Seven years ago I decided it was time to embark on a new journey. I left the fast-paced fashion world I had dedicated 10 years of my life to, to follow my dreams and pursue a more curated life, where I could be intentional about what I create and stretch myself to learn and grow each day towards things that are important to me.
Two weeks after my last day, I exhibited at Surtex, a major art tradeshow in NYC. I didn’t know where this next step would take me, but I knew following my dreams was necessary and would be worth it. Thankfully, the great response I’d received to my work officially launched my business and set me on a new path that I was curious to explore and grow in to.
Now, I am 7 years in to pursuing my big dream – making a living from my art and doing what I love most. I enjoy working with companies in a variety of industries to help beautify products and am always looking for new ways to expand my reach. My artwork can be found in boutique and specialty stores, online, and in select mass retailers across the world. My work has appeared on fabrics, stationery, home décor, wall art, fashion accessories, tabletop, gift products – and even cake!
How did I get here? Well, prior to fulfilling my dream, I focused on cultivating my creative and business sides. I devoted 10 years to the fashion industry, creating hundreds of patterns for Nordstrom product lines, as well as designing my own prints for sale worldwide through a well-known art representative in London. Along with my work in the fashion industry, I designed stationery and gift-wrap products for one of the most well known card manufacturers in the world – Hallmark.
I currently live in the Seattle area of Washington State where you can mostly find me glued to my studio working on some creative project and listening to an audio book. When I venture out, you can find me shopping, exploring my city by discovering new coffee shops and boutiques, and spending time with my favorite person in the world, my husband of 16 years, Jake.
What does "Make Every Day A YAY! Day" mean to me?
It means seeing that each day has the ability to teach me something and give me an opportunity to grow. It means looking for gems 7 days a week, even if sometimes I have to sit down and polish a few, in order to see the sparkle. When times are hard, and days are dark, it’s about feeling those days deeply and reaching out to a friend to help me through, while choosing to move forward and put one foot in front of the other. It means that instead of complaining about the thorns, I choose to clip them off so I can see the beauty of the rose.
Its about choosing to lean-in to life and take the reigns to steer myself in the direction of my passion, talents & strengths. It’s about embracing who I am and letting each day shape me into a stronger and better version of myself. It's about encouraging others in their journey and cheering them on – because the world can sure use more kindness. It’s about accepting myself – flaws and all – and knowing that I am not only enough, I am worth it. And girl, so are you.
Making every day a YAY! day is part of how I see the world and aspire to live. And when I do? I experience so much joy, love & happiness, and my day truly does become a YAY! day. Won’t you join me?