the kite story


A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

uplift artisan began with a dream on April 28, 2009. This wasn’t the kind of dream where you have an idea in your mind that you yearn to make reality. This was the kind where during a deep slumber, a higher presence/God/angel/guide/whatever-you-choose-to-call-it/the Universe told me I was going to start a new business. And that it would be called uplift artisan. And that if I did this, everything would be awesome. In that dream, I saw the kites exactly in my mind’s eye.

It was a knowing. It was deeply profound. It felt like the information was ‘downloaded’ into my soul. I didn’t see a face or a person standing before me, no. But I felt it all and just knew.

I woke up and thought I was going to bust right out of my skin with excitement. I told my husband, Fred, every detail that I could remember and he listened openly. A couple of hours later we took our two children to the beach. Our son was 2½ and our daughter was only three months old.

While one played and the other slept, thoughts and ideas continued to flow out of me, including how in the world does one make kites? And I didn’t know how to sew or screen print and how in the world would I do this?!! And, oh my god, I don’t know the first thing about running a business.

And then something even crazier happened.

Further down the beach, I noticed a man flying kites. And he was videotaping them. And I said to Fred, “That man makes kites.” I knew.

I marched to where he was and told him I’d just dreamt the night before about making kites. And he told me he worked for one of the biggest kite-making companies in the United States. I was dumbstruck. I asked him as many questions as I could without giving my idea away and he politely answered and gave me his card.

I emailed him the next day and didn’t hear back.

I had my confirmation from the Universe (or whoever) that they meant business and this was good enough for me. I was paying attention, oh yes.

A few years went by where I took care of my babies and taught myself how to sew and screen print through online classes and tutorials. I started collecting fabrics at estate and garage sales. I constantly thought about this dream, writing down notes and researching everything I could as time went by.

I found the San Diego Kite Club and my family joined them one day at its monthly gathering. Everyone told me I had to talk to Victor, who owned the longest running kite shop in town, Kite Country.

And then, in July of 2011, my husband lost his job. We decided to be unconventional. We found renters within three weeks and put everything we owned in storage. Our plan was to go on the road with two little kids and live the life of gypsies for a year. And we would wait for the next opportunity to come along.

It was one of the hardest and best things we’ve ever done and a whole other story.

But I still hadn’t met Victor and I couldn’t leave town (not knowing when or if we would ever be back) without getting his guidance. So in the midst of packing, I drove down to Kite Country and introduced myself. And he’s been my “kite guru” ever since.

Thanks to him and his deep knowledge, I would eventually have a kite that flew (no easy feat).

While on the road, I took an intensive, online class for small creative businesses called “Hello Soul, Hello Business” and my world was rocked even more. I connected with women from all over the world and have met several of them in person since. And I’m honored to call them friends and creative cohorts. I could NOT have done any of this without their support.

I also met my kick-ass web designer, Leah, of Leah Creates, who I connected with instantly. In our first conversation, she told me I needed to go to the World Domination Summit in Portland, OR. This was a conference created by Chris Guillebeau, writer of The Art of Non-Conformity and its theme was “How do you live an unconventional life in a conventional world?” YES! Despite being sold out, Leah found me a ticket and again, my world was turned upside down in a most-excellent way. I can honestly say I’ve made dear, lifelong friends because of WDS.

We moved back into our home in August of 2012. It was surreal. We thought, “Did the last year really happen?” Things were the same, yet different. This time, though, I turned our garage into my studio and uplift artisan had a home.

And then.

Remember the kite-making-man at the beach four years before?

Well. There’s more. The day after Christmas 2012, several months after settling into our house, I was at the coffee shop.

It was a key day for me because I had just signed off on the design of the website. It was feeling very official and all. Fred called me and said the wind was just right and that we should try flying the latest prototype. I almost said no. I was in my creative groove and didn’t want to shift gears.

But, I said yes. And we went to the beach. The same beach we went to on April 28, 2009.

The kite took some adjustments to get going, but then…it flew. Beautifully. Perfectly.

I looked down the beach and saw a man. Flying kites. I knew. So I walked towards him and when he turned around, I had chills. I asked him, “Do you work for a kite company?”


“I don’t know if you remember me, but I came up to you four years ago and told you about this crazy dream I had about kites.”

“Oh, no, I remember you. Looks like you figured it out.”

And now, whenever there is a good wind, you’ll find Kevin and I testing out our kites.

True story.