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As part of my work on this blog, I would like to support small businesses that encourage love and compassion towards all parts of this planet. My dream is to own my own business, some day, that will give me the financial freedom to live/work from anywhere in the world for myself… no following orders from others… a business that I am excited to get out of bed every morning for. I believe we all can make our dreams a reality… we just might need some motivational help along the way. Thus, I am thinking of starting a series involving interviews of successful entrepreneurs/business people, to give that motivation and drive we sometimes need on those rainy days.
Artifact adventure is a jewellery company that inspires adornment, self-expression, and self-love. They offer high quality pieces at affordable prices so that luxury of fine fashion jewellery is obtainable to everyone. Many pieces include mystic crystals and gems full of good vibes to educate customers about crystalline attributes, so that they can use these inspiring natural remedies in their everyday lives. Sophia, the founder and creator, also writes personalised little notes with each order, filled with her positive intentions, energy, prayers, and words of affirmation for the wearer. How amazing is that! Read the interview below for more inspiration!
So, without further a due… I introduce to you Sophia from Artifact Adventure Adornment.
Q: So Sophia, where do you get your inspiration for your Jewellery?
A: To be quite honest, I find inspiration in people. I love the people in my life as well as the customers that I have been blessed to get to know as friends around the world. I think about what they would like to wear. I think about their individual styles and the things that are important to them. I find inspiration all around me too, especially in nature. The magic happens when I create something that is not only beautiful, but can be practically worn by the people I love – things that they can actually wear everyday. Jewellery that isn’t over the top. The minimal pieces that will work for everyone, everywhere… that is what inspires me.
Q:You have many pieces in your collection that include the crescent moon. Does the moon have a special meaning to you?
A: Yes, I love the crescent moon. My favourite thing about the moon, and why I wear it, is its symbolism for feminine strength and intuition. It reminds me to embrace my femininity – to truly embrace it! The moon has cycles just like the female body – and I think its great to talk about and celebrate. It also reminds me to trust my intuition. I personally believe God has given every single human an intuition and we make mistakes when we ignore it. Wearing the moon reminds me of these things, so I hope I can pass this magical reminder to the lovely women that purchase the pieces.
R: Yes intuition is everything! I am starting to listen to mine more and more each day. I believe many of us are disconnected from it, in our technology and work driven world.
A: Absolutely – it’s a huge problem for our generation – and even for people who are aware, like me. We have to consciously set aside time to breathe and just be connected to ourselves and our Higher Power.
Q: Your jewellery is also quite minimal, which I love. Do you transfer the minimal mindset to other aspects of your life?
A: Thank you! Absolutely! In fact, my husband and I remodelled a vintage airstream as our first home – a true tiny house! We recently sold her, but we still chose to purchase another tiny home. I keep my jewellery workshop organised very neatly in our tiny space (most people would be shocked as to what we can comfortably fit into our small space)… but I have great organisational skills so it works for us! Less is more! Starting your won business isn’t easy, and it’s smart to not live above your means while trying to succeed.
Q: Oh wow! Yes, tiny houses are becoming quite popular lately. I love the idea! So what is it like travelling and running a business at the same time?
A: Actually, we realised in order to get serious about financial stability and to truly grow, we needed to plant roots… so we parked our tiny house. We recently decided to stay in central Florida for a while. However, we are currently in Washington, DC for the month – I packed up my tiny workshop and am loving it here! I love having a minimal life and my own business because it’s freeing. I can pretty much fit everything into my car and go! So as much as I try to plant roots… I am a rolling stone with a hippie heart!
Q: How do you work towards achieving better work-life balance?
A: I am actually quite terrible at this. Unlike most businesses, I don’t auto-post. Everything on social media is from my heart in the moment – so I so post after hours and it does cut into my personal life – but then again my personal life is my business because I have developed such beautiful, authentic friendships with girls around the world through Artifact Adventure! It’s so cool!
But lately, I am trying to (aside from social media) shut down the shop at a reasonable 5-6pm and pick it back up in the morning between 7-9, depending on the day. You just have to respect yourself enough, and the people around you, to set boundaries.
