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I’m Becca, and I believe in the practice of working with your hands.

Because, when we honor that primal desire to take raw ingredients and turn them into something beautiful, we experience a greater connection and engagement with ourselves and the world around us.

 

Dabbling is…

  • Being present in the act of creating.
  • Releasing perfection.
  • Indulging the creative desires and fantasies you’ve always wanted to get around to trying but never allowed yourself to.
  • Tapping into your inner child – the one that whispered to the trees, had invisible fairy friends, and felt pure ecstasy when her bare feet touched the cool grass.
  • Remembering the wisdom and craftsmanship your great-great-grandmothers once knew and practiced.
  • Awakening the maker inside you – the one that is aching to get her hands dirty again.

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This site is a place for you to escape from the world of overloaded inboxes, exhausting to-do lists, and plastic-bland-uninspired days.

This is a place for you to put down that heavy load of “shoulds” you’ve been carrying, pick up your paint brush, and give yourself that inspiring full-mind-body-massage that comes from creating something into existence. 

I know it works, because it did for me.

As a child, I would spend my days catching butterfly fairies, giving cold cream facials at my backyard beauty salon, and whispering to the trees as I scurried up every branch I could reach. I had an alter-ego named “Madame” who wore long gloves and my mother’s silver cocktail dress and initiated an elaborate handshake with everyone she met.  Life was playful and adventurous.

By age 10, I had my list of colleges picked out and started living my life checking things off a list to get me there. Playing in the band, tennis team, writing for the school paper, performing in musicals, working part-time as a barista at Starbucks – everything I did was a calculated decision to get into a good college so I could stay on top of the proverbial heap. I went on to get my MBA and worked my way to a profitable management role at a billion-dollar company.  I got everything I wanted, but I felt disconnected to the part of me that felt truest, and my body was starting to show it in the form of mysterious pains and bad skin.

I had finally reached the top of the ladder…but realized it was leaning against the wrong wall.

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But you know what got me out of it? Dabbling.

I would spend my weekend and evenings in my kitchen–crafting lotions and potions and working with natural ingredients to heal my body and spirit. And I remembered what brought me joy and contentment in life.

And in 2013, I quit my corporate job and started running The Dabblist full-time. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve felt more alive and in my purpose than ever before. And I’ve been sharing my journey every step of the way. Because I believe that, when we tap into our inner maker – that creative being that is inside all of us – we can create beautiful things in all areas of our lives.

What I’ve Created For You

I’ve written a digital guide empowering you to see the grocery store as your pharmacy.

I teach an online course teaching you how to make natural (and effective) beauty products all in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Every holiday season, I teach a program to get you back into the true spirit of the holidays and make beautiful gifts your loved ones will adore and cherish.

And if ever find yourself in the SF Bay Area, you are invited to join me at one of my Creative Day Retreats.

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Some of My Most Popular Posts

Tutorials

How to make your own hand sanitizer
Soothe tired, puffy eyes with this cucumber eye gel
Transform your boudoir with a spritz of this linen spray 
Freshen your breath with a homemade peppermint mouthwash
Two words: yoni steam
A peek inside my home apothecary
This rose ice facial treatment is oh so swoon-y
Treat your skin with these coffee coconut exfoliating cubes

Musings
I get real talking about overcoming my skin issues.
I share my Travel Tips for the wanderluster in all of us.
The lessons I’ve learned about love in my first 30 years on this planet
And how I’m so over wearing stress as a badge of honor
The ways I’m conquering social media addiction
The time I quit my corporate job for this gig
My honest review of my first year in business

Want a peek inside my dabbling life?

Check out a tour of the teeny tiny kitchen I started The Dabblist out of.

Take a look at my cozy, magical cottage tour on Design*Sponge.

Want even more? Here you go!

  • I have an obsession with Wes Anderson films (and his affinity for symmetry)
  • I met my man on the internet back when it was weird so, for the first few months we were together, I lied and said we met at Chili’s where I was a waitress at the time.
  • I have 2 adorable kitty monsters named Gorilla (pictured below) and Atticus Finch
  • My favorite kind of event is a themed costume dinner party
  • I have my MBA but you won’t see me wearing a power suit anytime soon
  • I played the trombone for 10 years
  • I am an extremely animated talker. Sometimes it freaks people out

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