It is with so much excitement and joy (okay, and maybe a dash of trepidation) that I type these words: I am taking Sarah Ann Design full-time! Starting next week, I officially step into the role of business owner, designer, and creative entrepreneur.
For awhile now, there has been an undeniable tug on my spirit to serve my own clients wholeheartedly. As much as I loved my full-time position, I reached a point where doing both jobs to the best of my ability became mutually exclusive. It was not a decision made lightly, but the possibility to pursue my own full-time career at Sarah Ann Design was an exciting opportunity I couldn’t let go!
When I graduated in 2015, I had no intentions of transforming my design and lettering hobbies into a full-time career. I certainly never thought of myself as an entrepreneur! But over the past year, I have had the honor of crafting distinctive heirlooms for each of my couples. When I design their invitations and calligraph their envelopes, I lend an artisan touch to their special day—creating keepsakes from their most treasured celebrations. Partnering with them on these projects speaks to my heart in such a special way; it is an honor to explore a career path that allows me to do so.
So what does this mean moving forward? Time well-invested in caring for my clients; time well-invested in caring for myself. I look forward to serving you with my design skills and creativity. I hope to be blessed with more custom invitation design clients, as these are such a joy to create! I will also continue selling my semi-custom lines, and look forward to personalizing them for my sweet brides and grooms. You can also keep an eye on the calendar for a new calligraphy workshop!
In addition, I will be joining A Stylish Soiree part-time—assisting with their marketing, social media, and wedding planning. When I first met Kerrie and Chloe, I knew I wanted to work alongside this experienced duo! Their industry knowledge, hardworking attitudes, and wonderful personalities are sure to lend another layer of depth to my understanding of the wedding industry. It has been a pleasure collaborating with them so far, and I’m so excited for the opportunity to work with this amazing team.
I won’t keep any secrets: going full-time is incredibly scary leap. However, there is so much peace in knowing this is what God has planned for my life right here, right now. Whatever He has in mind for my future, and the future of this creative endeavor… I know it is all working together for my good, as I have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
I’m absolutely thrilled for this next chapter, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Sarah Ann Design! Thank you so much for your support of my creative journey thus far. It has been a pleasure to share my story with you!
a note of thanks…
To Nikki and the rest of the team at Doodle Dog: working with you for the past few years has truly been a dream job—part of me still can’t believe I’m actually giving it up. I owe so much to Nikki for taking a chance on me: a budding designer whose skillset included a lot of enthusiasm… and not much else. On my first day at Doodle Dog – my very first internship – I think I opened Adobe Creative Suite for maybe the second time in my life (yeah, insert scared-face-emoji here). Shout out to Cody for showing me the ropes, and for keeping us creative dreamers grounded with his unmatched logic, sarcasm, and wit. In the beginning, I couldn’t even legally participate in our weekly Beer Fridays; clearly I’ve come a long way. Since then, I’ve helped build over 200 brands and websites as part of this phenomenal team. Nikki’s incredible patience, flexibility, trust, creative expertise, and inspiring leadership have had an enormous influence on my growth as a designer, and I will be forever grateful for that.
To my parents and in-laws: thank you for not even blinking an eye when I said I was quitting my job to pursue Sarah Ann Design. You all have been my biggest cheerleaders since day one. Thank you for never doubting me, even when I constantly doubt myself.
To my husband: we both know I never would have taken the plunge without you. Thank you.
And above all else, always, to Him be the glory.