How Little Inspirations Started
Featured: Aplastic Anemia Awareness Bracelet
The cause that started the awareness campaign.
In the beginning
Have you ever bought a department store piece of jewelry thinking it was nice in the store only to have it fall apart on you days later? That's exactly what happened to me! I got tired of the quality of department store jewelry and the fact that most of the jewelry I was purchasing was never in the right colors, and I felt it never held up long enough to get my money's worth. Even looking around department store jewelry sections today I find myself appalled at the quality of manufacturing and materials being used. My frustration bred quickly into a hobby that was getting a ton of compliments and custom orders just from the jewelry I was wearing! Everyone seemed to want a custom piece of jewelry. It became a source of extra income. In 2009 I had lost my job twice in one year due to economic down turns. A friend of mine asked me to post photos of my jewelry for her to view online. I posted in a public forum for her and was quickly getting business from not just her, but friends of mine that saw my designs. It was the start of a business endeavor that would essentially change my life.
The Awareness Jewelry Line
In January of 2010 I started the Awareness Jewelry Campaign completely by accident. I had created a bracelet for awareness of Aplastic Anemia and Myleodysplasia in honor of my grandmother who had passed away when I was only 12 years old. I posted a photo online to see if anyone else in the Aplastic Anemia/MDS community would want something like it. What I did not anticipate was that right after posting the bracelets for Aplastic Anemia, I started to get requests for bracelets to show support for Autism, Support the Troops, Leukemia, Domestic Violence, Pancreatic Cancer... and the list goes on. Before I knew it I was selling jewelry all over the world, in countries like England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Australia, and even Japan! The Awareness Jewelry campaign has reached so many different people, and has provided a way for people to customize jewelry for the Causes that matter most to them. It has also brought me some very genuine friendships as well. Since the start of that endeavor, I also found that I would come to rely on the support of the Cervical Cancer community when I received my diagnosis in 2013... and it remains a cause that I continue to support to this day.
Some exciting news for Little Inspirations came when the business was featured by our local news station in the Go Ask Mom column of WRAL. News Editor Sarah Hall came to my home and interviewed me and did an amazing write up on my business. It is an honor and privilege to be featured by WRAL on their news site. You can find the posted online article and video interview by either clicking on the link on my Home Page, or by going to http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/goaskmom/blogpost/8986214/
Little Inspirations is actively involved in local causes and organizations. Most of my give back campaign donations are giving back to families who have children with terminal or chronic illnesses that impair their daily life. I typically choose a family to donate to based on a personal recommendation or based on a cause I feel strongly about. Most of the families receiving donations from Little Inspirations are unsuspecting recipients who often have no idea my company even exists.