WCW// Maggie from Type and Title

You guys didn’t think I had stopped crushing on driven women did you?! Because this WCW is going out to you, Maggie.

So let’s back up a bit, because how we got to this point is at least half the fun. Maggie and I found each other through social media. She had a friend who suggested she follow my work, and once I saw this girl’s skill cranking out into the world, I was hooked. We went back and forth for about a year, checking in on the latest creative efforts of the other. Then when I posted that I was going to be in California this last month, she reached out. Happens that she lives in the same city I was about to be shacking up in. So we planned brunch. Fast forward through a mimosa and a breakfast pot pie (YES. And it was heavenly.), we are practically leaning over the table passionately talking about business, blogging and the delicate art of authentic living. We took the party outdoors so I could snag some head shots. I mean- look at her.

Guys. This girl is awesome. So thankful to be friends with this branding genius, business owner and master in all things with a gel pen.

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Thank you for interviewing with me! Tell everyone a little about yourself.

Hello! I’m Maggie, and I’m a graphic designer and letterer living in San Diego. I love handmade and DIY, neutral and light colors, old things, paper goods, calligraphy, vintage clothing and my two sweet dogs. I run a design studio and Etsy shop called type & title.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I think I’ve always kind of wanted to work for myself but never really had the courage or opportunity to give it a shot before now. Around this time last year, my husband (then fiancé) and I found out we would be moving to California for his Navy job, and I seriously started thinking about going freelance. Military means we’ll move around quite a bit in the coming years, so being self-employed, with a flexible schedule, actually makes sense for me. It’s not lost on me how lucky and blessed I am that having the freedom to explore my career dreams is actually practical!

I know how that feels having a husband in oil! Flexibility is paramount. Okay. Putting your work out there is hard. Starting your own business is harder. What advice would you give to other creative entrepreneurs? 

Just keep going. Working for yourself is like one big, never-ending exercise in trial and error. Some things are going to work, but a great deal of things just won’t, which will hurt in a totally unavoidable way. Just keep pushing forward — learn from your failures and make a more informed decision next time!

What do you do to refuel and reenergize your creative vision? 

Taking a walk is my number one trick. It always seems to help me think about a project in a new or different way. Also, reading. Lately, I’m way inspired by Frankie Magazine, I can’t get enough of it. Every article seems to give me the urge to get up and make something.

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I have to ask everyone I know this: what are some of your favorite books? My favorite book from childhood is Tuck Everlasting. I read it as a teenager and cried for days — I feel like it was the first time I truly understood the beauty and importance of living a full life, experiencing as much as you can, and appreciating the moments when you’re in them. I also love everything by Joan Didion, especially her essays on California. Nine Stories by Salinger.

Beautifully said. I love hearing about a book that changed someone’s life. Speaking of life changing- who is someone (or people) who have influenced or inspired you in your work or personal life?

My younger sister is devoting her life to empowering and growing communities around the world, and she constantly inspires me to remember the effects my work and my actions have on other people. I have her initial, E, tattooed on my forearm, as a constant reminder that I’m not all by myself (and not to get too caught up inside my own head). I’m also totally obsessed with Brene Brown’s work — her TED talk on the power of vulnerability actually changed my life and the way I interact with others.

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Has having a blog helped connect you to others who share your vision, and if so, how has that affected you?

Definitely. I think connecting with like-minded folks is the best reason for anyone and everyone to keep a blog. I just finished reading this book by Seth Godin called We Are All Weird and it’s about how the age of mass marketing is over, how the internet has allowed individuals to find their own “tribes” — basically, a group of other people who are the same kind of weird that you are —  and connect via your specific shared interests. I don’t expect or even want everyone to love my blog. I just make what I like, and trust that others in my tribe will connect with my work, and potentially hire or collaborate with me so I can keep making things I love. It’s so liberating to know that network exists and that we have this platform to find, share and connect with each other.

You’re a multitalented artist- skilled at lettering, product design, logo creation, illustration and more. What is your favorite and why? How did you first learn how to use this medium?

