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EP211: Taking Responsibility in Sourcing to the Next Level with Meri Geraldine

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

Release Date: 07/23/2019

EP258: Birthday Episode - Change Your Story with Jason Ayers show art EP258: Birthday Episode - Change Your Story with Jason Ayers

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

I wanted to do things a little differently this week, something that aligns with our goals to continuously improve as a brand. I invited my man back on to talk about how to shift your mindset to benefit your success. Part of our transformative plans for F&TA means Jason will be joining our (formerly SOS) as a Success Mindset Coach. Because even if you’re doing everything else right in business, a negative headspace means you’ll always be getting in your own way.

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EP257: How To Makeover Your Home Office for More Productivity show art EP257: How To Makeover Your Home Office for More Productivity

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

Whether you’re working from home for the first time or trying to improve your established home office habits, this is the episode for you. Finding your groove while working from home has been a creative challenge facing jewelerypreneurs (especially if you have kiddos running around!) on a massive scale. But as a life coach and interior designer, has been helping creatives like you tackle this challenge long before stay-at-home orders were in place. She’s one of those gifted entrepreneurs who know that your creativity is your greatest strength in business. recognizes the connection...

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EP256: Core Values and How to Position Your Brand to Align with Values show art EP256: Core Values and How to Position Your Brand to Align with Values

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

I want to do something a little different this week… 2020 has been a year of reflection and change for me, and I hope it has been for you, too.  So I decided to reevaluate and get real about Flourish & Thrive Academy’s core values. It was a necessary exercise for me, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. Because we are built on the value of community over competition, and standing with your community means you’re always learning, always reflecting, and always innovating. As I talk about our core values and how we position our brand in alignment with them, I hope you can...

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EP255: From Burnout to Business Bliss wtih Jennifer Dawes show art EP255: From Burnout to Business Bliss wtih Jennifer Dawes

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

What happens when you’re doing the thing you're supposed to love but the stress of it is taking a toll on your personal life? Business burnout is no joke!  Sometimes you may even want to give up. But is here to prove that you can always overcome overwhelm and turn your biz around. Jennifer has been in business for nearly 20 years, and is known for her . However, like so many designers, she hit a bottleneck and felt overwhelmed when it came time to grow her business. I first met Jennifer when she joined the Flourish & Thrive community. To say she’s completely transformed in the...

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EP254: How to Use Tik Tok For Your Jewelry or Creative Product Business with Elise Darma show art EP254: How to Use Tik Tok For Your Jewelry or Creative Product Business with Elise Darma

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

How do you achieve freedom and financial independence? By taking risks. rebelled against her traditional upbringing and chose the freedom to travel instead of being tied down to a job.  She made her dream come true when she started her own business providing social media marketing services.  Social media is integral, now more than ever, to running your business - but learning a new platform can be intimidating.  is here today to give us advice on how to help our businesses thrive in a whole new way.

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EP253: Mind Blowing Success Stories to Inspire You show art EP253: Mind Blowing Success Stories to Inspire You

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

What’s the most important tool to set yourself up for success? A good support network. Here at the Flourish and Thrive Academy, we aim to create antifragile businesses that can survive anything. is my dear friend and co-founder. As an expert on wholesale and client relationships, Robin has been overjoyed to see all the creative solutions you have been coming up within the #ThriveTribe! The best quality of any creative entrepreneur is resourcefulness, and our community seems to have an endless supply. Even better, these success stories seem to have a lot in common...

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EP252: The Fine Jewelry Virtual Trunk Show That Brought in 39K in 2 Hours with Shehana Kimiangatau show art EP252: The Fine Jewelry Virtual Trunk Show That Brought in 39K in 2 Hours with Shehana Kimiangatau

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

Some designers think selling high price point jewelry is harder online, but Shehana Kimiangataue is here to prove otherwise.   She sells striking high-end jewelry with a cause. Her business used to rely primarily on retail sales, but when shelter-in-place hit, she immediately sought a quick and creative solution to keep sales flowing.  During a 2-hour virtual trunk show hosted on Facebook live, she managed to sell over $30,000 worth of jewelry.  Yes, you read that right! So how did she do it? Let’s jump right in.

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EP251: Host Your Own Virtual Art Fair with Ana Maria Andricain show art EP251: Host Your Own Virtual Art Fair with Ana Maria Andricain

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

Adaptation, creativity, and collaboration have been key to the success of our very own SOS coach, .   She’s no stranger to pivoting. She started her dreamy brand, , in her dressing room during her time performing on Broadway. As life twisted and turned, it soon became her full-time gig.    Her tendency for innovation led her to organize a virtual art fair with other artists and designers. It was such a huge success, she’s already planning the next one!   During a time of hardship for many businesses, Ana Maria Andricain is using live events to grow her sales and inspire...

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EP250: How to Navigate Closures in Your Brick and Mortar Retail Store show art EP250: How to Navigate Closures in Your Brick and Mortar Retail Store

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

In times of financial uncertainty and online-only shopping, jewelry can still thrive. Merging creative marketing solutions with the adaptation of online retail, independent jewelry designers who once relied on in-store sales are able to both stay afloat financially and nurture customer relationships. , , and are all great examples of jewelry designers who’ve done just that.  Each designer has had to close down their retail shops during this time of social distancing, but they’ve all come up with creative strategies for staying in business and keeping customers engaged. 

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EP249: Overcoming Anxiety and Taking Calculated Risks During Covid with Sarah McAleer show art EP249: Overcoming Anxiety and Taking Calculated Risks During Covid with Sarah McAleer

Thrive By Design: Business and Marketing Strategy for Fashion, Jewelry and Creative Brands

Nothing makes me happier than seeing a jewelry designer move from a place of uncertainty to a place of power.

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I am so thrilled about this week’s guest, you guys! She’s the kind of woman who talks the talk and walks the walk.

Before getting into jewelry, Meri Geraldine worked as a sustainability consultant. But after having her daughter, she wanted to be able to work from home. That’s how her jewelry company, Gardens of the Sun, got started.

There aren’t enough conversations about building a sustainable brand in the jewelry industry. Meri is out to change that.

Part of her company vision is to know every part of the supply chain, right down to the people mining and cutting the gems.

She’s traveled all around the world to source her jewelry sustainably and has become a leader in the ethical jewelry movement.

Today, she sat down with me to talk about how the everyday designer can be more conscious and responsible about their sourcing.