About Me (The Cliff Notes Version)
I'm a designer, content creator, entrepreneur, and educator. My mission is to help dream-chasers break out of society’s rut and build the life of their dreams. This is why I write regularly here on the blog and am in the process of launch the Beyond the Status Quo Podcast (coming Feb 2018!). In addition to this, I create courses and chat about my day-to-day life over on Instagram.
PS - I'm an accidental crypto nerd and decided to open a designer crypto gear store last Thanksgiving 🙂
After working for several years in the tech industry as a user experience designer, I had learned a LOT about product development, how to run a company, and UX design. I loved every second of it. (Side note: while I was working in UX, I started the predecessor to this blog, UX Queen.)
But all of a sudden, I felt stuck.
As someone who always knew what my next move was, I suddenly felt paralyzed. I knew I had hit a place of stagnancy (I wasn't learning or growing...). I needed a change. It took a lot of soul-searching and courage, but in 2016, I made the leap to leave my (well-paying) full-time job and start a consulting business of my own.
Thus, Avani Miriyala Strategy + Design was born. We are based out of Austin, TX, and work with early stage, consumer-facing tech companies and helps them in 3 main areas: building user empathy, poking holes in their existing product, and crafting brand new customer experiences from the ground up. To work with me, check out my work and drop a message!