Lou-Ann Wattley Belk spent the first two and half years of her life in Trinidad and the next 16 in Brooklyn, NY, sharing the experience of Caribbean immigrant families across the city. Today, her work as a Brand & Graphic Design Consultant brings the stories of small and single-owned businesses to life. At the heart of Lou-Ann’s work lies a conscious embrace of her roles as mother, designer, storyteller and curious soul. And balancing them all is a beautiful challenge. When she’s not creating, she’s, “enjoying this life I’ve been granted with my husband and daughter.” Lou-Ann’s family will welcome their second child this August.
Want to hear more? Here is a little Q&A:
LTYM: Who IS Lou-Ann?
Lou-Ann: On the surface, I’m a 30-something mom, wife and graphic design consultant. But the fine print would tell you I’m a visual soul, closet writer, daydreamer and warm-hearted introvert, with a righteous sense of indignation for the smallest wrongs in the world; a trait my husband finds both admirable and adorable.
LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?
Lou-Ann: The call for auditions was posted in one of my Facebook groups. I instantly thought, “this is you. Everything about this is YOU.” Then on cue, I doubted myself. But I bit back my hesitation, starting writing and auditioned to spite my fear. A few weeks later I got the cast line up notice. I can’t lie. It feels so good to put doubt in it’s rightful place.
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember your mother saying to you?
Lou-Ann: About 2 weeks after having my daughter, my mom approached me as I was sitting on the ground with my legs crossed and whispered in my ear laughingly, “bet you couldn’t do THAT last week.” I couldn’t tell if she was poking fun or seriously wondering how I was sitting on the ground without the help of a donut.
LTYM: What has been your favorite family vacation so far?
Lou-Ann: We recently visited Senegal this past December. It was not only our first time in Africa, but a wonderful experience for all of us.
LTYM: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
Lou-Ann: When I was in elementary school, I wrote a short story about the death of a corner store owner in my neighborhood. The owner, who was shot in the store during a robbery, always gave me an extra cookie whenever I bought their freshly microwaved Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. I always remember the story not just because of it’s sadness, but for the incredible detail I gave to an event I didn’t witness myself.
LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?
Lou-Ann: Confidence in knowing they have a place in this world. I’ve come to realize that for some it’s natural, but for others (ahem…*raises hand*) you have to groom that confidence throughout your life. It doesn’t mean you won’t doubt yourself or your actions but rather, never, EVER questioning your right to be here, make mistakes and seek purpose for your life.
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