A year ago, if you told me I’d be sitting here, I never would have believed you.
I come from a family full of entrepreneurs. From ranchers to small business owners, it seems to be the common link between all of us. I grew up watching my dad run his own oil and gas exploration business, which he started right out of college. Watching his journey as a business owner, and watching the way that his attorneys didn’t just represent his company but instead played the role of trusted advisor, counselor, and friend planted the seed of following the same path from a young age.
Fast forward through years of college and law school, I married my college sweetheart in 2015 and was sworn into the bar one week later. I jumped right into my first job, and I loved it. And let’s just say, it looks quite a bit different that life does today. I was an oil and gas litigator, working as the only female attorney in an office of all men. I chose oil and gas because I passionately loved working with small business owners like I had experienced growing up.
Oil and gas might seem glaringly different from what I do today, but I’d argue that there are subtle similarities. Of course, the common denominator is getting to work with small business owners. At the firm, I worked to protect clients’ business interests through litigation. Today, that looks more like intellectual property registrations. Most importantly, I worked with contract law on nearly a daily basis. I wrote contracts for clients’ businesses that were often many dozen pages long, and where a single word could change the meaning of an entire provision (if you ever want to read a truly nuanced contract, read an oil and gas one. Or just take my word for it). Today, I’m providing the same type of contract protection for my clients.
I picked up a calligraphy pen in law school and quickly fell in love with it. I’ve stayed with it to this day, and it is still my favorite way to escape the stress of work. 2016 brought some curve balls, and I was faced with a health crisis that landed me at Mayo Clinic. On one particularly tough day from a hospital bed in Mayo, I decided to do something a little crazy: I started a calligraphy account on Instagram. It wasn’t necessarily something I had planned, but it ended up being one of the most important decisions I could’ve made.
My little calligraphy business ended up being the vehicle into my current job. Although I had always loved serving small business owners as a lawyer, it made me realize how much I enjoyed owning my own business itself. And more importantly, it introduced to me the creative community that I am so grateful to be a part of today. But being in that community was simultaneously eye-opening and frustrating: daily, I would see people post their legal woes in their creatives businesses on Facebook pages, and while I so clearly knew the answers they were seeking, I couldn’t help them.
In the end, going through a tough health event was the best thing that could have happened to me, because it made me uncover the “why” behind my love for the law. As an attorney for creatives, I help entrepreneurs understand what is really going on their business so that they are equipped to grow their businesses. I love getting to walk alongside a business owner as they journey through entrepreneurship, and I’m convinced getting to do just that is the greatest job in the world. Together, we can build your business to endure, so that you have more time for what matters most: creating.