Updated: Jan 14, 2019
I can't believe it was one year ago I opened Bluebird Ink! What a journey I was setting myself up for. I invested nearly everything I had in my bank account for the build out, shop necessities, and more advanced professional training. I had no idea if I would be able to make the monthly rent, that was at the top of my budget.
Owning a small business is not for the meek, it involves looking your fears in the face, subsequently crying, eating A LOT of chocolate, basically gurgling coffee, then putting your big girl panties on and dealing with them. In 2018, I learned a little bit of faith mixed in with red lipstick, defined brows, and bold lashes will send even the devil himself packing.
I worked my butt off, well not literally, it actually got bigger from carrying my stress load, but that's beside the point! Following a 6 month build out, I opened the shop, and immediately put my nose to the ground tapping back into my artist roots, and really workin on evolving my fine-art background and skills into body art tattooing.
Pushing my limits into body art, raised the bar in all parts of my work including permanent makeup and mastectomy work.
One of the biggest personal breaks came by working with and meeting various mentors and teachers. From them I learned what TYPE of person I WANT to be, and what I DEFINITELY DO NOT want to be. I learned to love and respect myself a little bit more, to stand "titt's up and shoulders back", and kicked negative and harmful relationships to the curb. Woohoo!
I even found an awesome supportive boyfriend in the tattoo field. Oh-lala! Heaven help my mother, lol.
My continuing traditional makeup practice, truly keeps me grounded in-trend and my heart joyful...
This year in my little "breast nest", I found my wings. In 2019, I will learn to fly.
To all of my brave clients and supporters this past year, my hat goes off to you, I honor you, and cherish you for choosing me to help you love your appearance a little more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.