Q: Please tell us a great story about your business, your experiences and the gritty back-story of your journey and why your business or products are your passion.
A:Carry Your Message ® was created from my personal journey. During a time of battling internal struggles as a young woman, I began writing notes, quotes and inspiring words each morning. I placed the note in my pocket with hopes of reviewing throughout my day only to have my inspiration lost to the laundry. These little reminders were to empower me to stay strong, positive and embrace change. It was at this point I placed my messages in the jewelry I made so as not to lose them. Each morning I wrote my note of inspiration placed it in my jewelry & went on with my day. Each glance in the mirror I felt a warm aha or tingling feeling as a smile came over my face for I remembered what I had written that morning My secret message of inspiration was with me to guide my choices for change. Fast forward many, many years. I'm working as a wellness coach; I see that clients are having difficulty remembering their goals for healthier lifestyle choices. Carry Your Message jewelry is born.
Q: What has been your biggest success?
A:Akron, Ohio has an internationally acclaimed artist by the name of Don Drumm. The Don Drumm Studio and Gallery is synonymous with AWESOME! If you tell someone your art or jewelry is available at Don Drumm the response is always, WOW! You must be good. I was thrilled to have my work accepted into the Don Drumm Gallery in 2014.
Q: What has been your biggest struggle?
A:October 2015 I had a debilitating accident to both eyes. I had just started the jewelry business, built my studio when life stopped as I knew it. The recovery was long and often questionable. As of October 2017, two years, for me to resume a somewhat "normal" life again.
Q: What's your niche?
A: Handcrafted inspirational jewelry. Carry Your Message jewelry, handcrafted with Sterling and Copper. Eclectic & uniquely designed Carry Your Message jewelry, worn for its beauty as well as a mindful reminder of what is truly important or inspirational to you or the ones you live. Your meaningful message changes with you. Beauty from the inside out Write it. Wear it. Live it. We all have a purpose - define yours and carry your message.
Q: Where do you see the retail industry in ten years?
A: Retail and eCommerce merge in the sense of no in store inventory. Samples for fitting and review then delivered when purchased. In home 3D printing will create a new level of retail.