I’m Whitney and I own this little gem of a handmade shop, Relics of Grace! Relics of Grace is more than just items in a shop; it is the tangible representation of what happens when you let creativity reign. This journey is filled with a highlight reel featuring lots of pink and gold pretties, but none of that is possible without the in betweens. This is the behind the scenes of how I am navigating being a small business owner and living life out loud and on purpose!
I attended the University of Georgia and have both my bachelors and masters in education. I love teaching. I love being a lifelong learner. I love the autonomy I have to be creative while teaching. But, still I wanted an outlet to express my own independent creativity.
I opened Relics of Grace in 2013, two days after Christmas, in a coffee shop somewhere in a small town in Georgia. It was birthed out of pain and heartbreak which makes this indie biz that much more meaningful to me. It is the evidence that we do get a crown of beauty for ashes. That sometimes we have to make decisions that are pragmatic and logical and not heart-based, emotion fueled decisions (the same is true of starting a business! Go for it…what if it fails? Okay..?! But what if it doesn’t?). I didn’t know what to expect or what would come of it, but I knew that my hands had to create the dreams of my heart. And somewhere in the midst of all of that, my hobby turned into a small business and I began to understand that God was putting the pieces of my shattered heart, the “relics” if you will, back together and giving me beauty and new dreams and…grace.
And now, going on three years into the “Girl Boss” lifestyle, I’m grateful that I swam with the sharks. It’s been one of the messiest, craziest, wildest, freaking awesome decisions I’ve ever made!