I think its only fair to start this About Me telling you that I was voted “Most likely to start their own line of clothing” in 8th grade. Man did the St. Walter’s class of 2000 hit the nail on the head with that one. I have owned 2 clothing business, neither of which were, unsuccessful, quite the opposite really. But in the words of Maria Konda, they just didn’t spark joy for me.
I graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008 – with a degree in English. I worked hard to put myself through college and did it in 3.5 years will maintaining a steady job the whole time.
When I graduated, writing jobs were in short supply. I picked up columns for local papers and did what I could, but at that point, writing was already a dying art.
I found a job as a 3 year-old Preschool teacher for a Montessori school in Oak Park, IL. It was fine, and paid the bills. I was there for 2 years.
I then took a job for a marketing company as a copy writer. The writing work dried up there as well, and I found myself doing project management for that company.
From there, I became a project manager in technology managing large website redesign projects for arts organizations around the globe, and have being doing that as my full-time gig ever since.
On the side, I have owned 2 very successful clothing businesses. The first, was an infinity scarves Etsy shop. I made my first home-made infinity scarf in July of 2012. By Christmas that year, myself and my team had made and shipped over 5,000 scarves. It caught like wild fire, but I knew it was just a trend, so I began looking for my next side hustle.
I started an online boutique and clothing company. It was fine. The business was successful but as I said earlier, that business did not spark joy. I was selling things, fulfilling orders, handing custom service and having absolutely zero fun doing it.
In early 2019, I started blogging, and by that April, I had built myself a profitable blog. My writing background coupled with my experience running successful fashion business put me in an ideal position to share my thoughts with a the world.
Now, I have over 40,000 instagram followers, 500,000 monthly views on Pinterest and partnerships with some of the most prestigious brands I could ever hope to work for. And I have found my rythym.
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