Joden Girl Bio

Baubles, Bling, and Personal Things


My name is Carrie, I love antique rings, Art nouveau enamels, sapphires, and cupcakes. As you get older, you begin to evaluate your life, “Is this the best use of my time?” Last May I turned forty and didn’t yet know what I wanted to be when I grew up. After twelve years of working at Joden Jewelers, I still hadn’t found my niche.

I always knew I would be a mother. It was never a question. I have been twice blessed in that regard. My husband and I have two beautiful boys. Our lives are filled with wrestling matches in the living room, scraped knees, mounds of dirty laundry, and love. But being a mom is who I am… not what I do.

My career took a sharp turn this past winter due to an unfortunate accident that left me homebound and unable to go to work. In an effort to keep busy, I began working from home – doing all the little things that no one could ever find time for. As time went on, conversations turned to the bigger things we wanted to do. As long as Joden has had an internet presence, we have tossed around the idea of a blog. What would it be about? Who would read it? More importantly, WHO would write it? We were about to answer all of those questions.

I spent hours hunched over my laptop – writing, researching, deleting and rewriting. There was an ever growing pile of discarded ideas on the floor beside me. My children would stare at me, bewildered… “Are you writing? Again?” My husband took over the household duties, both to allow me time to heal and to give me the freedom I needed to find my voice as well as the voice of Joden.

On a snowy night in early February, I leaned back on the couch – exhausted, but elated. A blog was born. Like any offspring, it’s a product of it’s roots – Joden Jewelers and me. I couldn’t be more excited or more proud. Finally, I know what I want to be when I grow up… a Joden Girl.

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