So i'm SUPER new to blogging but since we're here now, I thought I would give you a bit of a run down about me, introduce 'the many faces' behind Rach Vando and tell you a bit about how this business came about!
I have always been creative. One of my earliest childhood memories was when I was just a wee little tacker in reception, approaching the christmas holidays. I think the the teacher had just about reached her limit and was looking for anything to keep us entertained until the holidays, so she let us loose in the craft room and said 'make something chrismassy'. Well I tell you what.. To tiny, fiercely independent Rachel, that was music to my ears. I still remember crafting an elaborate reindeer out of cotton buds, paper plates and red glitter glue. From the mere age of six, I think I always knew that I would end up doing something creative. And whilst I still have a way to go, I feel like i'm just starting to wrap my head around what that might look like now.
In early 2014 I discovered the power of the Adobe Suite. I started designing event stationery just to develop my design skills, then realised that people were willing to pay for my work. By the end of 2014 I had opened an Etsy shop called RMcreative, selling digital / printable invitations and prints.
At the beginning of 2016, I had built up my shop, but I learned the hard way that when running a digital design business, Dropbox should be your best friend. Unfortunately, he was not, and I lost all of my designs, taking me back to square one. Although I was devastated, I used this as an opportunity to develop a new set of designs that were higher quality, and had a more distinct style.
2016 brought about lots of highs and lows. I got married to my best friend Alex (woo hoo), moved out of home, went back to full time study, moved between jobs and saw relationships grow and change. Along with getting married came the change of my last name from Michael to Vanderzon (try spelling that one out over the phone - its no longer 'just like the boy's name').
Towards the end of last year, after much encouragement and support from my awesome hubby, we decided to take my business a step further and use my new married name as my brand - offering marketing, design and photography services. We decided that freelancing from home, whilst I complete my final year of Marketing studies, was more beneficial to me and my career in the long run than a casual retail job. I am fully aware that this is a unique position to be in as a student and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to work in this way. To have time flexibility and to create every day is wonderful.
Along with a new name and brand came a few questions... 'What happens to RMcreative'? Do I just keep the name because I have already established it?'
I will be completely honest and tell you that at first, I really didn't want to change RMcreative to 'Rachel Vanderzon.' Not because I thought I would loose clients or people wouldn't recognise the name, but because it was the last little piece of Rachel Michael that remained. A part that I had built up on my own and that I was proud of. It was the last standing snippet of my identity with my maiden name and I didn't like the idea of letting it go.
Yet I have come to realise that over the past year as a Vanderzon, I have learned so much. I have grown emotionally & spiritually and I also just really really love being a Vando. Its a new season of life and a new brand name is the perfect way to represent all that I am and all that I want to be.
SO, thats how I'm here and YOU'RE here reading this on my blog. How groovy. I could read blogs for hours; whether its lifestyle, foodies, designers, interiors, you name it.. I'm there. So expect to hear lots of different things from me! From updates on my projects, to funky recipes, to the prettiest interiors you've ever seen. If you've made it to the end of this post, thanks for taking the time to get to know me - you're great and you're so loved. x