We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcie Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I had initially starting making jewelry, I was just looking for a hobby to have aside from my job working in Speech Therapy. I took classes in Arlington at the Gem and Mineral club and really enjoyed it. As I started making more and more jewelry, I started to sign up for local craft shows around DFW. Then my thought process was “ Wow okay, this is fun! If I can make a couple extra hundred dollars a month, that’ll be money I can put in savings.” Quickly I exceeded that goal. Then I decided to put every penny I was making back into the business to buy more materials and attend larger shows.

What should our readers know about your business?
Voyager’s Dream Jewelry has become a wholesale driven jewelry company to supply retailers with statement jewelry for all your holiday and game day must haves! We are constantly designing pieces to go with all the hot trends and seasonal outfits that definitely make a statement. It took me years to get my own showroom at dallas market. Several years ago I had a showroom at DMC invite me in which made my company grow exponentially. Quickly I knew I was going to need my own space because my lines just kept expanding and our customer base had become rather large.
I am extremely thankful for my employees I have had over the years, we’ve spent 15 hour days 7 days a week in the shop trying to meet deadlines and juggling my three babies for many years as we just held on to our seats and kept growing very rapidly. We now are a bit more organized, I’ve learned to juggle my work and kids so it doesn’t take my time away from them. There was a moment I felt a lot of guilt because I was so focused on work, the mom area was definitely lacking. It took some time, but with good employees I’ve been given the freedom to give my children the attention and time they deserve, which I am very thankful for.
I moved out to east Texas a few years ago because it made more sense in my eyes. My kids can grow up in the country and have all the animals, I can run my business out of a shop behind my house. It’s kind of just simple country living. Although, everyone out here thinks we are a little odd because we definitely are not the norm.
When I sit back and reflect, it’s hard to believe this all started with a goal of making a few extra hundred dollars a month. There has been blood, sweat and tears along the way, many times, for many years.
I am so thankful! Thankful for my children, my mentors, all my customers, my sorority girls, my parents who are always coming out here from AZ to help me be able to travel to market, my neighbors that are always lending a hand and two really awesome employees. Without all these people, Voyager’s Dream could not operate. People say it takes a tribe, and I am beyond grateful for mine

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have met so many incredible women on this journey that have continued to mentor me, encourage me at my lowest and even highest times. One person I have always been extremely thankful is Kim Nauman. Kim has been in the industry a long time and has been an incredible mentor for me. She has always included my products when she has meetings with larger companies, she’s always pushing me to do better, keep pushing forward and stand for what you believe in, no matter what. Kim has truly taught me the meaning of community over competition. Kim has a large group of women that she’s brought together and we have all really helped each other in so many ways through the years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Kim and the “sorority girls”.

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