Let me back up a bit. All my life I’ve had sooooo many interests that choosing a college/major/career was the most anxiety-inducing decision (isn’t it for almost everyone??). Plus I’ve always been very independent. I like making my own rules and the thought of doing one job my entire life was out of the question. I attended a small, lib-arts college and was pretty set on transferring to a fine arts school when I took a small business management class. The professor basically told me art school would be a waste of time. He said, “If you have talent, you have talent. But what will keep you from being a starving artist and give you independence is a business background.” Hmmm...I let that sink in and decided to stay put and get a degree in entrepreneurship (with a minor in art because all business would have driven me mad).
In my junior year I started interning with a then small company called Itzy Ritzy. After graduation I started working full-time and became an official employee. I can’t even begin to tell you how much business management/marketing/production/sales experience I was gaining. So many opportunities, so many lessons.
I liked working for a small company, but what I really wanted was to own my own business so I started exploring that possibility. My husband Josh was incredibly supportive of my idea. Our family and friends were all rooting for us. We prayed, put as much as we could into savings, prepped and prayed some more. We read all the small business owner stories - how the scariest part is making the first move, the lows you face and how you have to push through even when you really don’t think you’re going to make it. I can be an over-planner sometimes and this was no different. In fact, it took me nearly 2 years to finally make the move. 2 years, you guys! I was so nervous, but the desire to live bravely won out. I let my bosses know I was leaving (they were also incredibly supportive - I still have a great relationship with them). Josh and I cautiously celebrated (think butterflies in your stomach on crack) and then I got to work bringing my vision to life.
We were out to dinner on New Year’s Eve 2015 when we bought the domain for sageglowstudio.com. January 1, 2016 was my first day of work as the owner and designer of SGS.
I create illustrations, art, visuals and graphic design for brands, blogs, brides and bare walls. You can learn more here.
Well, when you own your own business, the line between personal and work is like contacts-out, just-waking-up blurry. Behind The Glow will give you a peek into the process of design, life and running SGS. You’ll find current inspo, things I’m loving, some business tips and what makes up the overall SGS lifestyle (hint: it’s all about moderating opposites).
And because this is also a way for us to get to know each other, time to spill. Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Are you currently living that dream? And what do you want to see here on Behind The Glow?
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