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Life and Work with Devon DeMint

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devon DeMint.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Devon. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I’m a mother/writer/surfer which mostly means it’s really hard for anyone to tell that I am actually working. I’m home with my two young daughters and use their nap time to write things down that I hope someone, somewhere (even if they’re in a sea of corn fields) will read and think, “Me too!”

My dad taught me to surf when I was nine. He started surfing in Huntington Beach before wetsuits, and the leash was invented. He signed me up for a surf camp that same summer, but my cousin and I just pretended to drown so the *cute* (by nine-year-old standards) instructors would save us. My mom used to take my sisters and me to the beach every week.

I met my husband, Scott, in a drafty garage next to a keg of beer while we were attending school in San Diego. He called me out for my bad tan lines and now supports all of my Amazon Prime orders.

I don’t keep my blog or record my stories because I think they’re special. I write them down because it’s what I do to heal, to grow, to make sense and to express love. Writer Molly Caro May says, “Story can create a revolution.” I hope so. To me, stories–the embarrassing ones, the sad ones, the wild ones and the ones that are hard to tell–might be some of the most sacred things we have.

A lot of surfers are seen as “cool” in high school, but that wasn’t me. I legitimately had no friends. I was at a new school far from where I grew up, far from the ocean, and was too broken down and intimidated to make them. This is when I found writing as a companion (and therapist).

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth roads are boring, which is just a cheeky way of saying I’ve had many bumpy roads and most of the time I’ve been forced down against my will. I’ve battled with postpartum depression, and I’ve also felt frustrated trying to make my dreams a reality.

For instance, I’ve thought many times that certain surf sponsors or jobs were going to propel my dreams, but I think I’m finally learning that you have to do that yourself. There’s a Beverly Cleary quote, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.” I think this goes for many things beyond writing. Don’t rely on anyone else to make your dreams a reality. Put the work in, trust that work, stay focused, embrace your mediocrity, keep going. These are things I’m trying to learn and relearn on a regular basis. If I didn’t have my struggles, I also know I wouldn’t have most of my stories. Some of my skate friends like to say something along the lines of “The dark leads to art.”

Please tell us about Tale of a Mermaid and She Skates Here.
I’m working on a collection of poems and short stories at the moment and hope to bring the children’s book that’s lived in my head to life. Right now, most of my work is scrawled all over my blog – and my Instagram @mermaidsightings. I’m also working on a female skate collective with some local lady shredders called She Skates Here- (@sheskateshere). We host women’s empowerment events at Prince Skatepark in Oceanside. We skate and talk and sweat and help push and embrace each other as our skating and non-skating selves.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Anything by Cheryl Strayed or Anne Lamott. I also enjoy the Podcast “Longest Shortest Time” about parenthood and beyond.

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Image Credit:
Scott DeMint and Elise Crigar

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