Super excited to continue my Inspiring Women series and share a few words from the fabulous Jillian. She is the founder of sweet & spark, an amazing collection of vintage jewelry. Her and her dad explore vintage shops and flea markets around the country and curate them on her site. A few of my favorites? This gold fringe rhinestone necklace and these 70s edgy bracelets. I am lucky to share the city of San Francisco with her and thankful for her inspiring words for you today…
what story is your life telling right now, today?
Ah, this journey has certainly been filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows and it’s those highs that are truly exhilarating. The only thing that gets me through the lows is a constant believe that the journey will bring another high. I don’t believe there is one single tipping point that has propelled me forward, it’s all the little things together that make S&S what it is today. I am equally thankful for all of the experiences in my life (internships, studying abroad, traveling both domestically & internationally, living in different cities, meeting new people, immersing myself into blogging, attending entrepreneurial conferences, professional experiences, building relationships with mentors, managing and inspiring a team, discovery of Seth Godin and so many more) that have led me to this place of comfortability, sharing my spark with others. I’m just as passionate about paying it forward as I am about building a brand.
what woman inspires you and why?
Talk about a woman with some serious spark, my sister is my favorite person in the entire world. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit & heart, I admire her ability & perspective. She owns a paleo cooking company, called Good Clean Food Hawaii, and ironically, we launched our businesses
the very same month. Whenever I’m stuck or scared, she’s able to call my bluff and with few words, make everything seem so clear. She’s the very same lady that inspired me to complete my first full marathon in 2010. Without her I’d be lost.
what are three things you’re thankful for?
Family, new friends & re-connecting with old friends/co-workers.
With both my dad as head buyer and my mom as the jewelry cleaner, my family has been my rock and number one fans. Not to mention my mom is my number one customer! The most valuable aspect has been the network of people that I’ve built relationships with; many were the first to support the brand and have been able to connect me to some amazing press opportunities. I have so much gratitude that I don’t even know how to begin to express. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in karma. If you keep an open heart, always give people the benefit of the doubt and believe that good people attract good people it somehow, always works out.
whats one lesson you’ve learned that you can share with readers?
Leaving corporate America was definitely the scariest thing I’ve ever done but I knew there was never going to be a better time. The hardest part is making the decision and starting, the rest evolves from there. Anything we want to know if now at our fingertips. So once you stop consuming information and start taking action, you realize the incredible power of momentum & serendipity. I can’t tell you how many youtube videos I watched at the beginning trying to figure out photoshop and the basics of coding! I still find myself asking for help via twitter, emailing old colleagues or “googling it”. Do it. You only live one time. One single time.