Eleanor Roosevely said – “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
On this episode I speak to entrepreneur and creator of VanessRee jewellery, Vanessa Murtagh.
Vanessa opens up about facing her fears and following her passion. What makes this story even more inspiring is that from the outside Vanessa’s life looked like it was plain sailing.
She was one of the leading success stories in the world of creative advertising, married raising two boys Vanessa and her husband Barry we living the stereo typical life approved by society.
Yet underneath all this, Vanessa’s happiness had been neglected. Her time was spent working in a highly pressurised job which was taking away from her relationship with her children, her husband and herself.
It was in jewellery that Vanessa found her passion, but not simply by wearing it, but by crafting bespoke pieces of jewellery born out of the thoughts and ideas of her customers that would mean far more than something purchased over a counter.
As you listen to Vanessa, you’ll hear the warmth and passion in her voice but you’ll hear someone I think we all can relate to. It doesn’t matter if you’re 20 something of 40 something, if you’re not happy then it is up to you and you alone to make a change.
This life is not a dress rehearsal, so make sure you give it your best shot.
Thank you for listening to part 1 of this conversation. Now you can take a break and come back later, or to hear more press play on part 2.
In part 2 Vanessa and I speak about her business vanessaree.com and why she created it.
As Vanessa was struggling with what to do in her career, a friend of hers new she dabbled in making jewellery and encouraged her to try and set up her own business.
While Vanessa upskilled she faced a number of challenges along the way. Leaving her career and finding a new identity was particularly scary, however, she wasn’t afraid to ask for help, so she reached out to learn from others and hear their advice.
Vanessa believes that everything if fixable and can be worked out. After finding a way to reinvent herself, she shares the moments that propelled her towards happiness.
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