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Nashville Design Week 2019 Program Host and Speaker

December 2018, I was in that end-of-the-year mood…considering my big dreams and life mission…am I still doing what I love and how can I do even more of it? I missed doing nonprofit work, so I set intentions for 2019 to inspire others with my creative story and to get back to event planning with a cause. I fully believe in enjoying how your dreams play out without having the “how?” figured out.

Fast forward to last summer when Nashville Design Week started taking applications for events. Nashville Design Week is a newly founded nonprofit who runs a full week of events, panels, workshops, studio tours, and oodles of inspiration for anyone in design and creative fields – what an amazing mission!  I had the idea to put together and speak on a panel with 5 creatives whom I greatly admired to talk about “Taking The Leap” …. making big risky moves to go after your passions. It couldn’t hurt to apply, right?! After all, I make a scary decisions to leave my successful healthcare job 5 years ago, and I want as many people as possible to know that they can too!

My speaking event was accepted for the night of the opening party! Nashville Design Week gave me the most amazing opportunity to hit all my buttons for non profit event work and inspiring other creatives and WOW! It was a total dream.

It didn’t come without hard work, major friend support, and…a big dose of confronting fears. As I considered speaking about facing fears….I also faced fears around putting together a great event, reaching out to speakers who were playing in a bigger sandbox, and speaking effectively myself. It turns out that facing fear is a muscle that needs continual flexing. I couldn’t be more thankful that people packed the room, that panelists I’d never met said YES to my wild hair idea, and that I found myself on a stool under a bright light thinking….this is it….it was imagined and now it’s here….

So I did a thing.  And it felt amazing.  And when days got busy, I kept asking myself…how can I enjoy this part?  What is my why?  And most importantly, am I taking care of myself.  And that’s what I want 2020 to be about. Inspiring others, health, challenge, courage, and sending out as much love to everyone I come across as I have, and enjoying every moment of that process.  Cheers to the infinite possibilities of a new decade #2020 

Nashville creatives, get this on your calendar for next year! Nashville Design Week

S+Kin Nash Spa 6 Foot Lighting Fixture

LOVED doing a commission with the brand new spa S+Kin Nash Co in the L & L marketplace in Nashville to create a 6 foot piece of art on wood that they had envisioned in their design of this gorgeous light fixture! Brilliant!

I used a method called Acrylic Pouring, and owner Katje designated the colors to match her space. The gold is gold ink and was both poured and then layered on after drying to add a dimensional, reflective effect

Noelle Hotel Downtown Nashville

The Noelle Nashville Hotel is a historic Art Deco hotel in downtown Nashville in the famed Printer’s Alley. Noelle originally opened in 1929 as the Noel Hotel, designed in the classic revival style.  It was converted to an office building for many years, but in 2017, the hotel was restored with a designer focus. I was so excited to work with the design team to have this piece go into the lobby as part of the of Noelle Hotel in downtown Nashville!  

The original piece was a landscape orientation
Below I edited my signature out at the hotel installation and re-signed so the piece could hang in portrait orientation