What fuels your fire? If I could pick only three things that push me forward, I’d pick purpose, growth, and family. I love being useful and feeling like I’m helping someone else succeed. I don’t think I’d be a strong entrepreneur if business, financial, and personal growth didn’t motivate my work. However, the biggest force for me is definitely my family. I not only want to contribute financially, but I want to set a good work ethic example as my parents did for me, and I want to use my skills to help other family members in their own businesses. These are the things that make all the hard work, late nights, and sacrifices worth it. What would your three things be?
Everyone loves a good origin story, right? Peter Parker’s spider bite, VH1’s “Before They Were Stars,” Meghan Markle (pre-princess). Those stories make us believe that anything is possible—and it is! My design journey began around junior high. I used to create hand-drawn ‘artwork’ for and with friends in the form of notecards and letters that we’d give each other randomly and frequently throughout the school year. I also loved technology, although at that time we only had my older brother’s Tandy computer — do you remember those? I would spend hours drawing in Paintbrush, which later became known as just Paint. Needless to say, I knew early on that whatever I chose to do in life had to be artistic. Where did you get your start?
If only “summer” were synonymous with “vacation” as it was when we were kids, right? And though we plan fun trips and organize time off, most of us can’t pause work for the entire summer season. So as the sun shines through my office window this morning, tempting me to turn off my computer and go play outside, I remind myself how much I also enjoy my work. I’m so grateful for the fantastic people I collaborate with and the exciting projects I get to be a part of.
Am I the only one who feels both energized and tired after a vacation? I’m back in the office after an awesome beach trip, and I’m feeling excited about the projects I’m taking on this week. I’m ready to get to work, but I’m also wishing I could take more time off to rest from the stress of travel, packing and the shifts in my routine… Does this happen to you after a vacay too?
The start of summer marks the beginning of a lot of fun family activities: cookouts, road trips, beach vacations, and getting together with relatives that you don’t see often enough. The best part of being self-employed is that there is no boss to bat an eye when I take some time off to be with my loved ones! This freedom is why I chose to be an entrepreneur, and while it’s not an easy path, I’m thankful for it every day! What’s your favorite part of summer?