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The Reason

Any of my friends can tell you that I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”.

Exactly one year ago this month I found myself a victim of the downturn in the economy.  Honestly, I knew it was coming and had been preparing for it over the previous 4 months, but it did not take the panic out of the moment one bit.  I cannot say that I would have taken the plunge willingly instead of being forced into that new reality, yet there I was, thankfully surrounded by my amazingly supportive friends and family, and one pretty special man, trying to figure out how to make it on my own.

I began small, focusing on what I knew – simple elegant jewelry and craftsmanship.  What began as a focused line of jewelry and a select group of artisans has now blossomed into a quaint retail store in eclectic South Austin and burgeoning wholesale line run out of my studio in the back.

Just one year later I sit around in my shop & studio and really can’t believe this is my life!  Some nights (usually Friday’s) I am in the store late, making jewelry and watching re-runs on the computer, but other days I get to sleep in and go to yoga before starting my day.  It was, and continues to be, a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day I am so fulfilled.

Because I can’t say it enough – my deepest gratitude to everyone that lent a hand, a kind word, their expertise, and undying support.  I only hope that soon I am able to repay the favor, if I have not already.  This adventure is only greater because you all share in it with me!



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