Updated: May 14, 2018
WHAT DOES YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
I get up and quickly look at my Twitter feed ... Yes, it consumes way too much of my life-source. Then… I give my dog her first set of six medications she needs throughout the day as she is suffering from heart disease. I make my French press coffee and then go off to Yoga or Barre class. Am I enough of a stereotype? I guess when I stop at Trader Joe’s it gets worse. Then I walk across the street to my office/studio and I start piecing together all the moving parts that are out in the Rhode Island manufacturing realm and patiently waiting for me to put them together. It never really ends.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF OWNING A BUSINESS?
I love coming up with something and doing it, no matter how complicated it is, or maybe how fruitless it will be. It forces me to take responsibility for everything I do; there can’t be any blame or victimization because I am the author of my mistakes. I dictate my own direction, and I am able to bring ideas to life on my own, which is really empowering.
Flexibility is key for me. I will work through the weekend sometimes, but then there are days that I need to go into coma mode and take a three-hour nap. I used to feel guilty about this, but now I know it is just part of me.
I like being able to expose people who intern or work with me to this bizarre line of work. It’s amazing what it takes to bring an idea into the world and then sell it to the public. The hidden parts are worth sharing.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF OWNING A BUSINESS?
The nagging fears that I have chosen the wrong path and that I am wasting time. I wonder if I would have been better off, less isolated, in a predictable work environment.
I struggle with allocating the appropriate time on different areas of my business. I should be looking for stores to carry my line, and for shows to sell at, but I really just want to make new jewelry. I have to force myself to do the things that don’t really interest me so I can do what I love.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU DO FOR YOURSELF EVERYDAY?
I get a workout in and I have coffee while facetiming my brother when I can. I relish my mornings and make them last for as long as I can.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO INVEST IN WHEN STARTING A BUSINESS?
In terms of money, it depends on what your business is. I would have done A LOT of things differently. Do your research. Look at what people have done before you. Don’t imitate, but don’t waste time and money reinventing the wheel. Read the fine print (I haven’t done this and it has really screwed me) and wait a few days before committing to anything. I rush in with enthusiasm and find myself bound to things that I really should never have agreed to.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST MOTIVATION?
Bringing what I have found in these flea markets back to life in the form of jewelry in endless design possibilities. Sculpting wax into a form and casting it into metal remains miraculous to me and I can’t believe I get to do it every day if I want.
HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED/PRODUCTIVE AND MAKE THE BEST OF THE SAME 24 HOURS THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS?
I make lists and go down them with a vengeance. I have never had a focus problem, so once I sit down, I can get things done. I try and cook most nights, so I have to stop and prepare dinner, which forces a timeline. Plus, around 6, my dog just stands at the door and stares at me to go home.
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO/FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA/USE AS A MENTOR?
People like Helena Foulkes, a lovely person and a corporate bad-ass, amaze me. I have several friends who have kids and high-stress jobs and I simply don’t know how they do it. As a political junky, I follow a lot of journalists as I think they are saving our country. I tweet “Thank you,” to Ana Navarro periodically, but I have never gotten anything back. I would love for her to wear my jewelry.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE THAT YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN?
Streamline. Do one thing and do it well.
WHAT IS THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE THAT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?
Streamline. Do one thing and do it well.