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My Journey


My path to being a jewelry designer was not a usual one.

I originally went to school for broadcasting and journalism, but when I realized that I was way to shy to talk to strangers, I had no idea what I was going to do. I graduated w/ a degree in occupational therapy but when I graduated it was impossible to find a job. I ended up in corporate retail but it never lit me up. I didn't look forward to going to work everyday, I felt like I was just going through the motions. When I got pregnant w/ my first child, I knew that wasn't what I wanted to do everyday.

As a SAH mom and the only mom in my circle of friends, at the time, jewelry making started as a way to make pieces that I loved for myself. Instead of buying mass produced jewelry, I thought I could learn metalsmithing and create pieces that I loved to wear. I was my first customer. It evolved into a passion that lit me up and made me happy. When my kids got to school, I knew I wanted to contribute to the household but needed something that was flexible and fun, so I could be there for my family. Thinking I might be able to make money doing something that I loved to do, everyday was a dream come true. I have always tried to be true to myself which has led me to where I am now. I chose the name because I want all women to be happy with who they are. The world needs more happiness in it. And happiness is subjective, there's more than enough for everyone. You are amazing in your unique way and that should be celebrated all the time. It's about ease and simple happiness in the form of jewelry. It's high quality, simple understated styles that let you be you. When you wear what makes you happy, you feel good. When you feel good, you can conquer anything you put your mind to.

I was also trying to teach my daughter that life is short and you should be happy. So I decided to go for it, to try to make my jewelry into a successful business.  I went all in on True Happiness Designs, believed in myself and I am so grateful that I did. 

 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. Celebrate you, because you are awesome. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and as always supporting me.


Picture of the owner Traci Manning


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