What’s in a Name?
This business came about at the end of a very trying time for me in my career. The company that I was working for was going through another reorganization, one of what seemed like a gazillion! I was at a crossroads. Did I want to ride out yet another reorganization and fight to hold on to my job, or did I want to free myself of all of the stress that came with it and return to my art career?
After two years of painstaking deliberation, I decided to move on. I’m not going to lie, this was a really rough time in my life as I felt I was going to retire from this company someday, so the decision to walk away didn’t come easy. I am thankful now that I made that decision, as now I am doing what I truly love and what I feel I was meant to do all along. I tell you all of that to say this is how I came up with the name for my business, This Life Goes On.
Going through the process of leaving what I thought would be security for me and my husband until I retired, to starting a brand new venture is very scary. I doubted that I could do it and be as successful as I wanted to be. One thing that kept running through my head though was, as devastated as I felt by this upheaval, I knew that life must go on. The phrase “life must go on” is one that always came to mind when anyone has to deal with something difficult in their life and this was very difficult for me. I thought of how this correlates with what a piece of furniture goes through, from possibly being discarded or forgotten about to taking a new life at an artist’s hands.
A big stress reliever for me at the time was my flower gardening and as I thought about the whole progression of my situation, I thought about how it equates to my perennial garden. The flowers come up every year and I take care of the beds throughout the summer and into the fall. Then, they all die back over the winter and come up again the following year. Just like what I went through in my career, life must go on. This is how I came up with the design for my logo, which is a blossom of a crabapple tree, the one in our front yard.
Designing my company logo took a lot of thought over a good amount of time and laid the groundwork for branding my company. I hope to not only breathe new life into the furniture that I touch, but I hope to touch fellow creatives’ lives and inspire them to build their dream life.
What I Do
What I Do
(Photo Credit: JoEllyn Schultz) Tom and I married in 1984, a year before I finished college. Tom has been in business for himself for all but three years of his career. If you were to ask anyone about Tom, they would say he is honest and hard working and he would help you out if he could. He started out in the vegetable business and now owns a sand and gravel business, Dalton Sand & Gravel. I have worked for an employer for most of my career until now.
Tom and I didn’t have children, but we have many nieces and nephews. I get to watch my niece’s little girl, Shelby one day a week and that has given me so much joy. Nothing compares to it. We have two dogs, Maggie and Jelly Bean. We are down to three horses, Lily, Sam and Leta. I had seven horses at one time when I was barrel racing and raising them.
My parents live in the lower half of our house. It works out well for all of our family, as someone is close by if they need help. Tom’s mother lives close by, so we don’t travel far to visit her either.
By the grace of God, I have been given an artistic talent that I feel compelled to share with fellow artists and creatives to inspire them to pursue their artistic dreams.
I am sincerely grateful for the opportunities I have had to pursue my dreams and I want to pass on my experience to those that are looking to create their own dreams. I remember those early days well.
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.” ~ Helen Hayes
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