A few months ago we expanded our impact to now working with women locally, as well as globally. Currently, our local women create our jewelry line, known as the Miriam Collection. We love these gals so much, and want to introduce them to you over the next few weeks.
First, meet Terri. She is the newest member to our jewelry team, and she brings so much joy and passion into our studio every day. We hope you can capture a little bit of that, too, as you hear her story and get to know her...
Q. How long have you been in Nashville? Where are you from originally?
A. I’ve been in Nashville since I was 8. I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN.
Q. If you wouldn't mind, tell us a little bit about yourself. Your family, background, etc.
A. I’m Terri and I’m a 2006 graduate of the Magdalene program. I am a mother of 6 and have 3 grandchildren. I was on drugs for 15 years of my life and in the process, lost custody of my children. In 2004 I got my youngest daughter back at the age of 3 and got to raise her myself...her name is Sunshine. After coming to the program, I always struggled with staying clean -- experiencing relapse after relapse. When I turned 40, I thought I was going to lose my mind. My son got charged with murder and on my 40th birthday, I went out and got high. The day after, my oldest daughter came and found me and I haven't used ever since - I’ve been sober now for 5 years. My kids and my grandkids are my life and help keep me sober. If I ever want to give up, I think of them. They are all back in my life now & so I can’t give up. I have no reason to give up anymore.
Q. How did you hear about FASHIONABLE?
A. Through Becca Stevens of Magdalene/Thistle Farms. She and Barrett (FASHIONABLE founder/CEO) had connected and he said to keep them aware of any women who needed jobs. I came and interviewed and said if you hire me, you won’t regret it. And here I am.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about making jewelry?
A. My favorite thing is what I call watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. When I came in I didn’t know anything about making jewelry, and now I’m so amazed to see what I’m able to do in a day.
Q. What do you love to do in your free time?
A. Spend time with my grandkids. I love my grandkids. And listen to country music- make sure you mention Blake Shelton on there! (it's true. Terri LOVES Blake Shelton!)
Q. What’s your favorite jewelry piece?
A. The floral bar necklace. (she's wearing it in her photo!)
Q. What are you ABLE to do because of your job at FASHIONABLE?
A. I am ABLE to love again and I am able to communicate with people because I had shut down. And I am able to be myself and know I am accepted no matter what I have been through and for who I am today. I am no longer a number anymore- I don’t belong to the state. I belong to me again.