My Creative Journey

Before I started my journey as a surface pattern designer, I was a product development manager for a very ambitious consumer goods company.  I was over-worked, unhappy, and my health was in rough shape.   As much as I loved the team that I worked with, I knew that I desperately needed a change.  My biggest fear was that I lived for work…and as a new Mom, I didn’t want my son to grow up without me being more present in his life.  I changed jobs hoping that a new environment would help, but it was equally frenetic and I was miserable.
It was then that I saw a post from a good friend about Bonnie’s course.  I knew very little about illustrator and even less about being an artist.  But, I loved the idea of creating my own art, working with color, and seeing my work on products.  It resonated with me to my core.  My job had me manufacturing product for major retailers for years, but it was never MY art.  It never felt like “me.”  What would it feel like to walk into a store and see my work on shelves?
Henri Matisse said that “Creativity takes courage.”  With my husband’s support, I made the biggest leap of faith in my life and I quit my toxic job.  This was entirely out of character for me.  I was so unbelievably scared, but honestly, this path with all of its unknowns was safer and brighter to me than staying unhappy and unhealthy where I was before.  I resolved myself to the need for creating a positive change in my career.  And having just said good bye to a reliable paycheck, my biggest challenge was investing in something big and unknown for ME.
But, oh…. was it worth it.
Immediately after beginning this course, I felt empowered, inspired and so very excited!  Bonnie presents the course in delicious little bites… easy to retain and easy to understand.  I absolutely gobbled it up.  And today I find myself with a skill set that can be wielded toward so many different forms of income that my options are truly limitless.
This course gave me a much-needed lifeline back to being a more joyful, grateful, happy version of myself.  It took two years of honing my style, making dozens of patterns, and hearing “no” more times than I can count…but here I am today with a style that I am proud of that reflects my heart…and I’m absolutely over the moon to say that I have two new fabric collections on the horizon.  Can you believe it?!  It really is my dream come true.
The artwork that comes from your hand is as unique as your own fingerprint.  And the world needs to see it.  If you’re on the fence about this course, my advice would be to follow your heart and take the leap…  If nothing else, you’ll learn fantastic skills and join a community of warm-hearted, encouraging supporters.  One of my heroes, David Bowie, said “Go a little bit out of your depth.  And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”
The horizon holds so much for me.  I warmly welcome you to join me on my journey and invite you to reach out to me if you have questions.  It is truly my honor to be an ambassador for Bonnie’s Immersion course.  And I would love to help you succeed with your own creative journey.
4 replies
  1. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Hi Jackie,
    I saw your interview with Bonnie today and when she showed a few of your designs I decided I needed to see more! I love them!
    I am an aspiring designer also, and I have a question for you…how did you choose your brand name? I’ve been wondering about this as I’ve seen some designers use their own name while others think up wonderful DBAs such as yours. How did you decide and where did you get the inspiration for your brand name?

    • Jackie MacDonald
      Jackie MacDonald says:

      Hi Robyn! Thank you so much for your kind words… I’m so honored you would take a moment to visit and see more of my work. I’m so happy you enjoy it! You made my day!

      I was really worried about choosing a brand name…. So many people have been very successful using their own names, but when I did a google search there were SO MANY Jackie MacDonalds (and even more J. MacDonalds) that I feared I would quickly be lost in the fray. I ran my thoughts past the immersion group in a thread where everyone was discussing brand name creation, and they validated my concern. So, after I decided NOT to use my name… I really tried to embrace what my design style would be in my brand name…. I chose Sweetfire Road because “Sweet” evoked thoughts of my southern upbringing to me… “fire” represents my passion for my work… and the word “road” comes from my hope that my design work “takes you home.” Can you tell that I love words and I love symbolism…?

      My brand reminds me of my purpose to create “design that takes you home.” I doubt that it will ever be so meaningful to others as it is to me, but I wanted to make sure it felt right and was something I could be proud to see on the shelf. I hope this helps! Please reach out to me any time and thank you again so much for your kindness!

  2. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Well, that’s about the best explanation I’ve ever heard for how someone chose a brand name. Yes, that helps–it takes my thoughts in a whole new direction 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  3. Sweetfire Road
    Sweetfire Road says:

    You are so very welcome!! 🙂 Please keep me posted on your journey!!! I’d love to cheer you on, Robyn! Thanks again for your question!

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