I have been on a journey to fulfill my purpose since my junior year in high school. I started that journey in a part-time vocational program for Fashion Design. I fell into the program to dodge additional math courses and fell in love with designing with my hands. When Spring of Senior year approached, I began thinking of what I’d be doing with my life, and college entered my mind like a scarf blowing in the wind. I let the thought blow around, while I began working in a high end women retail store. The scarf whistled in the wind over the next three years. Instead of grabbing it and learning to make costumes, I dressed up in costumes everyday as a cocktail waitress in Atlantic City Casinos.
Along this journey I had gotten married and had two children. I was not only a cog, I was a guilty slave. Couldn’t stay too late at work, so I couldn’t get promoted as quickly as single men and women, didn’t have enough time with my family, always felt guilty and that I was trying to overcompensate with external things. I didn’t know who I was and how I had gotten there!
Another affirmation was being a present and attentive wife and mother. My job could not co-exist with me being a present and attentive wife and mother, so after trying all kinds of creative scheduling and work options I quit. A little voice had been telling me for months that I should be going. I began taking things out of my office, selling off company stock, and using all my personal time. One day I just gave my notice and left, it felt like a shock at the time, but now I realize that I had been lining up to do it for months.
I spent the next 6 years working with my husband in our business and was able to homeschool our two children for three years, adding another little member to our family. I’ve continued to design jewelry and have developed an aesthetic and business that I’m very proud of
Okay, so what happened to helping people? Did I just give up on that dream? No! Working with my husband allowed me the space to keep my dreams going. I started writing, blogging, creating, and speaking. My purpose became clearer and clearer to me. I am here to help women have easier and happier lives. I do it by making bath and body products that I sell. I do it by buying and designing reasonably priced jewelry. I do it by editing an online magazine designed to help women be in and stay in loving and lasting relationships.