WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back and I guess welcome to the brand new website! I want to address the elephant in the room right away so we can put it behind us...you want to know what happened to the invitations, right? You're thinking...you're the girl talks too a lot, says whatever she's thinking, likes a good cocktail, and does the invitations...well where are the invitations?

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Well, I'm going to be blunt, they're gone. I've designed invitations for more years than I care to count right now and I've loved it. I've always felt honored to be a small part of a bride and groom's special day and I've taken a lot of pride in being able to bring to life their vision and personalities in my own unique way. I have grown from designing and printing in my little home office for friends and family to working with huge vendors, specialty printers, being featured on the most popular wedding websites, having a design knocked off by Martha Stewart Weddings (yes that happened) and shipping invitations around the world and it's been a truly incredible journey and learning process. I really have loved it but I hesitate to say I've loved every minute of it. This is going to be real talk for a minute because I think we lack enough of it when you run a business. As the years moved on I didn't love working until 2 in the morning to meet a deadline. I didn't love last minute invitation orders, I didn't love talking about cost with clients, I didn't love how much time it took me away from my family. So on December 31, I just stopped. Just like that. I had no idea what the next few months would look like but I had a confidence that I would figure out what I needed and where I was going, I just needed some time to breathe.

The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.
— Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

So I breathed...a lot. And it was awesome. I went away with my husband, snowboarding and to the beach and felt no worries about what I needed to do when I came back. We went out to dinner whenever we wanted. I spent more relaxed quality time with my kids and didn't worry about work I should be doing instead. I was able to make plans with friends and not check what I have on my calendar for work first. I got more sleep than I have had in years. I read books, a lot of them and I can't tell you the last time I read a book for fun. I watched movies I'd been wanting to see and I binged TV shows that were on my to do list. I enjoyed this time off in ways that are immeasurable. But all the while the wheels were turning about where to go next.

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Now, while I was breathing I was working a little...on custom portraits. Something that I'm not even sure when or how it rolled into my offerings but it did. And while reflecting on the future it dawned on me that when I work on them I feel the same sense of excitement as I did when I first started working on invitations. That feeling was long gone when creating invitations, it wasn't new and thrilling, it was a job. But creating illustrations, that was getting my blood moving. I can't wait to get in my studio and work on them...not because I had to but because I wanted to.

Never lose the childlike wonder. Show gratitude... Don’t complain; just work harder... Never give up.
— Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

So I'm back to where everything started for me and that's with my paintings. Since I was 8 years old all I've ever wanted to be an artist and make a living doing it. I recently re-read Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture" and  he talks about how he lived out his childhood dreams and listened to anyone who wanted to live their own. Well, I'm taking a bit of inspiration from him as I step forward into making that dream a reality. So thank you for being on this journey with me and I can't wait to serve you with custom illustrations, fun prints and things coming down the road that I haven't even envisioned yet.