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Quit Your Day Job: AutumnEquinox

May 3, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I worked in the printing industry around fifteen years before finally going after my dream of becoming an independent business owner. I started from the bottom and worked my way up running a series of bindery equipment such as collating, folding and book binding machines before running an offset printing press. I had to work extremely hard to prove that I was capable of critical thinking and that, despite my feminine appearance, I was also mechanically inclined.

Though I found Etsy in early 2006 a few months after my son was born, it went on the back burner for almost two years so I could focus on being a new mom. I switched shifts at the print shop and found myself with a little extra free time. I soon opened Autumn Equinox with just a few pieces of simple wire jewelry. I am a completely self taught silversmith and I feel as though my business and my craftsmanship have grown equally over the last few years. I sometimes enjoy going through shops here on Etsy and looking at some of the first items they ever sold to see how they have grown as well. You can definitely see their progress and it gives reassurance that we all start out somewhere and as long as we keep working on growing our business, it will succeed.

How did your experience in the printing press industry lend to your skills of being an independent business owner?
My experience in the printing industry taught me that things don’t always go as planned, but a little ingenuity and creativity can get the job done. Sometimes the press ran poorly, parts wore out and broke down. When parts weren’t on hand, I had to make do with things like rubber bands, tape, and metal strapping to make the printing press run. It may not have been pretty and the press may have run slow, but the job got done and it got done faster than if I had waited for new parts to arrive.



How did you prepare for transitioning into full time Etsy selling?

Being a single mom meant it was going to take a lot more work for me to quit my day job. I worked day and night with no real days off for almost two years. While I was working at the print shop, I had a part-time job cleaning offices on the weekends to earn extra money in addition to running Autumn Equinox. It was good for me because I could bring my son to work with me and I didn’t have to pay a babysitter. It was good for him, because he got to see just how hard mommy works in addition to making jewelry and keeping up our home.

I also cut out a lot of extra luxuries from my budget:

  • I moved to a less expensive area in Maine.
  • I shopped around for new car insurance.
  • Got rid of cable television.
  • Switched cell phone plans.

Cutting back helped me save hundreds of dollars a month and with the savings, I can afford a discount health plan for me and my son. I’m also definitely saving a lot more money now that I am not commuting back and forth to work. I went from using almost two tanks of gas a week to less than one tank of gas a month.

Do you have any specific words of advice for single parents considering a similar path?
Be prepared for anything and always have a backup plan. I am currently attending college for a medical degree as I have always had a fascination with science and biology. If the business were to fall on hard times, I have the peace of mind knowing that I would still be able to support my family. 

The best advice I could give to someone who is considering quitting their day job is to do your research and figure out what it is going to take for you to be able to quit. Figure out how much money you need to have saved for the slow sales periods and how much you actually must make to cover business costs and to be able to pay yourself.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My most popular items are my small gold and silver rings and earrings. They are simple, classic pieces that work with any outfit.

What are your best marketing tips?

 

  • If you make it and it is wearable, wear it. I wear my own jewelry and I am always getting compliments and people asking me about it.
  • Keep business cards on you at all times. It’s also great because when people ask about the jewelry I am wearing, I have a few cards on hand.
  • Join your local area team on Etsy and get to know its members. It’s a great way to meet fellow Etsy business owners, chat about common interests and a fantastic way to promote your business. Meeting fellow teammates in person can also lead to great friendships.
  • List new items in your shop frequently. A few new listings a week will help keep your shop looking fresh and keep people interested in your business.
  • Offer as many choices as you can in your shop. Offering different variations of items in your shop will broaden your target market and increase sales. Be open about the possibility of changing something around to get the sale.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? 
I personally have not tried any promotion that was unsuccessful to date. I have a Twitter account, a Facebook fan page, a blog and a personal site. Although I don’t have a huge amount of followers, I’m happy for those I have and feel I am successfully promoting when I see a few likes and comments. Updating these sites a few days a week has definitely had an impact on my business.

