I'm an empowering artist, author and speaker who believes the more genuine encouragement in the world, the better! My goal in life is to inspire people and help them feel less alone which I do with my illustrations, empowering books for girls & mental wellness podcast, Rainy Day Diaries.
What inspired you to start your business?
In 2010, while going through a hard time in life, I started a doodle project where I drew one doodle a night called cleverly, "Nightly Doodles".Since then, I have continuously drawn one doodle just about every night (or day) and posted it to various web pages to inspire others and keep myself accountable.
My drawings are mostly whimsical punny doodles and happy, encouraging words of wisdom and that EVERYONE [especially women and girls] NEED to hear!
Affirming people is very very important to me. My drawings are my small contribution to make the big world a better place; one smile at a time. I really do hope the messages I share inspire people to feel like they are NOT alone and help them through hard times, just like they have helped me. :)
What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?
I know it's a cliche, but just keep going! There are SOOOO many ups and downs when you own your own business. When you're in the trenches of something hard, just try your best to focus on another goal you really want to accomplish. Also keeping an open mind of your goals is helpful too. If you're too focused on very very very specific goals, you might miss out on an equally awesome opportunity!
What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?
I love (!) animals, so I used to volunteer with rescued screech owls and turtles before I had my son last year. Now, we go visit them as a family instead! We also like to go on nature walks, and try out different cafes in all the little cities we go to.