Chalea, the metal maven behind Mune Studios, has been making jewelry for over ten years. Her heirloom quality pieces are designed to be tough enough to be worn by moms and caregivers with young children. “I’m a mama on a mission to make creations that really speak to those who have sensitive skin as well, and it's important that they're able to wear that jewelry around their children,” says Chalea.
Her family lives on a small working farm in SW Washington. “I've been in the PNW all of my life and I can't imagine living anywhere else, it's the best place to raise my kiddos!”
A long-time artist, she’s been drawing for 18 years. Her passion for making art grew into jewelry design and making back in 2006. She began making pieces just for friends and family at first, but many urged her to turn her hobby into a profession. “I started creating jewelry from raw Argentium silver wire back in 2015 after seeing how endless my horizons could be when you’re capable of making all of your components on your own. My other job, the best in the world, is being called mama,” she says.
She was inspired to start her business because she didn’t see what she wanted in the world. “There simply had not been a line of fine jewelry out there prior that would survive being worn around my little ones,” she explained.
Due to the nickel content in most jewelry, Chalea wasn’t able to wear a lot of jewelry growing up and wished there were more options out there. That, along with her desire to create with her heart, spurred her passion to offer people options in their adornments. Chalea doesn’t think you should have to put away your fine jewelry once you become a mother!
Over time she released a line coined "Mama Metal.” Her use of thicker chains allows little hands to wander up to play with the charms while worn by an adult. Chalea’s unique process causes the metal to create a twinkling noise moms and kids come to know and love.
“The centerpieces have been fused with my torch, hammered by hand, and hardened right in my kitchen stove. There aren’t harsh chemicals involved. I make each piece by hand with attention to detail; with beads and components that are carefully selected from yesterday's trinkets, mom-n-pop shops, & small manufacturers who share my commitment on using safe materials. Seeing the smiles of mothers and children enjoying my necklaces reaffirms that I'm doing what my heart meant to do,” she explains.
Chalea says she has a whole village of inspirational people that have mentored and looked out for her along my path. “I want to say a special thank you to all of those mothers who I am fortunate enough to call friends; those souls that stay with me late at night and helped me equally work through brilliant ideas or helping to pick me back up after tumbles in life,” she says. She also credits her dad as one of her greatest mentors because he always believes in her. “That has made such an amazing impact in my life. I am so appreciative of the effort and energy that has been invested in me.”
Her biggest struggle in business is people not understanding the quality and durability of her jewelry. “People hear "mama metal" and have no concept of it and it can be hard to get them to look past their assumption that I'm just selling regular jewelry; when I am helping to provide them with such comfort and love goes into each piece that I make. They don't know that it's made for mamas to wear while snuggling, nursing, or wearing their children. It's a safe comfort space for their babies and children to reach up to make the centerpiece chime with those wonderfully soft jingles they find so reassuring, she says. Chalea also mentions that even moms wearing the jewelry will often find themselves reaching up to play with their necklaces. “It is soothing to their nerves as well, a measure of comfort in this loud and busy world.”
She advises new business owners to find mentors to help you along the way and build your local tribe of support as quickly as you can. “I believe when you go together you go farther! If you're out there alone trying to do your thing it can be so easy to throw up your hands and toss in the towel if you're struggling. Also, please know that we all struggle, and sometimes the success stories you hear about have struggled even harder to get where they are,” she says.
She also reminds business owners to know their work and charge accordingly. “I see businesses go under because they are not clearing enough to cover their overhead with a forward sustaining profit margin. Don't allow anyone to undervalue what you do or talk you down it you aren't wanting to charge them anything less. Trust me, you'll thank yourself for it later.”
“The other advice that I've found useful is to make sure your thoughts are in a good mindset and that you're taking care of yourself. Successful people have a successful mindset and often have to push past upsets and setbacks. They can be part of the process and they aren't the end of you or your business!”
Chalea loves working for herself because she understands her own needs better than anyone and she can advocate for herself and what she needs. She also loves being able to see the positive impact her work has in the community.
