Creative Chat With Stephanie Jenssen

Happy Fri-YAY loves! Today I am interviewing the fabulous Stephanie from Jenssens Designs & The Lovely Essentials 

Tell us a little about yourself, your business & why you started it! 

Hello! My name is Stephanie Jenssen, and I am a writer and graphic designer. I got into my business after realizing that I could charge people for my designs! Kidding haha, but when I realized that I could turn my designs into an income for myself I became much more serious. I am now developing a DIY design program, for bloggers and small business owners. I want to help people learn to make their branding as beautiful as possible, as well as have the tools and know how to update it themselves whenever they like! 

What made you jump into the world of graphic design? 

Graphic design was actually my focus in senior high! I had to choose an art strand, and because I was already in drama club I went for my next interest. I've never been to talented with traditional art (sketching, painting, etc), but I feel very comfortable designing on a computer! 

What is your favorite aspect of this type of work? 

Definitely working so closely with my clients. I love it when they see the final draft of the design and they just light up, it's wonderful. 

What inspires & motivates you? 

Everything around me is inspiring! I truly find everything inspiring, it might be a little weird now that I think of it! My family and friends are great motivators, but the thing that truly motivates me is the word "no". When people tell me that I can't do something or I can't achieve something, it sparks a flame. I believe that anything is possible if you have the confidence and drive to achieve it. 

What has been one of your struggles within your biz that you overcame? 

My biggest struggle was finding my target audience! It took me such a long time to figure out, and it was sitting right under my nose. 

What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far in your journey?

My biggest accomplishment so far has been the fact that I'm running my own business. I don't know if you've seen it, Tangled? I see a bit of myself in Rapunzel. When I was younger I would keep to myself and was home-schooled, so I would do it all. Ballet, cooking, design, writing, singing, etc. If I couldn't do something at the time, I'd log it and keep it as a goal. Running my own business was the biggest goal, so I'm pretty happy that I've accomplished that! The next one (that I'm tackling currently!), is writing a book. 

If you could offer some advice to females wanting to start their own businesses what would it be? 

Don't give up! People will tell you that you can't, or that you're ideas won't generate a profit. As long as you can envision it, you can achieve it. I believe in you, 100%! 

Anything else you would like to add?  

My book "Selfish Help" is being released for pre-order (in eBook format) January 21st!

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