We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From a very young age I can remember others describing me as “Creative”, “Unique”, and “Out of the box thinker”. I can even remember the first time someone told me that I had a “very creative spirit”. I was somewhere around the age of 8 or 9 sitting in a required art class at my school. I remember thinking that I really didn’t understand what they meant. As far as I was concerned, I was just doing what felt right. Flash forward to high-school, and I was the go-to for class banners, homecoming skits, prom, and then some. I’ve always liked to decorate, create, and think of unique ways to accomplish the ordinary. I went off to college to pursue a nursing degree, and quickly realized I actually hated science and really wasn’t a 12 hour hospital shift kind of girl. My wheels started to turn and I quickly found myself in the school of business pursuing a marketing degree. I chose a concentration in marketing because while it had all of the essential business fundamental courses I needed like accounting, ethics, and management; it also had a mix of the fun and creative courses like advertising, web design, consumer behavior, and entrepreneurship.
I realized quickly that I did not want a job that was a 9-5 do the same thing everyday vibe. I wanted to create my own hours, work when I wanted to work, and create something beautiful in the process. It was that attitude along with my husband desperately wanting me to do something with all of the antiques in my storage shed that gave me the courage and drive to start Rosilie’s Rentals. I enjoy the challenge that each wedding or event brings as no two are alike. Tables capes, floral choices, and color palettes fill my brain daily. I still have the feeling that it truly just comes natural to me when someone comments on my talent or describes me as creative. While I’ve had to learn how to communicate, how to handle accounting duties, time management skills, and more to run a business, I have never had to learn how to create. I’m thankful to be a creative and couldn’t see myself in any other career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Easy? No, I started this business in April 2020, the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Insert crying emoji here) I marketed my wedding along with a few small family projects i’d done pro-bono for months before I landed my first paid job. There were times when I longed to be busy, and now, I find myself needed a break from time to time for being too busy. I’m thankful for the busy seasons and thankful for no longer having to recycle old content for marketing. I think simply believing in myself, my business, and what I was bringing to the table helped me to persevere through the challenges. I also think that not comparing myself to others around me has helped me tremendously. Comparison is the thief of joy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to Rhinehart’s for hot feta shrimp dip and the best seafood in the most relaxed environment. I’d take them for a quick 30 minute drive to my hometown, Waynesboro, GA for a pit stop at Pineland Bakery for the best sweets. I can’t leave without a chocolate donut or cut out cookie. To top off we’d probably have sushi and the best tempura asparagus at Takosushi. Can’t go wrong with any of their rolls, but their Crazy Susan is my personal favorite.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Adam gets immense credit. Without his support physically, mentally, and emotionally for me to quit my 9-5 job, this wouldn’t even be a possibility. He also is behind the scenes helping fix broken items, paint furniture, do the heavy lifting, and almost always the person who pulls the trailer for deliveries. Logistically speaking, I could not do any of this business without him. He is my greatest encourager and friend.
If I could credit anyone for my creative qualities it would be my person, my PaPa. He and I were inseparable, i’ve never had a bond with anyone quite like the one he and I shared. He was always encouraging me, showering me with love, and teaching me how to have great patience for things in life. He and I would flip through photo albums weekly discussing family members passed on before and how cute my dad was when he was a baby. He didn’t throw much away and through that I was able to meet his beloved bride, my grandmother who passed away before I was born. Flash forward to 2007 and 11 year old me was traveling back in time to meet her. Vintage suitcases, hat boxes, gloves, costume jewelry, photos, dresses, and then some were carefully and meticulous wrapped up waiting to be loved again. I was more than captivated by all of the treasures, and thus my love for all things antique + unique began. Because of PaPa, I got to see and touch pieces of her life and history. I have loved old unique things ever since because I know that they were once somebody’s grandmas, aunts, mom, or sisters things. They were once loved. I owe a ton of gratitude to my grandparents, Bill & Barbara Quick.
I also owe a lot of thanks to my own parents who always have my back and step in to help whenever I am shorthanded. They have always believed in me and helped me on any creative whim.
I also would love to shoutout Allie Beth Stuckey because her book, “You’re Not Enough (andThat’s Okay)” reminded me that I don’t have to have the world’s approval and I won’t be everyone’s cup of tea all of the time. Staying true to myself and the path that God has me on will do far more than my brand will ever do.
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