Don't you love a good story? Ones of great fortitude, of creative entrepreneurial spirit that doesn't give up? I sure do. They help me live with hope and expectation of possibility.
That is why when I received an email from Katherine sharing not only her beautifully designed jewelry collection but also her personal story of becoming the maker behind Katheyl, I knew you would like to get to know her too.
Katherine of Katheyl, a native of Singapore, began as an Electronics enginieer for 7 years before moving into the Senior Executive Search industry. Then her life took a turn when she quit her job, picked up from her homeland and moved to Germany to join her husband. She explains the process:
"I guess the lecturer in my HR course was right when he said a person changes his/her career path at least 3 times in his/her life.
I started Katheyl when I was still holding down a full-time job but never quite had the time to focus on it. It was just a hobby (other than volunteering at the local zoo and squeezing in a game of archery from time to time), but still something that I had hoped to spend more time on.
So when I finally got the chance to work full-time on Katheyl when I moved to Germany, it's like a dream come true! The whole experience has been truly wonderful. I've grown to love handmade things even more and become more conscious of unnecessary spending and buying."
Katherine credits her Asian roots and her stint as a zoo volunteer as the inspiration behind her nature influenced collection. (What hasn't this woman done?!)
You can see the dedication and imagination flowing out from her beautiful designs. Now she is at a new crossroads, crafting a life of passion.
Thanks Katherine for your stamina, your courage and sharing your journey with us!
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