October 20, 2010

How it all started...

Living in sunny San Diego and working for a great ad firm after college, something happened that changed my life. I found out I was prego! All around me ladies were sporting baby bumps and I was one of them. Each day all I could think of was the little life growing inside of me and how amazing the whole experience was. I also started looking at birth announcements for my upcoming bundle of joy. The more I searched the more disheartened I became. The range (at the time) was very busy/affordable to the very clean/very expensive. And as I surveyed and critiqued the designs I realized, I can do this! I mean, I am a graphic designer! My lofty plans for my career centered around huge ad campaigns and nationally known brands, not birth announcements and baby shower invitations. Much to my surprise, that's exactly where my "career" has taken me, and I LOVE IT. I always knew I'd want to work from home once I became a mother, but I hadn't planned exactly how I was going to achieve this! So, at the end of my second trimester I left the firm and started to "work" from home, which at the time consisted of starting my business from essentially nothing. It was a very long and painful learning period.  I made many, many mistakes (and I still make some here and there!) but I finally got my business started. I was working from home, I was designing something that made people happy and I felt a great sense of accomplishment for striking out on my own. Then, my little angel (monster) arrived. My baby Dane:) He was the inspiration behind what is now Little Bird Paperie. Thanks kiddo for pointing mommy in the right direction:)