I was born in Milan, Italy, completed my education in the United States and after a few years of actually working, embarked in entrepreneurial endeavors.
I delve deep into my passions: when I was young I could be counted on to show up to play in four soccer matches on any Sunday. Now that my body can’t keep up with my mind, I fill that void with family, cooking, and coding. I like to remind people that “you are what you eat,” and I add: ” … and drink, and breathe, and wear.” And this really explains why I have such a passion for quality, handmade things: paying attention to details can be very rewarding.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, I Emi-grated to the States when I was five years old (and no, I don’t like puns unless they’re absolutely irresistible). In school, I studied cognitive science where I learned to ask intriguing but completely real-life-inapplicable questions like “how does the brain recognize a straight line?” I then went on to do different things ranging from business consulting to tech support, before having my a-ha moment which lead me to where I am today.
My passions include traveling (mostly just wishing I were), photography (trying to learn how not to take really bad photos), and soccer (I have been known to practice kicking the ball in my sleep). My favorite quote is: In every truth, the opposite is equally true [Siddhartha]. I don’t know why, except it just sounds … true. And not true. At the same time.
I am originally from San Francisco, CA but have moved around the Bay Area quite a bit since then. In 2011, I received my BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Sociology is a fascinating subject that analyzes the limits of society’s expectations and the social norm. You learn to be more aware of all the intricate details around you and honestly, I can’t ever stop seeing what I learned in my daily life anymore! Instead of continuing in that career path, I went off to pursue careers in which I am much more passionate about; Something that involves DIY/handmade projects and cooking.
DIY/handmade projects are amazing in the way that the final product is always imbued with the creator’s authentic thoughts, emotions and personality. Cooking is of a similar vein because you put a bit of yourself into the food you make (and no, I don’t mean dropping a couple of hairs in it!) and it is what defines who you are. People who know me personally will tell you that I am a “laid back and go with the flow” type of person. They will also tell you that I am very passion driven. What I love to do, I do best and I don’t pass up on an opportunity to enjoy it. Whether it is music, cooking, or DIY projects, I embrace every single moment of it and make the best of whatever comes my way.
Tom D’Evelyn has held various positions in publishing and editing and is now a writing coach in Portsmouth New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Toby Hatchett, a journalist, and cat Horace. His personal blog is poetrymetaxy.blogspot.com.