How My Creative Career Began At Age 16

My love for creating began at a young age. I've always been artsy and some might even say "bossy" but hey, I just like to do things a certain way. ;) As a teenager, the thought of getting a regular job made me want to hide.

Not because I was afraid of a job in the public, but because I had a passion to run my own business and I believed the Lord had a different plan for me. 

As I write this post, I'm nearly 25 years old. I started my creative journey NINE YEARS AGO. Holy cow, nine years. It sounds so weird to say that and I officially feel old because in 2019, it'll be ten years. TEN. Ok, moving on...

Where I began is so different from where I am now. I started playing around with designing business cards and wedding invitations and I loved it! I sold my designs on a print on demand website for several years and I made a living off of it. Print on demand websites are awesome because they print your products for you, so you have no up front costs and can get started right away. My favorite POD right now is for sure Society6. 

My mom encouraged me to go after it and keep going, and if I ever once questioned myself and what I was doing, she always had the right thing to say. Thanks, mom!

During the past 9 years, I've created and sold all sorts of things from paper, to home decor, and now apparel and gifts! What's so different now, though, is I have my own brand. And I say all this to say to you: 

Don't dread the beginning stages of your journey.

 

You may have just started, you may still be in a place you'd rather not be in. But trust me, girl. Your time is coming and each and every season is a stepping stone towards your ultimate goal, whatever that may be.

I wanted to share with you 3 things I've personally learned in my own journey. Hopefully, these will encourage you and inspire you!

 

1. It's okay to pivot and try different things

 

Don't think for a second that you have to do the same thing forever if you don't want to. When I started I was making invitations, and now I don't even make those. Take it one step at a time, and try different things to see what you're most passionate about. 

 

2. Trust the Lord, He truly will provide

 

As a believer, trusting the Lord with my business isn't always easy. There have been so many days where I thought I wasn't going to make it and would have to quit my dream. But here's what I've learned in my journey: When I commit my work to the Lord, when I trust him in the midst of uncertainty and say " Lord, I don't know what to do, but you do, let your will be done" He intervenes in his own timing, and you know what? He's never been late. I'm still here, still going strong, still trusting. So trust him. Let him work in your work and give your worries to him, sister.

 

3. It's not a competition

 

I've never felt like I've been competing with anyone really, but I have seen how the competition mindset has truly stolen the joy of several business owners and creatives. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably seen me mention some of my favorite shops and artists...On my business page. Why? Because we all need encouragement and we're all doing our own thing. Even if it is a saturated market, you can still stand out. Stay true to your own style and never compare. You're doing great!

 

I hope these tips and my story has encouraged you today! Remember, keep going and keep staying true to yourself, girlfriend. xoxo

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Hi, sister! I'm Allyson, the artist and owner behind Shop Happies. I'm passionate about encouraging people, throwing kindness around like it's going out of style and making fun designs and products.

Here on the blog, you'll find encouragement, outfit ideas, freebies and more! I'm excited to share what's on my heart with you.