Bethany is the artist, designer, maker and owner behind Bela Begonias. She was born into the Appalachian mountainside of eastern Tennessee, and later immersed in the vibrant culture of Asheville, North Carolina before finding her way to Nashville. Her art is an organic reflection of the mountainous landscapes from which she came, heavily influenced by nature, earth tones, the beach and ocean, the southwest and countless other wonders this incredible world creates.
Bethany is a walking wanderlust, having spent years exploring the world at each opportunity given. Although she studied art, design and fashion in college, the courage to “be an artist” seemed unrealistic upon entering “the real world.” After a decade of feeling like a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, in 2015, Bethany (with the undying support and true belief in skill from her loving husband) finally took her vision, studies, travels, ethos and experience and cultivated it into a single leap-of-faith that is now Bela Begonias.
In this episode you with learn the important of patience as an entrepreneur, how to choose quality over quality, why a social media following doesn’t always mean you’ll successful, and how to build up enough confidence to put yourself out there to build relationships.
“It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you could be doing, but you have to focus on what you NEED to do. Not what everyone else is doing.” – @Bela_Begonias
- Seeing how a business is ran on the ground level can teach you the lessons you need to learn before you start your own business.
- Working for someone else can teach you all the things that do work and don’t work.
- There will always be that voice inside you trying to talk you out of going after your dreams. Just make sure the voices that are cheering you on are louder than the inner voices of doubt.
- I want what I create to last a lifetime.
- It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the things you could be doing, but you have to focus on what you NEED to do. Not what everyone else is doing.
- Be patient and do things the right way.
- You can’t grow if you don’t make room for people to help you grow.
- Making time to actually create is one of the biggest struggles.
- “I want to make something beautiful, but I also want it to serve a purpose and have function.”
- If you don’t make time to create and strategize, it’s easy to just fizzle out and let the inspiration die.
- Confidence comes with time, experience, and knowing yourself.