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My name is Jessie and here is my story...
I am living with an invisible Illness. It does not define me, but it does affect my every day life and has shaped me into the person I am today.
One day in 2008 I was at the gym working out & I couldn't stop feeling dizzy. I couldn't catch my breath. I couldn't do any cardio at all- I had to stop. I felt nauseous beyond control.
A billion other weird symptoms happened after that, including the inability to stand for long without my heart racing, digestion issues, pupil dialation/construction issues, fatigue problems, etc. And so began my 4 year journey in and out of doctors offices til I was finally diagnosed with a form of Dysautonomia called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.
This chronic, invisible illness is not rare at all, but rarely heard of. It has forced me to slow down. I constantly feel like I'm on a treadmill when I’m upright, so I’m often exhausted. I used to work full time but I realized I could not LIVE if I did that. I would be existing just to work, then would come home to sleep, miss out on events, or if I DID go to an event, I would have to give up some other necessary task later because there was absolutely no way I would have the energy to do it (i.e. Cooking dinner, doing laundry, cleaning up house, etc).
I quit my full time job and moved home in 2014 and decided to make a change. I’ve always been creative, was following along in a friend's journey into the handmade world & decided one day, I CAN DO THIS.
I practiced my lettering everyday for months and months. I picked up my old wood burner & started messing around. I dreamt of creations and wrote them in my journals. I learned how to use the scroll saw with mom in the garage. I researched how to run an online art shop.
And then, I jumped. I put myself out there. I shared my soul. And you all showed up.
Soulmade Goods is my attempt to live the life I want, despite my illness. Thank you for proving to me that we can do anything we truly want if we put in the time, practice, effort and heart. I’m beyond grateful for your support.