Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your business.
My name is Jenn Davis and I own Maggie Claire Designs, where I make hand-stamped jewelry and leather bracelets. I’ve been married for 11 years and I have a nine-year-old boy and a 70 lb. puppy. In my spare time (ha!), I work full-time in Commercial Insurance where I get to embrace my inner nerd and work with spreadsheets all day. I love to read and watch TV (Game of Thrones is my favorite) when I’m not stamping.
Tell us all the meaning behind your business name.
My business is named for two of my grandmothers. My grandma Maggie passed away in early 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. I was going through a big transition that year with my corporate job and I ended up leaving it to start a different business (that never got off the ground). Around December of that year I came across some hand-stamped pieces in a boutique and I decided to give stamping a try. I completely fell in love with stamping metal and decided to sell pieces to bring in extra money while I started another job. I decided to name the business after my Grandma Maggie and my Great-Grandma Claire, who was a Native Canadian. Grandma Claire was always my Dad’s favorite grandparent, and I figured it was fitting to name my business after two women who were so loved.
You create jewelry not just to look pretty but to also help people be more intentional in the way they live. Do you choose a word of the year? How to your choose it and how to do implement it in your life throughout the year?
My business actually started with “word of the year” bracelets at the beginning of 2016. One of my best friends (who encouraged me to start the business and helped me to promote it) picked “choose joy” to be her phrase for 2016. That really stuck with me because joy really is a choice. I stole her phrase (she didn’t mind – promise!) and adopted it as my own for the year because it fit my circumstances at the time so perfectly. As I mentioned, I was coming out of a rough year after losing my grandmother and leaving my job and I needed a reminder that how I respond to circumstances is always my choice. I stamped a bracelet with this phrase and I wore it to have that constant reminder throughout the year.
In 2017, I chose “shine” which was a reminder to put myself out there and say yes to new opportunities. I fully embraced it and 2017 was the year when my business really took off. I made lots of connections in the handmade community and I started selling my items in a few boutiques. This year my word is “well” because I want to focus on my health. I’m doing ok with it, but it’s definitely a work in progress.
What does your typical day look like?
I usually wake up about 5:45am and after getting ready I’m off to my corporate job by 7. I drink coffee and eat a quick breakfast at my desk while I get started with work. I answer Maggie Claire Designs emails or listen to podcasts during my lunch break. Three days during the week I work out at the gym after work and then come home for dinner. Two nights during the week (in addition to time on the weekends) I work on jewelry production and preparing packages for shipping. I typically watch TV with my family and then read for a bit before bed. I’m usually asleep by 10:30 or so.
What are your favorite things to do with your kids or as a family?
We love movie nights at home complete with popcorn and movie snacks. My son plays soccer, so we spend a lot of weekends cheering him on at games. We also love going to the pool during the summer. I love to cook and my husband and I will often cook together.
How to you make them happen?
Because I work full-time and have a business I spend time planning things out to make what matters happen. I use a paper planner because I love the feeling of crossing items off the list and it makes it really easy to flip forward to see what I have going on in the next few weeks. I make tons of lists and I definitely carry things over from day to day. I rarely have days where I finish everything on THE LIST, but I try not to let that bother me.
I’m a recovering perfectionist and I’ve realized that I accomplish so much more since adopting a “progress over perfection” mindset than I did in the days when I believed that everything had to be done a certain way. Done is better than perfect in our house, and though it may make me cringe from time to time, I try to let go of my tendency to try to redo things when my son folds the towels the “wrong” way or criticize my husband when he doesn’t prepare dinner the way I would do it. Life is too short to spend time worrying about things that don’t matter. In our house everyone pitches in and I try not to take on more than I can handle when it comes to making outside commitments.
Do you have a favorite mom/parenting quote?
My favorite quote is more of a sentiment and it’s nothing fancy: “Everybody has stuff.” By this I mean that there are things going on in other people’s lives that you know nothing about. You never know what other people are going through and what their motivations are for the things they do or what they may have had to overcome to get where they are, so treat people with kindness and stop comparing yourself to them.
Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing so much! I am late to the game of having a word of the year, this is the first year I'm trying it out; "Contentment" and "Balance" are what I'm aiming for! Do you set a word of the year for yourself to keep you on track? Share yours below and how it's going for you so far. Or if you've fallen off the wagon with your best new years intentions, check out Maggie Claire Designs and get yourself one of her beautiful bracelets to remind yourself of your big goals!