I’m a small business owner, podcaster, and teacher at heart, living in the midwest with my husband Justen and two kids Ethan and Nadia. I love all things creative, travel, and paleo!
I created my business, Willow and Bee, in 2007. This small business started with selling jewelry to friends and family to now selling at boutiques and a national retailer. A few years ago, I was still homeschooling my kids and loving every moment of teaching. I should’ve known from the many “how-to” party’s that I would have with Nadia and her friends, that teaching was in my bones. My grandmother had the same passion, and I’m pretty sure that her love of teaching was directly passed on to me. It’s through this small business journey and my love of teaching that Handmade CEO was born. It’s been a blessing to our family to own a small business, and I would love to encourage and inspire others to take that leap of faith and give it a try too.
What You’ll Find Here
A weekly journal devoted to learning, teaching, and growing. You’ll find inspiration and, more importantly, information to help motivate you to chase after those big dreams!
What I love most about sharing these posts, is that you’ll be able to try the things that have worked for me, while cutting out the trial and error (and tears). Whether it’s starting your online business, travel, pursuing a new hobby, or hosting a memorable event, I know we will have fun creating and learning together.
Another big passion of mine is helping others, especially when it comes to starting their own online business. When I first started selling jewelry, I knew I needed to grow my business by getting my pieces online, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to do that. Step by step, I started selling my items on Etsy, Amazon Handmade, boutiques, and also nationally through Von Maur. It has been a long and exciting road that began in 2007, and yet, I continue to learn every day. To hear more about my journey with Willow and Bee, and other inspirational stories, tune in to my podcast Handmade CEO.
Learn | Teach | Grow
So if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by your desire to grow (or start) your own business, eat healthier, travel more, or by life’s inevitable change, I’m here for you! Whether you’re a stay at home mom or working full time, I completely understand the need to juggle work and home life…and I believe it’s okay and possible to do both. Thank you for visiting my site. I’m so glad you’re here! Join me weekly – there is always something to learn through the many lessons that life, books, and chaos has to offer
P.S. I would love to hear from you! Please be sure to leave a comment and connect with me on social media.