Going after your dreams is not always as easy as it seems. We read all these stories about people who leave their full time jobs to go do their own things, and that sounds amazing and so empowering, but we rarely get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes, behind the success. Today´s Girl Boss is Caitie Sherrick, not because she decided to do what she wanted to do and use her talents, but because she kept going even when for a moment she doubted herself.
Caitie has a jewelry line called Leocadia K, named after her mom’s mom because she always felt connected to her in many ways. I met Caitie (or actually virtually met her) on Instagram, when her jewelry caught my attention. She makes the kind of things i’d wear, simple yet so special and beautiful; the kind of jewelry that can make your outfit stand out. After watching her stuff I knew I had to know more about her and about where those beautiful pieces where born. So, today I’m so happy to share her story with you.
Tell us your story, a little bit about you, how and when did you start your brand?
I’ve designed and made my own jewelry all of my life in one way or another, from making hemp necklaces as a kid at summer camp, to making found-object shell earrings as gifts for friends in college. I have a degree in drawing, so my creative roots run deep within the fine art world, and making jewelry to earn a living, just wasn’t really on my radar for a long time.
After college, I tried one creative job after another and struggled to really find one that not only let me use all of my talents and creativity, but also one that suited my needs as a Navy wife. So,after becoming a Navy wife and seeing so much interest in necklaces I was still making for myself, I decided to build a business around it. Having my own jewelry business allows me to nourish my creativity no matter where I live, accommodate my government-endorsed, transient lifestyle and share my creative aesthetic with the world, like I always intended.
What has been the biggest struggle that you,ve had to overcome in your journey?
Being a self-taught jewelry designer brought up a lot of yucky inner creative struggles early on, because I threw myself into a world of really talented, trained and skilled designers. At first, I didn’t feel like I belonged there or was worthy enough to even call myself a jewelry designer. I was a fine artist that just decided to do this one day. Being a jewelry designer was never my plan, so I wasn’t trained and I had no idea what I was doing. I typically like to plan for things and prepare for things as much as possible, but there I was with some creativity and an idea to design jewelry. I had to learn to trust myself on a whole new level – my creativity, my googling skills, my decisions.
What’s the best thing about having a personal project and being an entrepreneur?
I’m a full-time jewelry designer, stylist and blogger, and I work for myself. The best thing about that is the freedom that I have as the decision-maker. I get to use my ideas, my skills and my creativity however I want to use them. I get to devote my time to whatever I want to devote it to, and I get to rearrange my schedule every day however I need to rearrange it on that particular day. On a deeper level, that freedom also allows me to have control over my career. As a military wife, I don’t have any control over some major parts of my life – where I live, how long I live there or even when I get to see my husband. So, working for myself gives me a say in how my life turns out.
Any advice you can give to anyone who has started this journey or who wants to start a personal project.
Trust yourself. You’re much smarter and much more capable than you give yourself credit for.
Who are some Girl Bosses that you look up to and why? (this is a new one!)
Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind. She was one of the first design-minded women I came across that successfully built multiple businesses, is balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship, and portrays it all with a refined sense of style.
Emily Henderson of Style by Emily Henderson. I love her sense of humor and the energy she brings to design and style. She is also an entrepreneur who balances her business with motherhood, and I hope to be half as cool as her doing it all one day.
And there you have it guys, another inspiring story from a Girl Boss! A story that shows us that we may be scared, we may think we are not as talented as we think we are, but if we try and if we have the will to master our skills, we can be amazing no matter where we live!
All images belong to Caitie Sherick