It’s Wednesday again and you know what time is! It’s #WCW. Yes, that’s Woman Crush Wednesday!
It’s time to shine a spotlight on all the amazing things women are doing, creating and building in this world!
Today’s I See You® blog features the captivating Barbie Ray, owner of Barbie Ray Designs.
This talented woman is the graphic designer behind the packaging of our I See You® Candle.
YES! This is her!!!!
We are so grateful for the work she has done for us as we launched our company.
Barbie is such a kindhearted soul with a natural and God given talent for design.
Her expertise at finding the balance between what your vision is and artistically what is best for your company is nothing short of astounding.
We are so excited to feature her in today’s blog so you can learn more about this wonderful woman.
Here’s a little more about Barbie in her own words!
What or who inspired you to create your business? Tell us more about your business.
I am obsessed with graphic design! It is everywhere and part of our daily lives. A few years ago, I had my dream job. I was the Creative Director for a marketing agency, building brands and developing marketing campaigns for companies across the globe. One day, the agency decided to shut its doors. I was completely shocked and devastated. With the support of family and friends, I pushed forward and decided to be the CEO of my dream job. Today, I partner with thought leaders and givers to help their brands make the right first impression.
Who saw you and supported your dreams?
My husband, Michael, is my biggest supporter. He sees my passion for design and believed in me before I believed in myself.
What song heals your soul?
"I'm Blessed" by Charlie Wilson. Every time I hear it, I am grateful for the life I have and the people I get to share it with.
What does it mean to YOU to feel seen?
Being seen is HUGE for me. A simple acknowledgment from someone else means that they have taken notice and appreciate me for who I am or what I do. A small gesture can go a long way and further supports I am doing something right.
What’s your go-to, self-care tip?
Being a new mama and business owner, I often put others first. Self-care tends to be further down the list. However, I learned that to better take care of others (personally or professionally), I must take care of myself first. So when I'm feeling stressed or need some inspiration, I like to walk to the park, take in some fresh air and relax my mind.
Growing up, did you play an instrument and/or did you participate in any organized sports? How do you think this activity helped shape you as a person?
I love the beautiful game of soccer. I started playing at the age of 5 and continued to play well into my adult years. Participating in an organized sport like soccer has taught me discipline, time management and team work. You learn to balance your time between your responsibilities and also understand that you can only go so far alone. With the support of others, the sky's the limit!
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to not take things too seriously and that it's okay to be vulnerable. Just be yourself and love life.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone thinking about starting their own company?
My advice would be to follow your heart and build a support network with like-valued people. Being a business owner can be isolating at times. Connecting with other business professionals that share your values and support your goals, can pay dividends in the future.
There is no denying how talented Barbie is.
It’s amazing how the entrepreneurial journey can find us when we least expect it. But Barbie is the perfect example of how amazing things happen if you take that walk-in-faith and simply go for it.
Barbie, WE SEE YOU!!
We honor your passion and talent for creating beauty and meaning through your designs!
We appreciate how you seized your opportunity in what was a difficult and challenging moment in life.
You have taken the ultimate walk-in-faith as an entrepreneur, but because of this, you are allowing yourself to live in your purpose!
We celebrate the amazing experience your designs create and are forever grateful to have had your support and designs in launching our product, I See You® Candle.
Join us in celebrating this amazing woman!