Growing up, I wasn't permitted to fail. As a straight-A student who always made the honour roll and won academic awards, I didn't know what failure felt like. So failure to me, even as a young adult, always appeared catastrophic and something that was never allowed. But failure happens and no matter how hard you try, it is an inevitable part of life. For years, I beat myself up over my inability to finish my university degree and I hid it like a part of me that could never be revealed. It sat in the corner of my psyche clouded in shame. So when I thought about taking the leap into entrepreneurship, I stalled because I didn't want to experience failure. But I spoke to someone who wisely told me that failure doesn't have to be black and white. When we don't achieve a certain goal or target, it could be that I just didn't take the right path to that target. It wasn't that I had failed in reaching my goal but that perhaps I just took an incorrect approach and by righting my course, or trying a different strategy, I could still succeed. This has helped me through all the failures, disappointments and "wrong paths" since and I truly believe that the key to success is rooted in perseverance.
We are so excited to be able to continue employing at-risk and homeless youth in Toronto through the pandemic and are looking to continue growing our team. We are also thrilled to share that our youth are continually learning and we look forward to bringing new items, such as rings made out of recycled materials, to our collection soon!