If I look back on my life thus far, the one thing that connects through everything I’ve done is the written word. I read constantly as a child, I used to write and wanted to be an author or journalist but decided in high school that I liked designing better than reporting. Even then, I worked in publication design jobs from my freshman year of college all the way up until last year when I went freelance and decided I wanted to focus on lettering and illustration. Now, when I take freelance jobs, they still tend to be for bloggers or writers, and I maintain a blog myself. I can’t escape! But in a good way — I hope I’m always able to work with letters and words. I’m fascinated by the many ways we use them to communicate.

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I love that. What are some words that have inspired you

 “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” – Kurt Vonnegut

Sometimes I think that heaven will be like a perfect Sunday. What does your perfect day look like? 

Coffee on the porch with a book or magazine, a long walk with my husband and our pups (maybe a hike!), a craft project, and a long stretch of time away from my phone, the internet or television. Sundays are the best day to unplug and reconnect with our more immediate world.

And for the most important part of the interview. We’re all dying to know: Who was your favorite Spice Girl and why? 

Baby! I always wanted to color my blonde hair at the ends like she did, but wasn’t quite bold enough. I went to the reunion concert in Chicago in 2008 with some friends. We all dressed up as our favorites, and I finally fulfilled my childhood dream and dyed the ends pink (in pigtails, of course).

Thank you so much for taking the time to pass on your wisdom and encouragement. I know It’s got me all pumped up.

Maggie, being the amazing person she is created a desktop wallpaper for you guys. So make your screen pretty with her calligraphy and check out her other work HERE.  You can also follow her @typeandtitle on Instagram to get a daily dose of her skills.


Now go do amazing things friends. XO, K.


WCW// non-profit starter.

“Since that day that is nothing anyone could ever say to convince me that one person cannot change a nation. One person can do unbelievable things. All it takes is that one person who’s willing to risk everything to make it happen.” Sam Childers

I grew up along side Sarah. And by grew up, I mean got in trouble with her for many years of my life. We both loved a well executed prank, giggling at inappropriate times, and having a well-humored disregard for the rules. Sarah has never been wedded to the need to live a “normal” life, which is something I wildly appreciate about her. Recently, we spent a few hours on the phone catching up about all of our recent adventures. I was mesmerized by this woman who sold everything (like THREE TIMES) and went out to change the world. She and her husband decided to create a non-profit, Educate Nica, where they globe trotted around to pursue a unique bond of marriage and a dream to break the cycle of poverty in Nicaragua.

Without further ado, please introduce yourself.

I am Sarah Davis. My favorite word to describe myself is redeemed. I love flowers, sunshine, aesthetics, jokes, adventures, getting lost in the music, helping people recognize their light within, and life with my husband, Joshua. I’m passionate about fighting for the underdog and I also have a passion for creativity and self-expression. I try to live authentically and never let anything hold me back from pursuing my dreams. I am a wife, an amateur artist, and the Founding Executive Director of Educate Nica.

Tell us a bit about where you grew up and have been recently living.

Born and raised in the DFW metroplex, did life with a lot of great people in San Francisco for almost year, got married and rented a home in Hawaii for the first six months of our marriage, currently residing in Over The Rhine, Cincinnati, but we will be relocating to San Diego (to live permanently) this December. 🙂



What is educate nica?

Educate Nica is a non-profit organization that helps impoverished children throughout Nicaragua gain a successful education so that they can break free from generational cycles of poverty and live fulfilling and prosperous lives. We’ve currently incorporated our program in four villages in rural Nicaragua and have already helped fund nearly 100 impoverished students’ education through our student sponsorship program.

What’s the story behind you and your husband starting Educate Nica?

Well first I’d like to say a little about Joshua and I’s working partnership: When Joshua and I started dating we realized we both had a passion for a life of creativity, cultural experiences, and serving people in need – our combination of passions was something we had never been able to fully share with anyone else so it only felt natural to start dreaming about future projects together but also a personal future together. The first project that Joshua and I planned together was to visit a small impoverished Nicaraguan village to photograph all of the local children at their beds and their front doors so that the photos could be shared and used to raise awareness and money for those children’s schooling. I planned for that trip to be a cultural experience but it ended up being truly life changing.

