Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Hello! My name is Gabriela Chiper Hatchette. I was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania and I now live in Ontario, Canada. I am the owner / designer of my business “Introspective Jewelry” where I design and create contemporary jewelry for influential women. I learned how to make jewelry by attending several metal smith courses at the Assamblage Contemporary Jewelry School in Bucharest.
What inspired your career?
I would say that I was drawn to this career by a need for freedom of expression and the need for complete freedom of how I spend my time. This path also allows me to learn and develop skills; in just a few words the need for growth.
What does your day look like? Walk us through your typical day…
Mornings are my favourite part of the day and I use this time for introspection. First thing after brushing my teeth is meditate for 40 minutes followed by stretching for 20 minutes. I then usually spend one hour writing in my gratitude journal and making my agenda for the day while I drink my coffee. The working part of the day isn’t always look the same, I have creating days, strategizing days, making days etc.
What is your favorite failure that sets you up for later success?
I look at “failure” as the greatest teacher, without “failure” there would be no evolution (from my point of view). I prefer to call it challenge and I think my biggest challenge was exposure. As an introvert, to put myself “out there” was scary and energy consuming, but I joined groups where I felt supported and understood and I learned how to do that without hindering my values
When you feel unfocused or not motivated what do you do?
When I feel unfocused, I find that taking a break usually helps and I start a different activity or I mediate for 20 minutes. That does the trick most times and helps me clear my mind.
If you could send a mini message to all people, what would it be?
Never give up to your dream of the life you desire! You might have to reconsider your ways to get there, but never give up! We need you to share your message (dream, desire) with us. The Introspective Jewelry motto is: “Wear your message!”
Never give up to your dream of the life you desire!
What advice would you give to someone starting a business journey?
Always remember WHY you started in the first place! Knowing your WHY keeps you motivated and gives you the energy to overcome challenges along the way.