Meet Rae Bellefountaine: Turning Bright Ideas into Brilliant Realities
Business: Valkyrie Design
What is at the heart of your business?
My business has two hearts, like a timelord! First, I offer design and branding service for businesses that are creative, progressive or spiritual. I’m pro small business and anti big business and I like to work with people who think outside the box. Secondly, I want to start a non profit that makes building a business more accessible to autistic and neurodivergent individuals by creating support groups, networks, programs and events that help give them the ability to turn their bright ideas into brilliant realities. Right now it’s just a Facebook group but I want it to be so much more!
Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
What does thriving look like to you?
Having the freedom to travel and be financially independent, and to be able to fund my non profit and creative projects. I don’t want to be rich but I do want to have the option to be location independent and I don’t have that as a person on disability support. (We can have a whole conversation on that sometime, if you are ever up for it!)
Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Absolutely all of them resonate with me.
What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Looking for support, friendship, collaboration, feedback and advice. Doing this alone was stressful, depressing and isolating. I can offer much of the same, especially when it comes to branding, graphics and websites. I also love to give hugs!
Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
Walking everywhere when possible! In the summer I want to be able to walk from home to work everyday.
What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
Don’t do it alone, even if you are solopreneur. Establishing an understanding support network and finding mentorship and guidance is crucial for the well being of anyone trying to pave their own way in the world.
CONNECT WITH RAE!
Website: Valkyrie Design
LinkedIn: Rae Bellefountaine