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Storyteller & Speaker. Brand Strategist. Creative Catalyst. Community Gatherer. Professional Overcomer. Grace clinger. Pixel tamer. Sunset gazer. Dream Wrangler. Paradigm Iconoclast. Social Entrepreneur. Author, Designer & Illustrator. Lover of blank canvases, open roads and empty pages. Alliteration Aficionado.

I'm Living Proof Obstacles Don't Have to Stop You

I am a Jacksonville-born-and-raised native-Floridian who often has sand in my hair, a bit paint on my hands and a cup of coffee at my side. 

I’m also the world’s most unlikely candidate for well, almost everything. I’m the girl who the world told to be realistic and settle down with my limitations. Born without my left hip and leg, and with a myriad of other congenital abnormalities, I had quite a few limits to consider. But as you can see, I’m just not the kind to settle.

I walked right into an active conflict zone in Africa in 2006 with a dream in my heart & less than $500 in my pocket. Seven years later, this girl who thinks mascara belongs in a survival kit and whose idea of camping is a spa day, lived without running water or electricity and got to be there to see the world’s newest nation be born from the ashes of war. Together with our Sudanese staff, we saw hundreds of children at risk for trafficking and exploitation find a home and a future.

I bring 20+ years of branding, communications and organizational development experience to the table. I love to empower the people around me to turn their impossibilities into stepping stones. And I know that it can happen because I live it. Every. Single. Day.

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I'm Also Slightly Obsessed with All Things Paper & Pretty

A little over a year I ago, I didn't even know what went on a wedding invitation. I stumbled on a Facebook post about someone needing an emergency wedding stationery suite designed for a styled shoot less than 48 hours away. I thought, sure, I could do what they needed. I mean, I knew watercolor and lettering and had been admiring wedding stationery on Instagram for months. Why not me?

Less than 2 days later, I walked into my first styled shoot shaking I was so nervous. Shoot, I didn't even know what a styled shoot was. I seriously thought Pinterest was filled with magazine worthy weddings and everything I saw on Instagram actually happened for someone in real life. 

A few months later I launched my own bespoke wedding stationery and lifestyle brand. I believe love can be lettered and inspiration is everywhere when we slow enough to see. It's my joy to create authentic ways for you to express your heart on paper and make everyday moments into memories that last a lifetime.

Where Love Get's Lettered

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I believe that the journeys that matter most always start inside us. And that the bravest journey we can ever take is the one where we become exactly who we are created to be: Wildly Loved. Authentic. Creative. Free.

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 • MBA Drop-out • Grad Student (MA in Organizational Leadership - Class of 2018) • Professional Encourager

Want some raw, authentic encouragement for your soul, mixed in with me occasionally geeking out over Hebrew & Greek word studies & reflections from my faith journey? If any of that sounds like your thing, check out my other online home, DMichelePerry.com

These Four Words Can Change the World

When I lived in Africa, I learned so many things about international development, sustainability and the harm helping in the wrong way can bring. So much to share about this friends!

 I also know the incredible pressure to raise the funding needed to keep our small family of 150 children and staff financially afloat in what was the 2nd most expensive place on earth while I was there. A one room mud hut with no bathroom could in some settings rent for $2000+ USD/month.

Most of our financial support came from the generous love gifts from people who followed our journey. But we lived on such a shoestring some days we had to opt for flip flops. (See what I did there?) I began to think there HAS to be a better way to do this.

 There is. It's called social entrepreneurship & you are going to hear me talk a heck a lot about it because it is one thing I am passionate about educating other creatives and entrepreneurs about.

I am passionate about empowering creatives and entrepreneurs to build thriving, wholehearted brands and businesses in the place where #purposemeetsprofit.

We are created to do more than simply succeed. We are created to thrive. This is what building Brands That Matter™ is all about. Building brands and businesses that include radical, intentional generosity into the very core of their brand platform and business model.

There are as many ways to do this as there are causes and businesses who support them. For us here, we are committed to give back in supporting the ongoing project I founded in South Sudan, and/or like-hearted organizations focused on seeing women and children once at risk for exploitation be loved and cared for, and given hope for their future.

Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't have to be a lonely journey.

Brave Soul, You don't have to Do This alone.  i'm cheering you on.

@dmicheleperry

Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't have to be a lonely journey.

Brave Soul, You don't have to Do This alone.  i'm cheering you on.

@dmicheleperry