January 2008… there I am… career oriented, carefree with no responsibilities (with the exception of my 2 dogs and 2 cats). I was going to work every morning, sometimes hours before I was scheduled to be there. I was determined to go as far as I could possibly go with the company. I was newly promoted to Creative Director of our Advertising Department and I LOVED IT. I loved the long hours, the hard work, the deadlines, the challenges…. all of it. I was doing it. I was achieving the goals I set for myself and I was going places… and then it all changed.
Right there in the middle of my professional dream come true… a bombshell fell out of nowhere. As a result, my goals changed. My priorities changed. My attitude changed. I was going to have a baby! I was going to be a mommy! My life was going to be changed forever.
Then August 29th came and I became a mother to a beautiful baby girl. I spent my maternity leave falling more and more in love with her and my husband. I scrapbooked every moment of her life. I dreaded the day that I was going to have to leave her. The only thing that kept me sane was that my sister was going to be her nanny and I knew she would be loved and taken care of while I was away. In October I went back to work . . . no determination, no willingness to work a minute past 5, no love for the job. I knew that this was no longer my dream. I lasted until April and when my chance came, I packed up and punched the time clock for the very last time– never looking back.
We spent our days playing, learning each other, and just hanging out. However, something was still missing. I knew I didn’t want to miss a minute of her life. But, coming from a long line of artists, I had a need to create. I wasn’t sure how to combine my need for a creative outlet with my need to be home with my child. Then someone introduced me to Etsy. I checked out the site and loved it. A friend of mine asked me to create some artwork for her scrabble tile pendants, I did. With that project, it all clicked. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up : )
I guess as they say the rest is history.
I love being able to sell my artwork and then watch as my artwork is turned into some amazing jewelry pieces. I am constantly amazed at the creativity of my customers. I want to do as much as I can to help them succeed and help their business grow.
I have expanded my line to Scrapbooking Supplies and up next is Prints and anything else I can find to put my art on! This is going to be a journey and I am looking forward to it.