Debbie Drake

Artist
A Life Crafted

Why did you start your business, or choose the position you are currently in?

I started this particular business because I figured it would be the last of my career and wanted it to be a culmination of everything I have been working towards – sharing my love of art and creativity with others, helping women to be successful, helping to build and encourage women to become leaders in their profession and their churches, and teaching basic life principles that are so often missed in living everyday life. Everything that I do has an underlying foundation of Biblical principles because that is my personal underlying foundation.

You just won 10MM in the lottery. What would you do?

Having been a business owner for many years, I know that one of the biggest stresses in running your own business is finances. So, I would shore up my own and then use the money to help others struggling to shore up theirs. That way we would all have a bit more freedom to follow our dreams wholeheartedly!

What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume?

 My bucket list items are visiting Machu Pichu, hiking at least part of the Appalachian Trail, and leading a group of creatives on the Fairy Tale Trail through Germany and creating a color book of our adventure.

Your Journey: How did you get to where you are?

Really? In a short paragraph? I’ll try! Trusting that everything is part of the journey that God has intended for me – good and bad are all part of the learning process. Not giving up when times get hard even when you don’t think you can take one more step. Always learning and growing and exploring. Trying to see life as an adventure. Checking my attitude often and reevaluating my thinking. Doing my best at whatever I took on – even if my best didn’t seem as good as what I envisioned. Reaching out to help others along the way. Never giving up hope and helping others to latch onto their hope. Seeing possibilities and helping others open their eyes to the possibilities around them too.

How would your best friend describe you?

A crazy squirrel that lives for challenges, loves her family and friends and gets satisfaction from helping other people grow.

WOW MEMBERS LOVE TO GIVE REFERRALS; WHO IS A GOOD REFERRAL FOR YOU?

 Women who are struggling to figure out their direction or need practical teachings to build a strong foundation. Anyone who wants to free up their creativity to bring that aspect to their everyday work or personal lives. Anyone who wants to relearn how to play. Women who want to explore leadership roles in their church. Anyone looking for a different slant on personal or professional development.

What inspires you?

Always something new around the corner! Exploring and discovery. Learning. Sharing and helping others – I have a special spot in my heart for women. Encouraging others. And realistically, Bling! Not so much the shiny jewelry, but shining new ideas to try! 

What makes you laugh?

 A lot of things – silly people, silly animals, silly happenings. Really dumb jokes (orange-head jokes can make me cry with laughter). Other people getting the giggles. Unexpected outcomes. Mostly other people 🙂

If you were stranded on a desert island and could take three items, what would they be?

 My Kindle – loaded with a thousand books and music. Seeds so I could plant and grow lots of food. A really big box full of art supplies 🙂 (and of course, I would want to share my desert island with my family, friends, and a couple of dogs 🙂 )

Whats your definition of success?

Waking up each morning with a goal to reach for and having options for how to go about doing that.

Why is it important to you to be part of WOW?

 I want to throw my energy into things that are helping each other to grow and reach new adventures. I always want to find new ways to work with other women who feel the same as I do because we encourage and energize one another. I love the synergy of a group making things happen.

What do you want your legacy to be?

 She loved, she shared, she lived – and she trusted God every day of her journey.