When Suzanne joined a ten-week silversmithing course at the end of 2019, the penny not only dropped, it smashed through the floor. “I had no clue how to do it, I didn’t know what any of the tools were, but when I walked into that workshop it hit me: the smell, the environment, I just thought oh my goodness I love it. I came home and said to my husband: ‘I want to do this for life.’”
Suzanne purchased the tools she needed and began honing her skills by making jewellery for friends and family at home. Then after building a website and establishing her social media presence, orders started to trickle in. Soul Purpose Jewellery had lift off – an emphatic and evocative brand name that celebrates Suzanne finding her calling. “This is what I’m meant to do, this is the purpose of my soul.”
Yet not everything about setting up a business has come as easily to Suzanne as the brand name. “Being away from friends and family and traditional support networks and not knowing my husband’s plans makes it additionally challenging to run a business. But if there’s one thing that being around the forces teaches you it’s resilience.”
Suzanne also speaks effusively about being connected with other entrepreneurial military spouses. “It’s wonderful to be part of the group because everybody feels empowered, everybody feels like a collective. We all understand the highs and lows and the challenge of having to juggle everything while partners are away. There’s always somebody who understands you and can empathise. That’s really helped me accelerate my business and stick at it.”
Here’s to one of life’s truisms: anything is possible when you put your soul into it.