The Creatively Inspired Interview Series features some incredibly inspiring creative entrepreneurs that are sharing with you a little about themselves and their business. I deeply admire each of these women and how they run their businesses as well as live their lives. They have uniquely found a way to find success with their own business while finding joy in their personal life at the same time. I hope this series inspires you to find joy and inspiration in your own life, business, or career. Whether you are a business owner, stay at home mom, or someone finding their way in the world, my hope is that the stories of these creative entrepreneurs touch you for where you are at in your own life.
Today we are getting to know Ashlee Proffitt. Meet Ashlee:
How did you get started in this business?
I had an amazing art teacher in high school as well as English teacher (also my year book editor) who both pushed me towards graphic design. They saw something in me that I didn't know was there! I am so glad they did! I pursued a fine art degree in college with an emphasis in graphic design. I always wanted to be a mama, well before I ever became a graphic designer. The beauty with this career choice is that my little business can be operated the walls of my home with my littles at my feet.
Why are you in business?
That's a good one! Honestly I LOVE creating. Always have and always will. But the real heart behind my business, even more than mere creating is the strong desire to love and encourage and serve well women. That may mean coming alongside and helping an entrepreneur to build a strong brand or that may mean providing tools to help women be reminded of Truth while they are in the throws of daily life.
Who inspires you?
So many people! My husband. He's a gem. Hardworking, sweet, smart, disciplined (SO disciplined, it's crazy), not a procrastinator, selfless and genuinely loving. He's such a great example to me. My best friend, Shay Cochrane. Again, such an example to me. She is crazy talented and even more than that she desires to genuinely and deeply love others well. I have learned what true friendship looks like from her. From the creative industry: Emily Ley, her heart is just really beautiful, Anna of Rifle Paper Co., such an amazing artist; Whitney English, I just think she is a business and creative genius not to mention a very, very brave soul; Mary Hairston of Marydean Draws she has succeeded in pushing beyond what every other artist is creating and found a niche that is completely her own; and there are so many more... women who are using their gifts and their passions to make a difference.
What inspires you?
Being outside. I've always had a thing for nature. My watercolors and a paintbrush. Hymns. Working in my flower gardens. The Bible.
What is one thing you have learned through making a mistake?
Money matters when you are business. Believe me. You don't want to have to go to your husband and ask him to pay your business credit card bill because you can't. Just saying.
What is one thing you have learned from someone you admire in the creative industry?
That it's ok to say no. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. That applies to all facets of business AND life.
What is your biggest regret in your business?
Not taking better control over my business finances early on.
What is your proudest moment in your business?
The moment I paid my husband back for all the money he had graciously loaned me to cover my business debt.
What are three things that keep you motivated?
- My clients! I love their heart and their mission!!
- The heart behind my shop; to bring Truth and inspiration into the daily lives of women.
- My littles.
What is on your desk right now?
- My Day Designer by Whitney English.
- My iphone.
- Stacks of sketches and thoughts that will be my Fall / Christmas product line.
- A big glass of water. I ran 5 miles this morning and that can make one super thirsty!
- A pink highlighter and my favorite pen: Paper Mate
- Gold paperclips
- White leather mousepad
- My Desk Calendar & Verse Card Set
- Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller
- My notes for AH Inspired
- A vanilla candle
- And a really cute baby dedication certificate for a little one at our church (sometimes I play part-time designer for my church. ha!)
What is your favorite quote or bible verse?
One?! How is that possible? Two favorites:
As surely as the sun rises, he will come. - Hosea 6:3
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to and end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:12
What is your favorite color?
White! I know it isn't a color, but for real. I love it!
What is your favorite pattern?
hmm... I'm not a pattern kind of girl. I wish I were that fun. I really love solids. In shades of white. ;)
What is one thing that always makes you laugh?
My daughter, Adee. She is hilarious.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring creative entrepreneurs?
Take your business seriously (i.e. do the not so fun things like profit/loss reports and paying your taxes!) And produce great work. And keep practicing. And remember, "Your daily work is ultimately an act of worship to the God who called and equipped you to do it -- no matter what kind of work it is." Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor