Tell us a little about who you are and what you do...

Hi, I'm Maria Vare.  Creator and designer at Heart Strings, producing handmade wedding stationery and personalised gifts.

What does success mean to you, right now?

Doing what I love, bringing joy to others through creativity, and embracing new challenges.

What do you love about what you do?

I love to work from the comfort of my own home, and I’ve met some amazing people through my work who have both inspired me and pushed me to try new things!  I love creating a personalised gift that someone can give to a loved one, and I love capturing a vision or idea and helping it come to life.

What do you find most challenging?

Switching off and being realistic about prices, deadlines and customer to make sure I’m not left short or out of pocket…big lesson to learn!

What's your biggest achievement(s) to date?

Oooh tough one…I think I would say that just to get my business to grow and change to where it is today is the most exciting thing. Still have a long way to go but I’m making changes in my life all of the time to make sure I can keep doing the things that give me life.

What are your hopes and dreams for future success and happiness?

To keep being true to myself, true to my gifts and using them to share the love :-).

What's your best piece of advice for others wanting to feel more successful?

Don’t be afraid of failure or mistakes, it’s the only way to grow. Have faith in yourself. Your time is the most precious thing you can give so make sure you honour this when coming up with a realistic price for your service.

Written by Maria Vare.

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