I have dreamed being a fashion designer when I was a kid. But growing up from a poor family in the Philippines this is something not encouraged at home. Instead my parents wanted me to become an accountant. I ended up with a Degree in Economics and a job career in Banking Industry.
Then I met my husband and came to New Zealand and we started our own business. I didn’t know that I would ever be doing design in our business but I did. I was given the chance to build website for our 3 businesses and then after I finished building it, I realised I wanted more. That’s when I knew and discovered my passion – design.
I am proud to say that I am a self-taught web designer.
I pursued a degree in Economics and ended up in the banking industry for 5 long years in the Philippines.
In 2014, I met my husband Sergey and moved to New Zealand. We worked for a year in Auckland and moved to Nelson in 2016. We started a business together. For the first time I felt free from not having to work for someone. We shared the same pain that’s why we started our own venture without any idea if it was going to work out or not. We didn’t have much to money to start with living on savings and side hustle income from renting out spare rooms on Airbnb. It took us 3 years until we were able to finally setup website for our 3 businesses.
In 2018, I was lucky enough that the opportunity came on my lap because I was given the opportunity and challenge to build our business website. I built 3 websites and after I finished I still wanted to do it again. That’s when I knew that I was really passionate about it and that I should be doing it so I created Digisafe Creative which was linked to Digisafe company that we already have. Sergey helped me with the technical side of website building ranging from hosting, email setup, optimisations etc.
Mid-2019 I made a hard decision leaving an unhealthy marriage and I ended up on my own and became a single mom. I went through depression and I couldn’t work for months until I was able to fight depression and worked my way back on track. At first I was worried about not being able to work on doing web design again because of my fear of not being able to do the technical side of it. However, I pushed myself in learning the things I needed to do. Losing my identity as a wife was terrible but at the same time I felt like I was myself again.
I re-branded from Digisafe Creative to Design with Jephany after I re-defined who I wanted to serve as my clients. As a woman and mom entrepreneur I understand the struggles of women who are mostly moms as well wanting to have the freedom doing what they love and passionate about and be present with people who matters the most. Hence I decided to serve women entrepreneurs exclusively.
I love connecting with people and sharing my gift with others. I want to help, inspire and empower women to become entrepreneurs.
When I became a mom I loved the freedom of being able to manage my own time. I base my success off my freedom & how much I am learning.
It is a great fulfilment for me to be doing what I love and to inspire women to get on their feet on business and help them succeed in business.
Work should be fun not mere toil. I am truly with myself when I am creative. I express it in – design, fashion style, photography etc.
I believe that every person has their own talent and gift to share to the world. The best way to be the person who you are meant to be is to surround yourself with people who will inspire you.
I am here to help setup your brand, website and provide marketing strategies to get your business out there.
For every project it requires planning. So I work on your branding board so you have a visual guide what it is going to look like.
Once the design materials are in place I can then start building your website and customise it based on your brand board.
I provide social media management, Facebook Advertising and Pinterest training.