Made any business mistakes you regret?
The only regret I have about my business is that I did not buy more precious metal when it was much cheaper. The precious metal market is at an all time high, and is another big factor in my business. I have to price items in my shop based on the price of silver when I buy it and I really dislike having to raise my prices to compensate.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
The biggest challenge I face during my day is getting everything done in a timely fashion. I still set my alarm and wake up at five in the morning as I did when I was working a day job. This gives me a few hours before my son gets up to relist items that sold overnight and respond to emails. I then start working on orders that need to be finished and in the mailbox before the mailman comes in the early afternoon. With a young child running around, I can get side tracked and forget all about the task at hand. I am able to put him in preschool a day or two a week and on those days, I work the entire time he is gone to get as much done as I possibly can.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part about running my own business is making sure I do not get backed up with paper work — the un-fun stuff about the business that has to be done that no business owner really wants to do.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I enjoy that I can be creative all day long and not feel stressed. The day job came with a tremendous amount of stress and since I’ve quit, my body does not ache from standing on concrete floors for ten to twelve hours at a time. My sciatic nerve used to cause me debilitating pain and I had to endure many hours of physical therapy just to make it feel better for only a little while. Since quitting my day job, I have not had to go to physical therapy, and I have not had any leg or back pain.

I do miss my friends from work. We were a jovial bunch who played pranks on each other to break up the hum drum of the day job. Work wasn’t fun, but we tried to make the best of it.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your businesses?
I would love to eventually run my own brick and mortar shop filled with handmade items. In addition to making jewelry, I also love to sew, knit, crochet and paint. I enjoy making soap as well and I have just opened up a soap shop here on Etsy, soapymoosebathco.

Anything else you would like to share?
I would just like to say thank you to everyone for reading my story. I never thought that I would actually be able to quit my day job and do something that I love to do. It took a lot of hard work, determination and sacrifice, but I’m the happiest I have ever been. My last little bit of advice is: if you are not doing something that makes you happy, change it so that you are; you won’t regret it.

 

Thanks for sharing your story, JennaAlso see Jenna’s accessories shop, autumnalequinoxCheck out her pieces in the Seller’s Items below.

 

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143 comments

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature and more importantly on making your dream happen! Your work is beautiful and it's great to hear that all your hard work and sacrifice have paid off for you.

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 6 years ago

    Oh how I love that knotted ring! very understated and simple... congrats on the feature and much continued success!

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 6 years ago

    It is great to read a story about someone reaping the benefits of hard work throughout their career. I am happy to see that you were able to quit your day job and now have success on Etsy. Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors. Cheers to less stress!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful works.

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! Congrat's you for not only a lovely well run shop but to also being a single stay at home mom. Your story is extremely touching. Good luck to you for many years to come.

  • TheCaramelJar

    TheCaramelJar said 6 years ago

    Love your story! Congrats!

  • TheCaramelJar

    TheCaramelJar said 6 years ago

    Love your story! Congrats!

  • TheCaramelJar

    TheCaramelJar said 6 years ago

    Love your story! Congrats!

  • SewChem

    SewChem said 6 years ago

    I love the jewelry! Minimal, but extremely beautiful. Congratulations! I enjoy reading how hard you worked to get to where you are. I hope it continues to be a success!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview. Thank you! Best wishes for your continued success!

  • TheMadMonogram

    TheMadMonogram said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing!!! Congratulations on being able to stay home and spend time with your son and for being able to leave behind a job that didn't make you happy!

  • recycledlovesa

    recycledlovesa said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is great and the prices are even better! Congrats on the front page! You are an inspiration!

  • BlueToad

    BlueToad said 6 years ago

    Inspirational, beautiful and courageous woman! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • worthygoods

    worthygoods said 6 years ago

    So proud you! Great story of hard work, sacrifice and determination leading to independence and happiness. Go girl!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Great story!

  • ameliegallery

    ameliegallery said 6 years ago

    Lovely story... Very inspirational...! The proof that when you work hard you reep the results..! ;)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, love the variety you offer in your store!

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket said 6 years ago

    great story and very inspiring! i LOVE the antler earrings. wishing you lots and lots of success!

  • monistra

    monistra said 6 years ago

    I just open my etsy shop and I found your interview very helpful. Your jewelery is so simple and so beautiful.