The story behind why we started Educate Nica: The short story: Once I put a face to poverty, once I knew their names, their stories, their pain and struggles, I couldn’t deny my heart’s desire to want to help those trapped in poverty. My first hand experience in Nicaragua was the catalyst between living a life with blinders on and living a life doing whatever I could do in the smallest or biggest ways to serve the children who desperately need someone to care. I wanted to take our project to the next level to have a real impact on that village and other villages in need. Rather than just sharing the photos we took on that trip, I wanted to do more, and from that place the “Educate Nica” model was created. The long story: If you want to read our full story visit our blog:  http://educatenica.org/blogs/journal/6628028-our-story


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WCW// owner + founder of public relations/marketing firm

I am absolutely thrilled for this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday to introduce you to a mentor and friend of mine, Dawn Psaromatis.

While living in Austin, I worked as a Visual Communications Expert at Wellington Group where I was involved in the creative side of the business through graphic design, marketing, and branding. While working there, Dawn was not just my boss- she was a mentor, going out of her way to teach me the ropes of owning a business in an honest and transparent way. There are few women that have had as much impact in my professional and personal life as her. She, over the last few years, has truly taken me under her wing and helped me cultivate the confidence and skills to succeed. Her knowledge has given me the blueprints for developing my own creative business, and I would love to share her words with other women and men who are thirsty for entrepreneurial advice.

K: Dawn, please tell me about yourself. 

D: My name is Dawn Wellington Psaromatis, and I’m an entrepreneur, business owner, wife and soon-to-be mother. I love to laugh, I’m fiercely loyal, and I’m obsessed with checking the weather.

My company, Wellington Group, is a marketing, public relations and social media firm that delivers creative and strategic communications programs that generate powerful recognition of your brand, help you speak directly to your audience and engage customers to become advocates for your business.


K: When did you first realize you wanted to start your own business? Is there a particular event that inspired you?

D: From managing my cookie and lemonade stand at my parents’ garage sales to launching a t-shirt business that came and went quickly (it was a huge flop, but there were many homeless people in Austin who received new shirts and a breakfast taco any chance I had to give them out), I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2006, I started working for a company where I reported to the co-founder, who is an entrepreneur and inventor. He would share his knowledge with me, and I admired the company he built. I started doing some self-evaluation and realized most of my friends (and even the guys I dated) were entrepreneurs. In December 2006, I was in the recording studio working with a producer and someone who does music scoring for a weight-loss product that we represented. We were in the studio for some long, intense days. They were both entrepreneurs and we spoke, in depth, about their journey. I remember sitting with them one day and it was quiet when I said, “I think I’m going to start my own business.” That got things in motion.

K: That’s amazing! How did you settle on the idea of the Wellington Group?

D: I had some freelancing opportunities that I decided to pursue. It wasn’t easy. I had a full time job and then was freelancing on the side (I always say that it felt like I was having an affair with another job). Plus, I was traveling on the weekends for my full time job. It was a tough three months and I made a lot of sacrifices, but it was worth it.

K: Who and what did you find to be the greatest help in your earliest years of the company? 

D: My faith, family and friends were all things I relied on during the early years. I had a great support and referral network too. Later in my business, I started Sandler Training at Market Sense, did the MyEJ program through Acton School of Business and joined EO Accelerator – all three had a huge impact on growing my business.

Inside of the Wellington Group office.

Inside of the Wellington Group office.

K: What is your advice to other young entrepreneurs who have a desire to start their own business?

D: There will always be a good excuse not to do it. Don’t let excuses stop you. Surround yourself by people who know more than you. Find a support network. Read all the business books you can possibly read. Be willing to fail, fail fast and recover. And, most importantly, pray about it. If it’s God’s plan for you, you just have to put in the hard work and He’ll open the doors.

K: What are a few good first steps to take to make it a reality? 

D: I’m a big deadline, goals-driven, make a list and check it off kind of person. Set a deadline for yourself for when you want to actually go full time in your business and work backwards. For me, I had three months to secure a few clients, buy a computer and printer, have some business cards made up, decide on a business name, secure a website, set up emails and get my LLC.

