Hi everyone!!! I honestly don't even know where to begin with this...I really can't believe that I'm writing my first ever blog post on my very own website. Brace yourselves - I tend to ramble when I'm excited, so this will be a long one!
I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself, so here goes! My name is Nathalie Dimitri, and I'm originally from Montreal (#theworldneedsmorecanada), but I moved to New Jersey in early 2017 after I got married and that’s kind of when I stumbled upon this whole hand lettering thing on Instagram.
At that point, I had a lot of downtime, and was mesmerized by all of the hand lettering videos I was watching and figured why not try it myself! I really was just looking for a way to keep myself busy that didn't involve binge-watching every single Netflix original show 24/7. I'm a pretty introverted person, so the idea of having to adapt to living in a new place AND having to go out there in the world and socialize to try to find activities to fill my time was kind of, supremely anxiety inducing.
So, I was definitely enjoying hanging out at home and basically drawing letters. You should also know that my whole life I've wished I could draw, but could barely even put together a stick figure, so it was amazing to me that I was finally able to actually draw something. I am also OBSESSED with anything stationary-related and am the ultimate pen and notebook hoarder, so I was excited to finally find a use for all those!
By the way, I actually have a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, but I've never really worked in the field since I graduated in 2014. I studied science my whole life because it was the "safe" path that everyone convinced me to take and I had no clear idea of what I ACTUALLY wanted to be when I grew up (#adultingishard), so I kind of just rolled with it. While I wasn't the greatest student, I managed to get by and graduate, so I guess that's something. Even though I don’t necessarily regret my choice of study program, since it taught me important lessons in discipline in hard work, and brought me to some of my closest friends, I definitely do wish I knew back then that it was OK to tap into my creative side as a viable career option. Now, I still have not made hand lettering my full time career, and I do still have a “day job” working from home as a social media engagement specialist/moderator, which I am very grateful for because it gives me the time and space I need to keep working on building my hand lettering business.
I think that pretty much my whole life I knew I had some sort of creative side, but I could never really figure out how to tap into that thing that I could actually be good at. I've started and quit so many things before I stumbled upon hand lettering. I've tried learning guitar and gave up because I couldn't keep my nails short enough (#basic). I used to make cupcakes and really thought I'd start my own baking business some day but quit when I realized it was more of a hobby than a passion. Also, I moved away and only had my husband to bake for and there was no way I was going to let us put on all that weight from eating all the cupcakes I'd make (#fitfam...just kidding - mac and cheese fo' life!).
I then completed a diploma in event planning because I realized that I could channel all of my organizing and planning skills into a job. While that hasn’t necessarily taken off as a career on its own, this is kind of where hand lettering comes into play. Bashful Lettering + Event Design is my way of bringing my love of hand lettering together with my love of events.
My tagline is “Because life should always be bashful” because I truly believe that taking the time to celebrate the special moments in our lives, be it birthdays, showers, weddings, house warming parties, you name it, is the best way to enjoy life and not be stuck in our daily routines. I also really love the idea of personalizing your event and making it truly reflect who you are by incorporating hand lettered elements into your décor, and the same goes for decorating your home.
So guys, I’m just really thrilled that I now have this website where I can share more about myself, insights on my hand lettering process, as well as tips and tricks for making your lives more bashful! I really hope I didn't bore you to death with this post (that's if you actually read the whole thing) and I look forward to sharing more with you!