  • heartdosheart

    heartdosheart said 6 years ago

    beautiful jewelery & inspiring story

  • franz66

    franz66 said 6 years ago

    Nice story... I really respect that you are able to make it work and be healthy and happy with your son as a single mom because so many of the other stories I've read here people consistently mention and thank their partners and I've been wondering about the single people who "quit their day job". I really like the photo of you at the water's edge. Cheers!

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story♥ Love your Shop, what beautiful work. Congrats!

  • paintedponyshop

    paintedponyshop said 6 years ago

    Nicely done!! Congratulations on the article and I LOVE your work :) WAY TO GO!!!! :D

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 6 years ago

    I loved this interview; very down to earth, but upbeat! Good work!

  • BeadAdmired

    BeadAdmired said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story! thank you for sharing ^__^

  • BurningTreeStudio

    BurningTreeStudio said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! It's amazing that you were able to juggle so many tasks at once! Keep creating, your jewelry is beautiful.

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian said 6 years ago

    Cheers to you, AutumnEquinox!!!

  • CountryFolkSoap

    CountryFolkSoap said 6 years ago

    Great story. You are a dedicated soul to both work & family. Continued success.

  • NestingBluebird

    NestingBluebird said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey with us. Your work is beautiful, and you look so happy!

  • QueenCityRevolt

    QueenCityRevolt said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing! very inspiring!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    loved reading your story.♥

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 6 years ago

    I love your story and your jewelry!! I got into jewelry because I got laid off from work. It has opened so many new doors for me. I know from this I will become a better person! P.S. I'm a Maine Girl too!! :O)

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Work

  • CuteCraftDecor

    CuteCraftDecor said 6 years ago

    Amazing story,very inspiring and congratulation.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Nice work

  • littlejarofhearts

    littlejarofhearts said 6 years ago

    Love it when jewelers are featured sellers :) Inspires me!

  • margye

    margye said 6 years ago

    I love your story!! You are very talented and know what has to be done to get what you wish for. Congrats and don´t ever quit!!

  • HorizonDr

    HorizonDr said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Your antler earrings are to diee for Best Wishes!

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 6 years ago

    Go maine team!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Way to go and CONGRATS

  • ShutterBoxPrints

    ShutterBoxPrints said 6 years ago

    Jenna..Loved your story. You have it all going in the right direction. Congrats on your success. :)

  • AronaWalsh

    AronaWalsh said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful feature and what lovely items you have!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    After reading this I had to go back and look at some of my first items (and the first horrible photos I took) to remind myself how far my shop has come in the past year. Thanks for that! Sometimes I get frustrated when I feel like my business is not growing as fast as I would like but this put a great new perspective on it! Congrats on your success and sharing your story and wisdom! BTW...I am from MA and that lighthouse looks just like one I remember visiting as a child when we went on vaca in Maine...thanks for bringing back that memory!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    One of the best quit your day job stories! Being a single mom and having a child's welfare to be concerned with, and going for it for your own health is well worth the effort you are providing. And, going back to school as a back up plan, excellent! Sounds like you have a lot of energy and focus that energy where it needs to be. Also, it wouldn't hurt anyone to adjust to the bill saving expenses that you have. I did the same when my job was eliminated. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • BrushAndMallett

    BrushAndMallett said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Your jewelry has a great organic feel to it. I love you style. Keep up the amazing work.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for the inspiration. I wish you more success and good heath.

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational.

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 6 years ago

    GREAT article! Inspiring to hear of a Maine artist achieving their dream. Ours is not an economy that matches the rest of the country and to hear something as inspiring as this makes me think I can do it too!

  • KimberlyGlesenkamp

    KimberlyGlesenkamp said 6 years ago

    I am so very happy for you! It made me smile that you don't have pain any loner. I know what that is like and I too have had much less pain due to working creatively from home. Congrats to you and I am so happy for your blessing! BEAUTIFUL work!

