New Mom Shares Her Tips for Turning a Hobby into a Business
Ashley Lowman-Hawney is a local mom, wife and a maker and creator from Carlsbad, California. She is the creative force behind Ataraxia Handmade, a line of clay jewelry, macrame pieces, and custom hand-lettered gifts. Ashley shares with us how she turned her creative hobby into a profitable business.
Q: How did you turn your hobby into a business?
A: It was absolutely a hobby! I started it as a way to channel my anxiety and depression into a more positive outlet. In fact, my business name, Ataraxia (at-uh-rack-see-uh) Handmade, is named for the feeling of being free from anxiety. It was important to honor that because it is a huge part of my life.
At some point, I had a ton of stuff and nowhere to put it, so I offered it for sale. What do you know? People liked it, and actually BOUGHT STUFF. I was, and continue to be, blown away by all of the support I’ve received from my friends and family. I am so grateful.
Q: What inspires you?
A: This is a super hard one for me. I’m inspired by all kinds of things! The colors in a TV show my son’s watching, a shape I see on Pinterest, mindless creating that just kind of comes together. I take little pieces of everyday life and mush it together to create my pieces.
Q: What challenges did you have to overcome when starting your business?
A: I suffer from Imposter Syndrome. I have had to be pushed out of my comfort zone so many times just to get where I am. I am constantly saying to myself, “Why would anyone want to buy from you, ya amateur?” Thankfully, I have some great people in my life that quiet that voice just enough for me to move forward.
Q: Do you have any inspirational ideas you can share with other moms?
A: Just go for it. Live authentically. Love hard. I’m rooting for you! 💕
Call to Action: To learn more about Ashley and to support her business, visit AtaraxiaHandmade.com.