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Rising Stars: Meet Angie Mejia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Mejia.

Hi Angie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I began my little jewelry-making business really when I was about ten years old. I started a fundraiser for my uncle who was diagnosed with throat cancer. I made and sold stretchy bracelets to friends and family. I raised close to $300. Ever since that time, I’ve been obsessed with making and wearing jewelry. It wasn’t until January of 2020 that I decided I wanted to start making jewelry again. I had recently finished my college courses and moved back home from San Diego County. I needed something to help ease my mind with this life transition. A few months later, the pandemic hit and I found myself, and along with the whole world, trying to find ways to cope with this new way of life. I started teaching myself a new medium of making jewelry and it was Bead weaving. It was incredibly calming and eased my mind. From there, I decided to start making jewelry again but advancing my skills. I started getting myself familiar with different metal types and many different techniques. May 2020 was when I decided to start selling my jewelry on Etsy. People close to me encouraged me to start selling my jewelry. I’m a very spiritual person and I believe we are guided to do certain things in our lives. I truly feel I was guided to start making jewelry for people, it brought me joy to see how happy and beautiful people looked in my jewelry. My business really has grown with me, slowly and intentionally. It’s a coping mechanism along with being a hobby. I have plans for my business and I am currently in another building/growing phase. I am constantly inspired by people around me. Especially my family, which has a history of entrepreneurship. My grandparents are my biggest inspiration and guiding light when it comes to working hard and being successful despite challenges and adversity. My business is very personal to me and is a part of who I am. I am excited to see where my business will take me in the next few years.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. For me, my biggest struggles have been with mental health. Being in the right frame of mind most definitely affects your small business and its operations. The pandemic has been hard to navigate.

Dealing with traumas from a long-term relationship coming to an end.

Healing from past physical traumas.

Navigating post-undergrad.

Finding myself in the world.

Recently my small business has been on the back burner while I take care of my mental health. I still am making jewelry but a lot of my attention has been given to myself and what I need during this time.

Navigating healing and mental health can be beautiful and difficult all at the same time. Bittersweet to sum it all up. My deep healing journey really began when I graduated from college. I really began looking inward and becoming more self aware. Its really hard to look at the messy parts of yourself and choose to be better for yourself and the world around you. It is a journey I don’t regret starting. I found a lot of comfort in healing crystals and spirituality, which is why I incorporate it into my jewelry. I believe we are divinely guided by guardian angels and ancestors to our life’s true purpose. We all have a purpose in this life. I believe that when we are actively and consciously living in our truth and in higher vibrations, the world around you becomes better. The adversity we face in life is meant to serve as lessons and add wisdom to our life. Without the struggles I’ve faced, I would not be where I am today; actively healing and becoming a better person everyday. I’m excited to connect with a therapist soon to continue my healing journey. I feel that everyone can benefit from therapy because it gives you the chance to have a third party POV on your life without any biased opinions on you. Having someone to hold you accountable and help you unlearn ways of thinking and living that no longer serve you. Also healing from past traumas is a conversation that I wish more people would have. The stigmas around mental health are something that I try to change around me and hopefully contribute change to our society. Access to therapy is also a privilege, and I would hope to see changes in our healthcare systems to help more people access therapy. If you are currently on a healing journey, I send you lots of love and strength, you can do this. If anyone would like to talk to me personally about healing, please reach out to me via my business handles and I would be more then happy to lend a guiding hand.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’d like to consider myself a creative and artist in jewelry. My small business is not my full-time work. I also have a full-time job in the medical field. But mostly I consider myself creative. All my jewelry is hand-made by me, and it represents living a free and happy life. Jewelry for the free spirit. Also of jewelry incorporates healing gemstones free-flowing beaded earrings. String bracelets that serve as reminders encourage healing and energy protection. I also make bracelets that are designed to be healing but fashionable. I am most known for my earrings and bracelets. I am most proud of my ability to learn new mediums of jewelry rather quickly. Bead weaving was the most challenging. I think what sets me apart from others is my unique and creative thinking when it comes to designing jewelry. My jewelry is a reflection of my own style and free spirit. There is only one me in this world and no one makes jewelry like me, respectfully. “No one is you, and that is your power.”

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory was spending time with my grandparents while my parents had to work. My grandparents also played a major part in raising me and my siblings. I loved going to spend time with my grandparents. We were always showered with so much love and attention. I remembering always wanting to be with them, and at one point they lived with me and my family. When my mom couldn’t find me, she knew she could always find me with my grandparents. I loved to put on my grandpa’s cowboy boots and run around the house. My grandma would always make me ham sandwiches whenever I wanted haha. My grandpa had the most contagious laugh and was always singing and dancing. Just being around them will always be my favorite memories. I will always be grateful for them. Also, camping every summer with my family, we used to go to a spot called Campland and it was like 3 or 4 families that would go and camp at this spot near Mission Bay in San Diego. The best times.

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