Friday, February 24, 2012


This blog began as a kind of therapy. I was miserable at the Top Secret Retailer. I was in a big relationship slump with a boyfriend that had vanished off the face of the earth and a wrapped birthday gift for him sitting in my coat closet. I was sad and just needed to get some things out. I was literally crying over my pie at Baker's Square with my parents one night complaining about all of this. I then switched to telling a work story and my dad suggested I write a book, or start a blog, or something because I told stories differently than most. I took their advice.

This blog was born.

At first it was all over the place about the things that made me happy, the things that made me sad, and the things that made me me. Writing made me happy! Since then this blog has evolved. It's still all of those things. But, it's shown me a passion I was never able to put my finger on. I also started working at an art school with a great Interior Design program. One day I was talking to the head of the department. She said "there's girls that don't know if they want to design fashion or design interiors. I always ask them 'What did you do when you played with your Barbies? Did you spend your time dressing them and doing their hair or did you spend your time setting up the Barbie house?'" It was like a light went off over my head. I went to school for fashion, but when I thought about opening my own store I pictured its interior. I went to school for the wrong thing! I have always wanted to be unique. I grew up forced to associate with someone who imitated what I wore, how I did my hair, and what I wanted to do with my life. I intentionally went a different direction with my future as a blatant statement that I wanted to be unique... Not my smartest move! Anyway- Blogging about interiors, working in a creative environment, self evaluation, and encouragement from my friends has led me to this place of evolution.

I'm starting my own business!

While I'd love to not be dependent on just me and my income, I am. It will not be my full time job. I don't have the resources to do that... Yet. But I will be doing what I love. Someday I'm determined to have the resources to do that 24/7 (husband or not)! 

Allow me to introduce you to EJ Bee Designs:

It started as this (just a sketch on some notebook paper):
 My test webpage looked like this:
Finally, the real webpage was born (you can click on the bee to get there)! 

I want to say a big thank you to my loyal readers that helped me uncover this hidden talent, and a big thank you to my friends and family who have literally spent hours helping me take this concept from just that, to reality! If you, or someone that you know lives in the Chicago area needs some design/organization work done please think of EJ Bee Design. 

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