I believe that everyone has something unique to offer the world... including you.
You may have heard that the only way to succeed is to put your best foot forward and to "fake it 'til you make it." Well, I couldn't disagree more.
I believe that the way to succeed in a lasting way -- "succeed" meaning to achieve satisfaction, whatever that looks like for you -- is to reveal yourself for who you really are. To incorporate your strengths, your quirks and your values into a business that attracts your tribe and a life that feels deeply authentic, all the way down in your bones.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, allow me to introduce myself properly...
Hi there, I'm Caroline.
Soulful creative. Self-made artist and designer. Lover of intention, intuition, and artful expression that serves the soul.
I’m a clumsy and creative spirit with a penchant for bright colors, bold patterns, and modern design with a quirky twist.
Over the years, I’ve made a lot of decisions that have left my friends and family slightly befuddled –- quitting my first job ever in advertising at a nationally-acclaimed agency just six months in; ending one long-term relationship to start anew with the true love of my life; leaving the 9-to-5 world altogether to work at his side on a startup business; leaving said startup business to create a design and art business with no formal training in either...
Throughout this period of discovery, I thought what I was doing was following my gut and my happiness wherever they led me, but now I know it wasn’t just happiness I was constantly chasing...
I was searching for my truest sense of self.
I was becoming the person I was meant to be, and I refused to settle for anything less. And sure, that quest is never really over, but because I committed fully to that endeavor, I continue to evolve into the most vibrant and authentic version of myself that I could ever imagine.
You can hear more about my quest for authenticity in my TEDx talk. I hope it inspires you in some small way to undertake the same quest in your own life. I want you to dig deep to uncover what makes you one-of-a-kind, and then I want you to design a life that allows you to live those gifts and colors fully, truly and PROUDLY.
When I'm not painting, writing, or drawing pretty letters, you can probably find me at the movies with my partner in crime, Jason, snuggling up with my Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Plaxico, or trying to pick up a new skill or a good book.
(And by good book, I mean an entire season of something on Netflix. Either/or. 😃)
My 9 Core Values
For me, living and working as my most vibrant self boils down to these 9 Core Values. I've done my best to bake these values into Made Vibrant as a business as well, so if these 9 principles resonate with you, chances are you are a soulful creative through and through and you're going to love what Made Vibrant has to offer!
...to strive to make my outward actions match my inner values.
...to constantly strive for self-awareness and understanding.
...to actively project light and optimism into the world.
...what makes humans imperfect also makes them interesting.
... not just to dream and scheme but to do & make & practice deliberately.
...to laugh and to never take life or myself too seriously.
..to always ask questions, to always dive deeper & never stop learning.
...to try and see the world through the lens of another.
...to love my present self, but continue to evolve into a better, brighter version of myself.