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Exhausted, But Still Alive

Due to increasing health issues I found it harder and harder to maintain a job. I won't go too far into it, but between exhaustion, flat feet, pain, and anxiety it seemed like every job that was available wasn't a possibility for me. I live in a small town on the coast of Oregon, and there just isn't many options around here .

I had been making Chainmaille as a hobby for several years by the time my health issues had become such a barrier. So with the help of my boyfriend I decided to make it a business. A real one. He let me live relatively rent free while I put everything I had into launching my Brand. Sure, I throw him money when I can, but realistically it's not as much as I'd like, or the amount he's due. Honestly I wouldn't have been able to launch Rayven's Chainmaille as a real business if he hadn't helped me, and has continued to help me.

Other than the housing help, I took no loans. I had no start up money. I was broke. Luckily I had some materials in stock, but nowhere near what I have today. But I made it work. I continue to make it work. I am still not in debt. And I intend to keep it that way.

I work more than I ever have in my life. I sleep every other day. I'm exhausted. But I'm alive. My list of things to do is still a mile long, but I feel like soon I'll be able to relax a bit. All it takes is for the right mixture of marketing and a good product and I'll be successful.

I won't give up. I'll never surrender. If I fail? I want it to happen with the knowledge that I tried EVERYTHING in my power to be successful, and it just wasn't meant to be. 

Today I'm taking pictures of hundreds of items never before seen online. They will take me a while to edit and post, but hopefully with fresh products some sales will come in and all will be well. I feel like it will be. 

I refuse to fail. I will fly like my name sake. 

Yours truly, 

Rayven's Chainmaille


  • Lovely lady, I have the honour of owing a number of pieces you have crafted, I love them. You have been through hell and back and still come out fighting. I’m proud of you girl. Xx

  • You are such a hard worker Rayven. It’s super tough starting a business with no start up capital and little to no financial help. You are very tenacious though! I just hope your day of rest is on the horizon because while it’s admirable, it’s still kinda unhealthy. You’re a talented artist and I’d hate for you to be lost to something as innocuous as not taking care of yourself.

    Keep fighting but be kind to yourself.

    Amber Stark
  • I wish I lived closer to you, I’d love to volunteer to help. You need to take breaks and rest or your body will make you lol

    Jennifer Stiles

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