And for most of my life, I've heard comments like "Wow! You have nice handwriting...especially for a lefty" and never really thought much of it.
But when I started rooting around my skillset to find a possible side hustle, a la The Four Hour Workweek and $100 Start Up, I realized that I had a potential business sitting right under my nose (...er, hand) and it all became crystal clear in hindsight. Hadn't I won the class award for handwriting in elementary school? Spent an unusual amount of time copying fonts from the computer as a child? Loved doodling on all of my notes and binder covers??
To realize that I had the potential to become a modern calligrapher and handlettering artist -- and actually gaining the confidence and skills to actually do so -- worked on two different timelines. Luckily, I benefitted immensely from the unwavering support of friends and family members who encouraged me to get started before I felt ready, as well as the amazing amount of free and cheap resources in that this community of letterers has made available on the Internet.
It was April 2016 when I mustered the courage to announce on social media that I wanted to take commissions to help me start a side hustle, specifically with the purpose of helping fund a belated year-long round-the-world honeymoon with my husband.
Since then, I've been working hard to make myself into the artist that I've wanted to be for a long time. Lettering isn't my day job, but it is a true passion that I am grateful that I can share with the world: not just the final products that I make but also the perfectly imperfect process that has gotten me this far. I hope this website, my social media, my products, and my services all ultimately convey what I believe to be most true:
-We are all connected
-Underneath everything, there is only love
-Our gifts are meant to be shared
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come!