I am, first and foremost, a person who loves stories. My mother taught me to read when I was four years old and I have been consuming books ever since. (Become my friend on Goodreads to see what I’m reading right now!) From books and audiobooks, I branched out into music, listening to tapes and the radio and beginning piano lessons. I also started writing and drawing and performing in plays.
When I was 13, my mother asked me to start working on her business (a clothing line for fraternal twins called Bliss & Brahm, named after my twin sister and brother). It was through researching and experimenting with her website and social media that I realized marketing is another form of storytelling. It’s sharing your purpose and your journey in a way that’s accessible to people.
In the spring of 2017, I started Praxis, an education program designed to prepare young people for success in the modern market. Typically, Praxis places you with a business partner, but I opted not to do this since I am still living at home and don’t plan to move out yet. I began asking the people in my community if they needed work on their business or if they knew someone who did. I was open to doing whatever was needed and when asked what sort of experience I had, I listed marketing. Sure, it wasn’t much experience and it had been a little while since I was seriously invested in it, but I knew a little bit. “Yes, I can copywrite. I can customize your website. I can manage your social media profiles.” I had seen how other people successfully utilized these tools and what I didn’t know, I would figure out.
Enter freelance marketing. Marketing, I found out, was something many small businesses struggled with. They also realized that it was an extremely powerful way to reach more people and grow their business! These creatives didn’t have the time or the knowledge to do it themselves, and that’s how I found myself working with a coffee shop, a metalsmith, two soapmakers, and a photographer. I’m a content creator and curator. I fill Pinterest feeds, write blog posts, format newsletters, and help decide what we’re going to share with our audience in the future. I also dabble in analytics and SEO and graphic design. Working with small businesses, I’ve seen that there’s no neat and easy role- everyone is wearing several hats! Being able to make life a little easier for these artists is my goal and I love getting to see them succeed and find joy in their businesses.
Enter the piano. To exercise my own creativity, I still take piano lessons and in 2016 I started teaching! Teaching combines two things I’m very passionate about- children and music. I have eleven younger siblings and have been able to take my understanding of kids and how to explain things into instructing students in the piano. Seeing a boy or girl learn to play their first song and do so with confidence is one of my favorite things.
After I turn 18, I’m going to pack everything I need into my car and travel through the entire U.S. (excluding Hawaii and Alaska- I’ll get there eventually!). I don’t feel the need to plan out the next 5 years, 10 years, or 30 years of my life. I want to stay open to the opportunities I’ll be presented with. And ultimately, my life is just a small piece of this world, so I’m living for the glory of God, to make the world better for my being a part of it. I know my why and I’ll find my how as I go along. For now, I’m a freelancer, a teacher, and someone who looks for the wonder in this world.