Business Name: mavisBLUE designs
My two little girls inspired me to start my own business. I’ve always been drawn to paper stores and gift shops and loved prints, stationary and all things cute and creative. When I was young, I dreamed of creating my own line of greeting cards for Hallmark one day or having my own line of prints and paper products. But I thought those were dreams and not reality. Fast-forward a decade or two and I was feeling professionally and creatively underwhelmed while I was pregnant with our first and I knew I needed to take a leap! This was that ‘ah-ha’ moment where I knew that this was ‘that time’.
Two little girls later and my ideas were taking shape in the form of mavisBLUE.com. As I planned to start my own business I also was learning more and more about motherhood. I realized how important it was to me to not only take this opportunity as an entrepreneur but most significantly, I wanted my daughters to see me as a positive, hard-working female role model. What better way to do this then to just go for it!
I’ve created a modest yet well-rounded print collection that is growing every day. My business is growing too. I’m my only employee but my team camaraderie couldn’t be better and it’s showing in our sales and our growing customer base. The most rewarding part of my day though is having a job that I love and look forward to heading to each morning, a job that is creative and new and never dull! I enjoy meeting new people through business partnering with other small-business owners that are so willing to help and teach. Most of all, I love the flexibility it affords me with my two little girls who are growing up so fast. I’m home with my girls each day and my outlook radiates. I feel grateful and blessed to be doing what I love and I know it has shown in how I parent. It’s easy to bring a positive outlook to those around you when you truly feel happy and fulfilled.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to apply for such a great initiative—thank you Vista Print! You’ve not only inspired me but you’ve also made my business cards and postcards and then look fantastic! ☺