#THATSWHATSHESAID: EMILY HOWARD, CONSIDER THE WLDFLWRS
October is off to a rainy start in NYC, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of silver linings - layering (stacking rings is year-round, of course), a chill in the air that makes coffee taste that much better, and, for me, the perfect weather for writing.
Emily Howard, of Consider the Wldflwrs, clearly echoes my sentiments of making the most of it. Her Nashville-based jewelry line is built on the premise of finding beauty and inspiration all around you.
Our company mission is inspired by taking perceived flaws, showing them grace and allowing them to blossom into their true potential.
The simplicity, and craftsmanship, of this line is totally my style, so answers that felt as honest as the beautiful jewelry were a natural fit for this Friday's installment.
And, aside from beautiful images, their 'gram is sprinkled with just the right amount of inspiration to get you through a rainy day ...
Q1: Best gift you received? Who gave it to you?
The best gift I have ever received was from my parents. I didn’t know it as an eighteen year old, but not living under the weight of student loans is continuously the best gift I have ever received especially as an entrepreneur and small business owner. My parents gift of education will continue to influence me for the rest of my life. As an entrepreneur, the learning never stops.
Q2: Best gift you gave? Who did you give it to?
I’d like to think I give gifts all the time, but that’s not always the case. The best gifts I’ve given have been for no particular reason, but just reaching out to a friend that is having a hard time. Whether it be a surprise manicure, meal, piece of jewelry or even the simple gift of conversation, asking questions, I love lifting up my friends and letting them know they’re appreciated and loved.
Q3: Most meaningful project thus far?
The most meaningful project I’ve been a part of thus far has been teaching jewelry in Honduras. It is really awesome to be part of a business that consistently serves people and customers, but teaching others to serve people in the same way goes way beyond the meaning of our everyday lives at the studio. We financially support a micro business in a small town in Honduras. They have learned trades that will allow them to sell products and create a living for themselves. This project definitely has my heart.
Q4: Self-talk motto for staying motivated?
My self talk motto is “stop having a pity party and do something.” There are times, as an entrepreneur that I feel stuck, but most of the time I am in this position it is because I am wrapped up in selfishness or discontent over nothing. Once I get past that, I begin hearing the encouraging voices again and being motivated by the people and learning opportunities I am surrounded by everyday.
Q5: Pre-party rituals?
Ha! I don’t have any pre-party rituals, but I love music. I listen to music about 8 hours a day on average.