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Meet Trailblazer Marisse Hendrickson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marisse Hendrickson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ll be real, I struggled to try to figure out what I really wanted to do in life for a while. My dad likes to call me “jack of all trades”. I did photography for a little bit, became a Makeup artist & then decided to do something completely different and became a Pharmacy Tech. I went to Grossmont and Mesa College because I wanted to fulfill my dreams of becoming an interior designer & then I moved to the Design Institute of San Diego. I took MANY design/art classes from an architecture where I learned the importance of what color is to learn how to make blueprints and sketching floorplans.

In 2012, my husband received orders to Whidbey Island, Washington. It’s a very small town on an island north of Seattle. It was a complete culture shock for me. I was born and raised in San Diego and we were now living pretty much in the countryside. I became a stay-at-home Mom & devoted military spouse but that itch to keep creating never went away. My passion to create grew & I unlocked my inner Martha Stewart. I started refurbishing furniture, I learned metal stamping and started making personalized accessories. I took a leap of faith and finally opened up my own Etsy shop and started to be apart of local small craft markets. I remember when I came across the art of calligraphy I told my husband, “I want to learn calligraphy. I want to do it and I’m going to do it.” that was 4 Years ago! I started off learning with a pencil and I just grew from there. I wanted to start making my own wooden signs, and it took a while for my husband to trust me with my own power tools, but he eventually caved in and I now have my own little wood shop in my garage. So many people tell me that they’re afraid of using power tools but so was I ! Believe it or not, I actually failed my wood shop class in middle school because I was so fearful of power tools. I realized that fear will stop you from achieving.

Everything was scary in the beginning and I doubted myself at times, but it also helped me become wiser and I gained confidence. I like to believe that God was preparing me for greater things because here I am 5 years later continuing my passion & always striving to learn something new.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I know it’s a little cheesy, ok, maybe not a little… it’s SOOOO CHEESY to say that “Life is a Journey” but it is. I’ve hit “YIELD” signs, “STOP” signs and “U-TURN ONLY” signs along the way and here’s why…

My eldest son has special needs, I am a homeschool teacher, I take 2 kids to two different schools every day all while my little toddler (who I love dearly) has suddenly become a threenager. I AM a military spouse & a mother to four and that is my priority before my work. Many times, I get my priorities all jumbled up and when that happens everything falls apart. My passion turns into dreaded work, my kids become an inconvenience and I forget to love my husband. Those are my “YIELD” sign moments. Just take a step back and breathe.

I am 31 years old now but I WAS a teen mom, I was a single parent raising my two eldest boys on my own, I got married at a young age (married for almost 10 years now) and trying to keep up with my business and hold the house down while my husband is on deployment is so difficult. I get it! It can get overwhelming and sometimes feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Don’t believe that. I have failed over & over again (i still do) and that’s all apart of the beauty of growth. You can’t grow until you have failed and you cannot experience failure unless you have tried. Trying is a risk BUT to not try is the biggest failure you will experience. Always stop to ask yourself, “okay, what did I do wrong and how can I do things differently?”

Don’t compare yourself to others. You will develop your own unique style and you will begin building relationships within your community and clients. Get to know other people who share the same passion as you and build each other up. Find what you’re deeply passionate about and go for it. Maybe, you’ll hit a “STOP” sign and discover you took the wrong path and guess what? that’s okay! because so did I. I didn’t mention this earlier but I didn’t finish art school. I was pregnant with my 3rd child, my husband went on deployment and I had to put what my heart desired on pause because I had to focus on what mattered most. It’s going to be A LOT of hard work and it’s going to take patience. Have faith even if it’s just a little bit because that is all you need.

We’d love to hear more about Bloom & Adore.
This is a tough one because I do a little bit of everything… except flowers. I can not do floral arrangements lol BUT I can draw them! I do metal stamping, I personalize anything from tie bars to bracelet cuffs. I love doing bridal gifts and groomsmen gifts. I’m known for playing with power tools. I have my own little wood shop in my garage and love using my power tools! I have more power tools than I do makeup! I make custom wood signs for various occasions and do a lot of custom calligraphy/lettering work. Everything I make, I do for two reasons, to help people, and to glorify God in my work.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Honestly, I always thought that I wasn’t smart growing up because I had a difficult time understanding what I was reading in humanities or geography. I grew up in a traditional Filipino home where studying was to be your priority but I couldn’t catch on as quickly as other students. Instead, I use to draw houses for fun and in middle school, I would draw in my notebook during class. I was a C student & I ditched class. Art has always been a part of who I am but being “artsy” wasn’t praised for as much as being knowledgeable in Math or Science when I was growing up. I am truly embracing what a blessing my gift is now and I want to encourage my kids that if they enjoy drawing, then go for it! If they love science, then, go for it! I will support them 100%. I don’t want them to believe what I believed growing up, that I wasn’t smart just because I struggled with certain subjects in school. Everyone is gifted in different ways but we must help one another in different areas in our life.

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