It started in July 2013. At that time, our goal and mission was to bring fun and creativity into the world through designing and screen printing clothing. Over the last few years, we realized our passion wasn't clothing, but rather a deeper desire to help people reach their personal dreams and take their business to the next level.
Oh man, I am so good at running away. When faced with pain, literal or figurative, I run. I do everything I can to avoid it. Even in moments of confrontation, I find myself wishing I could curl up into a shell and hide.
The irony is, I face potential pain each and every day. Am I going to be hurt in a relationship? Will I make a mistake at work? Will I stub my toe? All very real possibilities, some a greater risk than others. But the risk of stubbing my toe or messing up at work doesn’t keep me in bed all day. Life will pass me by if I’m not willing to live it.
When Jay and I were praying about having our now three month old son, I was terrified. The fear of giving birth again was far worse; I knew what to expect this time, and it was going to be awful. But did it stop me? No. I knew in my heart that one day of pain, nine months of feeling gross, would turn into a lifetime of fun. Out of a beautiful marriage would come one more little one. A little boy we had prayed for years before his existence.
Now, I am no stranger to risk. I love a good adventure and that tends to get me in all sorts of interesting situations. In 2016, when I was pregnant with our daughter, we sold our house in the hopes of finding our dream home on some property. We ended up semi-homeless for three months, bought a toy-hauler, and lived in that for a year. During that time though, we found the perfect place: five wooded acres with a little shack, ready to become the dream.
In 2017 I quit my traditional job to pursue our marketing business full-time alongside my husband. Being self-employed has its many quirks: No paid healthcare, no paid vacation time, no consistent paycheck, no financing for two years, business taxes, etc. However, it also means I get freedom. Sweet, glorious freedom. I can be a stay at home mom, raise my babies, go on adventures, spend time with friends, and work when I want to. My decision to leave the traditional job could have caused pain for my family and I, but if I hadn’t taken the risk, I never would have discovered this freedom.
Embracing the pain that life throws our way is how we grow, how we achieve our dreams. The challenges of family, providing financially, building relationships, come at us every day. The risk of pain is everywhere. But living, truly living this life, is done by taking chances, becoming vulnerable, and fighting for what you want.
Jay & Indya Oakes
The Pacific Northwest is our home, Marketing is what we do, Adventure is what we love. Let us tell your story.