“Meraki what?” Yes, this is the comment I receive when I am asked, “What is the name of your business?” Then, I am asked with slow voice and low tone, “What does thhaattt mean?” Seriously, the word should be a question on the TV game show Jeopardy, “I’ll take VOCABULARY for 300.” I would win.
Deciding on a name for a business runs pretty close to naming the first born child…never ending and everyone asked wanting their name used. Since my business is like my child, but not in human form I get the final say. It seems like the choice should be mine. I’m doing all the work. Thinking of it in that sense makes me conclude a soon to be mother should be making all the decisions as well.
Let’s get back on track to Meraki and its meaning. Meraki is a modern Greek word used to describe something with soul, creativity, or love. Thus, my tagline is Soul Inspiration and Creation. When I think of Meraki and what it means to my business I like what I imagine. I put all of myself into what I am making or doing and as a direct result I leave a piece of myself behind in the work whatever it may be. I know. It is a mind blowing concept.
So, when I anticipate I am going to be asked what my business names means during first introductions I say, “My name is Laura, owner of MerakiMotif in Wyoming. I teach others how to make old items into new ones with chalky style paint and how to turn natural fibers into beautiful handmade clothing. I teach and share the love of reading with children as well. Often you will find me supporting non profit animal groups and cancer related organizations. Soul inspiration and creation is my game and the Meraki I leave behind in my work is fabulous.”