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Allow your pain to drive your passion

Updated: May 23, 2022

Hi loves, how are you doing? I hope you enjoyed the conversation last week. It is so refreshing to chat to people who have similar experiences to me, who are willing to share the difficulties of starting a business and offer practical advice. The world of self employment can be a lonely one, especially if you have previously worked in busy offices or customer facing roles. Often I can go days without speaking to someone face to face so joining a community or network of other people living in similar situations is invaluable.

Today I want to talk about using your experiences to drive your passion- A reality held by many business owners. An experience that has tried to defeat them has become their driving force to live life on their terms, pouring their efforts in to their passions.

Ruth is no exception. I had the pleasure of speaking to the owner of Handmade by Ruth loved by Jacob and she was brave enough to share her story. Having started her business about 6 years ago after the birth of her son, she produced hand crafted and personalised gifts for special events, such as baby showers & first birthdays etc. Tragically she went on to have a medical termination due to serious anomalies at 21 weeks, a miscarriage and later a premature rupture of membranes at 18 weeks. I'm sure you will agree that this is more than one person can easily cope with.

Ruth explained how some days she just didn't want to get out of bed but her business, although not driven by her pain; the distraction of not giving up and making her business the best that it can be was definitely a driving force and contributor to her great success. Having now become a limited company, she has sold over 100,000 units on Etsy, with popular items based around pregnancy, she is bringing such joy to mothers all over the world.

Ruth has a strong determination to not be defined by her experiences. She shares the motto that if you are comfortable, then you aren't growing. This is a lesson that we could all take away.

Don't focus on your pain- keep looking forward and turn the pain in to your drive. Don't allow your situation or circumstance to stop you from becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.

Until next time lovelies.

Love Mayajoy x

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