My path to being a jewelry designer was not a usual one.
I wasn't that kid who knew what they wanted to do when from a young age, I was constantly changing "what I wanted to be" a hairstylist, a clothing store owner, a professional field hockey player, yes I dreamt about that for awhile in high school. But there was always that nagging feeling of getting bored. I would wonder what it would be like to be doing the same thing for 20 or 30 years. Then it would feel like my life flashed before me and it never seemed that I was still having fun. So I would cross that career off and move on to find something else. A bit of free spirit, I guess. Even though I never looked at it that way. I settle with, I would figure it out. Fast forward to leaving my corporate retail job after having my first child. I said to my boss " I don't want resent this place because I am still here well past dinner time, and I don't want you to start to resent me, because I choose to leave after my 8 hours is done", I knew that wasn't for me. I stayed home for a few years, had another child, watched my kids growing and becoming their own people. I started making jewelry as a hobby to keep me feeling like an adult. I really loved it. I was doing craft shows, and making stuff for friends and family. When my kids became school aged, I worked some part time jobs for a few years here and a few years there. I was still making jewelry on the side, but I ended up being busier than I ever wanted to be. I felt pulled in so many directions, family, part time job, side hustle, it was sucking the life out of me. there was never enough time in the day. I felt so guilty doing one thing, knowing I still had all these other things that needed my attention. I had to come up with something that made me soul light up, that could be flexible and have the freedom for my family, that I needed. I was trying to create a life that worked for me. I finally decided to stop trying to "have it all". It just wasn't who I was. I use the term Everything in Moderation, for a reason. My family comes first, always. So I decided the everything else either had to go, or needed to be reworked to fit into our lifestyle. I went all in on True Happiness Designs, believed in myself and I am so grateful that I did. Having it all to me is about being present in wherever I am at the moment, making memories and savoring ever second I can of this life, because we only get one.
So when you wear a piece of my jewelry, I hope you are reminded to stay true to yourself, feel confident and happy. Feeling good is a state of mind, choose to live your life your way.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and as always supporting me.