Happy Boss Babe Wednesday! We’re thrilled to bring you words & stories from Josefina Sanders of Love Offering. Josefina is such a bright light in our local maker & small business community in Tampa Bay and her calm, but vibrant demeanor are known to leave a lasting impression. Help us thank her for the tender honesty she shares in her Boss Babe feature & keep her words with you. We know they’re going to come in handy. Have a fab day, enjoy taking a peek into Josefina’s journey, & stay boss. xx
Tell us about yourself and what you do!
My name is Josefina Sanders. I am a creative freelancer that specializes in creating meaningful art, cultivating community, and celebrating people’s journeys. I do this through workshops, calligraphy, blogging and speaking engagements. I am a wife, a rescue pup mom, as well as the mother of an angel baby in heaven. My family is from the beautiful country of the Dominican Republic. I take great pride in my Afro-Latina roots, and am very passionate about bringing people of all places together.
How did your business begin?
November 2013 I opened my Etsy shop. I didn’t really know what I was doing, I just liked the idea of being able to create greeting cards and getting paid for it. A few months later, February 23, 2014 I got engaged to the love of my life. We made the decision to get married in the Dominican Republic, and since we were “ballin' on a budget” I decided to tackle the invites. That’s when I first heard of Calligraphy. I bought a pen from Hobby Lobby and created my first invitation piece- all fifty pieces by hand. Needless to say after a long month and a half of creating things for our wedding, I was done with lettering.
Six months into our marriage we were facing lots of changes. In the midst of being newlyweds we were transitioning jobs and location. During that time I was walking through something that was very familiar to me, Depression. As strong as I strived to be I couldn’t keep it together, so I slowed down and started journaling. I wrote and incorporated words of comfort through Lettering. Lettering soon became my outlet to release pain. The more I practiced, the more peace I attained.
I self-taught my way through lettering other than a Pointed Pen Calligraphy course I took online. Art was my escape from pain and also became my purpose and my desire was to show others that creative outlet. SO I began creating more things to sell and in 2016 began teaching workshops.
What’s 1 challenge you’ve faced and 1 success you’ve had since you’ve created your business?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve attained is getting through some of the curveballs life throws and regaining strength to keep the momentum of this business journey going. This year I faced one of the biggest trials yet, that caused me to leave my job in corporate America and stay home. Though becoming a full time business owner was a goal, I wasn’t prepared to do it so soon, but, it was one of the best decisions I made for myself.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and has it come in handy for you?
The best advice I received was from my husband. He said “Give your dreams a chance to fail”.
Doesn’t sound too appealing, but as I was struggling with trying to take risks for my business, he pushed me to just jump and see what happens.
When are you at your happiest?
I am the happiest when I’ve got an empty canvas and paint brushes and cool pens next to me.
What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?
1 . YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS.
2 . YOU ARE STRONGER THAN THIS.
3. YOU HAVE THE CHOICE ON HOW YOU RESPOND TO THIS.
What are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for an overly supportive husband who pushes me to do more, be better, and dream bigger. I’m also incredibly thankful for my parents, who at first couldn’t understand why I put school on hold to pursue this dream yet continue to encourage me in my risk taking. Lastly I’m so grateful for the amazing friends that I have gained in the creative world. It can be a lonely world, especially as we embark on the entrepreneur journey, but feels so great to have the encouragement of other fellow dreamers.
What’s 1 personal goal and 1 business goal you plan to accomplish this year?
1 personal goal I have this year is to finish the book I started writing, and have it out by February 2018. 1 business goal that I have is to create a print line with the book I’ll be writing.
Where can you be found on a Tuesday afternoon?
On a Tuesday afternoon you can find me at a local coffee shop, enjoying the atmosphere and getting work done!
How about on a Friday evening?
On a Friday evening you can find me out with my husband on a date, or most likely cuddled on the couch, eating takeout accompanied with ice cream, Netflix and chillin'.
A Sunday morning?
Sunday mornings you can find me at the church my husband (youth pastor) serves at. And after that you can find us waiting in line at Fred’s Market ready to devour some yummy soul food.
Finish these sentences:
I love: being able to show people that there is hope!
I’m always looking for: opportunities to encourage and serve those around me.
My inspiration is: My great grandmother who lived her life so full (121 years old). She left the world empty!
I’ll never: give up on my dreams.