1. Can you describe/outline your typical day?
I start with coffee, everyone in my house knows they aren’t allowed to talk to me until I’ve had my coffee. I sit in my rocking chair on my porch, say good morning to my pet goats Charlie and Nicky, and set my intentions for the day. Then I make breakfast and we get the kids started on their Zoom classes and begin working. In the afternoon we will usually do a family bike ride or walk before dinner. Then snuggles with each of my kids before bed!
2. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Whenever I see people wear my jewelry, especially the Rise Totem pieces. The Rise Totem collection was created to celebrate the bonds we form as women and seeing people wear that, knowing what it means, fills me with so much joy.
3. We love the jewelry you make! What inspires you?
I am inspired by all of the wonderful, strong women in my life to make the Rise Totem pieces, we actually just launched a bunch of new pieces in that collection. I am also inspired by the world around me. I like to include meaningful stones into my jewelry, like Malachite and Lapis Lazuli, especially if they can add a pop of color.
4. Why is being a working mom better?
Being a mom is a full-time job within itself, I respect anyone who can get through the day just doing that! Working on my jewelry brand is extra special to me as a mom because my great-grandmother was really the inspiration for my business. She taught me about my heritage and how jewelry can be used as a talisman for a woman’s strength and femininity. Now, it makes me excited to design meaningful pieces that I can pass down to my daughters, pieces that can be cherished for generations.
5. Which three adjectives describe your strengths?
Determination, compassion, and balance. I think work/life balance is so important, it is something I am constantly aware of trying to maintain.