I’m Donna – an avid daydreamer, creative spirit, Mid Century Modern addict, adrenaline junkie, and a bit of a green-girl. Dallas is my home with my hubby, our daughter, our doggie pal, Sadie, and our 3 hens. I love dark chocolate (seriously), camping and the outdoors, brainstorming, pancakes topped with peanut butter and maple syrup (try it), snowboarding, coffee with heavy cream, reading library books, burgers, mountain biking, country music, boots (typical, huh?), vintage purses, vintage campers, dark chocolate (deserves a second mention), and baking in our kitchen.
All of this tells you what I enjoy… but it doesn’t tell you what I’ve done.
For 20 years, I was a bartender. I bartended through college. I bartended through design school. I bartended to make extra money while working in design in LA. I bartended when I was called back home to be with my dad. I continued to bartend after he passed because it was comfortable, and I needed that comfort. I met my husband bartending (and we both bartended). And as time kept marching on, I realized I needed something more. I couldn’t bartend forever and didn’t want to, but I felt trapped… I was trapped in my comfort zone.
I was doing the same thing, at the same types of bars and venues, having the same expectations – and my fear and inaction kept me there. I felt trapped because it was comfortable for me to stay small and stay where I was. It was safe. It was what I knew. It was EASY. And I couldn’t fail…
But I was already failing myself.
So I made a decision. I decided to make a change. I realized my comfort zone was holding me back from the true, free, joyful me. So I decided to BELIEVE in me and my dreams and DO the work to change my life. At first, these tools and prints I designed were just for me. They helped me stay on track, stay focused, and pushed me to keep going. And then it hit me. I wanted to connect with others who wanted to overcome their challenges, smash their comfort zones, run after their dreams… and I wanted to let them know they NEED to do it.
YOU need to do it. Do it because it’s calling you. Do it because you will grow when challenged. Do it because you are strong enough. Do it because you create your own reality. Do it because you don’t want to look back with regret for not having tried… not knowing what could have been.
See… I waited 20 years to chase after my dream and the real me. I feared failure and I let it hold me back. But I finally decided that more than that, I feared wasting yet another 20 years and looking back at 40 years lost with never having the courage to leap. So jump! Believe in yourself and DO IT.