I’m Ellen, the creator and owner of “Designs & Art by Rae”.
I’m a native Australian-Vietnamese business owner and experienced content writer. I’m a proud “drop-out” and I’m obsessed with anything productive, planning and organising.
Below you can read my full story of how I was motivated to start my own business.
Flashback to High school…
Let’s “Raven” flashback to when I was still in school. I contemplated about life in bed every morning because I was sick of having to get up at a certain time every day. I was sick of having to go to bed early but ended up staying very late into the night because my mind was overwhelmed with thoughts.
I actually failed 10th grade and had to repeat. But I still skipped many days of school because of my mental disorders. In the end, I ended up dropping out of school (twice including public high school and university) because I suffered from major depression (it is in my genes) and anxieties. That’s when I developed social anxiety and insecurities.
During those years, I drowned in my own stress. I was worried about what I wanted to do in life (I really had no clue what I wanted to do). I was miserable! I was stuck. I looked around for inspiration. I didn’t want to be stuck in a 9-5 corporate job and I didn’t want to be working in retail for my entire life.
That Light I Found at the End of the Tunnel…
But I found a light in that tunnel at the end. It was out of random circumstances that life gives you. When I was still in public high school, I got my very own personal computer. I learned that you could create a blog online. I created my very first (free) blog where I could journal everything about my life including my mental health.
Later on, I changed that into a self-development and productive website because I wanted to help others improve themselves mentally.
Throughout 6+ years of being a blogger, I found something that I truly enjoyed – which was writing, search engine optimisation (SEO), graphic design, being creative and starting up a brand/business. That website gained recognition however I decided to sell that website (and brand) to someone else because I wanted to grow to something that revolves around what I’m passionate about.
How I Founded My Biz and How I Can Help You…
That’s how you found Designs & Art by Rae. I started my own business by the end of 2020 where I first sold my first product “100 Feminine Pinterest Templates” (and it’s one of my best sellers too). I started this brand because I wanted to put my experiences in designing and art to help you bring creativity into your very own business in a more efficient and faster way with Canva.
In 2022, I’ve decided to add an additional service to my business: content writing and copywriting!
6 Fun facts about me:
- My favourite colours are red, peach and gold. 👸🏻
- I love beauty-related things such as makeup and skincare!
- I’m literally coffee-obsessed. You can find me drinking a coffee anytime! My favourite coffee drink, in general, is iced coffee with a splash of skim milk. My favourite Starbucks drink is a Matcha Iced Latte and a Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Vanilla Cream. ☕️
- I am an (older) gen-z so technically, you can find me binge-watching Tiktok or browsing on Reddit. 🤪
- I like anything feminine, chic and shinny! (My entire room gives off that aesthetic theme)
- I’ve been in a “9 years toxic relationship“… with League of Legends 💀