I wanted to check in and say YES I am still alive. There has been about ONE post in the last month, and I wanted to let you know what’s up on my end.

I’m working like a mad woman to launch the new SISOO Fall/Winter 2015 collection. After not really working for about 5 months after my knee injury, there is *a lot* to be done. In addition, my knee rehab keeps me realllllllly busy, it’s like a full time job, no joke.

The new collection is getting there. The website is almost ready, I’m shooting the lookbook, editing photos, organizing inventory, creating linesheets for wholesale, finalizing packaging and so much more.

I’ve said this before on Instagram: this collection that is about to launch is my best work. Which interestingly was designed and created when I was at my absolute worst. This jewelry helped me heal from a traumatic life event. For that reason it will always be near and dear to my heart.

After experiencing what I did back in April, and the recovery I’ve endured, I have never been more grateful for my hands, and my ability to create. Creativity has gotten me through one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. It helped me completely zone out for 4 hours at a time, when my leg was purple, swollen, barely bending, and shooting with fiery nerve pain.

Even though I can’t run or jump or take the stairs two at a time yet, I am so much stronger than I was. This jewelry has helped me get there. This collection pushed me out of bed to work, when all I wanted was to lay there and mope in my misery with Netflix and a glass of wine. This collection made me hop around on one leg for weeks on end, while I hand-soldered new pieces. It made me cover every inch of my bedspread with hand-picked crystals and settings instead of bags of ice, pillows, ace bandages, and painkillers. It made me focus on dilemmas like, “what is the best way to http://www.honeytraveler.com/buy-clomid/ hand-color crystals?”, instead of pouring all my attention on thoughts like, “will my knee ever bend past 90 degrees again?” This collection made me seek inspiration and beauty, when all I could see was stress, worry and fear ahead. It’s made me set my alarm extra early so I could get a full work day in before going to an afternoon PT session. When my physical therapist bends my leg until I scream at the top of my lungs into a pillow (currently 122 degrees), I picture this work in my mind, and everything I want it to be, and all the confidence I want it to bring to women everywhere…and it gets me through those last ten seconds he counts down of life-crushing pain.

In short, this collection saved my life.

I’ve heard of “life defining moments” sort of like a “Before Christ/After Death” kind of thing that pivots your life into a new direction of clarity, meaning and simplicity. No doubt shattering my knee has been one of those moments. I might be so bold to call it My Very Big Moment. Now that I’ve had one of these moments with a free bonus gift of 11 screws, 2 plates and 6 scars, I’m seeing things so much clearer. I see where my time needs to be spent, I see what gifts I need to share while I’m here on earth, and I see things that used to seem impossibly hard and overwhelming, as possible and conquerable.

In short, I’m seeing my strength.

Believe it or not, I’m learning to be grateful for this (somewhat dramatic) reminder of my strength. Obviously I would have preferred to be reminded of it without shattering my leg. But hey, I’ll take it in whatever form it comes.bed-restFall/Winter 2015…coming very soon. I guarantee you’ll be like, OMGosh, can I try that on? And I’ll be like, yeah girl, yeah! My goal is for you to be reminded of your own strength when you wear SISOO. Because we are strong. So so strong. So much stronger than we think. And that should be embraced and celebrated, every single day.




I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I've learned the only way out is through--and tough stuff makes you a whole lot stronger. Currently hooked on planning & organization, kombucha, succulents and my labradoodle child. You can usually find me in the #sisoostudio, working on my latest DIY project, designing gemstone & crystal jewelry, daydreaming about one day operating a flower farm, and spreading the Finnish spirit of sisu everywhere I go. Visit me at the links below to connect.

September 4, 2015