I am always channeling my inner Dolly Parton with this quote and with my love of creativity, compassion, and giving back.
I do have oodles of experience in graphic design, web design and marketing from all sides. Since childhood from the the tractor seat, to waiting tables in college, and even selling couches at Ethan Allen Furniture, I enjoyed problem solving, processes and designing systems to make life easier for clients and customers. At my first job as a Graphic Designer at a local advertising agency I learned newspaper, and billboards and printing presses. Then I moved on to Gaylord Opryland Hotels in Nashville, TN as a Graphic Design Coordinator and later moved up to the Gaylord Hotels corporate marketing team all while establishing my company Thrive Creative Group. I also had two sweet boys along the way who are teenagers and bring me great joy of being a mom.
Today I have my MFA in Graphic Design, I’m the creative director of my firm, a writer and professor. From the rural roots of my childhood growing up a on a Kentucky farm to becoming an entrepreneur and now professor I’ve always been resilient and optimistic. I’m proud of who I am, where I’m from, and learning through recovery in sobriety that you can look inside yourself at what you are numbing from and what practicing gratitude might look and feel like to you.
Old patterns and habits create pressure to be perfectionistic, not feel enough, not feel at all, and only stay at surface level. These behaviors have a long-term unhealthy effect on designers, creatives, mother’s and entrepreneurs just to name a few. It can lead to burnout, depression, and addiction. Through my own personal work and research in recovery, beliefs can change, blindspots can be overcome, anxiety can be reduced, and depression can be alleviated by creating a safe space.
My goal is to share my story about my safe space. How making a safe space to share creates self compassion, confidence which leads to acceptance and abundance thinking. It makes room to realize you have a choice to heal the addicted artist and cultivates a mindset that makes a life truly fulfilling.
I’m wishing you who’s reading this now your own abundant joy and success. You are enough!