This week is all about the rise and importance of small businesses across the country and we are excited to celebrate the impact that these businesses have to our economy and to our lives. As someone who built their career in large corporate organizations, I never took the moment to recognize the role of the "mom and pop" institution until I found myself building my own business. Large organizations are complex and rely so much on political skills more so than just raw talent and intelligence (just my opinion) and the opportunity to be creative and smart can be limiting when there so many other forces to be reckoned with. Small Businesses give us the opportunity to take professional risks while giving us the canvas to paint on that we totally crave. This world of small business is not for everyone and it comes with a high degree of failure. However, what would life be without going after what inspires you and gets you going each day?
HarpersLove is going through an interesting time and we are excited to be launching a new strategy to get our brand out there. We will be focusing on collaborating with small retail businesses to sell our products and looking for their feedback and requests to improve HarpersLove so that we can continue to bring beautiful products to you. While many product owners look for large retail network distribution opportunities, I believe the role of the "mom and pop" store is vital to getting brands a more loyal customer base. Their owners and their staff have more at stake with their customer base and will do what is necessary to keep them coming back. I am positive that you have some of those experiences and relationships today. Continue to support them and brands like ours because we can honestly say that we LOVE you!
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This morning I sat down to clean up my iPhone pictures and I found many recent photos my almost 3 year old has been taking when she has my iPhone. Many of these shots involve images of her feet, especially as she sits in the car or shots of the shopping cart at Target. Usually, my instinct is to delete these, but today, I felt I had to keep them and file them away into her own special folder.
Perhaps I am going through that thing you do when this is your last kid and you take it all in. I don't want to let go of any of these tiny moments because they are growing fast and soon, that image of a tiny foot becomes something else. She will not just be taking pictures of anything she sees for the fun of pushing that little button and hearing the sound of the click. Her photos will become focused on her toys and her little adventures which then turn into pictures of her friends and her bigger adventures. Sure there will be selfies along the way and new photo trends that I can not bear to consider. Rather than think about how fast childhood is and how we will lose these last few baby/toddler moments very soon, I will simply rejoice and enjoy the 25 photos of her feet that I will find on my iPhone the next time I am cleaning up my photos.
Why I have embraced being at home and not in the office
In early 2012, I launched HarpersLove with the idea that I could create my ideal world; take care of my kids full time and create a business that was fun and hopefully profitable. At that point of my life, I was looking for a dramatic change from where my life had been. The corporate world was my home and I embraced it a bit much with all the drama and passion that goes into creating a career. I had two little ones and a new home (+ new long commute that seemed rather time wasting). On paper, I had it all. In reality, I was absolutely not happy and not fulfilled.
The decision to leave the corporate world was not mine but the decision to not go back was completely mine but one that I struggle with to this day. At the end of the 2011, I lost a job, my first time ever and felt like a total failure. Over the course of the next months, I struggled with being home and trying to cope with a new flesh wound that I did not see coming. I kept my kids in day care for part of the day so I could focus on finding a job, starting a business or just whatever. After four months I realized what I really wanted was to be home with my little ones and try this HarpersLove thing out. My husband was fine with it but of course the financial decision was a concern and continues to be one.
Flash forward two years and I feel happy, content and ok with where I am. I definitely would not say I am successful professionally but that is fine, I am taking a back seat for a little longer. Who cares? Right. Well I think it is time that more women become comfortable with this role that we grew up despising or being critical of. You know, be a professional, independent woman and all will be great. WRONG!
The issue is when you focus on a career, you have to focus on more than just the job. The lifestyle of a professional is not what it used to be. Long hours at the office, travel, constant reminders of your professional priorities and somewhere in between all of this, you are supposed to have a life (i.e. raise normal, healthy children or find a husband for you single ladies). The more I read, the more news I see … I am reminded about how hard it is to have it all. Especially mothers. I feel so horrible for working moms and all the obstacles they need to go through to try to keep it all together. I know many women who work would much rather be home or reduce hours at work but for financial reasons, they must work. I feel horrible because there are limited options for these women who have successful careers and slowing down professionally would be disastrous.
On the other hand, being at home is not easy but without a doubt, I am a much happier woman for choosing this lifestyle. What being at home with young kids teaches you is that you can do anything you set your mind to and no person can poo-poo your ideas, except maybe your kids. I have tried so many new adventures for myself because I have some extra time (yes, you can and must find time for yourself).
