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Spread The Love Online

spreadtheloveIt’s February, the month of love, and I want us to spread it around like crazy! The theme for this month is self-love/self-care. You will be seeing posts related to ways you can take care of yourself and your business to help you grow. If you have something to share, please consider writing a guest post!

In addition to taking care of ourselves and our businesses, I want you to pay attention to how you take of other creatives and their businesses online. Last week, I went on twitter and came across some people being quite rude about something another creative had shared. They linked to it and then proceeded to poke fun and laugh. To be honest, it made my stomach turn. Just writing about it is having the same effect. I always worry about people not taking care of themselves or comparing themselves too often to others. I honestly didn’t think I had to worry about people trying to make other people feel bad about something they created or shared. I debated jumping in the tweets to say something but thought better of it. Instead, I want to make something positive come out of something negative.

I want you to take the time to be positive and loving towards other creatives and their businesses online this month. I do realize that this is what we are probably all doing all of the time but let’s really make a point of it this month and forever after that.

Here are some ways you are already spreading the love online: retweeting a tweet, sharing a Facebook post, commenting on an Instagram photo and pinning a blog post on Pinterest. Let’s amp this up a bit by making a point of saying something positive or kind when you spread the love. Let’s use the hashtag #spreadtheloveonline so we can check in on all of the goodness being shared.

Want somewhere to start? Please share your latest blog post, product, Etsy shop or anything related to your business in the comments below. Then, go through and pick something you like from someone else to share. I will be doing the same. No comments yet? Consider sharing this post to spread the word!

I have always wanted Handmade Success to be a place where creatives are supported and celebrated. I believe that we have a responsibility to build each other up and not tear each other down. No matter where you are on your journey, I want you to know that I think you are amazing, strong and creative. Let’s start making a point of letting others know that we feel that way about them too!

I can’t wait to see what everyone shares! XOXO!

Re-Defining Success Using the Third Metric


crusoeWhen starting a business, no matter how large or small it is, it often starts with a detailed business plan. That business plan outlines your short-term goals, long-term goals and the overall growth of the business. It is plan to gauge the success of your business. A business plan is then followed by a series of goals, whether it is monthly, quarterly or yearly, a series of checkpoints that are often financially driven.

Meeting or surpassing those financial checkpoints can create a major boost, both personally and professionally. But what happens when you don’t meet those goals, does that mean your business is not a success? And because it is your own business that you are creating literally from the ground up, that you are not a success either?

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, created the Third Metric to complement the traditional metrics of success, power and money. It is a concept that she outlines in detail in her book, Thrive. The Third Metric defines success by a life filled with well-being, wisdom and wonder. I discovered the Third Metric earlier this month, as I was outlining my own goals, both business and personal, as part of the beginning of a new year as well as reflecting on the previous year. Much of my time is spent on how I can grow my jewelry business, when will the next collection launch, what store will I open next, etc. All of these activities feed into measuring the first two areas of success, power and money, but I failed to evaluate the Third Metric.

With the launch of my own business, many areas of my life have blossomed more than I ever expected. Crusoe Jewelry is created often in collaboration with my boyfriend, who has a strong design background. Also, my studio shares space with his wood-working shop. Working together in a creative capacity has created a new level in our relationship. The flexible schedule has allowed for me to deepen my yoga practice, taking as many as three classes a week. I control my time, so sometimes I work all weekend so I can spend the next weekend with my friends or family. I have explored new activities, including joining a book club that led me to exploring The Third Metric, as well as new friends and lots of laughs. Using The Third Metric, I am successful beyond my wildest dreams. It is a measuring system that I implore all to use to re-evaluate their own success.


Maya Ahluwalia – Crusoe Jewelry

Maya Ahluwalia is the designer behind Crusoe Jewelry, a fashion jewelry line inspired by nautical motifs, but interpreted into stylish designs. Crusoe Jewelry is created for the fashion-forward consumer with an appreciation for quality with an artisanal approach. Each design is hand-crafted in her Brooklyn-based studio.

In addition to creating Crusoe Jewelry, Maya is a marketing consultant with expertise in jewelry, fashion and luxury. Clients include Michael Aram Jewelry, Shawn Ames Fine Jewelry, Wells House Bed & Breakfast, and the LOU Lookbook

How Do You Find More Time In Your Day?