  • KimberlyGlesenkamp

    KimberlyGlesenkamp said 6 years ago

    I am so very happy for you! It made me smile that you don't have pain any loner. I know what that is like and I too have had much less pain due to working creatively from home. Congrats to you and I am so happy for your blessing! BEAUTIFUL work!

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    You go girl! So glad you're doing something you love. Beautiful jewelry. You're hard work shows. I used to own a printing company and ran the press, wrote the checks, cleaned the toilet and designed the graphics - all with infant twins under my feet. You work hard, you grow, it pays off. Congrats on the feature and continued success to you.

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story I have dreams of quiting my day job also but with two kids under the age of two its going to be a while because they are like having another full time time job :) Continued success to you congrats

  • blissmayberry

    blissmayberry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful feature! Inspiring as well- it's encouraging to see someone doing what they love and for that passion be able to finance a family! So proud of you- I will for sure keep an eye on your shop:). love your rings too!!:)

  • CedarDogDesigns

    CedarDogDesigns said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration to all moms out there, especially the hard-working single ones (I was a single mom once, so I know what you're up against). Your positive attitude and tenacity are great assets and will take you far. Congratulations, and best wishes for future success!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Your items are beautiful! Thanks for the tips and advice! Best of luck!!!

  • AshNjojo

    AshNjojo said 6 years ago

    I am about to graduate with a Bachelors from a business school and the marketing tips you listed are absolutely on target! It is so great to hear about working successful moms like you! And your jewelry is stunning! Congrats on the feature blog and good luck to you and your family!

  • susanbflanagan

    susanbflanagan said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work congrats. on your feature article love lots and lots of items in your shop :)

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    Great story, I hope I can be there some day. I sooooo want to quit my day job! Thanks for inspiring me :) Monica TheIDConnection

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

    Love the corkscrew earrings! Very inspiring story of hard work that paid off!

  • lachicaboutique

    lachicaboutique said 6 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats I hope you have continued success! You inspire me!

  • bhpeters

    bhpeters said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Your inspiring story offers much encouragement. Your work is beautiful!

  • theapawthecary

    theapawthecary said 6 years ago

    Love your story thank you so much for sharing!!! Congrats and good luck!!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 6 years ago

    great story, thanks for the encouraging words as well! keep up the good work!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 6 years ago

    Congrats on you feature and doing what you LOVE! I enjoyed reading your story! I wish you continued success!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 6 years ago

    What a great story... and your little one will remember growing up watching you live your dream. Best wishes for your future successes!

  • inblackink

    inblackink said 6 years ago

    Great interview! As others have said, you're very inspiring. I wish you all the best! :)

  • RockinOnesies

    RockinOnesies said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured!! Your story is very inspiring. I loved it when you said as long as you keep working at it you will succeed. I am just starting out so I needed to hear that. Oh! And your jewelry is gorgeous!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and what a great story! So glad to you hear you are physically feeling better and stress free. Congrats on the feature!

  • DeirdreLeePortraits

    DeirdreLeePortraits said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Jenna, and congratulations!!! Wishing you all the best, and I'm loving the turquoise rings you're wearing!!! :-)

  • indigotwin

    indigotwin said 6 years ago

    Great feature on a fellow Mainer! I have a few pairs of earring that I wear almost every day. Great product!

  • SparklesbyNkT

    SparklesbyNkT said 6 years ago

    Awesome story! I love your work. Keep it up. <3

  • littleeyedesigns

    littleeyedesigns said 6 years ago

    Yay for a great article about another Maine Team seller! I like your nice, clean studio space! :)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Big Congrats to you!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story, Thank you so much for sharing with us, your journey and everything.

  • sheilaannsattic

    sheilaannsattic said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with others. It encourages us to not give up with our dreams of having our own business. Patience and perseverence will prevail :)

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 6 years ago

    YAY!!!!!! Congratulations, Mainah!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    What a great story!!! Your work is beautiful! So much talent! Congrats!!!!

  • elvenhands

    elvenhands said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring story. I'm hoping I can manage half what you did.

