Creating something brings me joy and a feeling of calm.
It heals, satisfies and is the fuel powering my life.
It seemed like a cool idea to break my crayons and arrange the pieces in a cool pattern, then watch as the late summer, Kansas heat melted the pieces creating my “patio art”. I was nine years old and confident my parents would love the surprise I’d made for them...they were definitely surprised.
In my late 20s it seemed like a cool idea to leave my stable ad agency job and open a small design studio. It was a cool idea, I loved it, but it was really hard. Good thing a really smart man was there to tell me, “If you love what you do, you won’t work another day in your life.”
Over the next three decades I had more cool ideas and sometimes they wound up not being so cool, but in most cases I enjoyed the process, made a new friend or at least learned something.
Pour ALL of that in a large bowl and stir in my personal “truths”...
- Love always wins.
- Look toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
- Give it try! What’s the worst that could happen?
- There is beauty in all things, if you look for it.
Let this mixture simmer for a bit, stirring constantly, and what you end up with, is another cool idea called CreativiTees. This is a place to share authentic designs meant to project messages of love, empowerment, equality and kindness. Designs you’ll enjoy wearing and sharing with others.
It took a while to find him, but Joel is my balance and true love. His thirst for adventure and love of a new project pairs well with my unbridled desire to create.
My dad convinced me I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. When I felt too small for the challenge, he would remind me of the power in a small stick of dynamite. When I complained, he would remind me that I had the power to change my situation. While cleaning out his workbench, I discovered a leather notebook containing a list of his favorite quotes. Two of the quotes are designs in our Thoughtful Threads line, “Excellence is never an accident” and “Well done is better than well said.” He was a really smart man.
My mom had an endless supply of energy, especially when doing something she loved or doing something for someone she loved. Her attention to detail and desire to ‘always do the right thing’ were most certainly passed to me.