I started painting murals back in 2007 as a hobby painting for friends and family and then eventually my children after they were born. I knew I wanted to make a business out of it, but whenever I started I would get pregnant or we would move and my dream would be put on hold. Through all the stopping and starting I always knew that one day it would happen.
I initially called my business Tots 2 Teens designs because I like bright colors and child friendly designs, but I eventually didn't want to limit myself to just kids and bedroom home murals.
I spent the next few years trying to come up with the right business name. I would ask for advice, take polls, but I was stuck. Then one day I came up with Heart of Sarah. I loved it because I love painting and art and that is where my heart is. I didn't need to ask anyone's opinion or get any advice, that was what my business would be called; Heart of Sarah.
That was in 2012, and even though I had a business name, it still was a hobby for quite a few more years.
I started working in the kitchen cabinet field, with the excuse that I would finally be using my college degree in interior design, even though I also KNEW that this was not a company of integrity and would NOT last.
I was right, it did not last long, but while working there I was introduced to the queen of networking. She introduced me to BNI, the business networking international company. I knew that was something I needed to take the leap into actually starting my business. I also knew if I was going to put the investment into that membership I better be prepared to work.
That's what I have been doing ever since. It was part-time at first, but quickly became full-time, and has been full-time ever since.
Now I design bedroom home murals, painted business murals, and painted school mascots. I create hand-painted murals in Tennessee to Alabama.
I am to the point now where I am learning to say No. Not to take every project that comes my way. Keeping the stress away as much as possible, and doing the projects that I want to do.
It's been an exciting and hard couple of years, and I can truly say that I love what I do. It's not a job, its my dream.
I can't wait to see where my dream will take me next.