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • Shadowcaller

    Shadowcaller said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story so much! Maine is beautiful - my family is from Portsmouth - just on the border. Good luck to you ! -Morgan

  • MissVickys

    MissVickys said 6 years ago

    Excellent story, very inspiring, well done, very proud of you for following your heart :)

  • TatteredMare

    TatteredMare said 6 years ago

    Truly inspirational. You're living the dream :)

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 6 years ago

    Exciting story! Thank you for sharing!

  • InstrumentalLighting

    InstrumentalLighting said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks!

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

    Love hearing stories like this! Very inspiring and some great advice :)

  • colormehip

    colormehip said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story is inspiring! Hoping to reach the same goals... Fabulous shop! Carolyn colormehip

  • designedforyouink

    designedforyouink said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is fabulous. Congrats to you for pursuing your dream. Kudos for being a "single" mom and pursuing so many interests. You are to be commended. Good luck with all your future endeavors.

  • andraswhimsies

    andraswhimsies said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview!! Congrats on the feature, Jenna! Your story is so inspiring. Go Maine Team Go!! =) I LOVE that painting in your studio by the way =)

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    what a very inspiring story ..your jewelry is really so beautiful !!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and thank you for sharing your story! Best wishes for your continued success! Your shop is wonderful and I especially like your simple items. :)

  • TheArtTree

    TheArtTree said 6 years ago

    What a wonderfully inspiring story, thanks for that Jenna.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you Jenna for so generously sharing. I have been touched by your openness. All the best to you.

  • TiruZizi

    TiruZizi said 6 years ago

    Your story is beautiful because is real!! I love it! Thanks T.

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Oh my, this may be one of the most beautiful interviews, thanks so much for sharing your story! Congratulations on the feature!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats to you for following your dreams even knowing that you are the sole provider. You set an example for your child that will pay great dividends in the future! angie www.ferntreestudio.com

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 6 years ago

    Lovely story. I love your simply understated work - unfussy, stylish and original - keep it up!

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful interview - filled with that good Maine spirit, independence and determination!

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 6 years ago

    Great interview, and way to go for featuring a single mom who is the sole support of her family!

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 6 years ago

    YAY YAY YAY!!!!! Congrats girl!!! So proud of you!! :)

  • MakingsofShannaTice

    MakingsofShannaTice said 6 years ago

    Just swooning with delight that you are featured! What a fabulous story- I am proud to share the best State ever with you :) congrats!

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie said 6 years ago

    You have such beautiful jewelry and I really enjoyed reading your story--something to take home and keep :)

  • Ifoundmyshoe

    Ifoundmyshoe said 6 years ago

    I love your stuff! It is all hauntingly beautiful.

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    Your things are very pretty. Continued success to you.

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the post! Lovely ~

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story. I also am going to school for a medical degree for similar reasons. I hope oneday to be doing artwork as my main job, though.

  • TheWhimsicalBlossom

    TheWhimsicalBlossom said 6 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you - you are very inspiring. All the best for your future.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful, very inspiring read - its nice to see someone who has overcome lifes challenges and still has time to be a mother!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    loved reading this! many congrats on the feature your work is stunning!

  • ReFabulous

    ReFabulous said 6 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! You, my dear, are amazing... and make me want to work even harder for myself and my family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. :)

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to you! I really connect with your story- I currently work in the bindery of a print shop, and have moonlighted as an office cleaner. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!! I'm a single mom too and work my online shop full-time while it's hard the benefits are really worth it. My daughter is now a 17 year old and I too have gone back into the medical field just in case the economy gets worse. With determination you will do great & I wish you much success!

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 6 years ago

    Love the simplicity of your designs. Congratulations.

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 6 years ago

    You make beautiful jewelry! Be very proud of yourself, you are setting a wonderful example for your son. Good luck in all your endeavors and enjoy life!

  • AmyRehnae

    AmyRehnae said 6 years ago

    from one single mom to another....thank you for this. simply, thank you. now i know it really can be done!

  • deefinitydesigns

    deefinitydesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I am truly inspired by it! Your work is beautiful!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    Go girl great inspiration, you should be proud.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    Amazing story, you are inspiring!

  • shortcakepartypicks

    shortcakepartypicks said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is very inspiring. I have small children too so I really admire all that you have been able to accomplish! Best of luck in the future!!!

