We had the good fortune of connecting with Deja Drewit and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Deja, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
When I look back at my career, my end goal has always changed. I think that is because we all change as we grow and become wiser. The more we do something the more we get clarity on what we like and don’t like and what fulfills our soul.

When I was a graphic designer fresh out of college, I used to just dream about making money. Once I started making money, it was no longer enough for me. There was something more. I realized about 8 years ago that money alone was not enough for me and what that missing piece was. I wanted purpose. I really wanted my work to touch lives and not just collect a paycheck. It truly mattered to me that I am not just here for myself but that my work can help and inspire others.

Five years ago, I started my own business creating oracle cards for self-growth and I finally felt like I was following my calling and helping people. I was receiving reviews and messaging thanking me for my creations and that my cards were actually helping people. I thought, this is it! I will make cards for the rest of my life because I love to draw and create and I don’t see myself ever stopping. But recently, I am seeing my end goal change once again.

Once again, it began to feel like that wasn’t enough. The question now becomes, how do I help people? Is there something bigger for me ahead? Is creating personal development oracle cards really enough? I am currently in that place where I am figuring that out. Waiting to receive that guidance. Or accepting the fact that maybe I am not meant to see my end goal just yet or maybe ever, especially because it changes so much. That maybe the end goal is to just always follow my intuition and what I feel is right. That means to not get stuck in one place just because it’s bringing me money.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. Drawing and coloring has always been my favorite hobby. Naturally, it became my major at school and college. I never imagined doing anything else. I never really thought about it as a career so it was truly a dream come true to be able to find a job doing what I love. Even though I started my business when I was about 33 years old, my career as a graphic designer really helped me get to where I am. I learned so many amazing computer techniques and also got to practice drawing until I was ready to spread those wings on my own.

Having a job however, also helped me see what kinds of things I liked and didn’t like to draw. For the most part, I found myself dissatisfied with most of my work assignments. I didn’t get to be as creative as I wanted. The fun part of being an artist for me was to create my own art and I didn’t get to do that very often. We were often told what to create and that really bugged me. This was one of the things that pushed me to start my own business.

In 2013 I became a single mom and left my career to raise my son full-time. I had to move in with family and start my life over. It was a dark and scary time in my life while also being a blessing. It took me years to start my business because I just didn’t what kind of business I wanted to start.

My business actually started sort of as a hobby / art project. I never expected it to flourish the way that it has. Because I was going through heartache and poverty, I discovered oracle cards and they really helped me stay positive and optimistic about my future. I loved oracle cards so much that I thought it would be fun to create one. I was so busy being a new mom that I really craved drawing and creating again. My first one actually failed and barely got any sales. Luckily, I was filled with ideas and soon started creating a new one and that one finally got some attention and sales.

I have 4 finished decks right now and every one of them is different. If you looked at all 4 next to each other, you may not even guess that they were all made by the same creator. Unlike other artists who usually stick to the same style, I love diversity and a challenge. I’m not the greatest artist but I do love to challenge myself. I love to create oracle cards that don’t look like others and also a type of art that I am not used to drawing. Plus, I like to make each one have a specific purpose. For example, I have one deck that is specifically for self-care for women and one for self-love and confidence. Both of which were inspired by my own struggles with low self esteem growing up and later with self-care as a new single mom.

One thing I can say about my work is that I will never create something that does not feel authentic to me or I don’t enjoy creating. I use all my cards and will never create something just because it’s trendy and I can make money. It has to feel right for me to create it and I will never go against my values.

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?
Some of my favorite restaurants are Greek Chicken, Yama Sushi, and Thai Thai in Fallbrook. Aside from the food being amazing, we are regulars there and always get a big welcome when we dine in. I love supporting family owned business and will usually choose them over big brand restaurants. I love cute cafe’s and lattes so we’d definitely have to stop by the coffee shop on Main street and corner of Fig st. They have comfy lounge chairs and books you can sit and enjoy reading while enjoying a toasted marshmallow latte. If the season is right, we have to go on a boat ride and see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat! Driving down coast highway is a MUST. There are so many cute restaurants and shops along the way not to mention that beautiful view! On a Thursday, we must stop by the Oceanside farmer’s market and get my favorite chicken arepas from @Arepaxgrill. I love trying new restaurants and exploring new locations so we’d definitely need to find a beautiful park to go on a hike on.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s hard to pinpoint one person because so many people have influenced my journey. Every person that has sent me a personal message about my work has motivated me to keep going. So many creatives on Instagram that inspire me to be brave to show up and share my story publicly. James Wedmore has helped my business grow to where it is today not only from his coaching program but because of the amazing women I got to meet at the live event and showed me what is possible for me.

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