In my family, craftsmanship runs deep—it’s a legacy passed down through generations. My ancestors, including my native American grandparents, were skilled tradespeople and entrepreneurs, setting the stage for my own path. Growing up, I watched my grandfather, parents, and extended family express their artistry and handiness, traits that I’ve inherited and chosen to nurture.

I followed a winding path through various jobs that each played a crucial role in shaping my business. I began by immersing myself in the vibrant world of art, working for a renowned local artist who became my mentor while selling my own paintings and soaking up every bit of knowledge from him I could.

Next, I ventured into the realm of photography, honing my skills in Photoshop and photo techniques, and eventually launching my own photography business.

Later, I circled back to the art studio where my journey had begun, enriching my experience further.

A serendipitous encounter through that art studio led me to a position as an art director for a local magazine, where I seamlessly combined the skills I’d acquired over the years. It was there that the seeds of Coral Antler were planted, merging all my diverse experiences into one creative venture.

Still feeling some fear of starting my own business, I worked briefly as a graphic designer at a publishing company. Witnessing the misuse of patriarchal power there fueled the sacred rage within me that was the final push to honor my authentic path and pursue my entrepreneurial dreams with unwavering dedication.

Reflecting on my journey, I realize how each job, each experience, was a stepping stone leading me closer to where I am today. It was a journey fueled by intuition and creative nudges, each step preparing me for the next. 

With so much Aquarius and Sagittarius in my chart, I’ve never been one to simply follow the crowd. “I do what I want” has been the primary theme of my life and I’m sure my family would agree, lol.

In the last 5 years, I’ve applied the same approach to my dream of owning a homestead. From working on a permaculture farm to a flower farm and now an organic dairy farm, I’ve been gathering the knowledge and skills needed to bring my vision to life. Currently, I’m renovating my first camper, learning the intricacies of building and remodeling—just like my grandpa and my dad, investing in my future.

I’ve become the person that little version of me always dreamed of—a free-spirited gypsy, immersed in art, spending my days wandering through the forest, and calling the countryside home. And for that, I am so fucking proud of myself. It has not been easy getting here, took me 40 years, but I made it.

Life may not always unfold as planned, but in hindsight, its beauty reveals itself. Here’s to the next 40 years being even better than before, and hopefully smoother.

Acknowledging that every phase of life is valuable, even when faced with challenges and uncertainties. They all serve as lessons guiding us towards our next steps or keeping us on the right path when we stray.

Trust the process of life.