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Daily Inspiration: Meet Courtney Ryan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Ryan.

Courtney, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started my journey in 2017 with a spiritual reawakening. I claimed in a woman’s retreat that I wanted my legacy to be creating beauty with my hands. I had no idea where that came from but I said it out loud to a group of about 25 women. I started with 500 dollars and an idea. I started making intuitively guided malas for people around me that grew into a tiny side business. Loving tapping into my artist side while using my intuition, I knew I wanted more. One night laying in bed, I sat up at 3:33am and said why the f#%k not. Yes, I actually said that out loud. Creating jewelry was always something I wanted to do I just always thought you needed special training, apprenticeships, or years of schooling. I decided at that moment, at 3:33 am I was going to do it and nothing was going to stop me. I spent four months straight on YouTube learning everything I could find on soldering. I took every penny I had from my small mala business and invested it into tools to start silversmithing. Everything started there. A girl with determination, new tools, a passion for creating, and YouTube.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think there are struggles along the way of any entrepreneur. The struggles are all valuable learning lessons.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a self-taught silversmith. I think I’m most proud of getting to where I am by building that foundation through trial and error. The thing that stands out most about my work is its originality and energy. I get told time and time again there’s a certain feeling while wearing my pieces. That’s a huge reason why I love doing what I do.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Roll with the punches. Nothing is permanent. Do what you love.

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