Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Live Out Loud - Ink & Changes

A little over a year ago I took an inventory of myself and decided it was time to reclaim my life. For 12 years I had been doing everything "right". Trying to run a business, be a mom, a wife and friend.

And I was dead inside. I had been making jewelry for 6 years at that point and finally had hired help. With the additional help I was able to breathe again.

During my kids' VBS week I decided to start running again after a 2 year break. And I wanted to train the way I've always dreamed about. I joined Weight Watchers and learned how to eat a reasonable amount of food in a day and finally lose the baby weight from my 8 year old "baby". I stopped filling myself with food and began to nourish my soul - and find ME again.

Those first few weeks I was happy to complete 2.5 miles. I would feel so good after and as the weight dropped off I was able to go longer and after a few months faster.

And then my world fell apart. I'll spare you the gory details but I cracked; my walls crumbled and through it all I ran.

Through all those miles the layers began to peel away. I sweated out my fears and anxiety - many miles I wept through but new dreams began to form. And old dreams reappeared and became attainable.

Sporty Girl Jewelry was born after several years as only www.hipmomjewelry.com. In February I had the opportunity to go to Africa to teach single moms a viable trade in jewelry making. Seeds were planted began to form new growth in my soul.




As I awoke from that 12 year hibernation I realized I no longer wanted to merely exist - but to live all out. So my year has been a little frenetic...

26.2? You bet. Go to Africa? Sure! A new tattoo? Why not?




And that brings me to the biggest news of all - Sporty Girl Jewelry and Hip Mom Jewelry have found a home together - in a real brick & mortar storefront. We officially opened for business yesterday. It is definitely a dream come true to have my own little piece of retail space. So if you are ever in Lawrence, KS, stop in and say howdy-do at Studio 163



What do you think of the new Live Out Loud & Free Charms? They will be added to the site in a couple days.

Has running or another sport helped you through hard times?

Has it helped you find courage for bold steps in life?


11 comments:

  1. Hooray! How exciting!! Good luck and if I am ever in the area, I'm stopping by! :)

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  2. Congrats on your new looks! This is such an inspirational post. Like you, running (and fitness) has been a real support for me in my life; it's always there for me and propels me forward.

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  3. Awesome! Congrats on the exciting new journey!

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  4. Love the new charms! Running has absolutely helped me find courage to be bold and grow in my life. I love to hear how it inspires others too! Congrats on the new retail store. I am heading in that direction too. It is exciting and empowering process. Wish you much success!

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  5. congrats!!! the store looks great! i LOVE the two new charms :)

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  6. Congratulations! Check out my blog...you'll see I LOVE the necklace I bought for myself! I also bought one for my daughter....and I'm thinking of which one I want to buy my good friend! http://teameatprayrun.blogspot.com/

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  7. The store looks beautiful, as do the new charms. HUGE congrats on all you have accomplished!!!

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  8. Congrats on the new store front! It's inspiring to read about a successful entrepreneur!

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  9. Thank you to all for the encouraging comments!

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  10. Congratulations! I'll be sure to stop in if I'm ever in KS!

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