Oh, by the way, I have one leg and wanted to be Mary Lou Retton growing up. Despite my stellar side splits, I never did make the cheer squad. So I decided to start my own cheer team - one dedicated to cheering YOU on.
My 135 children in Africa taught me about the power that comes from owning your story. Founding & running an international nonprofit in the middle of the world's newest nation still riddled with instability and conflict taught me how to steward that story well to an audience of tens of thousands online and in person.
I freelanced in branding, communications & design on the side for 20+ years, 7 of them while I lived in Africa. When repeated malaria crashed my health and sent me back to my hometown of Jacksonville FL, I took this love of creative business full time. Enter January 2018. I was in a freak car accident and wound up with a traumatic brain injury and severely injured wrist (the one I write and walk with). I completely lost my business in a matter of weeks.
In a dark room for over 4 months, I had to decide. Would I give up? Or would I rise by building something I loved even more than what I lost? That's where Designed to Thrive Creative was born.
From a relentless belief that you and I, we're designed to thrive from the inside out. From a passionate pursuit to develop wholehearted business education & creative resources that empower you as a creative entrepreneur to thrive in the place where #purposemeetsprofit. From a deep determination that you deserve a creative brand that stewards your story well.
I found a love for creativity & storytelling, as well as a passion for entrepreneurship
a world away in the war-torn bush of central Africa...
You can also find me hand-painting custom, fine-art wedding stationery celebrating one-of-a-kind love stories with watercolor that is as completely unique as each of my couples are. Your wedding stationery is a way to creatively tell your love story and include the people you want to become part of it.
Custom stationery is all about storytelling, creating connections, and an artful celebration that turns details into heirlooms.
Every piece of stationery is hand-painted twice. Once when I create it in the design phase, and again when I add the finishing touches that let you know that you aren't just sending an invitation, you're sending a one-of-a-kind work of art.
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If you haven't guessed it yet, I love leadership & business books just as much as art supplies. My life long hobby is learning (no, really I'm a complete geek).
INFJ-A • MBA Drop-out • MA in Organizational Leadership • Professional Encourager
These core values are the heartbeat of Designed to Thrive Creative:
Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't mean you have to run solo.
Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't have to be a lonely journey.