On a Wednesday afternoon during a Michigan summer, I was born. From a young age, I've loved reading, art, and writing. I'd fill notebooks with lists, ideas, any thoughts that would pop into my head.
I was 12 when we got our first computer. I began teaching myself HTML and CSS so I could develop websites. Then I learned Photoshop so that I could make my websites look good.
During a freshman orientation, we were asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I had never really thought about it more than wanting to create. But I wasn't sure if what I loved to do could also be my career. I confided in a good friend that I felt lost and she mentioned, "Don't you like making websites like my dad makes at his job?" That's when I knew I wanted to pursue web design as a career.
I finally graduated high school and I thought, well this is it. I'll go to college to become a designer. And I'll get hired by some amazing company to make websites all day.
Reality hit quickly when I started working full-time and was so exhausted, college became an afterthought. And with each new job, I concluded that a life of design wasn't in the cards for me.
One industry I never thought I'd be in was healthcare. I get dizzy at the sight of blood but I found myself working at a dental office as a case manager. Everything fell into place for a while.
Walking to my car to head into work, I remember thinking how cold it was for March. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground. Slipped on a patch of ice. Weeks of physical therapy followed and I lost my job.
The summer came and I was starting to feel better and then...bam! Shattered ankle, blood clots fill my lungs a couple of days after surgery, and I woke up from a weeklong coma. 2014 was not my year.
But I'm here. I made it. And in 2015, I began the journey to building a life that meant something to me. I wanted to feel fulfilled and follow my passions. I started freelancing, went to a creative conference to connect with other women who thought like I do, and now have a business rooted in joy and service.
After working a couple of years for myself and partnering with lots of different types of creative business owners, I began to identify which projects made my heart skip a beat.
Stefani Jessica was born in January and I now offer branding that truly gives my clients a distinct voice. Finding confidence in my process and work has made all the difference. I strive to provide that same feeling of badassery to the amazing individuals I work with.
I create custom branding and content for creatives who are ready to elevate their business and feel confident as an owner.
I partner with fellow brand designers who feel overwhelmed but need someone to do a lot more than answer emails and organize files.