So as you all know I love to support local and started a #girlboss segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
So I would like to introduce to you the most amazingly creative woman who makes these gorgeous earrings! Out of leather! Let’s see what Sam had to say about her business, Luxe Leather.
You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?
I’m so super proud and chuffed. It has taken many hours of hard work and sheer grit but I wouldn’t trade anything. I love being able to supply lovely local ladies with unique and exclusive leather earrings and so am chuffed I made the leap to follow my heart and just do it! I have met some amazing ladies along the way and count myself so very blessed that I get to do what I do each day. Each milestone pushes me forward and for as long as this is an absolute passion for me I will continue to do what I do. Watch this space for amazing new things!
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
Stay focused on myself and my journey with my business. Its very easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing and trying to keep up can become messy and ultimately you lose yourself along the way. I’m learning (still) to do me… and let others follow their own journey. Its a fine line as I want to keep up with trends… but ultimately I’m learning to follow my own path, my own style & make my own way.
Its OK to shut off every now and then. We are not robots and life is crazy busy so listen to your body when it tells you it needs a breather. It allows you time to recoup and reevaluate – which is essential. Hinging very closely on this is that its ok to say No. You simply cannot say yes to everything.
I’m learning that i’m still learning along the way, and that’s ok too.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
I still see myself creating gorgeous ear candy and would love to employ some lovely ladies and grow the business staff-wise – and maybe even a retail store one day! Alot can happen in 5 years and i’m so excited to see where this business takes me!
What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Honestly just do it! You will kick yourself if you don’t. I waited a long time before starting Luxe Leather and the idea rolled around in my head for a good 2x years before I took the plunge. I wish I had started sooner!
Its true that nothing good comes easy but it will be so worth it. Start small and where at all possible start with it being a side hustle so that have another source of income to take the pressure off. Its been so wonderful growing this business and using it as a creative outlet without it being a stress on our family finances and for that my business has been able to thrive. The juggle is real but honestly I cant picture my life any other way right now.
Everyone has their own definition of success and one of my (many) definitions is just believing you can…. and believe me when I say – you CAN!!! If little old me can, why cant you?!
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
I LOVE seeing ladies in my earrings. Its such an incredible feeling seeing ladies I have never met before wearing my earrings. Like i did that! I made those! 🙂
I have had SO many proud, proud moments during my journey with Luxe Leather and its a feeling of massive accomplishment and pride. My heart is so happy. Another aspect I have absolutely LOVED is meeting some incredible ladies along the way. Whether they are customers that have becomes friends or other #mombosses who I have collaborated with its been amazing to meet like-minded souls who hustle just as hard as I do. Im such a feminist and LOVE seeing ladies succeed so being able to connect with ladies who have the same goals and aspirations is so encouraging.
What an INSPIRATION!! This lady is going places quickly. Check out her beautiful Instagram feed for all earrings on offer! Show her account some love and follow please. Or check out their website and buy online. Any orders will go out after lockdown so don’t forget to do some shopping while you are home!
And don’t forget – Mother’s Day is coming up soon!