How did I get Started?
Once I graduated college I didn’t have a job lined up or a team I was ready to transition into. I knew I wanted to run on a higher level, but I hadn’t settled on a decision as to what team I wanted to join or where I wanted to move. One thing I did know however was that I would have to have a source of income in these months leading up to my decision.
My mom runs an Etsy shop and she suggested that I start my own shop. I was reluctant at first – mainly because I had no idea how I could run an entire small business. I took some time to brainstorm with my mom and we eventually decided that selling instantly downloadable digital items was the best move. My mom sells physical items that are created and shipped, but I didn’t have the space to store items and I knew I was going to be moving to a new location soon.
Why motivational quotes?
Once I settled on digital items, I decided to focus my shop around motivational and inspirational quotes. I’ve been (infamously) known to use quotes as my phone background as well as print quotes out and tape them around my room. I use quotes to motivate myself in both running and in my everyday life. I always joke with my sister that when I am racing and I start to get tired, I think of the cheesiest running quote and it keeps me going. I started designing quotes when I heard sayings that I liked and wanted to remember them and make them my own.
There is something about looking at a quote or saying that makes you internalize, relate, and apply it to your life. I find it incredibly intriguing that a single quote can have multiple interpretations by different people, all depending on what is going on with their life at that specific moment.
Along with inspiring and motivating me, I have also found that quotes are an optimal way to make a space your own. Through the quotes I posted around my room and the quotes I design on Sincerely By Nicole, I get to show off a little more about what makes me, me.