Today we're so excited to introduce another fabulous creative entrepreneur Mia! Before we get started though I just have to share a funny small world moment. When we first connected earlier this year, Mallory and I fell in love with her products and story so we reached out to set up a date for her story to go live. During our convo, she mentioned she was prepping for a craft fair in Washington state, which immediately perked my ears up. So I was like Washington?! No way I'm originally from there but live in New York now. She then went on to tell me she lives in Enumclaw. Guys.. that's my hometown! Say whatttt?! My mouth literally fell open. People who live in Washington usually don't know about our little cow town of 11k people so the fact that she lived there?! Mind blown. How is that for a small world moment?
Well, now that I've shared my fun little back story it's time to get to the good stuff... Mia's story! We think you're going to love this one too!
Tell us your bold boss story!
Art and design has always been a passion of mine since I was old enough to pick up a crayon. I always had intentions of creating - I just wasn't sure what. I took a class in fashion design because I loved to illustrate and had an eye for design...but sewing just wasn't for me. So I moved on and went to school for marketing. I got a job at a commercial printer and there I learned all aspects of printing and worked with clients to quote, proof and process print jobs for a variety of products such as books, greeting cards, gift bags and games.
Still, there was something very crucial to me that was absent. Creativity and design. Sure I was working with other designers to get their product printed but that wasn't enough for me. I knew that I needed to create. So I decided to continue working full time and went back to school - this time for graphic design. I was pregnant with my second child at the time I made the decision to go back to school. Needless to say, it was a very busy and exhausting couple years! However, I did it!
The week I graduated I was very lucky to receive an offer from a local stationery/invitation company to work for them as a full-time graphic designer. I took the opportunity and began designing all sorts of invitations and stationery (ranging from wedding, birthday, anniversary, bridal and baby shower invites). As they grew and opened their first retail store, I also designed various products such as pillows, t-shirts, calendars, framed prints and party banners. However, There was still one thing missing. I longed to be home with my two daughters. I had always been a full-time working mom that wanted to be home so it was a struggle for me to leave them every day.
Just recently I was able to quit my full-time job and now I am staying home with my kids and giving this working for myself thing a shot! As I was working on developing my style/niche' I fell in love with hand-lettering. Not long after, I found some old pallets that were about to be thrown away! I saved them and made my first hand painted sign as a gift for my mom...then family & friends began asking for signs. I got more pallets, made more signs, opened my Etsy shop, and it took off from there! I love that my product adds charm and brings joy to other's homes. I am beyond grateful to share my passion with you all and to do so while working from home with my kids!
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!
Taking the giant leap the day I quit my full-time job. I had wanted to take this leap for a long time but the timing was never right, between bills and life, there was always some reason for "not yet." With lots of hard work from both myself and my husband, we were finally able to make it possible.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?
Advice I would share to other aspiring bosses would be to keep learning and be resourceful! There will always be that voice saying why you can't do something. The truth is though, there are more reasons why you CAN! Find ways to make it possible. I love connecting and learning from other creatives and do a ton of research. Don't be afraid to ask others' questions about their process or how they got started. I've learned so much from doing so and look forward to giving back the same. Taking the giant leap the day I quit my full-time job. I had wanted to take this leap for a long time but the timing was never right, between bills and life, there was always some reason for "not yet." With lots of hard work from both myself and my husband, we were finally able to make it possible.