Chalea loves to work with mamas and parents who value the work that goes into an heirloom-quality piece that's made just for them. “They may not even know quite what they want yet and may be curious and want to explore their options and I can help them along that journey,” she says.
She also loves to work with women who are in related businesses where it makes sense to collaborate and help lift each other up. “Life coaches, inspirational gurus, and other mother business owners are often friends I haven't met yet, that I would love to get to know more. Many of my pieces carry affirmations and are a great aid for those seeking to remind themselves of how much they are loved,” she explains.
One of her biggest accomplishments was listening to her gut and allowing her unique personality to shine. “I was doing a disservice to myself by not acknowledging the real me as I felt I had to always put a strictly business persona forward,” she says. Although she was scared at first, she’s been working on changing her inner voice. “I am cultivating amazing friendships -- and I have people seeking out my work! It feels good to know that the work I create with my hands is wanted and is being cherished by others. I am changing my life by being true to myself and showing my daughters that you can be successful in living your dreams,” she explains.
Chalea says she loves being a MOB because of the community of friends, and friends she hasn’t met yet, who understand the juggle of being mom and trying to earn a living. “They have your back and they lift you up. That is so priceless! It gives us a common banner to know that we belong to something amazing and can give us common ground out in the community to say hi and form new relationships, where we may have been too shy to in the past,” she explains.
You can find Chalea online at:
We’re so excited to introduce you to Rose, our Westside Chapter leader! Rose leads both the Westside meet up and the Hillsboro meet up.
Typical of many MOBs, Rose has more than one business to run - Rose Jubb Wardrobe Stylist, her styling services and Frou Frou Vintage, her vintage clothing boutique.
You can find Frou Frou Vintage at Curiosities in Beaverton and her styling service is entirely mobile. “I come to people's homes for Closet Consults, I meet people for coffee for Style Consults, and I take people shopping too,” she says.
Rose grew up in the country of Minnesota and has always had a passion for fashion. “I’ve always put a lot of thought and effort into how I dressed, even though it may not have always shown (ahem, middle school, ahem). I can remember fighting with my mom daily about what I’d wear to kindergarten” says Rose.
Her parents worked hard to provide for three girls and hand-me-downs from older cousins were common. “My mother was a huge bargain hunter, which used to embarrass me to no end as a child. Which is hilarious now because I have ZERO thrift store/garage sale/vintage shame in my game.”
Rose came to styling through an unexpected path. “I was an art student first, studying graphic design. I worked in graphic design and marketing for eight years before moving to Portland in 2008 and getting laid off during the financial crisis,” she explains.
After being laid off, she decided to go back to school for psychology because it had always interested her and she realized people tended to naturally open up to her. She went to graduate school for her Masters in Social Science, majoring in Counselling and afterwards began working in mental health, but after her son was born she decided to stay home.
“It was hard to make that decision. I felt like I wasted so much time going to school,” she explains.
As it turns out, she uses her skills in her styling services. “Style is such a very personal expression of who we are that I think it helps to drive deeper into why someone has worn what they’ve been wearing and how can we get them to where they want to be with style. Not to mention all the sociobiological reasons about why we like what we like on ourselves and others, and the psychological hints that you are giving to people through your style. That certainly all ties back to my background in psychology,” she explains.
Although her Frou Frou Vintage business was already established, she was inspired to start her styling career after joining the MOB Alliance. “I had been styling myself and others for years, off the books and unpaid, until Christie Gryphon asked me if I styled people professionally. And it was like lightening hit me. She might not know it, but it was right then and there that I decided to put myself out there and professionally style people,” she explains.
“When I doubted myself in the beginning I happened to be at a clothing swap where I met the MOB founder, Aria, for the first time. Her complete confidence in me and this dream just sent me skyrocketing towards it. I can never ever repay the MOB for what its done for me,” she says.
Rose names Stacy London, host of What Not to Wear, as one of her mentors. “She has a truly inspiring story, she's got major style chops, she is a feminist, she dresses for herself, she has helped so many women, she keeps it real, and she recently wrote that aging has allowed her to ‘carry around less "f***s in her trouser pockets’. I love her.”
