WhirlyBird Designs. A labor of love.
To start "blogging" on my website, I guess the best place to start is at the beginning, whith a brief history of WhirlyBird Designs. So please, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Becky. I was born and raised in a small town in central Virginia. I met my husband in college, and we have two beautiful children together. A girl, and a boy. The perfect American Family, as they say.
Our story is pretty basic, nothing too terribly crazy. We got married, bought a house, and started a family. I decided to leave my career in the medical field to focus on being a mom--and not once did I regret that decision. I love being a mom. I love everything about it. When my daughter was 3 1/2, we were blessed with our second child, and I started to feel the "itch" of needing more. I wasn't unhappy. And I wasn't unfullfilled. Actually, I wasn't even looking for a job or a way to make money. I started feeling like I just needed a hobby. Something to do with what little spare time I had between preschool drop offs and nap times. While shopping for gifts, I stumbled upon personalized jewelry. I thought it was interesting, and for whatever reason, I just kept researching it. I was up nearly all night long trying to figure out how it was made. The next day, I sat down, and told my husband I wanted to try and see if I could make it. He was supportive (though I'm sure skeptical), and agreed to see what I could do.
So I started a little shop. I made a few things, and decided to set up an etsy store. Etsy was foreign to me at the time, but I still thought I'd try it out. What was the hardest part? Deciding on a name! My husband and I talked about different name ideas but nothing seemed fitting. Someone once told me not to name the shop after myself. Name it after something important to you. So I sat online on a dictionary website and typed in various things to see what could happen. Then it hit me. My husband is a helicopter pilot, so I typed in "Helicopter". The first word that came up was "WhirlyBird". And that, my friends, is how WhirlyBird Designs was born.
Now 4 years later, my business is thriving. I work full time, and absolutely love what I do. It's challenging and creative all at the same time. I have spent so many hours researching things, coming up with new ideas, and dealing with the always changing cyber world. Its not easy--and I certainly don't recommend starting a business to anyone...because wow...its hard work...but This is my passion. This is what I was lead to do.
Until next time.