Women who create: Edition 03

Be You and Thrive is cultivating a community of authentic women who join together to encourage, empower, offer hope and ignite bravery. We also celebrate one another’s unique talents, passions and purpose!

Enter—Edition 03 of:

I am beyond thrilled to introduce these three women to you! Enjoy the work of these incredibly talented creatives below. Visit their websites, galleries and connect with them on social media. Share your encouragement and let’s celebrate their passion for creativity together!

Meet Caitlin VanDusen . Lovesome Letters
Hand Letterer – Designs prints, printables and custom invitations

I’m honored to share this amazing woman’s work with you, as she is the ‘hand lettering’ behind the Be You and Thrive logo. I saw her work and had to ask if she would be a part of this new brand! So I will forever be grateful to Caitlin for creating this beautiful BY&T ‘visual’ which is now such a big part of my life.

Caitlin believes her love for ‘creating’ came from her grandmother who loved to make things with her hands (baking, painting, sewing and knitting) and it was no surprise to her that she ended up graduating college with a degree in graphic design. Caitlin enjoys learning new skills and on a whim years ago, took a brush lettering class. She says, ‘I didn’t take to it right away, because it is tough!’ Yet she is grateful to have circled back to this art form and with time, practice and support from family and friends, began her business, Lovesome Letters.

I am personally inspired by her reason behind her artwork: ‘Coming from a creative background, the way things look has always been important to me. So if I can offer encouragement and hope to women in a beautiful way, that is exactly what I want to do. I want others to feel and know how fiercely they are loved and cared for, and if one of my images can make you stop and think and realize that, I think that is pretty amazing. It is a gift to me to be able to give that to someone.’

View Caitlin’s work on Instagram  and at her Etsy Shop




Meet Kim Bullen . Josephine’s World
Artist—Art the stirs the heart

‘One afternoon, after 20 years of artistic dormancy, I was moved to paint. Five days later, my heart-strings were brought to life on a multitude of recycled canvases. All were scattered on my living room floor where life and love collided—creating a world I never wanted to leave. This artwork is meant for anyone willing to receive and in need of a little encouragement—primitive messages of hope, love and forgiveness. These visions are testimonies in an unseen world…stories of hope and a future.’

I met Kim last year and have been inspired by her and her gifts of talent ever since. Each piece she creates with such heart and passion, is also accompanied with a heartfelt and dynamic message. (Click on her artwork above and below to read the stories behind these paintings). Her website, titled, ‘Josephine’s World’ represents, ‘A higher calling for us all’.  She describes Josephine as, ‘My mental mascot. My thread of hope who weaves herself into each painting to remind me to simply be! She encourages us all to rise above the difficult times and discover…a place where freedom, joy and purpose abide…a place of simplicity and childlike faith…a place where the grass becomes green right beneath your feet…a place where gratitude breeds testimony to a hopeless situation.’

Visit Kim Bullen on her website,  Instagram and Facebook


Meet Lauren Brod . Tone + State
Calligrapher and Stationer

Lauren’s inspiration is drawn mostly from nature and natural paper treatments. Her style is organic but still refined, housing elements like paper marbling, hand drawn illustration, watercolor, dip dye, and other similar mediums.  She shares, ‘Words live beyond minutes, so I believe in encouraging, writing things down, and being intentional about letting those that matter most, know it. That is why I love stationery, gifting, and memorable art prints customized to keep the important things that happen displayed beautifully.’

I have had the privilege of connecting with Lauren and have been instantly drawn to her passion for people and for living an intentional life. Her work as an artist goes far beyond the paper—she has a beautiful desire to create change.

Visit Lauren on her website,  Instagram and on Etsy


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  1. Kim Bullen
    February 2, 2017, 4:08 EST

    D… You are consistent in pulling out the best in people! This world needs more D’s! In fact, let’s add a few more D’s to the alphabet! It’d be a much better place if we all could take notes on the gift of encouragement! I love that we have become friends and look forward to one day sitting down at a street cafe with our hubby’s… let’s say Italy? and giggling about how it all began! Thank you for this sweet blessing and debut of Josephine!

    • MightyD
      February 3, 2017, 5:01 EST

      I can visualize the Italian cafe! Oh lady, it’s easy to point out he obvious gifts in people! It’s harder for us to see our own gifts! I am honored to share your powerful voice and creative work with others. I can’t wait to continue to see what’s in store for you! xoxo~D p.s.: and you better believe I’ll be cheering you on en route!

  2. Mums
    February 2, 2017, 7:31 EST

    I thoroughly enjoyed these articles by very talented ladies. Calligraphy has always been of interest to me and is becoming the lost art; so glad to see anything penned!!

    • MightyD
      February 3, 2017, 4:59 EST

      Isn’t it wonderful? So many gifts theses ladies have! Happy you enjoyed getting to know them and their work! xo~D

  3. Kirsten
    February 3, 2017, 2:48 EST

    So nice to be introduced to three more wonderful and creative prople in the world. Thank you D!

    • MightyD
      February 3, 2017, 4:58 EST

      I’m so happy to be a liaison to help women connect with one another! Glad you ‘stopped by’! xo~D

  4. Marquette LaRee
    February 7, 2017, 10:22 EST

    All three so talented! I love each of their unique styles. What a great world this is that we can all create in our own ways!

  5. Danielle
    February 7, 2017, 2:41 EST

    Wow, what amazing women! Thanks for introducing them all! Can’t wait to follow their work! ?

    • MightyD
      February 7, 2017, 4:06 EST

      So happy to connect you to them!! xo~D

  6. Samantha
    February 10, 2017, 12:38 EST

    I love this series D, all of these women are talented in unique ways and I love that you are sharing their work!!

    • MightyD
      February 12, 2017, 10:13 EST

      It’s an honor to be a liaison for women! SO much talent to share! Thanks Samantha!