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 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 new love for creativity & storytelling, as well as even more passion for entrepreneurship a world away in the war-torn bush of central Africa...

Your Story Matters...
Because You Matter

- Michele

Turn Simple Moments Into Timeless Masterpieces

What if you could take your simplest, most profound moments and turn them into one-of-a-kind, custom abstract art that honors your space & your story?

I create abstract art inspired by the moments that mean the most to you. Art that is connected to your story, and the people and places you cherish. Art that sees beyond the surface to honor the emotion and essence of what is. A custom art experience that is accessible for both your walls and your wallet.

Where lines and pigment and love stories meet, meaning spills onto paper. The journeys that matter most start deep inside us. These are the stories that change us and the world we touch.  And that journey deserves to be celebrated & documented beautifully.

PoieMA Abstracts | SHOW ME MORE

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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-A • MBA Drop-out • MA in Organizational Leadership • Professional Encourager

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

At the Heart of It All

Thrive Where #PurposeMeetsProfit
Communicate Authentically
Create Courageously
Serve with Integrity & Generosity
Educate Where Wholehearted Meets Whole-Brained
Empower Leadership from the Inside Out
Cultivate Artful Community

Thrive where Purpose Meets Profit

Communicate Authentically & Artfully

Create Courageously

Serve with Integrity & Generosity

Educate Where Wholehearted meets Whole-Brained

Empower Leadership from the Inside Out

Cultivate Intentional Community

These core values are the heartbeat of Designed to Thrive Creative:

Four Words That Can Change the World

When I lived in Africa, I learned so many things about international development.  About what sustainability actually looks like.  About the harm helping in the wrong way can bring. 

I know the incredible pressure that was needed to raise the funding necessary 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 places rent for $2000+ USD/month.  Yup, you read that right.

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.

Friend, you and I, we were made for more.  More than simply succeeding.  We were created to thrive.  When we weave creativity, courage, community & compassion together, we build brands and businesses that stand for something so much larger than ourselves.  We become a force that transforms the world around us, changing the narrative on some of the most important issues of our day.

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

That's what social entrepreneurship  is all about.   Your story matters because you matter.  And your story can be bigger than you are.

There are as many ways to serve powerfully as there are causes and businesses who support them. For this little corner of the internet, I'm committed to give back to like-hearted, locally-led 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 mean you have to run solo.

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