A few months ago, I was invited to speak to a 4th-grade Girl Scout troop about my jewelry biz. The girls seemed so confident that they could do anything with their lives. I wondered if they’d still have that sense of endless possibility down the road.
When I launched my business, I was over 40. I had a 12-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a job. It seemed a bit late to be adding another major endeavor, especially one I knew nothing about. I wondered if I was being naive or even irresponsible to think it could work out. But I really wanted to do it, and something compelled my to try.
Fast forward 13 years, and my business is small but thriving. Running a side business while working and raising kids hasn’t been easy. At times it’s exhausting. I frequently don’t get as much sleep as I should, and I can’t always spend as much time with my kids as I’d like to.
But my jewelry has provided me with the creative outlet that was missing from my life before, plus a nice little side income, which doesn’t hurt either. I also donate a portion of my revenues to a local organization that helps refugees and asylum seekers, and I have another fundraiser in the works for a cause close to my heart (details to come). It feels amazing that I’m at the point with my business where I can use some of my profits to help others.
I’m so glad I didn’t let my doubts stop me all those years ago. My business has enriched my life in so many ways. And while my kids might have had to eat leftovers for dinner more often than they would have preferred, they’ve grown up seeing that it’s never too late to try something new.
And that’s a lesson worth passing on.