39, designer/founder/creative director of jewelry and art brand
married, two kids (age 4, 8)
What does "having it all" mean to you? “Having it all” to me means being able to live my life doing what I love and being surrounded by the people that I love. It is finding the right balance between my passion in work and my family. As a designer, it means being able to constantly create and make things that matter and have a purpose. As a mother, it’s about being present and in the moment with my kids, nurturing them, growing with them, and teaching them the importance of family, values, and traditions.
How does designing for yourself versus designing for clients fulfill you in different ways? Designing for my jewelry and art brand is one of the most gratifying things that I can ever do. My products celebrate my passion for the arts and design. It is a true form of expression and my creative outlet. However, it is also one of the hardest things that I have ever done. When you work for yourself, you never really stop working, so finding that balance of being an entrepreneur and a mom is very important. And keeping to it is no easy task. But, the love that I have for what I do definitely keeps me going.
It is also really important to me to continue working with others. I love having the balance between designing for my clients and for myself. I think it’s healthy to be able to shift my mindset from one project to another. I am a designer at heart, so being able to problem solve for multiple brands is a dream. It is most fulfilling when I know that I have helped a client bring their vision to life successfully.
What do you want your children to learn from you about your balance of work and family? Family is everything and so is following your dreams. I feel most content when I am able to balance the two. I want my children to grow up learning the importance of being close to family, having that everlasting bond, keeping our family values, and continuing our traditions. I hope that they can see the passion I put towards my work and that they will grow up doing what they love and believe in. I always tell them to follow their heart and that the possibilities are endless.
Portrait by Ashley Batz