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Conversations with the Inspiring Jessica Sweeten

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Sweeten.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to work within the fashion industry. Now, the path to get here has had many twists and turns, but all of them have made this journey even more worth it.

In the spring of 2010, my husband and I moved from Kansas City to sunny San Diego to help pursue his career. While we were excited to start our life together in a new city, full of new adventures, we were starting over in a large city where we knew no one. It took years for San Diego to feel like home and many job changes for myself. My jobs have ranged from fashion retail, fashion merchandising, sales rep, real estate, and even teaching little kids dance… so cute!

In 2015, we were blessed with our sweet little girl, Hadley Sophia. She has taught me so much while being a full-time mom, one thing, in particular, was the need to show her how important it is to not be afraid to go after your dreams. That is when I finally decided I had to go for it and made the idea of Sweetly Striped become a reality by launching my online boutique.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a full-time mom and small business owner is not going to be a smooth ride by any means but if you are passionate about what you are doing you will find the courage and strength to keep going. It’s all about celebrating the small victories and being able to look at the progress you have made and how much you have grown since you started. You have to push yourself and constantly go outside of your comfort zone, then you will start to see how wild and rewarding the journey of an entrepreneur really can be.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Sweetly Striped story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner of an online boutique called Sweetly Striped. I run my business out of my home and do pop up boutiques all over the San Diego area. Each item at Sweetly Striped is handpicked by myself, with the goal to make every woman feel confident and beautiful while showing their own unique style. I not only educate women on the latest looks in fashion but help them create a functional wardrobe that allows them to look and feel their best.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think it is up to you to determine what you are going to make of this life and how you are going to live it. If you have the passion and courage to go after your dreams then you can absolutely make it happen. Women are seeing the importance and beauty of what we have to offer to this world and that within itself is an opportunity for us to make the most of it and go after our dreams. We all have amazing skills and ideas to offer so it is on us to be courageous to put ourselves out there and do it!

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Image Credit:
Images of me in a floral cardigan up close – Photographer Info:
Create with Gusto

Photo of me holding the Sweetly Striped sign – Photographer info:
Thoughts by Brandi

Meghan Nicole Photography

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