Behind the Scenes: Written for You

Tell us a little about your business and how you got started.
Writtenforyou was officially created in November of 2011, but the ideas and passion started a few years ago while I was still in school.  Thanks to some great friends, I had some opportunities to work on custom projects, which inspired me to sketch more and seek out other project opportunities.  I quickly learned that I love sketching and writing in cursive.  Eventually I realized that this wasn't just a hobby but what I really wanted to invest my time into.  I have always believed that we need daily reminders of love and friendship through written words and Writtenforyou has given me the chance to give these reminders to others.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
From a lot of different places.  I follow a lot of great designers on Instagram that simply inspire me to be creative and work on new ideas.  I keep lists of quotes that I like, although I don’t end up using all of them.  What quotes I use depend on what season of life I’m in.  I recently did a series of quotes from old hymns because I needed to remind myself of the promises in those words.

One thing about running your own business that you didn’t anticipate?
Hmmm this is a tough one.  I started my shop with very little expectations so I wasn’t sure what to anticipate.  I think right now it is so hard to anticipate how busy or slow the shop will be.  It’s also hard to anticipate which designs will be the most successful.  I have some designs that I love and are so dear to my heart, but they don’t sell online.

Above all though, I didn’t anticipate comparing myself to others.  We live in social media world and it’s hard to feel good enough some times.  I see what other people are doing and I think, “why didn’t I think of that?” or “that’s what I want to be creating but I don’t know how to go about it”.  It comes down to being content with the skills and creativity that God gave me.

One piece of advice you’d give to someone who’s hoping to follow in your footsteps?
I think it goes along with what I didn’t anticipate.  

Have very little expectations.  Don’t expect to be successful overnight.  It will probably take awhile to find your footing, to sell your first piece, to get everything figured out.

Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt).

Social media is your friend!  Use it to your advantage.

Some words you live by.
"Where you invest your love, you invest your life." Mumford and Sons
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Any guilty pleasures?
NETFLIX.  I’m also a fan of Chipotle tortilla chips, red wine, caramel lattes, and brie.  Oh and The Bachelor!