Today we are honored to introduce you to Tracy from Fair Morning Blue.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
Hi! My name is Tracy Castro and I am the artist behind Fair Morning Blue, a paper goods and textiles shop based in Austin, Texas. I started Fair Morning Blue in November of 2011 after spending several years as a stay at home mom, instead of returning to my previous career as a nurse and university instructor. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of being an artist and a writer, and I’m so happy that I finally decided to just go for it!
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
DO WHAT YOU LOVE: I believe that life is far too short and too precious to waste our time NOT doing what we love. We are each on a mission to seek out what makes us come alive and fills us with passion – and then to pursue it! That is precisely the impetus for Fair Morning Blue. I love each step of the card making process: drawing ,printing, trimming, scoring, packaging, photographing. I’m eagerly learning how to silk screen and carve stamps – and, I’m even saving up for a letter press. “Do what you love” is also the reason I occasionally let the dinner dishes wait on the counter while I take my daughters swimming until the pool closes, my rationale for staying up late to finish a truly great novel even though it’s a school night, and my argument in favor of splurging on a chocolate cupcake every now and again.
On the other hand, I can’t spend every waking minute creating and embracing beauty. As a wife, mom, daughter and small business owner, I find that life is unavoidably cluttered with little mundane tasks and obligations. This is where LOVE WHAT YOU DO comes in. I file my sales tax, I sweep up cheerios, I keep my annual appointment with the dentist. But as I do these, my very least favorite of chores, I make a commitment to love what I am doing. It’s not always easy, but I can almost always find some loveliness in whatever I am doing, even if it’s just the music playing in the background or the card I am designing in my imagination.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
At the risk of sounding trite, I find beauty and inspiration in the ordinary everyday world. This summer here in Texas, I am inspired by the stretched afternoon shadows on the sidewalk, the smell of sunscreen and the stickiness of melty popsicles.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
On a dreary day (or even when I’m just feeling kind of dreary and blue), nothing cheers me up more than making myself a small treat – a cup of coffee or maybe a sparkling water with lemon in a pretty glass with a straw. Then, I curl up in the rocking chair with some shelter mags. Most likely, my kitty cat Apple will curl up at my feet.
What are you most grateful for?
Above all else, I am grateful for my two charming daughters. They fill my days with laughter, love and happy chaos. And they inspire me to be follow my dreams in hopes that they will grow up following theirs.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Fair Morning Blue!