K: Once the doors of a business are open, what are some important things to keep in mind/practice?

D: 1. Journal daily – this will be good for your mental state and keep you focused.

2.Grow and nurture your database – make sure every single person you meet goes into your database and market to them. This will be your biggest resource. Most business owners aren’t doing this.

K: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of being the owner of your own business? 

D: Most entrepreneurs start a business focused around something they are really good at (for me it was PR and marketing). Then, as the business grows, they have to shift from doing the work to actually running the business. This can be a challenge – especially for someone, like me, who enjoys the creative-side of the business more. My business/sales coach has been encouraging me to find my creative outlet somewhere outside of my business.


K: What is the most rewarding? 

D: The projects and campaigns we produce that yield stellar results for our clients (which usually means generating more leads and increasing brand awareness) is really rewarding. We love to Wow through service – it’s one of our core values.

K: What are the unique challenges of being a woman business owner? 

D: Most of our clients are men, and that’s never been a problem. We love our clients! However, after reading, Lean In, I was able to pinpoint and articulate what some challenges women face that men don’t – like how we bill, how assertive we should be, making decisions about raising kids and career, etc. There’s a reason most businesses that generate a million plus in revenue are owned by men. As women, we need to start addressing our challenges to fix this.

K: What is your advice for young women, particularly, (sorry boys!) in the work force of chasing their business ownership dreams? 

D: Read Lean In.

K: What is something you learned from being your own boss? 

D: My mood and energy (good or bad) can impact the whole office. I really have to keep things in check and sometimes leave things at the door when I walk through it.

K: How you stay inspired/ where do you get your inspiration?

D: My monthly accountability meetings, my weekly Sandler training class, talking to other business owners, reading business-related books, my team and sometimes taking time to step back and really take in all that I’ve accomplished all help keep me inspired.

K: I know that you are always out and about with adventures. What do you like to do in your free time?

D: I love being outside. My husband and I are also huge movie buffs – documentaries and indie films. I’m also a fan of trying new places and restaurants – it seems like there is something new opening up weekly in Austin.

K: Speaking of that city we love; if someone were to visit Austin, what would you suggest they experience?

D: There’s so much to experience here. I’d recommend catching some live music, trying local restaurants and food trailers, dipping into Barton Springs, running (or walking) Town Lake, and touring UT, the Capitol and downtown.


K: You have always been an advocate for reading. What are your favorite books? Both personal and business minded?

D: War of Art, Built to Sell, Who, Good to Great, The E-Myth Revisited, Mastery,

Man’s Search for Meaning, East of Eden, and Pillars of the Earth

K: What are your favorite quotes or bits of advice you’ve heard?

D: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

 Feel the fear and do it anyway.

 Don’t sacrifice being successful for being liked.

 Fortune favors the bold.

 Wear sunscreen. 

K: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me. Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?

Enjoy the ride – every, single moment of it. It’s not always going to be easy (frankly, it can be darn right hard most of the time), but the adventure is so, so sweet.


Isn’t she the greatest? You can check out the Wellington Group website here.

HUGE thank you to Dawn for the interview and inspiration. I hope her words can encourage anyone who is thinking about starting their own business, in any capacity, and to know that the opportunity is out there. Now it’s time for you to go after it.

XO, K.

introducing WCW// shop owner + kendallhannaphotography

I have been extremely excited about some recent projects I’ve been working on- including partnering up with other creatives to produce some things I’m pretty smitten over.

Recently, I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Hannah from Cottonwood Road on some styled photo shoots. It has been so fun to team up with another woman who has a similar creative dream and have the freedom to make our visions for business and art a working reality. So, she was a natural candidate for a new bi-weekly segment that I am starting called “Woman Crush Wednesday”, where I will be interviewing women from all walks of life that have a skill, advice or passion that inspires me. And I believe their words are worth passing on. I am hoping to help women (and men!) find advice and inspiration from other women and promote the vital need for us to be a gender that encourages each other (and not to be jealous or backstabbing of other women’s accomplishments). These women will be everything from entrepreneurs to public speakers to the makers of the most delicious pies who are ready to share their sugary secrets. May you find the strength to follow your dreams from these warriors.