Like many business owners, Rose struggles with her pricing and charging worth. She says it can be tempting to cut her prices rather than wait for the right customer to come to her.
She advises new business owners focus on commitment. “It takes commitment to stick with something when the passion wanes momentarily or you have a slow time. If it's truly what you should be doing push through that boredom or rough patch. But if it's crickets for a long period know when to reevaluate with someone you trust and cut bait if you need to,” she says.
Rose also reminds business owners of the value of networking and building relationships. “If you don't have a great network you probably won't have a great business. Get involved. You get what you give in networking. Aria’s ‘Show up to go up’ is LEGIT advice. It's how I built my dream job and some fabulous friendships!”
She loves to work with people who have recently had a change in their life or need change in their life. “Women who have had kids, lost weight, gained weight, changed jobs, want to change jobs, want to sell a product, want to sell their services, recently retired, are traveling more, the list goes on and on!”
Rose says her biggest accomplishment is her family. “I have one little boy, and he and his dad are the loves of my life. I'm very focused on my work and very driven, but I get googley eyes for those two. It's the most challenging and rewarding thing I've ever done (being the main lady in their lives),” she says.
Her other big accomplishment is being brave enough to put her own interests and self-care ahead of other’s expectations. “I'm a born rule follower with a deep artistic streak that has always run contrary to my love of admiration from authority figures. To stop trying to put on a show for them and be myself was and is a big deal to me. (Did I mention I was a psych major?!)”
Rose loves seeing the support the MOB offers. “The great examples set for women by the founder and directors to put community over competition. It's inspiring. It is truly the one group of people who completely understand my daily struggles. Sure, sometimes we are lucky enough to have partners in the trenches with us, but we're doing two different jobs. Coming to this group was like meeting up with all these other Generals who knew exactly how I struggled balancing motherhood, family, and the drive to build a business,” she explains.
When we asked Rose what she loved most about working for herself, she replied “My boss is so well dressed and easy going!”
Rose offers MOB Alliance members 15% off all her services.
You can find Rose online at:
Debbie grew up in California and intended to pursue a dance career after college. Along the way she worked at Disneyland for several years as a guest relations tour guide before deciding to become a teacher. After earning her teaching credentials, she moved to Oregon where she taught high school English more than eight years. She says “In that time I met my husband Matt on match.com, we got married, and have had beautiful kiddos. I have since retired from teaching to be home with my kiddos and rock my Arbonne business. I still miss Disney and dancing.”
She was inspired to start her business after her daughter was born. She wanted to stay home with her daughter, but wasn’t interested in starting her own business. She also wasn’t interested in networking marketing - until she fell in love with Arbonne’s products. “The skincare changed my appearance, the baby care vastly improved my daughters’, and my husband and I have lost over 90 pounds combined. I believe in these products and the company more than I ever thought I could. I would do this for free, but the money helps,” she explains.
Debbie says she has several mentors including her upline, Regional Vice President Trish, and Arbonne’s National Vice President. “They are such amazing lights and inspiration, but I love that they are real people and we have had some amazing laughs and good times together,” she says.
One of Debbie’s biggest challenges is dealing with self doubt. “Everyone sees me as being super confident all the time, and for the most part I am. However, I still get nervous putting myself out there,” she explains. She says it helps if she tells herself people aren't rejecting her, specifically, they just don't see the bigger picture yet.
She advises new business owners to be themselves and to be honest. “Don't fall into the gimmicky stuff. Create real and lasting relationships with people. It takes time,” she says.
Debbie loves being in the MOB because of the positivity and connection. “We all understand the crazy life balance of being moms so it's just nice to get out with other like-minded mamapreneurs and make things happen together. I truly feel that we are an amazing group of rock stars who build each other up,” she says.
When we asked her what she loves about working for herself she said “I only have me to answer to. It's on me to get it done, and my effort shows a direct reflection of where I am. This is the most fair business I've ever been in. I never miss a moment with my kids and nothing can beat that.”
