5 years ago, I was struggling to find contentment in my very coveted job- a radio deejay in the local mandarin station. But I was stuck in the night shift for the longest time, clocking wee hours in the morning and heck if it’s not doing all kinds of awry things to my body and immune system.
A simple cough can drag on for months and I’m sick of getting sick. Being on working mode during late hours also tampers with emotional health (well, just look at the number of depressive teenagers roaming the net at night. Figures.) and I was tearing up at the most random things.
So I sought for help…
With retail therapy.
I know I know, you might be going… but Maddie, aren’t you supposed to turn to God and pray and yadda yadda…? Yes, yes, I know… But the flesh is weak and I’m not the brightest kind of girl okay? However, we do remember that God chooses the weak to shame the strong and foolish things to confound the wise right?
So, I was doing online shopping and saw this accessories site that belonged to my friend and I really love her creations. But the prices are steep even for a working adult like me and suddenly I had the weirdest notion. Why not do it myself? Making an earring shouldn’t be all that difficult, right?
I bought some DIY materials from People’s Park Center and though I don’t really know what I was doing half the time, I managed to put together a very simple piece.
I liked it.
So I kept doing it.
One fine day, my friend saw my creations and asked, “They’re nice, why don’t you try selling them?”
Yeah, why not?
It was super damn tiring but fun and novel. My customer base grew.
I was earning up to $1.5k per month at one point together with my clothing business and I felt really blessed.
A year later, I got called into a Christian ministry to serve for two years and the shop went into hiatus. I had Oliver, and 18 months down, I was having yet another crisis- to go back to the workforce or be a stay at home mum with no income, when my husband reminded me I still have the accessories business to fall back on.
Thus here I am again, after a good three and a half years, Adopt an Earring is back in business.
And must I say, it does pay to have a crisis.
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