I have been an artist all my life. I just didn't have the permission to exercise it until I found my own voice and gave myself permission to be who I've always been. Through 20 years of small business ownership and 6 years of small business coaching, the creative lifestyle was always coursing through my veins. I started on Etsy in the early days, then learned I had a gift in photography and became a professional photographer for about 8 years. Most recently I have fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a ceramic artist -- all I had to do was give myself permission to invest in the wheel and the rest is history. I have an unshakable drive to learn and create. I expect I will be a lifelong learner - always seeking personal, creative, and spiritual growth. I desire to learn and then pass it along to those who want to come along and learn beside me.
I'm on a mission to equip and encourage my fellow creatives and women to do life purposefully with intentional choices and empowering encouragement.
On the business side, through the years, I've grown weary of all the conflicting and unrealistic marketing advice available on the internet. The "strategies" never felt authentic to my temperament nor did they seem to apply to real businesses and real people with real lives. Using my personal experience as a veteran small business owner and a business coach at the local library, I work with gifted creative business women who want to build a purposeful business that reflects their personal values but struggle with the technology know-how or business mindedness to be successful.
On a personal level I value a simple, creative, and healthy lifestyle. My faith journey is what has carried me through life but my walk has it's own cadence. I've learned to value intentionalism and authenticity, it's the underlying theme of everything I do. I want to inspire others to live and do business authentically. I want to create a space where women are equipped to be successful. I want to make choices that make a difference. I want my sweet family of 5 to know they are loved. I want to live every day of my life as though my days are numbered!
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”— Psalm 90:12
Headshot by Jeanne Garrett
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