Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Moving to Whidbey Island in the dead of winter, when the whole place was shut down for the off season has left me feeling pretty gloomy and isolated. The sunshine, longer days (the sun sets around 8pm here and it’s only April!) and warmer temps have reignited some much-needed inspiration and motivation in me. So, I have lots of things to tell you about!
// I recently had to temporarily close my online shop while I work out some administrative formalities with the state of Washington. There was some confusion about whether or not I had to register my business here since I’m a military spouse and not technically a resident. After lots of phone calls to lots of government agencies, it turns out that I do. So my shop is closed while I take care of that, but it should be up and running within the next week or two. I will make an announcement once I can start accepting orders again. Thank you for your understanding while I work out these behind-the-scenes details!
// I just became a Milspo Project Chapter Leader here on the island. The Milspo Project is a military spouse-run non-profit that serves to empower and educate military spouse entrepreneurs so they can grow in their careers and expand their businesses. They also happen to be the first organization that ever featured my on their blog last May, they started their organization around the same time I started my business, and they’ve become pretty great virtual friends along the way.
After almost six months of living here, I still don’t really know anyone, let alone other business owners. I thought I'd join a local chapter to meet some other business-owning spouses, and saw that the closest one was pretty far away. Since I couldn’t just join a community of like-minded women, I’ve decided to create one. In general, I don't fit in with a lot of the Navy wives we're exposed to within my husband's commands, because of my creativity, drive and the fact that I own a business. I figured it was about time I get more involved with the kinds of women I can more easily relate to. (No offense to anyone! We all have our tribes, and I just have trouble finding mine through my husband’s commands.)
If you know any military spouse entrepreneurs that happen to live on Whidbey Island send them my way! For more on The Milspo Project, be sure to check out their website here.
// I’m excited to be featured alongside Mosfier P.’s collection in their Spring photoshoot. Tend just launched on Wednesday, and it all looks so dreamy! Everything styles perfectly with your fave Leocadia K. piece. I’m most in love with their jumpsuit, Marge. She and I would be great friends. You can see their full collection here.
// I'm incredibly honored to be showcased as Independent She's entrepreneurial feature this week!
“This week's entrepreneurial feature showcases the amazing talents of Caitie Sherrick, Founder and Designer at Leocadia K.. Not only is she a creative powerhouse with remarkable talent, she's also a Navy wife and a fan of the many benefits of the entrepreneurial life.
Check out the interview to learn more about Caitie, and be sure to take a peek at her amazing jewelry. We are in MAJOR love with her style!” // Independent She
Read the full interview here to see how I fell into jewelry design and what it's like to balance a business with being a military spouse.
That’s it for now. I hope you’re having a lovely Friday!
With Love, Light & Warm Cups of Chai Tea,