I have always been a crafty gal 🙂 I started scrapbooking 24 yrs. ago and 10 yrs. ago started my own business doing scrapbook pages, cards etc. About 8 yrs. ago I fell in love with the Wedding industry, re-launched my business and name, The Papery Willow and focused on hand-made custom wedding invitations. I worked a full time job and focused on growing my business, I started networking and getting my name out there. December of 2009 I was laid off my job of almost 10 yrs., I figured it was a sign so I decided to go full time in my business and be a part of the American dream to own your own business. After the first of the year of 2010 I decided to open a studio to help my business, it was a cute little studio on Broadway and Alameda in Denver. I woke up and “Went to work” every morning 🙂 I was doing pretty well, not yet a full time income but bringing some money in. My Husband supported me 100% even though income wasn’t really coming in because I had my studio rent to pay.
I soon realized a need for a different kind of networking and started The Wedding Connectors a collaboration of Wedding vendors under one roof. We did monthly networking events at different venues, It became quite successful and I met some amazing people.
These are the people who were there for me, this was the community that pulled together, because June of 2010 my Sweet Brianna died. The vendors pulled in together and gave her a beautiful service, they took care of everything from the flowers to the venue.
I continued both my businesses for about a year and finally decided it was time to let them go. I lost my passion and creativity, the loss of my Daughter took over, at first my studio was my outlet, but I could no longer think, or function.
To this day I have not gotten my creativity back, yes I have dabbed here and there trying, but the passion is no longer there and it saddens me. My life is different now, it changed on June 19, 2010 when Brianna died, I lost a part of who I was and now 6 years later trying to find who I am, learning to live my life the best way I can, learning to live this life with the pain….. I lost everything that day…