Hannah Hagaman | Shop Owner | Photographer | Creative Partner

Photography by yours truly. 


K: What was the inspiration for the name of your blog?

H: The house my hubby and I live in was once Preston’s grandparents home.  They built the house on a beautiful piece of land when there weren’t many other homes yet in the area. The street was originally named Cottonwood Road. I’m not sure why I fell in love with it when I heard the name but I knew I had to use it. It reminds me of old times, beautiful trees, dirt roads, and new beginnings.

K: So I know that you sell handmade goods on an etsy shop. Mind telling me a little about it, and what led you to start it?

H: In June of 2012, American Flag shorts were all the rage, so I decided to make myself a pair. My sister actually loved them and insisted that I make her some and suggested that I sell them. At that, I just jumped in! I made and sold over a dozen pair in only two weeks. It was hard work and I learned a lot that summer but it created in me a new desire for making things with my hands and selling to folks who loved my work.


K: What advice would you give to people trying to sell their own handmade products?

H: To those trying to sell handmade things: QUALITY. That’s the one word I will leave you with. Do things the right way, with integrity and make a fantastic product. Make it well, don’t skimp on materials or time making it. Make sure you price it according to the work you’ve put in too. If what you make has great quality, it will be worth every penny.


K: So, you’re not the only Hagaman that loves making things with their hands. Tell me a bit about your hubby, Preston’s, hobby/business in woodworking and how he started in that. 

H: My sweet hubby has a new found love for building things. Right now it is just a hobby, though he has a few things featured on my etsy shop.  He’s made me some wonderful things for our home! What started this love was my asking him to build me a wooden canvas made of pallet boards for me to paint Texas flags on. From that time forward, he is always thinking of new things to build, for himself, for me or for our home.  He’s made me a kitchen island, benches to create a breakfast nook, a bath caddy and a huge outdoor party table complete with ice buckets for drinks. He’s extremely talented.

K: Okay, you know my love affair with reading, so I must ask: what are your favorite books?

H: My favorite books. That’s a tough one. I used to be an avid reader and now I rarely have a book in my hand. Someone get me hooked again, give me a great book to read! No judging allowed, but my favorite book series will always be the Harry Potter series. Adventure, fantasy, drama and magic. Another one of my favorite books is Redeeming Love. Everyone needs to read this book. The perfect love story.

K: I will always shamelessly love Harry Potter. Outside of your growing business, what are your hobbies?

H: I really enjoy photography. Though this is slowly becoming my job, it will always be a hobby as well and I rarely am seen without my camera. I love being behind a camera, capturing the world around me and the people I encounter. It truly brings me a sense of joy like nothing else. It allows me to see God’s creation in new light!


K: What was the last project you worked on, or currently have your hands dirty with?

H: Thanks to you, my sweet friend, I now have the new A Beautiful Mess book and I am looking forward to diving in and experimenting with photography in new ways.  I am also looking forward to collaborating with Kensfolk to give young women new style ideas and hopefully a sense of confidence that goes beyond what they wear.  As for my etsy shop, well, it’s almost fall here in Texas and I am hoping to get two new lines of gorgeous linen scarves out there soon!

K: I actually own one of the scarves you made for last fall/winter and always get compliments on it. As for you, how would you describe your personal style?

H: My personal style is an eclectic mess.  I honestly wear what fits my body type well and the way I’m feeling that day. If I’m feeling carefree I’ll grab my floral skirt and silk top for a boho look. If I’m feeling up for casual dressy, I’ll immediately grab my dark skinnies and a blazer. My go to clothing item might be my little black romper for days when I just don’t have a clue what to wear. I have a lot of vintage and many garage sale treasures and I rarely go out and buy clothes from a store. Because of this I have a wide variety of styles and staples to choose from and get to experiment with style every day.


hannahshoot-0445K: What have been your favorite pieces of advice or inspirational quotes you’ve loved?

H: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

“Embrace the current season of your life” – Gabrielle Blair

“All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus” – UNKNOWN (this is one for every single day)

I also really love words. I love finding new words, I’ve never heard before and finding their meaning.  There are some really beautiful words out there.

