I am Independent Designer #200943212 and I have just recently joined. I am very excited because I love the jewelry and it’s a way for me to make extra money while also having fun!
I am a college student at Indian River State College in Florida and I just recently moved here from a little town in upstate New York. I went to a small school and no it wasn’t ONLY 500 people…it was a mere 46 people. You knew everyone in the entire Pre-K through 12th grade and there wasn’t much to do in my town. I had always wanted to move to Florida because I hated the winter (I am always cold!) and I dreamed of laying on the beach with a cold drink in my hand without a worry in the world. Plus job opportunities are more plentiful than where I am from. My family decided to sell our house. It took years to sell because the housing market is way different than Florida.
Well, during my second year at a community college in upstate New York, I played for the basketball team. I have played sports my whole life. I have always been a hard worker and a dedicated person. I love staying healthy and fit!
One day I got to basketball practice early and went to my coach’s office to get the keys to the closet where the basketballs were so that I could warm up a little before practice started. This was also the men’s basketball coach’s office and strangely enough he gave the keys to a member of the men’s team to open it for me (like I don’t know how to use a key?).
>I didn’t know this guy at all and I had just gone through a really hard breakup with a previous boyfriend and things were pretty awkward. We didn’t say a word the entire walk up the stairs to the equipment closet. I said “thank you” as he handed me the rack of balls and I headed into the gym. My best friend also played basketball with me and I asked her about him. She said his name was Tim and that he was really nice but he liked country music a lot. I HATE country! I was disappointed because he was really cute, but who am I to judge someone on their taste in music?
Long story short, we both got over our shyness, started talking, and ended up going on a date. And then another. And another! A year and a half later here we are! Except there’s one thing that makes us unique: here I am in Florida, 1,000 miles away from my boyfriend. After about 5 months into our relationship our house sold and my family and I were on our way to the Sunshine State.
My boyfriend and I have flown back and forth to see each other and now we are completely broke because plane tickets are through the roof right now. We are currently going on our longest streak of not seeing each other. He is planning on coming down to see me in November and we are going to a Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys game. I am a Dolphins fan and he is a Cowboys fan. We only have one team that we both like (the New York Mets) but we are able to have a friendly and healthy competitive relationship when it comes to sports. It was the one thing that brought us together! I never would have thought it would come down to something so simple to meet someone so special. It goes to show that you never know what is going to happen in your life and just when it doesn’t seem to be going well, it can all turn around in an instant.
I am hoping to use the money that I make with Origami Owl to help make it easier for my boyfriend and I to see each other and to inspire others to chase their dreams. Also when it comes to love, I hope to inspire other people to not give up when the going gets tough because when you truly care about someone you can always make it work!
My Origami Owl locket is a Large Rose Gold Twist Living Locket on a Rose Gold Toggle Chain. Inside there’s the New York, Florida, and the plane charm, along with some Swarovski Stardust. This necklace means so much to me because it’s a reminder of how much my boyfriend and I have been through and the strength of our relationship due to our difficult situation. It also serves as motivation for me and my Origami Owl business because of how badly I want to see him again. I currently have my online launch party going on and it has been a big success!
P.S. Country music is slowly growing on me. You can thank Tim.
Tips for Success as an Origami Owl Designer:
I like to reward people for participating in any way during my Facebook parties even if they don’t buy anything right away. Getting the jewelry envisioned in their heads is a good start and is incentive to buy more. It’s also important to not be shy and to talk to people personally not just over a group chat or party. You would be surprised who is interested in buying our jewelry. Get to know who you are speaking with…a good, personal relationship with your possible customer is very important. And staying positive and having fun yourself is a big plus!