The what how and why I do what I do
Oh wow, hey guys! Thank you for taking interest in my craft. Thank you for taking interest in who I am, because that is what my business is all about. If this is your first visit to my page, I'll introduce myself. My name is Jessica Ann Petty. Most people know me as Jess. I am the founder and designer here at Ivy and Oak. I've been on this earth for twenty something years and it's been a beautiful and WILD journey so far. If in your life you've ever doubted that your events of misfortune and failure are apart of some large divine intervention then let this be an affirmation for you. Now, lets continue. How did I get into this business? Truth is, I didn't always know that this was what I wanted to do. I knew that I loved nature. I knew that it gave me peace. I would work my forty hours a week and on my days off, I'd wake up at six am and scurry up to the nearest mountain or national park for a breath of fresh air. For freedom. The smell of pine, the hollow winds traveling through a canyon..
I. LIVE. FOR. IT. The sun would touch my skin and I swear I got goose bumps. Sound Dramatic? Probably. Bottom line, nature settles my soul. Always has, always will. Come Monday, I'd return to my desk and wait for my next day off to do it all over again. Thinking back, I feel so silly. It seems the signs were always pointing to well, where I am now! Up until this point in my life, I always felt lost. I was just existing through my days. One day, (yes literally within one day//probably less than 6 hours) life knocked me on my ass. Every last shred of stability I had was ripped out from underneath me like a tablecloth. I had no path. I had no plan. I had no direction. In the moment, it burned. Looking back, I now see it as a refreshing bucket of water completely dousing me, waking me up. Funny right? The whole time and perspective concept. The left hook was only a lane change. The snake was actually a rope. The only guarantee when you lose everything is that there is nothing left to lose. I didn't like any of my my previous jobs. I didn't like being told how to act or what to wear. It felt constricting. At that point, I was met with a crossroad. I could use my resume to look for another desk job and go back to being a stressed mess or I could bring some damn meaning into my life. With nothing left to lose and nothing to fear, thats exactly what I did. In my opinion, life is way too short to live by the rules of someone else. Its way too short to not authentically be yourself 100% of the time. I crave nature. I crave FREEDOM. Starting this business has been a complete dream. When I say I started this with nothing, I mean nothing. No business loans. No input. No tips and pointers. I'd be lying if I said it was easy but nothing can dilute my passion and drive for what I do with Ivy and Oak. I've always seen nature for what it is. She is steadfast and limitless. She is full of color and rage. I take those emotions and pour them into my art. I took what makes me happy and turned it into a lifestyle. I think of my journey with every inquiry I receive and watch my dreams come into fruition. All of my designs are so dear to my heart. They are everything in my head that I can not say. They are the feelings in my being that I can not put into words. They are me and they can not be recreated. I know without a doubt that I am exactly where I am meant to be career wise. I am in love with my life. I am in love with the jagged path that got me here. I love my clients and all of you who appreciate the art that I create. In a modern world, I refuse to live out anything that makes my soul uncomfortable. Thats what you get with Ivy and Oak. Authenticity. Honesty. Openness. Now days, my heart overflows. I will continue to strive for personal freedom and improvement. I feel so full of joy and love when I speak to my clients and I hope you guys feel that from me! If you've made it this far, thank you thank you for taking the time to read my story. You are so very appreciated.