My favorites today are: “meraki (v.) to do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work” and “redamancy (n.) the act of loving the one who loves you; a love returned in full.”



K: What is your dream job?

H: I would love to be a full time photographer.

K: What do you find to be the most challenging part of being an artist? Blogger?

For me, the answer to this question is a lack of confidence. There are many times when I simply don’t have confidence in myself or in my work and this tends to lead to less work rather than trying harder.  Sometimes all it takes is one person’s kind words about my work and other times I have to suck it up, fake confidence, and continue practicing and putting myself out there by myself.  The only way that I will ever improve and do things with excellence is by doing what I love a little bit every day.  Thankfully I have an awesome hubby who supports me and encourages me daily!


K: What/where do you go to find inspiration for your work?

H: Thanks to Pinterest, inspiration is pretty easy to come by. Reading and viewing fellow photographer’s/blogger’s work is also extremely helpful and gets my creative juices flowing. But sometimes, I just get so sick of looking at a computer screen and that’s when I go on adventures.  I like road trips and taking long walks in the woods. Even simple, gorgeous morning light and the smell of good coffee is enough to inspire me for the day.  Seeing God’s beautiful creation, especially at the golden hour entices me and excites me.

K: What’s your advice to new aspiring photographers?

H: I still see myself as a new aspiring photographer, so this advice is for myself as well.  Take photos every day. Try out every kind of photography (couples, seniors, landscapes, food, etc) before choosing what direction you’d like to take.  Try new things and see what works for you. Make yourself get up early and take photos at sunrise, then test your knowledge of your camera and try to shoot at night with a single lamp or even the moon as your light source.  Remember that it takes time, don’t get frustrated with yourself because you’re not Richard Avedon overnight. The more you shoot, the more you will learn and the better you will be.



K: Favorite blogs?

H: Chalk White Arrow, Kensfolk (duh), Local Milk, The Wiegands, The Daylee Journal, The Day Book , Kelli Murray, Treasures and Travels


K: Thank you! If you could conquer any talent you don’t already have, what would it be? (ex: being a surfer, able to cook really well, be a marathon runner, etc.)

H: Oh goodness, there are lots of talents I wish I had, but almost my whole family has some kind of musical talented, except me. I can carry a tune, but my sister has the pipes (aka she’s moving to New York to pursue a career on Broadway). I think I’d like to be able to play the guitar and sing. (cliché? Maybe.)

K: Learning how to play the guitar has been on my bucket list for over 10 years, so I relate.

What is your advice for newly married couples from your own experience?

H: Yea marriage!! Oh my, I have lots of advice. I’ll try to stick to just a few things.

1) Learn how to resolve conflict well. Figure out what your conflict language is and conquer that sucker. Timing is everything. Don’t argue if you’re hungry, angry, lonely (or lost, in my case), or tired (HALT).

2) Be in community.  Have other young married friends to live life with. Not just for the bbq on Saturday but really being in each other’s lives. Digging in, getting your hands dirty, asking the really tough questions and allowing accountability in your life.

3) Last one, GO ON DATES! Make one night a week date night and go have a sit down dinner and some kind of fun. Talk, laugh, cry, whatever but just make spending time one on one a priority. My hubby and I, once a month, challenge each other with our dates. We give the other person a word, color, phrase, numbers, anything and they have to come up with a date night surrounding the topic. See HERE on my blog for ideas!!



K: Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me! Is there anything else you would like to add or say about yourself?

H: I have a slight addiction to coffee and popcorn. I love me some Jesus and get excited His creation and His people. I have a passion for light. Not just the light from a gorgeous sunrise that touches the earth in the morning or the soft, dreamy light that comes only after a heavy rain but a light that is within people. The kind of light that brings smiles to faces and joy to the bones.


How great is she?! A huge thank you to you, Hannah, so spending the time to interview with me and for picking me to photograph some head shots for your blog! You are truly beautifully stunning, inside and out.


Check out Hannah’s photography blog HERE tomorrow for the unveiling of the bohemian bridal styled shoot that we collaborated on!