Lives In: Fredericksburg, VA.
Current Job: Graphic Designer at a non-profit in Washington DC and proud owner of an Etsy shop called Chaps+Rascal.
I want to be able to make a living doing the things I love. What that boils down to I think is venturing out on my own, professionally speaking: becoming a freelance designer versus an in-house designer, doing everything I can to ensure my Etsy shop is a success and carving out a name for myself as an independent brand.
What are you doing to attain your dream?
Working really, really, hard! I can’t really remember the last time I had a day off. I typically end up working 12+hour days during the week and 6 to 8 hour days on weekends. It’s a hard pace to maintain for sure but I never do anything half way and this is something I’m extremely motivated to do, so that’s my life right now.
What do you think you ultimately need to attain your dreams?
The big thing that successful shops on Etsy have that I am striving for is notoriety. Spreading the word about your little corner of the Internet and promoting your work is hard when the market is as saturated as it is. I plan to begin freelancing at the end of May, and once that happens, I’ll likely start blogging, which I think will help people find and get to know me as a person, not just a shop owner. So stay tuned!
Have you attained any dreams? If so, what were they and what did you do to attain them?
I think it’s really important to help sustain an eco-minded, creative and autonomous community like Etsy so starting an Etsy shop has been a dream come true in and of itself. I’m a people person who loves all forms of design, writing, collecting and photography. With Chaps+Rascal I’m able to combine those skills and channel my efforts into something meaningful.
Because of my shop, I’m able to donate a portion of the profits to some really amazing animal charities. One that’s especially important to me is a local rescue called Pets With Disabilities. I also love that I have daily opportunities to unearth and preserve pieces of history. Some of them defined entire decades; they helped shape social landscapes and led us to where we are now, and yet they’ve been left behind because people can’t see how well they complement our modern day upgrades.
My husband Brent and I bought our first house 6 months ago and admittedly, it’s filled with some sleek, of-the-moment gadgetry. But you can bet they share the space with vintage cameras, found or salvaged items, antique books and quirky cast offs. When blended properly, old items add a sense of warmth and wisdom to a space that you can’t get any other way.
What’s your advice to other dreamers?
Make sure you know what you want and why you want it. Consider whether or not your dream is something that can grow with you as your tastes and preferences change. And when you’re sure it is, go after it. And give it everything you’ve got.
Who’s going to help her attain her dreams? Tell us what your favorite item is in her shop, Chaps+Rascal too!