My personal story
Without darkness, light loses it's significance.I ship my jewelry in a black box with a white ribbon as a symbol and reminder of the darkness I experienced and the light it revealed.We always see a successful person at the end of what was a long journey and we assume they skipped all The Great Wall of China steps we endure every day as we climb closer to our dreams. If I were to be honest I had been guilty of ignoring the actual journey of entrepreneurship.
I think the reason for this is we hear a successful entrepreneur’s story after they have already come out on the other side. We can't actually take the journey with them but they can shed light on how they became an entrepreneur.
I always knew I wanted to own my business even before I knew what the company would be. I dreamed of being my own boss and having a team not employees where would brainstorm new ideas and they would each contribute their expertise. Rewind to my first year out of college and I'm not on the dream team I always wanted I'm working to build someone else's. I take it in stride because I figure I'm being paid to later avoid mistakes in my own business.
Then after a variety of setbacks and feeling stuck which was unfamiliar for me because I always knew what I wanted and exactly how I was going to get it. I was stuck in a larger web than Charlotte's envisioning the big dreams I had and feeling no closer. It was because of this frustration and lack of creativity in my work life that spawned my first body chain.
Let's just say things didn't go as I would have hoped my first year. Fast forward to November 2014 and I receive an email for an opportunity to showcase my jewelry at Raw artists. I launch my website and get featured on Essence.com soon after. On April 1st 2015 I was invited by Harlem Business alliance and Creative work space to speak on a panel for women entrepreneurs(pictures in events) I shared my journey of fear, doubt, but resilience. It truly felt like a full circle moment sharing my journey and I was beginning to see the light at the end of a long tunnel of darkness.