Quote: Joy In Our Soul

Lately I have been doing a lot of reflection on how I've built my business and talking with other small business owners about their unique paths. It's clear when you search around that everyone has their own way that has worked for them—believe me when I tell you that there is no guide out there that is going to magically lead you to having the income of your dreams through doing what you love. I encourage each and every person who wants to take that leap to making their passion their job to do so—this isn't about not doing that. But I want you to know that it takes much much more than just being passionate about something. Understand that there's no such thing as instant success. It takes hard work. It takes rolling up your sleeves and really digging into the how and the why. It takes time, love, and energy to continuously pour out.

There are so many false promises being thrown around through marketed guaranteed success paths. When you are first starting out, it is very easy to grab on to those and then feel the defeat when they don't work for you. Let me tell you that it has taken me years to find my spot where things finally started to flow into a full time business for me. It might take someone less or more time and that is okay. I grew each aspect of Sea of Atlas organically and with only good intention. I never went after quick solutions and invested in education for parts I felt weak in. I put a strong focus on building a community of beautiful souls to mentor me and my plan so that I can constantly be assured that my business is built on a solid foundation.

This is why I'm sitting here writing this right now and why this Rumi quote is what I encourage you all to grasp onto and root it deep inside. Listen to what you soul tells you and allow it to guide you. If you are following your dreams and your passion, then know that things can take time and most importantly they take a lot of dedication. Find a path that clicks with your work flow, your passion, your heart. The points that my business has grown the most is when I stopped listening to everyone else and listened to my own gut to figure out my business needs. The best thing you can do for yourself is take your joy within and keep letting it shine through. Let your passion run through your veins and be your driving force to the hard work that is needed. Show and prove why you are chasing what you are after. The energy you put into the world and the hard work you do will create a longer lasting structure will pay off in the end.

Color Inspiration: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint

 Image from  Magnolia Home

Image from Magnolia Home

There aren't many shows that I watch religiously but one of my go-to favorites is Fixer Upper on HGTV. I love watching Chip and Jo transform old beat up houses to absolute dream spaces. It brings back fond memories of growing up in an old farmhouse that my parents worked for years and years to bring to life. The pride and love that they have telling their story of buying a handyman special and making it their own was and is inspiring. I always found it so magical to see our house constantly changing, growing, and becoming our home right before our eyes. It taught me how much hard work can pay off and they incorporated this in other aspects as well like spending the time growing our own vegetables and taking care of the garden.

 Image from  Apartment Therapy

When I'm at the stage in life where I'm ready to settle down in one spot and buy a home—I can say with confidence that it will either be a real fixer upper or built from scratch. As a creative who is strongly effected by my surrounding environment it is hard for me to picture doing it any other way. So when Joanna came out with her own line of paint, I couldn't have been more ecstatic! I love that each color has a story behind it as she pulled inspiration from their life on the farm, Chip's wedding band, and nature. It is incredibly beautiful how she ties it all together. 

The more I browsed and read about the collection, I could easily picture the paint in my own dream home. I love pulling inspiration from the subtle, soft, earthy colors that the collection encompasses. The tones are each stunning on their own as well as paired together. They make my eyes sing with so much joy so I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites:


I love the subtleness of this shade but the strength it still holds within. One Horn White reminds me of a simple life and the humbleness that comes with providing for yourself. While I'm a huge fan of the timelessness and simplicity of white, this color brings something more and I could see it replacing pure white walls.


For me, Cupola feels warm and easy on the eyes. I could see it making a space cozy and earthy (my two favorite adjectives for a home). When I first saw this color, I instantly started envisioning white trim and a warm fire to accompany it. When I think about my future home, I want a space that people feel comfortable and at ease in.


This shade might just be my favorite of the full set. The timelessness of the color really speaks to me and the style I create in my own spaces. I love the warmth of the grey and see browns and greens mixing in there as well. The color seems versatile and able to stand the test of time which is something important to me when I do create my own home.


This rich subtle color makes me feel like bringing the outdoors inside. Creating a shade that brings in a soft green hue in makes a space feel as though it has been designed to be inspired by the beauty of our natural world. I could see this easily going on the walls with its nice peaceful vibes coming through.

You can browse the full paint collection and learn more about the collection on the Magnolia Market website. Be sure to let us know what some of your favorites are below in the comments!

Quote: All Glory Comes From Daring To Begin

Starting Light Rust Studio seemed scary at first. I had never run a business or sold anything online before. I was timid and unsure when to turn the key to start the engine. After so much time fretting about it, I knew I would never feel completely set—I just needed to start. So in November 2013 I officially set my Etsy shop live.

Through the year and a half since, I can say I have learned a lot. I have learned many things I would have never been able to know without trying. That is why the quote "All glory comes from daring to begin" truly speaks to me. Without daring to begin, I would not be where I am now. And I continue to remember this each day as I go through my to-do list and projects with the studio.

Just the other day I posted my first painting done through the studio. I had been working on it for about a month, and while I loved it, I wasn't sure what the response was going to be. It was unlike anything I had done up to this point and I hadn't touched a canvas since 2010. On Tuesday morning I decided to do a little Instagram teaser and I revealed the painting just to get it out there. The response was overwhelming and my painting sold in minutes—before I could even properly list it. If that's not reassuring, I don't know what is.

The point however is not about the painting selling. It's about having the courage to start something and to put yourself out there. We all have the ability to chase our dreams and do whatever makes us happy—its just about the actual doing. We control our own emotions, so stop making excuses or feeling the need to have everything perfect and just turn your key! Start whatever it is you have been dreaming up. You never know where it might lead you. I for one did not know when I started my Etsy stop full of greetings cards that a year and a half later I would have evolved into a full design studio working on custom pieces like branding and wedding stationery suites. I couldn't be happier with where I have landed in this moment. Go find your happy!

Quote: Maker Your Own Momentum

I came across this quote recently and it has really stuck with me. I’ve created my own meaning and love for these words since moving overseas. There are so many articles, books, blogs—whatever—that tell you to follow these steps to gain clients or do these things to get your work out there. While there are definitely some great ideas that you can most certainly pull from and use, it’s really all about finding your own path.

Why I like “make your own momentum” specifically is that it makes you realize that its your actions that make things happen. You can’t just sit around and wait for your dream client to come to you, you need to be proactive about chasing what you want. By building your own momentum, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. In the business world, there is no guarantee to success. It is all about the passion you put into building your company with consistent hard work.

Keep building, keep dreaming, and keep pouring your soul into whatever it is you love.

London Inspiration / March 2014

Last night we landed safely back in Boston after a wonderful stay in London. We had an incredible trip and were inspired by so much. Today will be a day of filling all orders as well as writing and sketching. My head is full of new ideas!