ART ENABLES US TO FIND OURSELVES & LOSE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME. -THOMAS MERTON-
I have always been the kind of person who needed to create. All. Of. The. Time. I found a creative outlet in every way possible. I painted murals, baked cakes, sewed, decorated, crafted, built, created sand castles, even had the world's best high school floats. Side note: our freshman title for the best float was robbed from us because the judges thought our parents made it...but I'm not bitter.
I wanted to be an art teacher, but I was told "I would never get a job." The economy was tough when I was in college and getting a job painting pictures seemed impossible. So I gave up. I took a customer service job, then I focused on my family. When I was ready to work after my children were in school, I took a job on staff at our church. I loved ministry. I love Jesus, and I wanted to share Him. There were plenty of ways for me to use my creative gifts while working in Children's Ministry, but something was still missing. I knew it, and so did my husband. There just wasn't enough creating for me and my position came with a lot of administrative work. Administrative work: organization and planning. That is the opposite of me. I was fulfilled only ENOUGH with Children's Ministry. I took a short time off from work when I had our third baby. When I was ready to go back to work, I thought about all of the things I could to do satisfy even a tiny bit of my creative drive.
Both God and my husband, Paul, knew what I needed, but I was scared. What if it failed? What if nobody wanted what I created? What would I even do? How would I start a business without any money? I had been caring for our baby and money was tight. Paul made the decision for me. You will start a business. You will make something. Figure it out. The money will come. God will provide. So I prayed and Hollihocks was born. Something out of nothing. Fully reliant on Jesus. And He has blessed my little business more than I could have ever dreamt possible. He has blessed me through it as well with the people I have met, the relationships I have built, and the beautiful outlet of creating through art.