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Women in Business – Live True Designs

One of my greatest passions is supporting women in business!  Whether it’s photographing  for promotions or helping set up shop; there is nothing sweeter than watching a woman follow her true heart.   And seriously, personal branding for your business is taking the world by storm right now, so book your artist and stylist and get yourself ready to be your own brand.   Here’s Jamie – the star of her own business representing her Live True Designs!!

Tell us 5 things to describe you.
I love to travel and meet new people, see new things. Im a wandering gypsy at heart, a beach bum, a dreamer. Im passionate about life and truly living, bringing whatever new experiences into it that I can. I have to actively work at it as I’m also very shy and love my alone time!
What inspires you?
A great yoga session! It opens my heart and allows me to see how much love is in the world.  The pure bliss I feel after yoga unlocks my creativity and can leave me designing jewelry for hours!! Creating jewelry stokes my passion for life and inspires my dreams and motivating me to chase them.
Tell us about your business
Live True Designs is a boho chic, feminine jewelry brand. Handcrafted in Chilliwack using as many local materials as possible. I focus on individual pieces, often one of a kind. Supporting our local economy is a priority for Live True Designs. The leather used in my wrap bracelets however, is bought in the UK because of its strict guidelines around the dye’s used(certified 100% Lead-Free and meet all requirements of the German Goods Ordinance, REACH (European Union), RoSH (U.K.), and CPSIA (U.S.) which require consumer goods to be free of Lead, AZO’s and carcinogenic chemicals.)
What wonderful things does your business offer?
Live True Designs offers convenient online shopping and a unique personal shopping experience. I believe in making sure you get a personal piece of jewelry for your unique style.
What is the best thing about being your own boss?
The freedom that comes along with it! Running a business is a lot harder than I thought but the reward of freedom is empowering. My time is my time, I get what I give.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
My confidence. Not feeling good enough, the fear of no one being interested in what I have to offer. In both business and in life. I am lucky to have met someone who believed in me, challenged me, and showed me genuine love- my yoga training teacher, Marianne. She helped me worked through some very difficult issues I had stored away (perhaps unknowingly!) and in doing that I was able to remove the block on my creative spirit. It was like the flood gates opened up and 7 months later Live True Designs was developed. I still struggle with wondering if it’s/I’m good enough but I don’t dwell on it. I keep moving forward and finding new ways to inspire myself.
What is your favorite Indulgence?
Chocolate!! Everything Chocolate.
How do you maintain a balance & de-stress
Yoga, laughter, exercise, dreaming about the future while living the dream!
What are your future plans for your business such as growth or is it where you want it to be?
My short term future plans are to expand to local markets, and work on developing a brand. I am still very new so my focus will be on growing slowly and working within my local community. Long term future plans….. Living on the beach, making jewelry, and living in bliss!
What words of wisdom do you have for other Women in Business?
The best piece of advice I can offer is JUMP!!! Nothing happens when we “think” about it. Start small and don’t blow your whole beach fund!!
Where can we find you?


Just for Today

Two weeks ago I volunteered my time for the Beautiful You Girl’s Glamour Night Event.  A night of make-overs, gifts, food, fun and professional photos for young women that battle cancer.  On this night I watched many people come together to create a magical night for 13 young women.  We laughed, we cried, we hugged and together we made a big impact by each giving just a little bit.

I’m blessed.  I’m blessed to have had this opportunity.  I’m blessed to know these girls and to help them see what I see in the face of adversity.   A quiet strength that I can’t even begin to describe; but I know I captured.   As a photographer it’s easy for me to take for granted what I do and how my work can make a difference but I see it here… and for that I’m grateful.

All this was made possible by Arbonne who donated $10,000 in cash and gifts.  I knew I loved the products and I know the people are amazing and now I’ve fallen in love with what this company does for others.  I’m happy.  I can’t even believe I found a little business in Arbonne that gives me so much joy. To be on this path allows me to give back, be inspired and make a difference.

When all was said and done there were make-up artist’s, beautiful wigs & clothes, food, corporate gifts, a room at the Vancouver Hotel & Tiffany’s bringing their diamonds in for the girls to wear in their photos and a room filled with happiness.

When I was thinking of what to write for the blog – “just for today” kept popping into my head…    I found this quote…

“Just for Today, I will be Unafraid.

Especially I will not be afraid to be Happy,

to enjoy what is Beautiful, to love and to believe.”

Thanks Claus, Miel, Diana & Kristina for being the type of people *I* strive to be.  You are a joy to be around and I’m thankful to be on this journey with you.  xo





Yes.  Blogging sucks.  I’ve been at this for GAWD, 8 Years now?  How long have we had the internet?  I dunno.  When did it start controlling our lives? Yeah about that point is when I started to have to blog. The years are becoming a blur of images, stories, sneak peaks, specials, people smiling & happy and families having fun.  I’m pretty sure in all of the websites that I have, there is a book in there somewhere because I think I was able to muster up at least 25 chapters worth of book worthy content..

I wish I could be excited about blogging but let’s face it; who reads this?  Maybe it’s me and I need to write something that is interesting BUT REALLY?  Who’s THAT interesting every week?

