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Life and Work with Rachel Tintle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Tintle.

Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Teal Willow Designs was started in the dining room of my tiny apartment. It didn’t started as anything more than an activity to release stress and creative juices. I would make coffee mugs for friends and family just to give them something cute and sparkly. Suddenly, I found there was an increased interest in my craft and I thought, “Well, why not?” Not only would it provide some help financially but it would also serve as a form of therapy. Due to an abusive first marriage, I was suffering from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety. I had lost interest in things that I once loved and felt more like a shell of the person I used to be.  Luckily, I was given the opportunity to find out what real love was and married my high school best friend. I felt so blessed that I had this second chance at a happy and supportive life, which in turn gave me the inspiration to find myself again. I really feel as though Teal Willow gave me so much, which is why being able to give back through my art, means the world to me.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has been anything but smooth but isn’t that what makes life interesting? All of those bumps, falls, and tears bring us to where we are suppose to be. It allows us to grow as individuals. Without the trials, there would be nothing to learn from, nothing to correct, and nothing to strive for. We are the battles we fight. The real test of a person lies with how they overcome those battles. For years, I’ve had others tell me that I wasn’t good enough. I was told I wasn’t being realistic with my goals. You don’t know how many times I was told that I just needed to get my head out of the clouds. The criticism was relentless, and at times I surrendered to it. Fortunately, I had the love and support of my husband, my kids, and my three best friends. They held me up when I couldn’t and to this day they continue to do so. There are days when my past creeps up behind me and starts to spout all the negativity that comes with dealing with anxiety and PTSD but it doesn’t stop me. I won’t let it. The best advice I can give anyone is to never stop striving for what you want in life. It won’t be easy. I promise it won’t be but all the best things never are. Also, always remember who you are and where you came from. Don’t ever be ashamed of your scars. Wear them with pride and know that they are part of your story and have made you into the amazing person you are today.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Teal Willow Designs – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Teal Willow Designs specializes in custom and personalized drink-ware. I meticulously hand paint and/or hand glitter each and every one of my products. I also will custom blend some of my glitters to add an extra level of uniqueness.  Each piece is more to me than just something to drink out of; it’s a piece of art. I pride myself in providing people with a quality item that in-turn brings them such joy. I do my best to capture exactly what each one of my clients envisions which can range from a captivating quote to a hand painted scene from their favorite childhood story. I am constantly researching and honing my craft to make it better. Whether that means using higher quality materials or perfecting my technique. It never ends but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Honestly, I feel one of the biggest barriers that women face today is ourselves. Most of us have been taught that there are certain jobs, certain aspirations, and certain limits we can’t do or reach. It’s awful and 100% false! And when we aren’t critiquing ourselves, we are critiquing other women instead of empowering one another. In a world where our first instinct is to judge, we need to learn to take the high road and instead say something positive, uplifting, and constructive. We as women are powerful, beautiful, and strong. We really can do ANYTHING we put our minds and hearts to. Do not, I repeat, do not allow others to dull your sparkle.

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Kenya Estrada from Miss Kenya Photography, Rachel Tintle

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