Yes I know it’s cheesy but I’m just so excited. When I announced that I was closing my business, one of my customers and new friends Chanda Mackey reached out to me in obedience to the whisper that God put on her heart. After much prayer, discussion and meeting with she and her husband last week I have decided to pass the torch to her!

I will be training her on how to make the teeny stamped bands as well as other items that I currently sell. She will be making some of your favorites so that you can still get your items to celebrate life’s events. I know many of you were sad and concerned to not be able to add to your sets when you have new babies…wipe your tears! No need to fret!

We both couldn’t be more excited. We feel like this is a gift from God from one mother to another. I can’t wait to see how you all bless her like you’ve blessed me these last 14 years. I know you’ll shower her with love and encouragement. Her website is in process right now and you can sign up to receive news about when she opens hereI hope you’re as excited as I am!

It’s hard to start this post…I mean I haven’t blogged in forever and a day so how do I start it? Like I’ve been blogging consistently? Do I need to reintroduce myself? Do I just act like everything is the same?

The truth is, I don’t know where to start because this is a post unlike any I’ve written in my 14 years of having this business. It’s so weird to even come up with text to write what I’m about to say. So instead of just dragging this on, I’ll say what I came to say – it is time for this season of Amy Cornwell Designs to end. Most of the people who know Amy Cornwell know her as the jewelry lady. It’s just the way it is and I’m so grateful for the time that I’ve been your “jewelry lady”. I just simply feel like it’s time to move on. There are many reasons for this, but I want to let you in on a few.

I have felt in the last year or so that I’ve wanted to focus in a different direction. My passions have changed, we’ll say. I grow more and more excited every day with sharing natural living and less excited at the creation side of jewelry design. You can see that in the lack of new products that I’ve been putting out. It’s really hard to know where to go when your passions change…when one grows and one seems to die out. If you’d like to join me in following my new passion (I’m in this for the rest of my life, I believe in it so much) – either in using the products or building a successful business in sharing natural products, please email me. I’d love to chat with you more about it!

Another reason is simply that as my new passion grows financially, the jewelry business has been slowing down, almost to a halt. This is my fault, because I haven’t been doing the things I need to do to properly grow a business.

The last reason that I’ll talk about today is simply (or not so simply) a huge life change getting ready to happen for our family. We have decided to homeschool our children. I know that I can’t do all the things. Those of you who have been around here for a while know that I am my only employee. I don’t have someone that can take the reigns on the jewelry side. Something has to give so that other things can flourish. Right now I’m choosing to do the most important things for my family.

So what does this all mean for Amy as a jewelry designer? Consider this my two weeks notice (I can’t even believe I’m saying this!!). I’m sorry to be abrupt, I’ve been feeling this coming for quite a while but now feels like the time that I HAVE to make the announcement and decision. My shop will be open through the 31st of July. After that, you’ll be able to purchase some of my designs that will be made by my friend Chanda who I will train to make your favorites like the Teeny Stamped Bands. You can read more about that here and sign up for her enews to be updated when her shop opens!

Please hear me – I am so grateful to have been part of your lives for the last 14 years. I’ve learned more about some of you then you care to share publicly – lives lost, babies lost, pets lost…as well as celebrations of life and marriage and faith. I will be forever grateful that this business has allowed me to work from home and be with my children for the last 7 years since I quit my full time job. This business has allowed me to work inside my house, which can be a tricky road to navigate but one that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I’ll be taking over my @amycornwell instagram soon, so feel free to follow what’s going on with our family there if that interests you. I hope to share a lot more about our decision in the weeks to come. Blessings to you all. Much love.

This post was written in partnership with Paperless Post. I was compensated with coins for my virtual cards but my thoughts and review are my own.

To me, there is just something about a person taking the time to send a card – whether virtual or in person. The person took the time to pick out a card for me, write a nice note and send it. It brings me such joy to receive cards with a thoughtful message. I truly feel that sending a card is a lost art. In this world of social media a lot of people take to leaving a quick facebook message instead of sending a card or text. Taking that extra time really shows that you care.

While I don’t normally send virtual cards, I was able to give Paperless Post a try and have fallen in love with it. One of the things that I love about Paperless Post is the fact that I can see when someone has viewed my card and they can also respond to it or RSVP if necessary. These would be perfect invitations to a baby shower, birthday party, or even a housewarming party. I look forward to continuing to use it with events that I have coming up.

Paperless Post was very easy to use. I simply browsed the cards, chose the one I wanted and got started. Today I’m sending a birthday card to my friend and mentor, Jen.

