Today is International women’s day and I am feeling so fired up! I am so proud to be a woman. I thought it would only be fitting to tell my story today in hopes to inspire other women to reach their dreams and go after their goals. I guess I should start by saying, along the way, a lot of people told me that I would never be successful. That I would never be able to reach my dreams. That my ideas were stupid. I guess they just don’t know what determined women are capable of!
When I was 14 I noticed many of my 16 year old friends were getting cars for their birthdays! I was so excited because I was thinking ahead and knew in 2 years it would finally be my turn for my parents to gift me a car! I remember going into my parents room and telling them how excited I was for them to buy me a car when I turned 16. They both started laughing and told me if I ever wanted a car that I would have to work for it. I thought, there was no way that at 14 years old I would be able to earn the money for a car so I was very discouraged. I never could’ve imagined what would happen next. I went back to my parents and complained and told them how I would never be able to earn enough money and my parents suggested that I start my own business! They have always been very encouraging and they motivated me and told me I could do anything I put my mind to. So, I went online and started researching some things I could do to make some money to work towards my goal. I saw that there were a lot of other young entrepreneurs out there and I was very inspired by them! In the early days, we didn’t personally create the lockets. Lockets have been around for centuries. I wanted to be able to further customize lockets by using custom plates, charms, dangles, and custom chains to use them as a keepsake that tells your story. This is what I did, and just like that, Origami Owl was born.
I started selling Living Lockets in my area and out of my house. People loved them. So after a while, we moved to a mall kiosk in the Chandler mall and I was SO EXCITED. After a while of sharing Origami Owl there, multiple people contacted us asking how they could get Origami Owl in their area and how they could sell our collection. We decided the social selling model would be the best model to use to continue to sell the Living Lockets, and we knew that other women could have the same success that we had early on. I didn’t really know much about it and I had no idea that in 5 short years over 45,000 women (and a few good men) would join us and share our meaningful jewelry around the United States and in Canada.
I was able to buy a car for my 16th birthday! I decided to get a white Jeep Wrangler and she is my BABY! Her name is Alice. (Yes, I named my car. She’s like a child to me. Don’t judge me.) But what I have realized over these past few years is, Yeah, It was amazing to reach my goal and get a car but what really impacted my life and made a difference was being able to be surrounded by those amazing Origami Owl Designers. They inspire me every single day. They’re working their businesses all across the country and hearing their stories is what really has touched my heart. I am SO PROUD of them and all they do to inspire and make a difference in the lives of others. At Origami Owl our mission is to be a force for good, To love inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. The coolest part about our mission statement is all of those beautiful 45,000 women have joined us in that mission of being a force for good. We are all changing lives TOGETHER.
So I guess what I am trying to get at today is, You never know what can happen for you. The power of ONE person is so powerful. One person can create a ripple effect for good in the world. One person can inspire others to reach their dreams. One person. SO if you ever feel discouraged or if you ever feel like you aren’t good enough trust me when I say you are perfect the way you are. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough to do something because I never would know where I would be today if I let the words that others said about me determine my worth and my value. Don’t listen to the negativity.
In closing, Us women need to lift each other up! We need to empower and support each other. I know if we do that we can all change the world. Together. I am so proud of all the beautiful women around me who inspire me. Keep doing you girl! You’ve got this!
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