Never stop learning. Always be on the look out to upskill and learn new things to keep things fresh and exciting.
Laura is an young self taught jewellery marker from Dublin, Ireland. She bases her jewellery on recycled items like seaglass collected on the Irish coast, carved avocado seeds and real flowers. Slow fashion is a movement that is catching on quick and Laura is very happy to be part of a sustainable brand!
Where did the idea for Mosscapped come from?
Mosscapped came from my love for being creativity and sustainability. I aim to keep my jewellery as recycled as possible, using items like seaglass, carved avocado seeds and flowers that I’ve collected and dried out.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My day always begins with a meditation, followed by breakfast and then sitting down to work on the creative side of the jewellery. An ideal day, would then be followed by a nature walk to keep the head clear and the productivity flowing! My favourite nature walk would definitely be the local beach so I can beach comb and search for more seaglass and seashells to work with.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I think the best way to bring ideas to life is just always carry a little notebook around to write ideas down as they come or doodle. And then just lots of trail and error! Just have fun and experiment.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The sustainability one definitely! It is so heartwarming and refreshing to see so many people interested in slow fashion, handmade goods and up-cycled/recycled items.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Meditation and EFT tapping! Self improvement is something that I’ve been passionate about for a couple years now and I always find the more I delve into this, the more freely the ideas and opportunities come.
What advice would you give your younger self?
My advice would be to always spend every single day (even if you don’t want to and it’s only for a few minutes!) working on something that you’re passionate about or want to improve on.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Be your own biggest cheerleader no matter what curveballs life throws at you!
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Never stop learning! And always celebrate your wins because it’s so common to really want to hit a goal and then when we do, we brush it off for the next one on our list. It’s important to celebrate every win!
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Instagram has been a massive help in my business. It’s such a powerful platform, it’s amazing to connect with like-minded people that are passionate about the same things.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
That would be initially finding the balance of working at home and motivating myself. Because if I don’t do it then there’s nobody standing there telling me to so! I struggled with that a bit at the beginning but I have my own strategies and routines to keep me on a roll now.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I find that if you do a lot of self work and surround yourself with positive, ambitious and inspiring people who are also living their dreams, the ideas will come to you!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I love learning so I will happily pay money for a course or a guide if I feel like it would improve my life or business.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Because Instagram is such a big part of my business, I’m really enjoying the Plann app lately to let you organise and draft posts for the future. You can just line loads of posts up, organise them so they look good and then you have more time to actually be creative!
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod. I love this book because it shows you how to make the most out of your day and start it right, even when you live a jampacked lifestyle. This book helps me pursue my passion while I was working a full time job aswell, which eventually led to be able to quit and focus on my love for jewellery making.
What is your favorite quote?
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do” – Erin Henry May
If you ever feel the need to procrastinate then this quote will convince you otherwise!
- Look after your physical and mental well being and your business will thank you. Keep your life fun and make feeling good a priority!
- Find beauty and inspiration in the everyday things! Especially nature.
- Never stop learning. Always be on the look out to upskill and learn new things to keep things fresh and exciting.
Carlyn runs the day-to-day publishing operation here at ideamensch and interacts with our awesome customers and entrepreneurs. She is likely editing this with a cat on her lap.