We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellie Polsky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think an important factor to my success is that the fabric of the brand is sewn with genuine intentions. One that holds a strong focus on the human aspect, rather than putting all this focus on the numbers and the sales. While that’s important, the piece is for the human after all, for their soul, that component that keeps us going every day that we forget to feed and recognize. The intention is to help individuals empathize with themselves so that we can all start to have empathy for one another. The intention is to create this beautiful ripple effect of compassion and love in the collective. I think success comes when your intentions are authentic. When the mission behind whatever you’re doing in life is bigger than yourself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a representation of this overlooked beauty that is within us. My breath pieces are a symbol of our emotions and our energies, of our breath. The thing that we do every second of every day yet we tend to take it for granted. My art means so much to me because not only has it made an impact on my own growth and understanding of humankind, I’ve also seen it help others on their journey. What else can I ask for in a career? I am so excited to continue helping people discover their truth as my vision is to bring my Breath Piece Workshops to retreats, workspaces, schools, studios, and festivals around the world!
It is pretty wild reflecting on the past and sitting with where I am today. My career pursuit has been so non-linear. Thinking about it, if I were to draw my path, it would kinda look like a breath piece, lots of twists and turns, yet beautiful just as it is. It’s led me to Just Be Jewelry after all. I went from the film industry to advertising, to hospitality, to a lot of random temp work, to finally listening to my gut, moving to another city, and recognizing my dharma of who I am, an artist and a healer.
Growing this baby of a business has been tough, and, at the same time, those tough moments have been pivotal and needed. Whenever I get those “no” responses or something doesn’t work out how I hoped, I’ve found that rejection has just been a redirection. Everything is leading me to where I’m supposed to be. Everything is leading me to what is truly meant for Just Be Jewelry. Some of the challenges have even come from the things that I can control, like force and unrealistic expectations, and doubt. Then, the success came when I just trusted and put myself out there with patience, ease, and confidence.
I hope those that are reading this can take these lessons that I’m learning and use them in their own life. To have trust. Stop forcing things that aren’t meant for you. Rejection is just a redirection. And, if you have a feeling in your gut that is telling you to do something, listen to it, and do it. Your gut has all the answers, even if the answer isn’t straightforward, that will be revealed over time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is filled with so much magic. My favorite spots fuel the soul so get ready.
Start the day with the locals at Palisades Park, or more commonly known as Law St. This is my favorite park as it overlooks the ocean and is just steps away from putting your toes in the sand and jumping in the water. In the mornings Namasteve, a local that has been teaching yoga at Law St for over 15 years teaches a class from 10-11 AM. Law St is also the perfect place to watch the sunset so you can also end the day there and even bring dinner for a little picnic. It does get a little chilly at night so make sure to bring a light jacket or blanket. Another park that I love to go to is Kate Sessions Park. This park is huge and overlooks all of San Diego. For lunch or dinner, I would go to Trilogy, an amazing vegan restaurant with rooftop views of La Jolla. While you are there make sure to take one of their aerial yoga classes or sound baths. Sign up for an event as they hold a ton of great stuff on the property like their full moon ecstatic dances! Balboa Park is a staple when you go to San Diego. From the architecture to the museums to the rose gardens, you can’t go wrong. You can spend a whole day at Balboa Park there is so much to explore. Oscar’s tacos is another local spot to eat at for killer fish tacos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to a best friend of mine/undocumented business consultant, Kaytee Summer. She has been like a guardian angel guiding me through this process of turning a vision into a reality. She was there when I came up with the idea of a Breath Piece and she has guided me every step of the way, helping me nourish and grow it to what it is today. To be honest, I don’t think Breath Pieces would be a thing if it wasn’t for her support. She is a powerhouse in the PR industry and is modest with her knowledge, power, and abilities. Kaytee helped a scattered artist with no knowledge of business and coached me towards becoming an entrepreneur with now a growing brand. I have no doubt that she will have her own consulting company one day, guiding those that want to make a difference in this world but don’t know how to get started and don’t know how to keep going.
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