| meet Aly |
Well, hello there! Can I tell you a not-so-secret secret? I LOVE creating things! I’m partial to painting, designing jewelry and making messes. I also love iced tea, Swedish Fish and Johnny Depp. I’m obsessed with succulents and air plants but have yet to actually keep one alive. But a girl can dream, right?
I’m a walking contradiction and I’m ok with that. I’m a hip hop lovin’ spiritual soul and hippie at heart.
I love to dig deep and ask big questions but also have my mothers’ twisted and inappropriate sense of humor.
I’ll listen to Frank Sinatra one minute and Run-D.M.C. the next. I love Coco Chanel and Banksy just the same.
Oh, and sometimes I drop the F bomb.
I’m pretty shy at first but if we met in real life, I’d probably tell you my favorite joke and send you a hand written love letter in the mail. I believe that a little kindness goes a long way and that brunch should be its own food group. I’m an eternal optimist, think that a hot cup of tea can solve almost any problem, and that people are worthy of 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances.
I’m the girl that got in trouble in school for being too much of a daydreamer. And you know what? Some things never change. These days I dream about traveling the world, exploring old abandoned buildings and dying my hair cotton candy pink. I am in love with all things art and am happiest working away in my studio where I can usually be found listening to music way too loudly.
I live in beautiful Portland, Oregon with my amazing husband. We laugh an insane amount of time each day and love traveling, being in nature, and causing as much trouble together as possible. I’m endlessly inspired by walks through the city, learning about people and their journeys, and by the incredible women in my life.
I believe that I am here to create, to bask in the beauty of life around me, and to love and encourage others. That’s my purpose – both here in this little corner of the internet as well as on this blue and green dot in the star studded abyss.
My philosophy is simple. I believe that by being intentional in our lives and by filling them with the things that make our hearts swoon, our souls can’t help but be nourished in radical and amazing ways. I also believe that we can change the world simply by sharing our unique stories in an authentic and vulnerable way. There is nothing braver than speaking our truth and sharing our messy, complicated and beautiful lives with one another.
Simply put, I am here to seek inspiration + to be an inspiration…
seek + be.
| seek + be |
seek + be started as a quick scribble in a small Moleskin notebook I keep on my night stand. It’s not unusual for me to roll over countless times in a single night and blindly scribble in that tiny book; sketches of jewelry designs, art I hope to create some day, and the fragments of dreams I can still remember as my eyelids flutter and adjust in the darkness.
It was just one of many scribbles, but I knew right away it was a game changer. It was a response to a calling – the answer to an ever present question; what do I want for my life. What is my purpose?
What do I believe in?
What do I want to share with the world?
And the answer was this:
I want to create beautiful things. Creating for me, is like breathing – it’s something I just have to do. The passion I have for working with my hands pulses through my body and spills into every aspect of my life. I have been designing jewelry for the better part of the past 12 years and am continuously amazed at how quickly a simple hobby became my life’s passion. I absolutely love what I do and am on a mission to create a business that has something more to offer….something with meaning and purpose.
The heart and soul of seek + be is encouraging women to fill their lives with daily inspiration and empowering them to live bigger, bolder and more creative lives.
That humble drawing has evolved into so much more. It’s become my passion and my purpose,
to seek inspiration + to be an inspiration…
seek + be.