Why The Gray Boxwood? Since 2012, I’ve been asked this question numerous times. It’s a good question and honestly, more times than not, I’ve wanted to hear the answer too. Then I realize I need to give the answer. When Joel and I created what has been known as The Gray Boxwood (TGB), we were searching for an outlet. More so, we were searching for a way to create something we actually want to wake up and do everyday. A name was hard to define, obviously, because it meant we needed to define what we wanted to be. As the content creator for the site, I knew I wanted to express my passion for how I live. At the time, the meek and mild version of myself thought I loved the timeless color gray and, well a boxwood shrub is always a good idea. So why not call it TGB? And so the website was created. Over the years, I decided the humble side of me doesn’t express what I want you all to see. We all come from different backgrounds and each has their own sense of home.
A farm in Iowa: it’s what I grew up with and what I know the best. Let’s be honest – I’ve never fit the mold or stereotype of a Midwestern farm boy. My hair is always sticking out and my defining look (personally, I call it expressive), I enjoy fashion, urban experiences, design and a multitude of cultural experiences. On the flip side, I’ve always found it normal that I grew up with a large vegetable and flower garden, a family that canned and preserved much of their food, a dad who knew his calling was to be a farmer and every summer day spent out in the yard, sun up to sun down.
In reality, I’ve always been indifferent to stereotypes and I love to break a mold. I love Iowa and while many other places could be home, I’m always called back to this place, to this land and to this farm. I’m not a conventional farmer per se, but am part of a family who has farmed for generations. My vegetable garden could feed many more than myself, my yard seems to sprout more landscaped areas every year and my enjoyment of entertaining and spending the holidays with loved ones is what I live for.
What I’ve been taught since birth is an appreciation for living and how to use what you have and enjoy. Everyday is an occasion and I want to help you enjoy the best of what you have. TGB has been a great starting point for us and has been a way for to grow and learn what and who we are. I’m so grateful for you, the faithful follower, and draw so much inspiration when I hear from you! You have given me the drive to keep creating, but more so, to keep passing on what I have learned. We are bombarded with information on a daily basis, some of it useful and a lot of it not.
I want to offer you everything I know and have learned: a guide to the small things. Want to build a raised bed? I have a guide for that. Want to decorate your Christmas tree? I’ve got a guide. Need a new recipe that you k now will work? Third time’s a charm…I have a guide. Wyse Guide defines what Joel and I are doing: creating everyday guides for everyone. I hope is that anyone coming to this site will find the guide they’re looking for, one that uses common sense and offers helpful advice. After all, too much of life doesn’t come with a guide.
Without further ado, welcome to the Wyse Guide!