice writing down our conversations and feelings in order to work through difficult experiences? A place to read other’s stories and learn from each other, listen to various perspectives, and even say, “me too?” We may never speak our scribbled words out loud if writing them is enough; sometimes writing them down gives us courage to speak in person.
These were the questions in my mind as my partner and I traveled across the country for over a year. We quit our jobs for a big adventure, camped under the stars in National Parks, explored new cities, and visited friends before finally settling temporarily in California. We rented a log cabin in the woods where we cooked up some individual passion projects. Within the first few days, it snowed heavily and we self-isolated. At the end of the month, I soft-launched Thoughts Project and began collecting letters. They trickled in and I knew people were trusting me, counting on me to carry the project through. Eventually, we made our way back home to our day jobs.
After a few years, my husband and I found ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. COVID-19 had spread and stay-at-home orders were in place. A familiar feeling came over me, the isolation. The chance to work on something I deeply cared about. The whole world was now connected under this pandemic; the whole world was suffering more than ever. My partner, Jeremy, worked in advertising for years and joined the team as Co-Founder. We took Thoughts Project to the next level and launched our new company, Imperfect Ink, in order to reach more people.
Imperfect Ink is a platform for you. A space to share your hidden stories, join a community, and find resources for healthier, more compassionate living. Thank you for being a part of our journey; we’re so grateful to be a part of yours. Together, let’s heal the world, one letter at a time.
Kristin Freeman, Founder
Jeremy Adam, Co-Founder