Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx

 Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx | Interview Series | Self-Care | Community | Female Empowerment | Women | Community Over Competition | Storytelling | Authenticity | Wholehearted Woman

Hi Alyx! Please tell us a bit about you and your story.

Hi guys! Thanks so much for having me. I the founder and designer over at Made by Alyx. I specialize in crafting unique brands with an emphasis on hand-lettering, illustration, and pattern design. I love getting to break out the art supplies and work with my hands. I live in a little beach town in southern Orange County with my husband, our Boston terrier pup, Bruce, and we have a baby boy on the way!

 

How did you become a designer and creator? Was there a specific moment when you decided this was what you were going to do?

I grew up in an extremely creative family. There was always art projects happening at the kitchen table. I can’t remember a time I didn’t want to be an artist of some sort. I never really considered not having a creative job/career.  My mom is a graphic designer too and I always joked that I wanted to be an artist but not in the same way as my mom. But here I am. Sometimes we even do some work together which is really special and fun.

 

I absolutely LOVE your work. Selfish question here and maybe you get this a lot but… how did you work with big brands like Minted and FitFabFun?

Thank you so much! So pretty crazy... FabFitFun found me on instagram. They liked a couple of the prints I had done for another company and wanted me to create something for their Summer 2016 box. It was such a fun project and such an amazing team to work with. As for Minted, since they are a crowd sourced site, I submitted a few designs for their Holiday 2016 challenge and was selected. They liked my illustration work and then even commissioned me to work on a few kids products.

 Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx | Interview Series | Self-Care | Community | Female Empowerment | Women | Community Over Competition | Storytelling | Authenticity | Wholehearted Woman
 Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx | Interview Series | Self-Care | Community | Female Empowerment | Women | Community Over Competition | Storytelling | Authenticity | Wholehearted Woman

As women, I think there’s a lot of topics we’re afraid to talk about. What is something that has been on your heart recently?

Hmm... maybe success vs. happiness. I have heard a lot of people think to be successful you must sacrifice some level of happiness. I think I used to even believe this. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Happiness and doing what your passionate about may not technically have monetary value but it has tremendous value in my life. I think people forget about that or are afraid of it.

 

The online world can be a noisy place sometimes. How do you stay authentic and true to who you are?

I try my best to not be consumed by it. An online presence is essential to my business but not to me as a human being and I try my hardest to remember that. Honestly, I just strive to do work I love and want to look at. I feel like if  I am doing that, then I am staying true to myself.

 

 Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx | Interview Series | Self-Care | Community | Female Empowerment | Women | Community Over Competition | Storytelling | Authenticity | Wholehearted Woman

What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received from someone else?

Create something everyday even if it sucks. I cannot remember who told me this - it may have been in a college art class - but it has really stuck with me.

 

Can you share your own nugget of wisdom with our readers?

Be open to where life takes you. I would have never in a million years thought this is what I would be doing. You can plan out your life perfectly but that doesn’t allow for any spontaneity or sweet surprise. I am so much more in love with what I am doing that what I thought I would be doing at this point in my life.

 

What’s next for you in your journey? How can we support you, and where can we find you online?

I am finally launching my new website & shop. I am going to be selling art prints and some downloadable art bundles for other creatives. So check that out at: Made x Alyx and be sure follow me on instagram @alyxhouse for updates and discount codes.. And in my personal life, expecting a baby boy - any day now ha! So look for some baby spam up on my feed very, very soon.

 

 Wholehearted Wednesdays with Alyx | Interview Series | Self-Care | Community | Female Empowerment | Women | Community Over Competition | Storytelling | Authenticity | Wholehearted Woman

Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Alyx. One last question before we leave, what does being a wholehearted woman mean to you?

To me being a wholehearted woman, means staying true to yourself, having confidence, and supporting other women. It’s about doing your thing and supporting others as they do theirs.

 

Rapid fire q’s:

  • A woman who inspires me: My mom
  • Favorite place to hang out online: Instagram
  • Best book I ever read: I have to admit I am not a huge reader…. but I did love GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
  • My core values: Jesus, family, and love others.

 

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