Littleness. When describing her small business, Ave sophomore Emma Boback seeks to imitate St. Therese of Lisieux, who praised God in the little things. For almost a year now, Emma has been designing stickers and artwork directed toward Catholic young adults.
“I never really came from a strong faith community. It was kind of just me. And then when I came to Ave I was so inspired by everybody and how I finally had that community. I started just doodling and hand-lettering bible verses that the Lord was really speaking over me. Then, I started making them for friends that I knew were going through things and I would put them on the outside of their door.
It started with a quote from the worship song, “Reckless Love.” Now, she creates pieces based on the lives of saints, bible verses, songs, and more. Her goal is, like Therese, to glorify God in the small things and provide people with little reminders of His faithfulness. Her stickers on laptops, water bottles, and hanging in dorm rooms act as great conversation starters and small pieces of inspiration.
Eventually, it got to the point where people I didn’t know wanted me to make some for them and I was like, ‘oh, I never thought about that!’” Now, Zelie and Lou, her creative brand named after the parents of St. Therese, has over 6,000 followers on Instagram and continues to grow. But, she always goes back to those little things: community, stickers, and small acts of love.