Although Debbie lives in Tigard, she has clients and business partners in several parts of the United States, as well as Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and Taiwan. “My business never sleeps, although I do occasionally,” she jokes.
Debbie is currently a district manager and will soon become an area manager. She says that some of her proudest accomplishments are being promoted to management, earning Tiffany's and Co challenges, being awarded great bonuses. She says “My greatest accomplishments are yet to come! 2017 is proving to be a big year for my organization and I am so ecstatic about that!”
Since Arbonne offers a variety of products, Debbie has several ideal referrals. She loves to help people who are looking to improve their skin and health by switching to clean products that are free of toxins, parabens, mineral oil, animal byproducts.
She is also interested in connecting with someone who would like to host, either in person or online, a presentation where I could share the benefits of the Arbonne Advantage, and anyone who would be interested in joining her team.
You can find Debbie online at:
And her accountability group on Facebook is Massive March
We’re so excited to introduce you to Katie Brushett, our MOB Alliance Eugene chapter leader!
Before we tell you more about Katie, we want to share a little bit about why we love having her as our Eugene chapter leader.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Katie is her amazing energy and a drive to build a strong community around her. “She’s always reaching out to MOBs to support them and learn more about their businesses,” Brittainie explains.
"She loves to connect people, and it shows. I love having someone in Eugene who is so passionate about the MOB and seeing it grow," says Gwen.
Eva adds "Katie has a genuine interest in cultivating a strong MOB community in Eugene. She is and will continue to be a strong leader there."
Aria says “I had such a great feeling about her and her energy. She has exceeded my expectations in every way!”
Katie lives in the country with her husband and two little girls. She is a part-time high school secretary and full-time fitness fan. She’s channeled her love of health and fitness into her own business called “Katie Brushett Health & Fitness”.
She is one of seven children, including fellow MOB, Elizabeth, of Healthfully Prepared and Lemonberry Moon, and grew up in Portland. Katie says “I'm a fifty-fifty mix of loving the outdoors, camping, hiking, and loving massages, pedicures, and getting spoiled!”
Katie was inspired to pursue her passion for fitness after the birth of her youngest daughter. “I had some major complications after birth, and lost 20 units of blood and platelets. I was in the ICU for a few days, my body was shutting down, and the outlook wasn't good. I made a full recovery, and the doctors said it was mostly because I was in such great shape. After that, I knew I wanted fitness to be a bigger part of my life. I became a certified INSANITY LIVE instructor, and shortly after that became an online health & fitness coach,” she explains.
She credits her sister, Elizabeth, as being a mentor for her business pursuits. “She is so creative, has so many amazing ideas, and balances all of her businesses and her family,” says Katie. She also says her friend, Ellen, has been a mentor in her health and fitness journey. “She's been a talented fitness instructor & master trainer for YEARS, and is so encouraging and supportive,” Katie explains.
MOBs can relate to Katie’s universal struggle of trying to balance it all. Especially when it comes to managing multiple businesses, family, and personal time without letting anything fall too far behind.
She advises anyone beginning a business to not second guess themselves or slow down if you don’t have immediate support from those around you. “I love working for myself and knowing that I am the one responsible for my triumphs and my defeats. If something goes wrong, it's me, if something goes right, it's me. And, of course, getting to work in my jammies on my couch!”
Katie says her biggest accomplishments come from when her clients achieve big milestones in their health and fitness. “The one that stands out the most is a client who was able to get off of different medications because of the changes she made in her nutrition during one of my groups,” she says.
She says she loves being a MOB. “I love knowing that at any time, night or day, there is a whole group of other moms who are just like me and will support me without question. whether it has to do with my business or not,” she explains.
Katie’s ideal referral is someone who wants to focus on their own happiness and be healthier (physically and emotionally) for them and their family. She can work with anyone online in the US and Canada, and you can attend her live classes in the Eugene area.
MOB Alliance members get a free bonus workout DVD with the purchase of a challenge pack!
You can find Katie online at: