While the rest of my family has been drawn to adventurous outdoor activities like sailing and skiing, my passions were always creative. From sewing pillowcases during sleepovers at my grandma’s house to creating scrapbooks, nail art, and dancing, I always found creative ways to express myself. While my creativity may have looked different during various stages of my journey, it has always had a strong presence in my life.
When I was 13, I decided I wanted to be a foreign exchange student. Fast forward four years - I was standing at the Raleigh-Durham Airport, being greeted by strangers who were soon to become like family. I knew this year of my life would be monumental, but I never knew just how much this experience would change my life.
I met my husband during my exchange year, and while most people didn’t think it would work out, (hello, long-distance across the Atlantic at 17!) careful planning and commitment brought us back together in the same city two and a half years later. Fast forward another two and a half years, and I got married to my high school sweetheart, surrounded by our family and friends!
After graduating from college with a double major in Marketing and Project Management, I landed what would seemingly be the dream job. I had great benefits, I was working with creatives every day managing exciting projects, but I felt chained to my desk. As someone who thrives off productivity, the slow pace and lack of flexibility felt crippling.
Moving cities for my husband’s law school, I was forced to find a new job. Since I was convinced my last job was part of the problem, I was excited when I landed another great job - this time in corporate America. While I was extremely grateful, I soon came to the realization that it’s not you, it’s me. While I never considered becoming an entrepreneur, it's amazing what green cubicle walls and non-existent vacation days will do to an adventurous heart. Sitting in a windowless cubicle, I realized I could combine my love for art and business strategy to do more.
Hygge Design Co was born out of a desire to connect my Norwegian culture with the American dream. Combatting the glorified hustle of entrepreneurship with a desire to be more intentional in how we spend our time. I’m proud to work behind the scenes, to help those who’ve devoted their lives to making other people’s dreams come true.