Drawer Full of Giants beginning started with a social entrepreneurial purpose
In 2011 I was inspired to create a model of being able to serve the marketplace while also giving-back through my creative services, by supporting the projects of individuals, small businesses, and organisations around the world up to 6 months, at times 9 months, a year, donating my time in two-month blocks. I was afforded the opportunity to work within some great teams and projects that I would never have the opportunity to work on over 8 years - living, working and serving in this fashion in Thailand, Cambodia, Canada, the USA, and Australia several times each in 1st world countries. I love supporting people who support their own communities.
I learned a lot about myself, my abilities, and talents that have since become a focal point of how I operate my business and the formulation of DFoG's future plans in continuing its social enterprise heart in a more scalable way.
Doing Business God's Way - yeah, a little different
In 2010, as I finished up my BA in Visual Communication (at 40), I suddenly had the inspiration to consider working for myself, which definitely hadn't been on my radar. The idea struck deep and while quietly mulling it over, two tutors called me aside, sat me down, and proceeded to advise me that they felt I should work for myself, stating I had 'what it took' to make a good go of it.
Not telling a soul of my thoughts, having this advice given to me was the practical confirmation I guess I was looking for. I soon realised that I was being Divinely directed as doors opened to start working for myself. Shortly after Drawer Full of Giants was founded. I was in business without a lick of knowing what I was doing.
Because of such, not far into my entrepreneurial experience I started having a lot of 'bright ideas' about the way I could market myself. Having no reference to whether they were actually feasible, I asked God if He'd mind I visited a "professional". The long and short of it was, as I'm walking into the office of the professional in question, I shot up a request for confirmation - if she liked my ideas, then I knew God gave them to me.
I couldn't tell you what else was said after she exclaimed, "Wow, I don't get big businesses giving me this much detail, this is great!"
That's the day I realised God was rather skilled in marketing - who would have thought?! I then began a personalised journey in practical experimentation - could I follow all of what He told me to do in business? The hindsight of 10 years lets me think that I can indeed. It's proved for an interesting and somethings inconvenient, but always satisfying ride.
Connecting the dots, I've always been 'innovative'
I am an ideas girl, a lover of the colour blue and living outside the box! My creative and entrepreneurial talents showed themselves at quite a young age (12). That's when I realised pocket money was to be made in selling my artwork to the doily-crazed, silver-set — my nan and her friends — in the form of liquid embroidery.
Though pursuing a career in graphic design even before leaving high school, many years passed before I became conscious of the importance and responsibility of developing the natural talents I had, which seemed, now, to draw me towards my purpose in life. Opportunity knocked and pulled me once more into the classroom in my late 30s to earn a BA and I was able to realise a 25-year-old-dream.
Afterward, not merely limiting me to 'just' earning a living, God invited me to take my business anywhere in the world I wanted to go instructing me, wherever I found myself, to donate my time to the business owners and ministries he placed me in front of. He went on to promise, if I did this He would keep me in paying clients. Therefore, between 2012-2019 I was location independent, traveling parts of the world full-time developing and engaging in the Social Enterprise side of my business.
In 2019 I returned home to put down roots and advised that it was time to grow the business side of Drawer Full of Giants.
I'm naturally social in these places
Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa)
I LOVE exotic animals to handle! My 2012 birthday treat while project managing the filming of a Thai TV program! Tiger Temple - in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
When meeting me you'll notice I have an accent, always a cause of mirth, I say tomato, you say tomahto. I'm from New Zealand, and better known as a 'Kiwi'. Without looking at my illustration above - I know, too late - do you know where that is? Well, if you turn the world upside down you'll find New Zealand right at the top. That's us. Otherwise, you'll find us east of a really big island called Australia. I'm originally from Christchurch, on the South Island.
A fun fact about me: In the first 20 years of my life I traveled the length and breadth of little ol' NZ 60 times with my family! True story!
I also raised an amazing musically-inclined daughter on my own, who is now in her late 20's.