Something that I’ve always been confident in is my passion for creative works. No matter where life has taken me (Small town, IL ➡️ University of Iowa ➡️ Denver, CO) I have always been drawn to art and design.
I had the same teacher throughout all of highschool, and I am grateful for our relationship. She encouraged me to push myself artistically and suggested I participate in “Paint the Town” and to also join her in a weekend workshop. So, I did both. Of course, I love all things artistic! This workshop taught me many artistic skills that still apply today. During my sophomore year of high school, my work from said workshop was published into a Scholastic Magazine (shouts to my friend, Cassidy for her fight and for the inspiration).
I thought it was cool, but I thought that was it for me, artistically.
After highschool, I immediately attended The University of Iowa (UI). UI taught me a different level of art and design. However, I started out at college with the expectation that I couldn’t make money “doing art” in the real world, so I decided to major in communications. I took introductory courses like drawing 101, painting 101, photography 101, to feed that creative side of me. Introductory courses lead to advanced classes. Advanced classes lead to a full schedule change. I changed my major early on at UI to major in Graphic Design and minor in Communications. Best decision I could have made now looking back.
In 2015, I graduated from The University of Iowa proud of my major and accomplishments. After college, neither my now husband or I wanted to move to Chicago, so we set our sights west for a new city. We landed on Denver, packed our bags and moved 900 miles from the comfort of our hometowns to pursue a life in a new city and the mountains.
I fell into a great job managing a financial website with a handful of team members. I wanted to love it. I enjoyed the people, the location, but I couldn’t find my passion in the job itself. After two years of trying to love a job without art and design, I realized I needed to chase after what my heart had been longing for.
While soul searching for what I needed to be doing professionally, I set a new years resolution to buy a sketchbook, and to draw what inspired me in 2018. I figured, I may as well take my passions into my own hands and enjoy art and design even if I couldn’t find exactly my exact passion in a full-time job. Through the doodles and drawings, I learned that I NEEDED art in my life 40+ hours a week. I wanted to do more.
Fast forward to May 2018, I started a job where I ONLY focused on art and design. While working my full time design job, freelancing design projects, and continuously doodling and drawing; my soul was on fire. I learned all over again that art and design are my passions and I shouldn’t settle for a job without it. But, I still wanted to do more.
In April 2019, my husband (so supportive and sweet), loved one of my drawings so much that he insisted we put it onto a t-shirt. I was so proud to see him wear my artwork. And with that, was the beginning of Born Wolf Designs.
Throughout my entire life I have been preparing for this side-hustle without even knowing. I reflect on my past and apply the skills I have learned from years ago or skills I learned just yesterday. From my hometown, to my college town, to my new home in the city, I have been picking up life experiences along the way and they have ALL applied to the process of Born Wolf Designs.
I still want more. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Find your passion and set your soul on FIRE. You won’t regret it.