In the Spotlight this week we have our lovely neighbor and Creative Community member, Maurelle Calligraphy and Design! A calligrapher, lettering artist, and educator – we are thrilled to be featuring Maurelle. Read on for the full interview with Maurelle…
“Hi, fellow creatives! I’m Maurelle and I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I grew up in the Philippines, and I had no idea that I would migrate here, but then I met the love of my life and now I call this beautiful country my home.
I’m married to an amazing man and am a homeschooling mother to 3 kids ( 6, 5 and a toddler), I also work as a calligrapher, lettering artist, and educator (these are my jam!) from home in one of the corners of our 680 sq ft home.
When I’m not creating you’ll probably find me cooking or washing dishes because of #momlife :)”
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business!
“I live and breathe creativity. I’m one of those multi-passionate people you’ll encounter. Ever since the ’80s, I’m most joyful when I’m creating any form of art. So, when I encountered calligraphy at 15 years old, I was so fascinated by it.
But my journey was cut short when the hustle and bustle of life got in the way. With a degree in Biology and Nursing, everybody expected me to pursue becoming a pediatric physician. Fortunately, I I finally followed my heart and found a job in Marketing, touring the islands of the Philippines.
10 years ago, when I was about to get married, I told myself, “Oh, hey, I know calligraphy. I bet I can address my wedding invitations!” You know what happened next… it was a disaster. But it lit my curious mind to rekindle the fire with this art.
They said it’s sweeter the second time around. In 2012, I fell in love with the craft again and decided that I would pursue my own creative business when I moved to Canada. A month after arriving, I got pregnant, so I had to put a hold on my dreams. After a year, armed with just my determination that I could finally be an artist, I finally launched my business in 2014.”
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What has been your biggest challenge to date? And how did you overcome it?
“There came the point where I was struggling to manage my time and to have a “work-life balance.” Homeschooling small kids, running the house as queen bee while remaining a loving wife and operating a creative business that I love, can all be overwhelming and when work started to take so much time away from my family, i knew I needed to set boundaries.
I had to pause and decide what is truly valuable to me, and in a heartbeat, I knew it is my family.
I decided to cut down the chaos and clutter of my business. I finally learned to say no to projects that don’t spark joy and say yes to the ones that keep me happy (and sane). I became more mindful of how I use my time so that I can give 100% to my business, and when I’m done for the day, I’m also giving 100% to my husband and kids.”
What do you find the hardest part to be about running your own business?
“Being a one-woman-show, I wear many hats, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns when you run your own business. I have to take care of my social media presence, photos, marketing, replying to emails, balancing books, create and run my website, and more. I have to continue to learn and innovate, so my business stays relevant.
Prioritization and planning are essential to me. My calendar is my bestie when it comes to this, and I do my best to schedule projects apart, block off time every day, week and month. I ditched being a multi-tasker (Oh, I was even proud to be one before!) and just focused on accomplishing one task at a time. It cleared my mind, released me from unnecessary stress and improved my overall outlook in having this business that I love.”
What is the best piece of advice you've ever recieved?
“Marie Forleo is one of my fave online coaches, and she shared (and even wrote a book about it) a mantra, her mother told her, ” Everything is Figureoutable.”
In business, we will experience hard things. We will encounter moments where we will question ourselves. Sometimes, we have limiting beliefs that keep us from taking our business into new heights or merely a roadblock to achieving that passion project we want. But know, friend, you can figure things out because creatives like us do hard things, and we don’t give up on things we love. Believe that you’re unique, and you have something valuable to contribute to this world. So from now on, when you are in front of humongous struggle, repeat those words “Everything is figureoutable” a couple of times and then go do the hard work. :)”
- Favorite vacation spot? Boracay, Philippines
- Favorite place to add wax seals? Outer envelopes
- Favorite place for inspiration? On top of a mountain, in the forest and by the beach, basically where nature is!
Thank You So Much, Maurelle!
That concludes Part One of the Partner Spotlight with Maurelle from Maurelle Calligraphy and Design! A HUGE thank you to Maurelle for sharing her story with us, we absolutely loved learning more about you! Follow and connect with Maurelle on Instagram here!
The Artisaire Pro Team