About Me - For Reals
As a child, I spent most of the time drawing. I drew inspiration (no pun intended, haha) from Japanese manga ever since I was very young despite being pretty much the only kid who liked it in my small town in Poland. I found beauty and inspiration in it, and I loved how it awakened my creativity and interest in storytelling. I was a “creative idea-generating machine” and I drew many comic books, tried writing some books and even wrote several songs.
Then in 2001, I got my first computer AND dial up internet - BOOM! I dove into internet chat rooms and found that there are other kids in Poland who liked this weird obscure thing I did (manga!). Oh joy! So I dove in and I created my first website at 12. I taught myself html for fun and wanted to create a website and build a community of people who loved manga and wanted to read it translated in Polish. I managed a group of volunteers who helped with the website (the editing of comics, translating, etc) and I was able to get 40,000+ views in a few short months without the use of social media or ads (cause, ya know, there was no social media back then haha).
In 2009, I started doing photography professionally as a freelancer which allowed me to explore my creativity further. I took pictures at nearly every nightclub in downtown Chicago over the course of 5 years and have worked with close to 100 models on boudoir, fine art, and portraiture. Most of my clients came through my use of social media and that’s when I really noticed the power that the Internet can have on business. Funny how the things you really end up using most, even about marketing, are NOT the things they teach you in school.
In 2012, I founded a health and wellness blog, Sensual Appeal Blog, as a personal journey into my own health. The website then evolved into a tiny profitable side business, rounding at 100,000+ monthly views and 45,000 monthly readers, with several regular contributors and consistent paid brand partnerships, including brands such as Puma, Green Giant, Pringles, Skinnygirl, Capital One, and many more. In 2015, I sold the blog on auction for thousands of dollars. I shared my story here.
In terms of credentials and all that shiznit, I have my B.A. in in Psychology and Integrated Marketing Communications. Did the whole college experience with multiple Honors and still had time to build my side gigs and actually have a life. So I can totally relate to having a lot of things on your plate but being able to manage time and achieve goals quickly and effectively. I’ve worked in ad and marketing agencies working with clients BIG and SMALL before venturing out on my own to do my business full time in 2015.
I used to be a BIG party girl and still love to have fun, but at the same time, I’m a total book-worm and like to nerd out on things I’m passionate about; I love chill indie and electronic music (here’s my favorite Spotify playlist), great music gives me goosebumps and makes me feel like glitter is exploding inside me. Yum! I can’t live without chocolate, real in-person connection (probably why I love hosting intimate events so much!), and freedom, baby!
But once you get that just-right-for-your-business marketing on lock? All of that changes.