I created Commode To Joy over five years ago, originally as a blog, with the goal to find "happy in the crappy." It takes a light-hearted approach to life in general, including its unexpected moments and difficulties. Over time, my goal morphed into a card line that meets people where they are, in the feels. Rather than speak to specific circumstances (like divorce, death, diagnosis, or people being dumb) my cards speak to the emotions of the person coping.
I started by writing down empathetic sentiments to hard situations. I brought them to life online using fonts and colors that fit the tone. I had used this specific design website for years to create Instagram content, so it was easy to hop on and create within it.
Megan has done my hair at The Pair since she was still a Timmons, and that's how I came to know of the business. Trims quickly turned into perusing and purchasing from the shop and getting to know Wanda too. When I started the card line, TPP was an obvious choice for connecting with customers!
Being honest with where you are mentally/emotionally is an important step of coping, healing, and getting through life in general, but it can be hard for some to acknowledge or even identify. Enter empathy. In card form it's helpful for the sender who cares but doesn't know what to say and when to say it. It's helpful for the receiver, because it acknowledges the gamut of life's reactions, including the crappy. And sometimes that's all it takes for others to find a spark of happy. That's why I do what I do — to help others take a shift for the better.