Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolyn Veseliny.
Hi Carolyn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have 2 small businesses that I have founded and I also work full-time at SDSU in the special education department.
The first business is a mobile notary signing service, Notable Notary SD. I am certified by the State of California to be a notary and notary signing agent, which is an NSA certification for real estate property. I chose this type of business because it allows me to meet new people and have the ability to select my own hours. This business is exciting to me because it provides new avenues for meeting people and learning new skills. I enjoy networking with people and this position allows me endless opportunity in this arena.
The second business is called CO Designs; it’s a Carolyn Original (CO). This business is much more exciting because it is a creative venture that has manifested into an entity all by itself. I started making fun jewelry and fluid art designs while working on re-creating my life at 50. During a difficult time in my life, I made a conscience effort to focus on my creative abilities and use them as a healthy outlet and turned unwanted energy into beautiful, healthy, and positive energy. Art is a great therapeutic tool to use and is a healthy way to move through trying times in our lives.
What transpired from this creative venture was very unexpected and began to form into a business by itself. Currently, my jewelry and art is now available to purchase not only at a neighbor Boutique but it is also for sale online. We are never too young or old to pursue our dreams.
One of my favorite quotes is from Katherine Hepburn… The word impossible has two words… I’m Possible. I try to live my live with the thought I’M POSSIBLE.
These two businesses are part of my re-creation of the new and improved me at 50. I would like to see these two businesses transpire into self-supporting and prosperous companies that are able to give back to our community and be positive pillars that represent hope, hard work, and dreams coming to myself and inspiration for others.
CO Designs – website: codesigns.art
c_o_designs – Instagram
c_o_designs – Facebook
Notable Notary SD – website: notablenotarysd.com
notable_notary_sd – Instagram
notable_notary_sd – Facebook
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Of course, there have been challenges and obstacles along the road. Some obstacles I encountered were difficult because there was a lack of knowledge in my wheelhouse ex. marketing, websites, and mostly business-related issues. I was able to get past these by reaching out to others and asking for help or information for them.
I chose to join a women’s networking group, CWI (Connected Women of Influence). Joining this group was a game changer for me. I immediately connected with other women business owners and not only received great advice, tooltips, and knowledge from others who also have been in my shoes but most importantly gained a support network with others I could trust and learn from. CWI provided me with unending avenues of knowledge and support.
I would have to say the biggest struggle/obstacle would have to be the mind. Our minds and thoughts have the ability to defeat us before we start if we allow them.
“Am I good enough” “Can I pull this off” “What if I fail?”
Believing in yourself and knowing you and your dreams are worth fighting for can be half the battle. Making conscience choices to keep moving forward, when life throws you a roadblock or not throwing in the towel when it gets tough are things that make you stronger and they build character. Just remember… you are enough, and you are important.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
This was a hard to choose from the options.
First, working for San Diego State University Special Education department is my full-time job. I absolutely LOVE this job. I work for the Department Chair and assist her in her grant work. I have been working in this position for about 8 yrs. Working in this field is rewarding, and the people in this department are amazing.
Second, is the mobile notary business. This business requires a skill set of being comfortable meeting new people spur of the moment, being able to strike up conversation and put yourself out there and be able to be knowledgeable with the laws and expectations of this career. You are a representative of the State of California and are expected to be able to follow laws, think on your feet, and perform your duties at all times.
Third, would be the CO Designs business. This business is a mixture of selling yourself, creating marketable products, and creating digital platforms that create a niche for yourself in the marketplace. Being a business owner is not an easy task; it is a commitment. The saying that comes to my mind is… What you focus on grows. So, I focus on taking small business step,s and eventually, I will look back and realize how far I have come and be proud of myself. This business provides me with the most rewarding outcomes and returns. It is where my passion lives.
Art is life
What do you think about luck?
I feel that I am lucky and/or blessed in many ways. It seems that when I am struggling in an area, somehow, I get connected with the people that can help. I seem to be at the right place and right time which provides avenues and revenue streams for me. When I need inspiration, someone randomly brings me their old jewelry that they no longer need, and it helps to spark new ideas.
Luck to me is an interesting concept. I tend to count blessings instead of setbacks all the time. Which means I am probably skewed when it comes to feeling lucky. I am always very lucky in my eyes. The universe always provides us with what we need; all we have to do is pay attention and be open to receiving gifts.
I feel honored, lucky, or blessed I was nominated for this interview.
- Notary: Acknowledgement $15 per document, per signer.
- Notary: Jurats $15 per document, per signer.
- Notary: Property Signings – Sales, purchases, & refinance: $100 +
- Jewelry: ex. Necklaces $22 – $38
- Painting Party: minimum of 8 people – $375
- Website: www.notablenotarysd.com & www.codesigns.art
- Instagram: notable_notary_sd and c_o_designs
- Facebook: notable_notary_sd and c_o_designs