They say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I bootstrapped my first business in 2010.
My first foray into owning an art business was a year-long pop-up in the wilds of Cleveland’s near west side. The place was a brick and mortar – a yoga studio/art gallery/community space that doubled (tripled?) as my own art studio. I’d just graduated and left San Francisco, a city that I love, as a boomerang back to somewhere brand new and familiar at the same time. I came for the possibility, and this city did not disappoint.
I was able to realize a long-held dream. To own a space that was part painter’s studio, part yoga studio, part gallery and all community.
I’ll never forget sitting on the steps above the gallery that day, hearing the resounding sounds of a packed studio full of chanting yogis, the sound of the cellist we’d hired reverberating through the walls.
It was unreal.
But, there was a downside. I was doing IT ALL.
And do it all, I did. To the point of complete exhaustion.
When I was ready for a website, the going rate at the time was $5,000 for a five page, no frills website. I couldn’t afford it if I wanted to, so I had to figure it out on my own.
But all of this was at the expense of doing what I was there to do – teach yoga and make art and build community around healthy lifestyles.
And that’s how I figured out I loved doing something else, too. I got started with web design, and a ton of other things.
Straight up DIY across the board.
I even hand painted our window sign. I had never upholstered anything, but there I was – upholstering up cycled chairs, installing a banister. I made curtains and installed plumbing and made it all work. I was out there figuring out every single step as I went.
And I was doing too much.
The point? Just because you can do it all, doesn’t mean you should do it all.
We have this courageous opportunity to step into the best versions of ourselves, but not at the expense of well-being and conscious living. We can take the bold action of putting ourselves first in all that we do, and I’m here to help people commit to radical self care.
And that’s where I come in. I’m here to share my artwork, sure – I’d love for you to check that out, of course – but I’m also here for something bigger.
Something for both of us. I’ve been collecting my eclectic experience as a yoga teacher, a health coach and a professional marketer these past years. I have curated some resources to make sure you’re taking radical self-care seriously within your creative practice, within your life and within your small business.
Because small business burnout is real, friends. Creative burnout is real.
After our pop-up yoga studio experience exited my life, I found myself working in regional marketing for a Fortune 500 company. I soaked up all the tips and tricks from the experts around me, went to all the summits and classes and offered some of my own solutions. I did TV spots, media appearances and taught hundreds of classes.
My job was to help people create lifestyle change through healthy eating and movement.
In 2015, when my whole department was eliminated, I found myself again with the itch to be in biz for myself. In 2015, I founded my jewelry business, Sense + Reverence Jewelry, started with my first digital support client at that time, and I went back to school, too. I’ve always painted, save a five year creative drought where I did the unseen work of new motherhood. I’m also a mom and the catalyst for all of this is the compelling desire to create a life built around what brings me joy, and spend my life doing what I love to share the beauty of life with my little one.
You can build that for yourself, too, and I’m happy to help.
I’m here for that, and here for you too.
I’m now offering a variety of courses and content that will help create the life you deserve: a radically focused and relentlessly conscious lifestyle that brings you the joy that is your birthright.
Let’s get started.
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