We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Tidechild and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, how do you think about risk?
As far as my art career is concerned, I would say quitting my day job has been my biggest risk so far, though I never considered it extremely risky because I had confidence I could find another job if things didn’t work out quite like I anticipated. That does not go without saying that it was terrifying leaving something that I could depend on monetarily.
In the future, I’d love to take a risk and open a studio space open to the public. I am working on manifesting something small and affordable!
What was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My business somewhat naturally evolved. I had a small Etsy shop for a few years, selling smaller items that I made simply for the enjoyment of it. When I started working on skulls I never really expected people to buy them, but they did. This inspired me to keep creating them and it eventually became something large enough to take seriously.
I ran Embellished Organics while working a day job part time for several years. Eventually, I started to feel like my time spent at that desk could be much better utilized focusing on moving my own business forward. One year ago this month I took the leap and quit my part time gig. I haven’t looked back.
Do you have a budget? How do you think about your personal finances and how do you make lifestyle and spending decisions?
I don’t have a budget, though I know I probably should. Honestly, I’ve never been a money-minded person. It comes and goes and I’ve never dedicated that much thought or energy towards it. I simply make my main priority to cover my bills and food. Some months I have some extra money to spend on other things, and some I don’t. I just go with the flow. I do make a point to save a portion of my income each month if there is some to spare.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
-“Boondock” camping for a few nights -A 4×4 trail ride up into high elevation (with a cooler of beer to boot) -Rent tubes or duckies and float the river -An evening on the town for dinner & bar hopping
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Elizabeth Farnsworth, Owner, Opal Boutique, Salida, CO