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.