I grew up on Long Island. I spent the summers and lots of weekends year round in Montauk at The Breakers Motel, a wonderful place my family owns. I loved being at the motel both as a child and an adult. I am answering this from my favorite cabin, which is on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
I love jewelry! When I was a child, I made things from elements in nature- now I make things inspired by nature and still natural. I took jewelry making in high school and then studied more when I was living in Olympia and raising my family there in the “winter” months.
Hectic! I loved everything I was doing. I had amazing guests who stayed at the motel, started a boutique that introduced my jewelry and was a full-time mom all at the same time.
Once a door peeks open for you, hustle to make things happen.
The woman who stayed with their families at the motel were fantastic, smart, strong woman who were creative and all started their own business. I am still friendly with everyone it was a great network of supportive moms.
So many great things have happened for me as a result of believing that I could do work I loved and provide for my family. How do you decide best moment? The first magazine cover with my jewelry on it, two page story in PEOPLE magazine, being on Martha Stewart, Extra, tv shows and movies with my jewelry in them, meeting celebrities, having someone recognize my name when I handed them my credit card… or just hearing how my jewelry has made someone else’s life special.
Love what do and do it with a joyful heart. That was the key for me.
Stories galore, they could fill a book. My jewelry is part of multigenerational family experiences. I feel so honored to be in some way part of so many lives. From the delivery room calls for a new initial, to the first girlfriend’s necklace, to the bridesmaid gift, to the grandmother’s necklace.
I have always tried to grow at a rate I could handle- running the motel, raising my sons. Opening stores once my children were older and during the offseason for the motel, my business growth was at a personal pace. I enjoy close relationships with my customers. I love going into the stores where I get to meet people and hear the stories about how they found my jewelry. There are still many personal referrals and with the internet our communities can widen.
I would say my success in the press and in business is due to the kindness of others. Once a door peeks open for you, hustle to make things happen.
When I’m not at the beach, the next best place is the mountains. Being in nature helps me feel grounded and peaceful.
Challenging- You are never out of school – there are always looming deadlines and responsibilities. Rewarding- it is the best thing that ever happened to me- I am so happy to have the life I do and to have helped others along the way.
Lifestyle photos by Stevi Sesin