Shah’s company is The Artsy Box. It’s a unique, online store built with fun, artistic, and elegant pieces; Shah herself curates themed boxes that are well-matched combinations of high-quality products.
The business is a product of her well-trained artistic eye and also her personal journey.
After marrying her husband in 2014, Shah moved to the United States from India. As she waited the mandatory two years for a work permit, Shah took on opportunities to volunteer and offer her support and creativity she refined while working in the interior design business in India.
For Shah, this time wasn’t about her building her career as much as it was about learning.
“I just wanted to work,” she recalls. “It wasn’t about the money for me at that point – it was about needing and really wanting a new experience.”
Shah received her permit to work and started working as a freelance graphic designer. But, something was missing – her heart was craving interior design. But, the path to get there was unclear.
Then, in April 2017, Shah’s life changed forever. She lost her mother.
“I was really struggling after my mother passed away,” she shares. “No one can really predict how they will respond to that, and I was just really sad and really hard on myself at that time.”
Always an artist known for her creativity, Shah knew she needed and wanted to process the grief in a different way.
“I came through it all with this total appreciation for so many things you should be grateful for,” she says with a deliberate sense of peace and calm. She takes a deep breath before she says the next sentence.