Meet the Designer

Hello lovelies! 

Okay, I need to get better at posting more frequently on here! When I actually sit down to do it, I remember that I really enjoy writing posts and I have a lot of good post ideas too. So from here on out, I will be aiming for one post a week... if I can manage to do more, I will but let's start at one.

I spend a lot of time by myself which means I spend a lot of time thinking. As I think about how far AKA has come (still far to go), I've realized that it's not just my close family and friends who are visiting the blog and website and it's amazing. So, I figured it's a good time to introduce myself. You may have read a bit about AKA on our About Page but I think we can get a little more personal now.

10 Things About Alex...

  1. I grew up dreaming about having my own boutique and working in fashion some way or another but never thought it was realistic. Instead of going after that dream, I went to school for Human Resources and worked as a Recruiter. I loved that job and it was an amazing foundation for my work life today. A lot of credit to my success goes to the team at EN.
  2. In case you didn't already assume this, I used my name as my business name. However, my middle name isn't actually Kathlyn... It was supposed to be but ended up changing to Courtney last minute.
  3. I lived in Quebec for the summer between grade 11 & 12. It was that time that ignited my love for travel and showed me the world was much bigger than my small town bubble. After high school, I moved to England for a year with intentions of staying longer. It was during that year I learned to appreciate where I came from.
  4. I met my husband while going to school for HR. If someone told me 5 years ago that I was going to get married to a farmer and move out of the city, I wouldn't have believed them. (PS - I didn't think I'd love this life as much as I do.)
  5. I never enjoyed cooking or gardening until I got married and we bought our own home. I have made some fantastic meals (thank you Pinterest) in the last little while. I even managed to make quinoa taste good! I still struggle with this 'chores' but at least I like doing them more than I did before.
  6. I am always thinking about business and my brain never seems to shut off. I have so many lists of what I need to do, what I want to do... New marketing ideas, what I'm going to post on social media, how to improve processes, what I want to make next, ideas to expand. The lists go on and on.
  7. To help calm my brain down, I joined the local yoga community and started using essential oils. I always wanted to take classes but never seemed to get around to it while I lived in the city. I joined my first class in town this Spring. I am SO thankful for Amber (yoga instructor & Friend) and the class. These two things have been so important with balancing my life.
  8. Have a mentioned I'm bit of a magpie? I love anything that sparkles, shimmers, or just pretty in general. (I think my jewelry seems to reflect that too) I can't go to Target, Indigo or Winners without walking out with a pile of pretty things. Anything with glitter on it or if it's gold, it seems to come home with me.
  9. I have an insane phobia of creatures (fish, octopus, anything else creepy) that live in water. Even going to the aquarium part of a pet store gives me anxiety.
  10. When I was 22 I had the opportunity to take Dale Carnegie Training. It was {a lot} nerve-racking for a young HR professional to join a class with many successful people who had been in their industries a long time. I was told it would be life changing and I didn't really understand how it could be. Within 4 weeks I could already see my life changing and my confidence grow, especially career wise. After the 12 weeks were up, I was asked to coach the next session. Those were some of the most influencial 24 weeks of my life. They were incredibly challenging, awkward, and emotional but so rewarding. {PS - everyone should take this program}

There you go, a little bit more about me, what makes me tick and some background of how I got to where I am.

I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment telling me a bit about yourself and how you heard of AKA!


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    Nicole Sihlis: August 06, 2014

    Loved this post! Thankfully I was able to briefly meet you years ago and have been able to follow your amazing business journey ever since! Wishing you lived closer :) Business and life coffee dates would be the best!

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    Tara rudy: August 06, 2014

    Thanks for sharing! I have only heard about this jewelry and yet to see, try on, or better own a piece! I look forward to seeing it in real life! I would love to share your passion with the world! Remember to flow your heart as that is in fact how we gain the greatest success!

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    Amber: August 06, 2014

    Incredible stories Alex. We are so blessed that you’ve come to add your light to our little town.

    Your designs are simply breathtaking, perfect for dressing up or dressing down. You’ve got it girl – the boutique, the fashion, the style, the spirit and the vision.

    I can’t wait to follow you on your journey! Thank you for writing this post. I feel even more inspired and connected to you – we have to get together some time and tell England stories some day.

    Amber xo

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