  • shortcakepartypicks

    shortcakepartypicks said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is very inspiring. I have small children too so I really admire all that you have been able to accomplish! Best of luck in the future!!!

  • AutumnEquinox

    AutumnEquinox said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much everyone!

  • blushingpixie

    blushingpixie said 6 years ago

    Loved your story. Great advice, especially the little bit at the end. I don't love what I am doing right now and am in fact, quitting my day job in two months so I hope I won't regret it!

  • LoreleyJewelry

    LoreleyJewelry said 6 years ago

    Way to go, AutumnEquinox, very inspiring. Congratulations on being featured. You deserve it!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Great items and keep up the good work.

  • BelleMaisonetMoi

    BelleMaisonetMoi said 6 years ago

    Love those gold stack rings!!! Thanks for the inspiration. I am a new seller and putting a lot of pressure on myself trying to get the word out there! Congratulations on being featured :O)

  • JDanger

    JDanger said 6 years ago

    Good for you! What an inspiring story! You earned this!!!!

  • TiffanyBlueDesign

    TiffanyBlueDesign said 6 years ago

    This is so inspirational! I've just been able to quit my day job, and I'm loving it so far! It's kind of scary, but I know I made the right decision. You worked really hard to get to where you are with your business, I wish you much much more success!

  • WriteTheGoodWrite

    WriteTheGoodWrite said 6 years ago

    I'm inspired by how hard you worked to get where you are. It has motivated me to put a few more hours in working on my novel, instead of just watching TV and having a glass of wine. Thanks, and all the best of luck with all you choose to do!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 6 years ago

    its very inspiring!

  • elizenazelie

    elizenazelie said 6 years ago

    i really like that you sell tragus hoops, there are very few fine jewelers out there that accommodate to unconventional ear piercings, very cool!

  • OdieBellsDesigns

    OdieBellsDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great story. I hope to have a nice story to tell one day as well

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring :) Thanks! I really like how you said that if you just keep working at growing your business you'll get there :) That's what I keep encouraging myself with, the exponential growth curve! (turns out math is useful and good, who knew?) Continued success to you!!

  • natashaaloha

    natashaaloha said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your shop and your success. I have yet to become successful here but know what it feels like in another area of my life. Your story is great!

  • jodishmodi

    jodishmodi said 6 years ago

    What an absolutely cute shop?! Your jewelry is great. Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like prioritizing is important all the while - in your personal life, budget, and business. Thank you for sharing.

  • kathystuffnmore

    kathystuffnmore said 6 years ago

    Love your story. I wish I had so much confidence, but I am working on it. P.S. You live in a beautiful part of the country, Maine. Does that inspire your work? Best Wishes.

  • DawnRosell

    DawnRosell said 6 years ago

    Boy does your story sound a lot like mine, I have a 2 year old also and have just begun to get into my shop after his birth. It is so inspiring to see that you are successful and doing what you love. Thank you for sharing, it has truly helped me feel even more focused.

  • DeezignerBliss

    DeezignerBliss said 6 years ago

    You are incredibly inspiring! I'm so impressed with all you've done and have a child to boot! I wish you continued success and all the best!!!

  • ksbear105

    ksbear105 said 6 years ago

    Hey! A fellow past printer! I worked in Printing for about half my life....grew up in a family business. I'm convinced it was the best background. I feel I constantly use skills and even thought processes I learned in the businees and apply to everything I do today. Great information and best of luck!

  • LaJellybeanBonita

    LaJellybeanBonita said 5 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing! I wish the best for you and your son

  • remainewicked

    Rain Harbison from remainewicked said 5 years ago

    This is awesome Jenna! Congradulations! Keep up the great work :-)

  • AtypicalHeiress

    Jessica L. Harris from AtypicalGeminiArtist said 2 years ago

    What an inspiration! I have been needing to quit my day job and pursue more of what I love. Good for you. Keep it up Fellow Mainer!

  • 4PawsFashion

    Katarzyna Owczarek from 4PawsFashion said 1 year ago

    It's so wonderful You can do what You love for life.

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