I planned on writing about this last week but got sick instead. Getting sick and not finding the time to write this post made me realize just how important it is to find more time in each day. Until last week, I had been getting up around 5:15am to read this book and do my daily yoga practice. Last year, I had started staying up later to work which would make me sleep later and then I would struggle all day to find time to practice and to quietly read a daily passage.

Once I started this routine, my whole day was so much more amazing and productive! I realized that so much of my day was spent worrying about when I would exercise or beating myself up for not getting it done. Getting up one hour earlier made me feel like I added a couple of hours to my day. Being able to check two things off my daily to do list before my boys get up really puts a positive spin on my day. Especially since those two things both make me feel really good on many levels.

Making one change allowed me to:

– take better care of myself

– free up time and mental space to work on my business

– have a greater sense of accomplishment each day

Now, I want to know how you find more time in your day? (I know the answer isn’t putting 4 clocks over your bed but this photo I took at Schoolhouse Electric was perfect for this post!) I am hoping your ideas can help me and all of the other creatives that read this blog find more time on our days! Let’s share!

Pinterest Playlist: Best Day Of My Life


With all the talk of goals and resolutions this time of year, I thought you might like to build a playlist to pump you up! So I created a group board on Pinterest where we can start sharing songs that do just that!

Today I am sharing a song that has become our morning anthem in the car ride on the way to school. We play it on weekend mornings too. It came out in 2013 but singing about never looking back, never giving up and having the best day of your life is just a great way to start your day. It’s called Best Day of My Life by American Authors and you can play it below.

I thought it would be neat to discover what each of you listens to to get energized and to get you pumped up about a project you are working on. Share below in the comments or on Pinterest! (This is my first group board and I believe we have to be following each other for you to pin – if you have tips for this let me know!). You can pin from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify or elsewhere. If you share here, I will pin the song to the board later.

It can be new or old – cheesy or classic – don’t hold back! I can’t wait to hear what you love listening to!

Happy weekend + happy listening!

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Come Away With Us – Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!


Early-bird tickets are now on sale for The Movers & Makers Summit! I am just so excited about this event happening in 2015! I will be co-hosting this with Lisa Jacobs of Marketing Creativity, Bonnie Forkner of Going Home To Roost, April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle and Paige French of Paige French Photography. We are going away to the oceanside and want you to come with us!

At The Movers & Makers Summit: Charleston, SC, you’ll enjoy:

  • A rejuvenating weekend with 20 like-minded creative entrepreneurs who mean business
  • 5 presenters who are eager to guide + support you in wellness, blogging, business, photography, and design endeavors
  • 2 days of focus, connection and growth
  • A luxurious, oceanfront setting just outside the culture-rich city of Charleston, SC


Here is what you need to do:

Save the date:

  • Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 in a private, oceanfront home on the Isle of Palms (Charleston, SC). We’ll meet from 9-5 Saturday and 9-3 Sunday. Attendees are also invited to join us for a pre-party meet & greet Friday, February 27 from 6-8 PM.

Get your ticket:

  • The early-bird ticket saves you $200 and is available now! There are only 20 seats available because we want this to be an intimate gathering that really creates strong connections and lasting change. We expect to sell out early.

click here to purchase your ticket

Book your accommodations:

  • Our workshop will take place in a dreamy vacation home 15 miles outside Charleston’s city center, and 30 minutes from Charleston International airport. The exact location will be disclosed only to attendees, but it is a magnificent gathering spot that will provide an escape from the hustle, time to reset your focus and allow you to bring new life to your business dreams. Click here to see the closest nearby hotels. Once you purchase your ticket, an informational packet with some more details and recommendations will be sent to you.

Get ready for your adventure:

  • Bring a notebook to jot down new ideas, clothing for walking along the beach, yoga gear if you’d like to participate in a beach session or two with me (I can’t wait!). If you have any special dietary needs please bring a packed lunch for both days. We will offer plenty of hot + cold refreshments, fresh sandwiches, fruit and veggies during the workshop.

You are excited, right? Want to know more? You can use our contact form to get in touch with any questions about the retreat or leave a comment below. Hope to see you by the ocean!


If you can’t make it but know someone who would love to know about this be sure to forward this email to them or share it on social media. Wishing you all of the best in 2015!