Friends, I can’t believe it’s finally here! Is this real life? I’m not even sure. With a lot of tears and a heart full of joy, I want to say, “Welcome!” I’m SO glad you are here and I’m excited to share this space with you!
This has been a crazy ride, starting a business. While this new branding and website has been in the works for months, this dream has been around for much, much longer. I wish I could sit down with each of you, over a cup of coffee, and share all the intricate details of God's faithfulness and hand in all of it. This isn't just about calligraphy. This isn't just about pretty letters. This isn't just about a business or making money. This is about a journey and a story: His story - that by God's grace I am allowed to be a part of. And He’s writing a story that’s more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
I will never forget the day I decided to go for it. Nine months ago I was sitting at Chick-fil-a having lunch when I got a message from Alicia, our wedding photographer. She asked if I was going to turn my calligraphy into a business and if so, she wanted to help. Those words were a game changer for me! Alicia gave me the courage to vocalize something I had kept between God and myself for so long. Tears streamed down my face and it was then and there that I chose to say “Yes - I’m doing this!” (And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a mouthful of waffle fries while all of this was going down. Who can resist those fries?) She had no idea the prayers she had just answered with that simple message. She presented me with my first client within the hour, and there has been no looking back ever since.
I have felt God’s goodness over and over again as so many people have been incredibly generous with their time, talents, wisdom, and encouragement as I wade this small business adventure. They've all been important pieces of this story. Where would this brand be without Lauren (Elle and Company) and Andrea (Andrea Pesce Photography)? It wouldn’t be here; that’s for sure! I’m pretty convinced they know me better than I know myself. Stay tuned because I’ll be highlighting my experience with both of them in upcoming posts.
While Lauren and Andrea are a huge part of what you see here, there are so many people behind the scenes that have played important roles in Sincerely Amy Designs. I’ve already mentioned Alicia (Alicia White Photography) above, but who could have ever imagined 4 years ago, when we booked her to shoot our wedding, that she would play such a vital role in making today a reality. It’s those beautiful details that only God can weave when He’s the writer of your story. Shannon (Shannon Joy Paperie) and Kat (Dear Sweetheart Events) were the first two people I contacted when I was finally ready to say the words, “I’m starting a calligraphy business!” It was the scariest two emails I’ve ever sent but their responses are two of the sweetest emails I’ve ever received. Their encouragement and advice along the way have been priceless. Laura (Blog Around the Corner), whose friendship has been more valuable than I can put into words, has been my right hand man in this process, from getting the first sneak at the inspiration board and logo, helping with outfit choices for photos, to telling me I needed to rest and step back for a bit. And then there is my husband, my poor, poor husband. He had no idea what he was doing when he bought me a calligraphy starter kit a few years back for Christmas. While I think he probably never wants to hear another word about ink, paper, nibs, branding, or starting a business, he’s been crazy supportive of me chasing this dream. He’s had to put up with so many late nights, busy weekends, and the roller coaster of emotions owning a small business takes you on. Never once has he suggested I give up. Owning a small business is not a journey you can or should travel alone and I feel so thankful for the community that has and continues to support me.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for following along and being a part of this story. It is my prayer when you are here that you will find courage to live your unique story - a story that only you can fulfill. You have a calling and a purpose and the world will be different when you are living in that calling. I hope you will also find this little piece of the World Wide Web to be beautiful, inviting and comfortable. (After all, I am writing this from my bed, in my sweatpants!) Stay awhile, take a look around and then join in the celebration with the amazing giveaway below!
There are few things I love more than pretty paper. I’ve partnered with some incredible vendors to put together the ultimate paper lover’s giveaway in celebration of today's launch! One lucky reader will win ALL of the following:
3 Month Subscription to the Printable Library from Elle and Company
Make it Happen by Lara Casey
Paper Flowers from Appetite Paper
Set of 3 "Snail Mail Forever" Pencils
Set of 3 Mini Succulent Journals from Paper Source
$15 Gift Card to Paper Source
There are a lot of ways to be entered into the giveaway! Use the rafflecopter below to find out how to enter. The giveaway will end Monday, March 16th and 11:59pm.