I have met many women in these last 2 years who have various backgrounds, age groups, you name it and all struggle with the work or not to work question. They are completely fabulous women and mothers. They are all simply amazing. This decision is not one that our parents struggled with as much but our generation has something kind of awesome that the previous one lacked; options. Whether it is our education, our previous professional experiences or our financial independence, we have options that can make it easier to do what we truly want to do today.
Let’s celebrate moms who work hard and take of their families on all levels rather than point out why being a working mom vs. a stay at home mom is worse or better or whatever. We all have to do what is best for our families as well as what is the healthiest for us as mothers.
I am sure my status as a stay at home is limited to maybe another year or two tops, but I am enjoying every moment with my kids because their childhood is moving forward and so must I. I struggle every day to figure out what I want to do. Maybe get my PHD and become a business management professor? Maybe I will take up Zumba on a full time basis and become an instructor? Maybe I will go back to the corporate world and become a junior manager at a small advertising agency? Or perhaps, I can actually make HarpersLove my full time job and then teach one Zumba class a week and teach a local college business class too? Did I mention I also want to be an artist?
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Happy New Years to our HarpersLove community! 2013 was our year of trials and tribulations and we learned so much about ourselves. 2014 is all about taking our lessons and putting them into action. Over the past few weeks we have taken the time with our families and enjoyed the necessary downtime. In doing so, we are rejuvenated and excited about the adventures to come. We hope you have been able to do the same and we look forward to bringing in the bling this year with you.
Enjoy some of my holiday highlights with Kaden Harper and Malena Amore "Love".
We are so excited to announce our holiday deals but still not ready to let the cat out of the bag. To get the latest deals, like us on Facebook and sign up for emails. We will be changing out deals daily beginning Thanksgiving.
Here is a preview of our holiday style guide for the week ahead. We had a great time pairing our jewelry with fun and fabulous outfits.
Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your family and friends!
It is that time of the year where we get all excited about Oprah's Favorite Things .. you know the one where she tells us what is fabulous and a must have. Well we did not make the list again ... that's ok, she has not heard of us yet. 2014 .... we will be on that list. That said, she continues to add jewelry products that are totally doable via our website.
Design your Oprah Inspiration starting with HERE. From there, the possibilities are almost endless. If you want to know why it is more expensive .. simple answer. We use high quality materials (gemstones and 14K gold). These favorite things are very pretty but not the real deal.
Need a break on pricing? We can work with you. Send us a note or Call us: 973-731-5683.
If you are in the middle of planning a wedding, you know there are so many details that you can not forget about. Bridal beauty and bridesmaids beauty are very important but your event space beauty is the wow that people tend to remember when they reflect back. We at HarpersLove are all about the bling factor so anytime we see a product that raises that shine element, we get a bit excited. So event space beauty meets bling = Amazing Aisle Runners.
You must check out this website: www.OriginalRunners.com
They have the only non-stick aisle runners out there and they can customize the runner to your heart's desire. Check out some recent weddings. If you venture to their website, you will notice that they have been involved in some well known celebrity weddings. Kim K ring a bell?
Halloween is now officially over and it feels like the holidays are right around the corner. We are in the business of gifting and delighting others with tokens of special moments. Jewelry has that ability to bring us back to a time where we celebrate accomplishments and love. Fine jewelry lasts through the ages and goes beyond the trends and momentary style desires. I launched HarpersLove a little over a year ago and I have been so happy to be part of the gifting experiences for all types of events. We hope you get your gifting ideas started for your loved ones and for you.
Start a HarpersLove wish-list (set up an account and start saving you designs). It is simple to add a design to a wish list. Simply select "Add to Wishlist" on the product page.
If you need any help with your gifts and wishlists, please call or email us: (973-731-5683) or email@example.com. We would be thrilled to be part of your holiday!
Please note our friends and family event is here - take 20% sitewide!
We love our wishbone pendant and have many ways to show you how to wear it. Check out our FashionFriday moment.
Create a custom look:
1. Select Size
2. Select Metal
3. Add Stone (s)
4. Select Chain
Create a piece that can layered, worn to work or at night. Use metals that work well with your jewelry and don't be afraid to mix it up.
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