Today we’d like to introduce you to Kari Miller.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always loved the treasure hunt of thrift shopping & the journey of creating unique & eclectic looks. Last year during quarantine, I finally fed my curiosity with acid washing or bleach dyeing as some call it. I found it breathed new life into pieces that were once lack luster and the process of it is really exciting and intuitive for me. Next thing I knew, my entire closet was transformed (as well as anyone else’s Wardobe I could get my hands on). Just a few months later, I’m completely baffled and grateful that I can sell these comfy, recycled, renewed & one of a kind pieces online & in a couple of amazing shops.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
What I love about this process is also the biggest challenge: you never know just how a piece going to turn out. I can put my solution on an item of clothing and experience no reaction or a drastic one. Which keeps me present while I work, but there can be the perspective of “wasted” effort or a “ruined” piece, although I try to stay open beyond labels like that. It’s completely a journey and all I can do is learn & keep following my intuition.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have a number of jobs at the moment, which I prefer as a free-spirited gal. I work freelance in photography production, I guide Breathwork & meditation, I sell recycled artistic clothing but my greatest passion lies in being a comedian. And of course, that shows up in all my other work. If I don’t get into shenanigans routinely, I’m certain that I’ll die. So with all these powers combined, you could say I’m a creative problem solver.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I believe we cannot take the journey completely alone, what’s crucial though is making heart-centered decisions. For this, I practice mindfulness & meditation. Tuning into yourself and developing a relationship with what truly lights you up will make things easier down the road. I’ve experienced way less “WTF am I doing?!” since practicing mindfulness. Also, finding a mentor has always been incredibly helpful for me (In my case, I went for personal development mentors), as long as it is a Mentor who challenges & inspires you to expand on your own and take authentic, inspired action. It’s great to look around at others for the sake of seeing what is possible and to ask the universe or yourself, “how good can it get?”
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @karimiller and @heybudvintage
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwe7QefDLwwWuH24SykItyQ
Portrait by Ryan Nolan