Thanksgiving offers us the perfect chance to reflect on all of the things we have to be grateful for. So in the spirit of giving thanks, I thought I'd use this opportunity to pop on here and do just that. But first a little intro.
Hello everyone! I'm Karen, Awaken Studio's Founder. I started my freelance business designing websites back in 2014 out of my Brooklyn apartment, not knowing how this whole "being a business owner" thing really works or where it was going. I was lucky to fall upon a @Wix community in NYC and begin working with some incredible clients. Over the next few years, I had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing colleagues, grow a team, and move into our very own Manhattan office. I also made my favorite decision of rebranding as Awaken Studio - which has take a life of its own.
So what am I grateful for this Thanksgiving? When I launched my career, I knew that I wanted to combine creativity, strategy, and working alongside great people. I now get to do that on a daily basis and collaborate with clients around the world. I've worked on meaningful and innovative projects that have challenged me, but also pushed me further as a designer. I'm beyond grateful for the non-stop support of family and friends who have been my biggest cheerleaders along this journey.
What I could never have imagined is where I'd be today, four years after going into business for myself. This past August I made the decision to leave New York and take my business on the road for a while. I'm currently sitting and writing this post (in the above tiny home in Tuscany, Italy) and reflecting on so much. I hope you too take a few moments today to slow down and remember what you are grateful for, and I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving today wherever you're spending it!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey