Life journeys are always meandering ones, moving along in unexpected ways with enriching experiences that define, shape and ground an individual. After getting married, graduating with a degree in elementary education, having three children and moving to Nashville, Maarika Mann's life couldn't have been a busier one.

But true passions and talents have an uncanny knack of whispering their needs. Maarika felt called back to her art. Design had always been a passion of hers but connecting
her life’s dots and having the end picture look anything like art seemed
impossible. Then, in 2011 she took a leap of faith and followed her intuition.
Maarika left teaching, enrolled in O’More College of Design as a Fashion
Design student, and never looked back.