Hi #bujofriends ! It’s been a long time since I’ve done an introduction. So I thought I’d share a little bit about myself and what’s been going on with me!
- Born and raised in the Bay Area.
- Graduated college with a comp sci degree.
- Opened up my Etsy shop and used to sell original ink illustrations.
- I worked as a software developer and ran my Etsy shop while living nomadically around the country.
- I started running INKBYJENG full time at the end of 2017 when the startup I was working for unexpectedly shutdown.
I’ve always kept a sketchbook and could never stick with a pre-dated planner. When I discovered #bulletjournal in October of 2016, I became seriously addicted. It was like I finally found a way to stay productive with lists, but had an everyday creative outlet. I rebooted my shop by selling little stickers of my doodles from my journal. I quickly started creating products for myself and my sister that made journaling easier. My product line has now grown to include clear stamps, stencils, journals and washi tape.
Running a business is tough, but extremely gratifying. I’ve made friends all over the world who share the same passions as me. We literally could chat for hours about pens, paper and how best to organize our busy schedules. But I’ve also struggled with keeping a balanced life. I’m a firm believer the key to a happy life is learning to go with the ebb and flow of shifting priorities. The past couple of months I’ve been focusing on building up my business and I feel I’ve been greatly neglecting my self-care routine. I’ve barely gone to the gym, which has been my outlet for years. And I find it difficult to squeeze in that creative time that I love and need.
So this year I’ve decided to take on a business partner! I’m still designing the product line and managing social media. But bringing in another person will dramatically free up more time for me to grow myself and my business.
Here’s my weekly spread! It’s not filled out yet, but it will be! I have a lot going on this week so I’ll definitely need my journal with me. If you want to see a little plan with me video, check out @weebly stories tomorrow at noon PST. - 3 days ago