Paperless Post had almost 300 birthday cards to choose from, but I chose one with Happy Birthday in many languages because Jen is a missionary and is bi-lingual. I thought it suited her perfectly. You can customize the card if it has color variations as well.

You can also fully customize the text on the back of the card. I added a special message and increased the font size on certain words that I wanted to highlight. You can then customize your envelope, right down to the stamp and the postal mark.

I’m excited to use Paperless Post in the near future as I send out invites to some events that I have coming up. I love that people can RSVP direct in the website and everything is organized there in your account dashboard.

Today’s birthday card cost me 5 coins so this card would cost me $1.50 or less depending on the package I purchase (the package I was given makes this card just $0.45). You can hardly purchase a card and shipping for that price and you sometimes don’t know if the recipient even gets it. Paperless Post also has cards that are free that don’t cost coins.

Take time today to send someone a card – virtual or otherwise. If you send one from Paperless Post (which I hope you do), let me know which one you chose. I’d love to see it!

For those of you who have been around here for a while, you know that I’ve been doing this for a really long time. Like 14 years. Jewelry has been in my blood since the first beaded bracelet I made and sold my Freshman year of high school to earn money for Spring Break. It’s such a joy hearing the stories of what you all have stamped on your items – memorials, celebrations, words that impact your lives.

Owning your own business definitely has its perks: you choose your schedule, you get all of the profits, the flexibility and being your own boss is amazing. But there are also some potential downsides to owning your own business: never knowing exactly what your income will be, sometimes having to work long hours during busy seasons, not being able to shut off your mind.

Three years ago I started a small side business, simply because I felt like God had allowed me to go through some things in my health so that I would share what I was learning about food and natural living with others. I have loved this business and it brings me such fulfillment during the slower times with my jewelry business. There have been months where my side business has picked up the slack financially for us when the sales weren’t coming in here.

As a result, I have felt led lately to share with you all a challenge – why start a side business? This can be beneficial for so many, but especially those who already have a successful business. How? The readers and followers are already there. If you choose a side business that coordinates with what you are already passionate about and sharing, those followers will transfer over to your new business. I’m not talking about bugging all of your friends all day every day. I’m simply saying sharing what you love about this new venture in a natural way that fits with everyday life. Here are some examples:

Against All Grain – Danielle is a cookbook author and writes about Paleo living. Eating clean foods is super important to her. She just started on as a consultant with Beautycounter (makeup) and it fits with her current feed because the company is concerned about non-toxic makeup.

Livy Loves to Run – Diane gained a huge following when she lost 100 pounds by exercising and eating healthy. She recently started selling LipSense, which is an all-day lasting lipstick line. She’s doing really well with that and is building a brand new house as a result. While losing weight doesn’t really coordinate with selling lipstick, she wears her lipstick in some of her photos, which makes an easy transition for her followers that are interested.

These are just two examples of people who have huge Instagram followings who started a side business successfully. What if you don’t have a huge following? You can be successful at this too. I know of many friends who are hardly on social media that have created successful side businesses – some that are paying off mortgages and retiring their husbands. My friend Eva just shared the other day this great article about having a side job with your day job.

those who kept their day job while pursuing a personal venture on the side — or what the researchers called “hybrid entrepreneurship” — were 33 percent less likely to fail than those who quit their jobs altogether.

My side business is sharing wellness products with others. I love being able to make someone’s life better and I love that I can do it from anywhere (i.e. at a stoplight or on the beach). I love that I don’t have to carry inventory for my side job.There is such joy in hearing the testimonies of lives changed. The relationships I’ve built in this new business are invaluable to me. This doesn’t feel like a “job” to me, it truly is fun and fulfilling. If you want to learn more about my side business (which soon will likely surpass my jewelry income), please send me an email. I’d love to talk to you more about it and see if it’s right for you. If not, consider finding a network marketing business that does fit with your passions – it could change your life in wonderful ways.

We can all use a little bit of help in the area of focus sometimes, am I right? There are days where I sit down to make jewelry and it’s like “squirrel” every time my phone goes off or the dog barks. It’s no secret that I’ve come to love essential oils so I thought I’d share this focus blend with you all today. This blend is energizing and is perfect for studying, working or simply when you need some extra focus. You can apply it to your forehead, behind your ears, to the back of your neck or rub it in your palms and inhale it aromatically.

In a 10mL roller bottle blend:
20 drops Orange
20 drops Peppermint
fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V-6 blend)

I personally use and trust Young Living as my source for essential oils. Their integrity and quality is so important to me and I love their Seed to Seal process. The fact that I can visit the farms and see how the oils are produced speaks volumes to me. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, I’d love to talk to you more about them and how to purchase them or you can head over to my Natural Living website to learn more.