In June 2014, I was chosen out of 4,000 plus entries as the winner for Starbucks "White Cup Contest." My design was reproduced onto their reusable cups online and in every store in the US and Canada during this past summer. Winning this contest really launched my dream to have a business. The day before they announced me as the winner I created my Etsy shop. After winning, I got a lot of publicity and recognition, specially on my Instagram. Before winning I had maybe 600 followers, just a year and some later I now have 39,400 followers and growing. A lot of those followers are my customers here on Etsy. I now have the opportunity to connect and ship to all over the world. Just a few years ago, I never thought I would have a business, or even be this successful. It all happened so fast and it has been nonstop ever since. I still remember the email I got from Starbucks right before they announced to world that I was the winner. The email said, "Be tough, be ready, because your life is about to change." It did, and I couldn't be happier.