Since Google owns the world now we are told we must blog in order to be first page of said Google (formerly the yellow pages).  Not sure what I preferred more.  Paying Yellow pages $999.00 a year for an ad that had my old address & phone number on it or having to blog every week so people don’t think I’m dead!!  I think eventually this blogging thing might just possibly die, but until then, I shall post and apologize that I haven’t posted because “I’ve been busy” when in fact I just had nothing that inspired me at that particular moment in time.

So Google.  Here ya go.  I’m not dead.  I am very much alive and a relatively successful business because I’ve done all you’ve told me to do!!

Love, your slave in blogging.

Oh.  And a post isn’t a post without a photo!

Here’s a picture of a cow.  I like cows.








La Petite Lune {Moms in Business}

What inspires you?
Pinterest! Haha, just kidding (only slightly).
I like to draw inspiration from everything that is around me. Being a mother inspired me the most to really
immerse myself in my arts and crafts, and to start up my own business doing so. I like to put the fun back in functional,
and make the world beautiful in my own way. I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, it’s hard to choose which
ones to follow through on!
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Tell us about your business.
Well, it all started with a fruit picking adventure through the Okanagan. My friend and I decided to make and sell hemp
jewelry on the side to make a little extra cash. Nothing much ever came from it, except that it lit a flame in both of us.
For her to travel, and for me, it opened me up to making and sharing my creativity with the world. I came home to get my
stuff in order (like a warm place to sleep during those cold Canadian winter months), and I started off making fork jewelry.
I also met the father of my daughter, Luna, for whom my business is named. When I became pregnant, suddenly, I had a real
reason to make things. I made clothes, toys, gathered photography ideas…Let’s just say I did it all. Nesting was in full
effect for me. Once she was born, I had a lot less time to immerse myself in arts and crafts, but making things for my
daughter (my nephews, and my new neice, as well) gave me the drive, and the practice, I needed to start up my own business.
As of March.2013, I opened up La petite Lune clothing..and I did my first Holiday market in Langley Dec.2013 and had a
wonderful experience! I can’t wait to do more!
What wonderful things does your business offer?
In the fashion world, something I do not enjoy about the business is that something that is deemed beautiful one
day, is ugly the next. I try to make items that are unique, so they reach out and speak to people, so they will love them
forever, and hopefully pass them on to their kids, grand kids, cousins, sisters etc. I want people to pass on the love that
I put into each and every item I make.
I also like to make the process of working with me as easy and enjoyable as possible. I am not a fan of the idea that if
something is broken, throw it out; Or that if you have a problem with a companies product, they are not helpful at all.
That’s why I tell all my customers; If you ever have a problem with an item you purchased from me, do not hesitate to
contact me, and I will fix it, and do my best to make it a pleasant experience.
What is the best thing about being your own boss?
Not having to commute to work! Not being thrown into terrible conditions to work for a slaves wage to spend my hours doing
something I loathe. I do not miss working at a certain thrift shop! The conditions were so dirty, I was throwing up every
day. And one of the managers would harass me that I was pregnant (I was not). It made me feel really poor about myself, and stuck.
I have to say, I do not miss that. Not even a little bit…And I hope if someone is reading this, and they are in a job
like this, they know that there are other options. You just have to have the guts to go after what you want. It’s not easy,
but nothing worth doing ever is. I was lucky enough that I have the opportunity to do what I do.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
Not being too hard on myself! Being able to accept failures with grace, and take it as a learning experience. When I first
started, I was like “Why is this not working for me?” Not giving myself the benefit of the doubt that I was just beginning,
and really had no idea what I was doing. Another one was not taking other people’s harsh words to heart. Having someone
say to you “Do you really expect people to pay that much for THAT?” and not just throw everything in the trash and cry
was really hard. But that taught me, especially on the internet, people will try to bring you down to their level, to feel
as bad as they feel. Because they really can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through, or doing. They have no
idea what it takes to do what you do, because they don’t do it. Some people understand, and some people don’t. And that’s
just the way it is. I’ve learned (and continue to learn) this every day, when I choose to fire up that sewing machine
and bring my ideas to fruition.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Do not let me loose in the art, craft, thrift, or fabric store. Any time I tell my significant other that I am going there, he
rolls his eyes and says “Buy only what you need!”..but he doesn’t bug me too much about it. He knows it makes me
happy. I do the same thing when he says he needs to go buy [insert tool/appliance here].
How do you balance and de-stress?
Writing, meditation, and yoga. Literally, sitting and doing nothing. Just being aware of my being, and sitting in nature.
Focusing on the positive. But a good cup of tea would never be turned down!
What are your future plans for your business, such as growth, or where is it you want to be?
I feel strangely compelled to hang out at farmer’s and craft markets. I enjoy spending my time with people who put their life’s
work into making things that make them happy, and will make other people happy, too. I’m one of those people. This summer
I am going to be bringing my little businesses (Yes…I have more than one) to the markets. You may find me there selling
clothing and accessories, art and photography, or organic heirloom vegetables. I don’t want to put a label on what I want
my business to be, because I would like it to organically change with me, as we grow and learn together.
What words of wisdom do you have for other moms in business?
Every flower blooms in it’s own sweet time. Don’t take opinions or insults to heart. Take it for what it is, learn from it,
and grow from it. And remember…every flower grows in dirt.