Here are the cliff notes version of who I am and how I got here:
I am married to my wonderful husband of 31 years and have two adult children – my son lives in Texas, and my daughter and her husband live near me in Minnesota, and they have two sons (my completely loveable grandsons). I love photography, boat riding, going to vintage car shows (I belong to a car club!), traveling, having new experiences, and CREATING, among many other things.
I have enjoyed creative projects ever since I can remember – from coloring to drawing, painting, writing, taking pictures and more – any time I create I am totally present, yet lost in the creation process at the same time. I’m not even completely sure that I breathe, lol. However, somewhere along the line I lost confidence in myself and my ability to create – second guessing everything that I do – so I stopped creating. Maybe you can relate?
Fast forward to 2012 when my husband bought me a good DSLR camera and I started taking pictures again – of everything! That opened the desire within to start dipping my toes in the waters of being creative again. The progression from there was to start a store on Etsy to sell my prints, then to creating designs and putting them on products, then on to making journal books and publishing them. I have a second Etsy store for mugs and T-shirts, and my own Shopify store now. I taught myself several graphic design programs, and design is what I do for FUN.
The best part is that I felt creative again, and I truly enjoy the process.
That was all good, but something seemed to be missing. I felt like I was only scratching the surface of what I have to offer.
A couple of years ago, I started a morning personal growth routine after going through some personal challenges, and I would get “messages” when I meditated or read books that inspired me and helped me get through the rough times. It hit me that maybe I should share these messages – if they helped me, maybe they could help others. So many people are struggling with life, and I see so many suicides among my friends’ families. It is so heartbreaking!
So Designly Inspired was born in 2018. If I can help inspire someone or give them a bit if hope with what I create, then that is my purpose.
Enough about me.
Oh – and the butterfly in my logo is sort of my symbol from the Universe that I am going in the right direction – which I saw A LOT while making my website.
I have been called to add messages for kids to my store as well. This resonates deeply with me as I have been looking for quite some time for a way to help kids with their emotions and mental health. I worked in a day care for 4 years as a teenager so helping kids is close to my heart! I have no credentials other than I was a kid who had a very difficult time with incorrect ideas and beliefs about herself that took many years to discover, feel and process.
If I can help kids learn to do this easier and faster, I am all in! Even if I only plant a positive seed that will later sprout, I consider that a win.
My intention is to do this in a way that is not lecture-y or negative in any way, I want the messages to be positive, to feel and look good.