HOW I GOT HERE
My life can definitely be broken up into distinctive chapters. I received my Bachelors Degree in Interior Architecture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was an interior designer for nearly 10 years in prestigious firms in Chicago, New York City, Greenwich, Connecticut and Ohio. Although I was living the life I thought I wanted, something was missing. I was a mom of two amazing little boys, however they were the focus in an otherwise fuzzy life.
I was existing rather than living.
September 2008 found me unemployed and utterly confused about my purpose. My marriage was failing, my sons were rebelling, and I was fighting to find passion for a career I loathed.
In essence, I was forcing myself to live a life designed for someone else.
THE GIFTS OF LOVE
Even in the darkest of times you can find light, and out of my first marriage my sons were without a doubt that light. Little did I know that they were just the beginning.
Life immediately began to change when I was introduced to the Law of Attraction. I suddenly realized I had the right to be happy. I finally understood that I could make ALL my dreams come true.
In December 2010 I took the biggest step of my life. Unemployed, I left my ex-husband and began a new life. I found God and He helped me find myself. Additionally, I met my soul mate, and I discovered that money isn’t required to be happy. I learned to enjoy and experience life, rather than just exist.
I decided that if I were ever to be with a man again, he would have to meet my new, much higher standards. Inspired by the movie “The Bucket List,” I developed my Soul Mate Spec Sheet, a list of 64 must-haves for my future mate. When I met Dave, I was shocked to learn he possessed 59. (Looking back, I’m happy he didn’t have the other 5 or he wouldn’t be the incredible man I’m madly in love with.)
Dave and I were married in March of 2012 and over the course of that year experienced four miscarriages. In September 2012 we started our business, Sutton Creative Studios, and by November had so much work I had to give notice at my full-time job. Surprisingly, within a week of giving my notice we found out OUR first blessing was on her way.
Good things come to those who wait, and our daughter was born 10 days late in August 2013.
In March 2014 we bought our house and in May decided our family was complete.
God has an incredible sense of humor and had another surprise for us.
Two lines on a pregnancy test a week later turned into two babies at an ultrasound, and our twins were born in January 2015.
FINDING PURPOSE IN MY PASSION
Although I love working with my digital marketing clients, in the Spring of 2016 I realized something was missing from my business.
I was so busy chasing the successes of others that I had failed to figure out what my Why was.
This purposeless chasing had led me into depression and anxiety. Over the course of the previous four years I had dug hundreds of shallow holes, never completing a substantial project.
Following much soul searching and inner reflection, I discovered my Why was to empower entrepreneurs to achieve and appreciate personal and professional success — without burnout.
The Positive Productivity brand was born.
I now help clients break out of their battered and bruised business owner roles by…
- Helping them find their Why;
- Strategizing and implementing the products and solutions their heart is calling them to create, and;
- Systemizing their business in a way which allows time for loved ones and self-care.