family,  jewelry

8 years…where does the time go? {time flies when you’re making jewelry}

circa 2007

In 2003 I started my business. I remember my first jewelry party in October 2003 (sadly, I couldn’t find the pictures). I was so nervous but I had a wonderful host with wonderful friends that came out to support me. Back then I focused on beaded jewelry & key chains. I continued to do shows through the coming years, growing my business and getting my name out there. The show in October went so well that I registered my business in January 2004 and made it official. What a ride it has been!

circa Jan. 2008, just starting out

In 2007, as most of you know, I decided to try my hand at stamped jewelry. I LOVED it, but wasn’t great at it at first. I’m a bit surprised I sold anything, but the practice definitely helped me to become better and perfect the stamping technique.

Fast forward to 2010, my record sales year! God is so good and faithful in His provision and growth of the business. In 2011 I heard from God, asking me when I was going to finally trust in Him and take the leap. In June 2011, I did that and quit my job that I had for the past 9 years to stay home with my family and be a WAHM with the business as my income. I’m not going to lie, it was scary. We love to travel and thinking about not having that luxury was hard on us. But you know what? God has blessed the business ABUNDANTLY since June. It has grown in ways that I never dreamed possible and it’s all because of Him. 2011 has now already become my record sales year. I am so thankful to everyone who has shared my business and supported me and my family.

People always say they want to talk to me when they start a new small business and I chuckle to myself. I chuckle because it took me EIGHT YEARS to have a business where I could quit my job and do it full time. It reminds me of what Megan said at Creative Estates, “It takes some people 5 years to become an overnight success.” I guess for me the quote would be, “It took me 8 years to become an overnight success.” But those eight years have helped me to grow, learn, perfect, struggle, stress out and rely on God in ways I never thought possible.

Thank you again for joining me on this ride of having my own business. Whether you’re a brand new fan or one who has been here for the past 8 years, I love and thank you all! Because of you moments with my family can happen more than they did in the past. I love being able to live out my dream – creating & being with my loved ones!

circa October 2011

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