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! 💕



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