Tell us your bold boss story!:
I am Kira Rudjen, the owner at kirastinystudio. Actually, I am mostly known for my accidental skill at making every meal be bread and wearing clothes that could also be tapestries. Most days you can find me drinking my weight in coffee and hanging with my trusty sidekick Mischief the Cat.
I love bringing joy into the world through the little things I make, find, and discover. I think trinkets and tokens can be harbingers of good luck and happiness if they are bought (or gifted!) with the right intention. I create pieces for people who are totally into finding happiness in the little things, who like to stop and smile at the flowers. I am lucky to have the ability to share these things with my friends and family, and now you!
As an artist in NYC, I have been blessed to come across and appreciate buckets of other people in the creative world and occasionally get to work with them and share their works on the website. When I'm not busy with kirastinystudio you can find me in my tiny kitchen playing with new recipes and flavors, trying to make the staples more interesting! Also, I love to make as many different kinds of pancakes as I can. Life goal, always beat my last batch.
IF YOU'RE DYING TO KNOW MORE... (thanks for reading this whole way!)
Here are some trivia answers for you in case I am ever a response for Jeopardy one day.
I am left handed when I write, but I am right hand dominant and to be honest, I think I'm ambidextrous most days!
My alma mater had a dragon as their mascot, and I firmly believe its ALWAYS a GREAT day to be a dragon.
I don't hate puns. I love them.
I am totally the old man friend in every tribe of mine. Staying up past 10? Not when I walked to school uphill both ways in knee deep snow, my friends.
I hail from Minnesota! (That's where the snow uphill joke may or not be a joke.)
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
Truthfully I had a pretty damaging childhood that left me making some not so good life choices and marrying a not so good guy. So. When an opportunity came for me to leave that situation, really really leave it... I realized how much life I hadn't been living. I was trained as a painter, and was unable to paint. I was so afraid to fall, to fail, to flop. I would start sweating and my heart would start going nutso (technical term). I was feeling like I had all this in me and I couldn't articulate it.
A friend left the place we worked at together to pursue a job at a gemstore making bracelets. I wanted to try that as well. I found that by approaching making and doing, it didn't matter what the end product was the important part was the release of creative happiness into the world. I decided after my first piece was finished that I wanted to make more happy things to share. I invested in my self and left my full-time career to work on kirastinystudio this past summer, and I started painting again. Now I am officially a full-time artist and I couldn't be happier.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?:
Do one thing every day that you haven't ever done before, and write it down. By creating a physical paper trail of your achievements in bravery, you will realize how much you are really capable of. Sometimes as business owners and bosses we forget that we can't always forge ahead at full steam and that leads us to feel like we aren't working the right way. Don't forget that you are your own whole universe, and none of this would be possible without you. It shouldn't feel like a lot of pressure it should feel liberating! If you are a new bold boss, ask questions! Be the loud one in the meetings! Hoard information that delights you or feels like its worth a second glance! Don't be afraid to start! Always, always eat the second cookie. Take chances. Ask for help. Be kind to yourself. Drink coffee at weird times and be the bold boss that gets shit done. Be proud of yourself, the whole world is.
P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!