Q: How do you introduce sustainability into your business model?
A: Little by little. I don’t support suppliers that I know don’t care. My suppliers tell me that they ethically source everything. I choose to reuse bubble wrap, paper goods, and recycle what I can. Additionally, I try to support more my fellow American friends, so I buy a lot of my metals from America. The most important thing to me is creating jewellery that doesn’t hurt animals. I will never sell pearls, corals, leather, or bone. I want my jewellery to be filled by living-giving energy only!
Q: That’s great! Little steps make big steps in the long run. So, have you always had an entrepreneurial mindset?
A: Yes, it’s something my parents drove into me. Actually, my grandfather came from Italy and had his own jewellery store. Then my dad had his own… a still does today – a traditional brick and mortar jewellery store that specialises in repairs, custom design, and engagement rings. As a child, I was homeschooled. My family always had us working on holidays and any days off. My sisters and I loved it! We all play the harp, so we would entertain the customers who were waiting on a sales person by playing music. We would also serve guests cheese and crackers while they shopped. As we got older, we became the sales personnel, a job I kept through college.
Without my parents, I wouldn’t know how to run a business. But most importantly, I learned about integrity and quality work. Jewellery is special, particularly for sentimental pieces. As a young girl, I learnt that when we took a customer’s piece for repair, to truly guard that piece and make sure the work was done perfectly… because you never know just how much a piece of jewellery could mean to someone… it could have been their grandmother’s dying gift to them or the ring a husband proposed with many moons ago. Jewellery can mean everything to someone. That’s what I love about it.
Q: Do you have any good tips for people starting out in business?
A: My first piece of advice is do not believe that you have to go to college. You can do anything you set your mind to. Now if you need to be specifically trained as a doctor, lawyer, nurse or want to go to trade school, sure. But running a business is something that comes natural, if you’re meant to do it, and I believe it’s what I’m meant to do. Yes it’s challenging when I don’t understand something… like Google ads or Facebook marketing. I take online classes to learn or when I realise I cannot do something, I have to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask question! Just because you’re not an expert in everything doesn’t mean you can’t do anything… ask for help!
Q: I am so glad you said that!! I am surrounded by the message that you have to go to college to be successful, especially from my family, and it can be really frustrating at times! I am currently going through a career change at the moment trying to follow my passions rather than what I or others think is realistic/reliable. What was the thing that pushed you to finally follow your dreams?
A: I definitely encourage you and others to follow your dream! The last straw for me was working an office job (my first ‘real job’ out of college) that I absolutely hated. I sold… drumroll please… ADULT DIAPERS! It was miserable. I called medical stores around the country all day. But one day, I realised this job and dreary office life was literally killing my spirit. That was the day I said I would never do anything I don’t love ever again.
I didn’t know what I would do, but I worked odd jobs – like being a personal assistant and nanny until I could decide on what I wanted to pursue with my whole heart… and yes you will need your whole heart to succeed as a small business
R: Wow! I am so glad you made that decision. I have been in college for the last 5 years, doing things that I am not . overly passionate about, as I felt they were realistic and reliable jobs to work towards. However, after the last 3 stressful years my mental health has been impacted and so I said no more. I am currently taking a break and figuring out what it is I want to do for me. I don’t know about in the US, but in Ireland there is such a pressure to go to college, it’s almost a given, despite wether or not you not want you want to do.
A: I am glad you are staying true to your heart! I didn’t… I finished and wasted valuable time studying books that literally didn’t teach me anything about real life business. That’s how it is in America too… a push to study everything and master nothing.
My advice to you and to everyone struggling with the idea of pursuing your dreams is to not wait one moment. Go for it. Make small steps everyday. Small steps towards finding yourself, your passion, and your plan is better than no steps at all.
Q: And the final question… What would you say is your life’s motto?
A: Love God (or whomever/whatever you believe in). Love yourself. Love other humans (especially the ones that are different from you). Love animals. Love this planet we are blessed to call home… We all are worthy of and deserve love.
What an incredibly inspiring interview!! Don’t you agree? You can just feel the passion and love pouring from this beautiful human soul. Thank you gorgeous!
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