Ever since I can remember I have heard that I was creative. My friends and family would have me create or design what they needed whether it was a drawing or a painting or even a logo as time went on. I have had a passion to learn all things that involved anything and everything crafty from cross stitch to ceramics to creating those bead lizards. In high school I took all by 2 art classes that were offered because at the time I thought I wanted to be a Zoologist. I was also taking Biology and Math classes. Because who doesn’t want to work with animals. I found out that was an actual job and thought,“hey I like animals that would be fun, right?” Okay, that was when I was in grade school and by my senior year I changed my focus after a Fashion and Interior Design class and I thought Interior Design was my thing.
After 2 year and 2 schools later I found myself back at home where I started attending Southwest Minnesota State University as an undecided major. I didn’t realize, but after a semester I was down and out, when my mom pointed out that I was not taking any art classes and that might be what I was created for. So I rearranged my schedule and went down the Art degree path. Now my voice of reason was like there is no money in fine art, which is more my wheel house. So I pursued Art with Graphic Design as my focus and as time went on I was able to minor in Art with Ceramics as my focus. Which I have a ceramic wheel down in my basement… someday, is what I am telling myself.
Now that is a little about my background from my childhood to college. Once I graduated from SMSU I was hired at The Minneota Mascot; which to this day I am so thankful that they took a chance on me fresh out of college and with a fun, spunky 1 1/2 year old. That fall I got married and we moved to Alexandria, where I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and travel with my husband. He works road construction and living in Minnesota we have winter and road construction season. So our daughter and I traveled around North Dakota and Minnesota that first summer with him. All while I was still getting work from friends who were getting married, to getting a call from my previous employer to help out from time to time. I created wedding invitation and ads for the newspaper. Until now I have just allowed things to come to me without really doing the work to get more work. I am very right brained so starting a business was and is very scary even though for the past 7 years friends and family have encouraged me to just do It. Just jump. Let go. I think we have all heard those sayings in our lifetime at least once if not twice. I know dreams take work but I am a dreamer, and I have no idea how to even start a business. I get lost in all the steps that it will take to get to the other side. I get overwhelmed and distracted by the demands of life. BUT with all of those realizations of what overwhelms me I need to over come them and grow into the person I want to be and who I know I can be and become that woman. Life is ever changing. I am a life learner but also I need grow with what I learn.
Back to starting this Blog and Creative Design Biz. In the last 3 years friends have come to me wanting me to create anything from logos to other design services. This past summer a name for my own business was created, if I ever did start a business. Then December happened and sitting at my Therapist, I mean hair stylist, chair getting hairs did I finally or should I say we finally persuaded myself to just do it. What’s the worst that could happen? It doesn’t work? Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And since I already had my name figured out I just needed to see if it was available and register it. Now, I still feel that I might be missing something in this process, maybe I should have paid more attention in Into to Business class in college. OOPS.
So fast forward to March and April, I have filled my schedule to the brim and have not made time to work on all things Design 210 till now. Because lets be honest it’s scary, if only you could see my face right now as I write this first post. Also I am trying to do this on a very limited budget thinking I can do this website stuff, how hard can it be? Again you should see my face. I am just praying that I will get this figured out and quickly. Also another reason why I may have procrastinated a little was what do I offer? There are so many different design/art businesses that I could have done and can do, that, where do I start? Once I came back down to reality and not so overwhelmed I realized that I cannot do it all, though I can offer things and not limit myself. I needed to figure out what my one thing was going to be. Then I realized, and with a lot of prayer, I have come to my one main thing which is using my love for painting and typography. Still working on the whole process of how the selling of wall art and cards with quotes and verses will happen. But lets be honest if I don’t try, I will never know if it will work.
A little bit about my name. Design 210. When we moved to Alexandria I joined MOPS and one of the themes was a Beautiful Mess… OH BOY did I fee like a MESS! By that time we added another kiddo, so we were at one girl and one boy, which for this lady right here is more then enough. I love my kiddos but I don’t know if I could do another one. That verse has stayed with me. Life is messy and God brings beauty to that mess and he is not done with me. He is like a potter still forming me and my life. I want to trust His plan for my life and follow it, wherever it might lead. The theme verse was
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
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