We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Bates and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily, what do you attribute your success to?
“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” ― Herbert Bayard Swope Authenticity, wholeheartedness and organization are three factors behind the success of Sol Stoned Jewelry. You are who you are, so stop comparing your art, creativity or flair with someone else’s. It is so important that you stay in your lane and build your success off your authentic self. Before you dive off into creating a business, really soul search and know figure out what’s important to you. Your customers and clients will connect with the brand, and you, much more. Before you go out in the world and try to sell something , figure out who and what sets your soul on fire. Figure out your authenticity. Be open and truthful with yourself, your clients and your products. Create guidelines, suitable to you, and operate your business with devotion. How do you want to handle returns, shipping, packaging, customer relationships, instagram posts, etc? Run your business with commitment + enthusiasm. Your brand will stick out and when necessary , you can scale it with wholeheartedness in mind. Organization is vital to success. Develop a structure for everything, so when your business grows and changes, it will succeed. For example, we run an e-commerce website. We hand make all our jewelry. Oh the inventory- gemstones, threads, beads- to say the least. We prioritized organization in the beginning stages of business. In return it has helped with every aspect of the business. You wouldn’t think that having little places for all your things is a big deal, but in the bigger picture it has. So get to organizing every little aspect of your business.
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.
We are macramé artists that use healing gemstones to create purposeful jewelry. Macramé is the art of tying knots. We learned this art abroad in Brazil. We hum, which is a Buddhist form of meditation, when we create our jewelry, This helps pass the time and create consistent pieces from love. We feel wholeheartedly our pieces heal, therefore allowing us to share our light work with the world. We have personal healing experiences while wearing our Sol Stoned jewelry. Through it able to make changes to benefit the wellbeing of our lives and the lives of others. It is our passion to help people. Our customers shop with intention, and then go on to wear and learn about the Sol stones they have chosen. Each piece of jewelry is cleansed by sage and bathed in full moonlight, arriving to its new owner pure and ready to align its wearer with the highest vibrations. Lastly, our products are eco -friendly and we ship using bio-degradable packaging and zero plastic.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love sharing the beauty of my home with the people I love. On the weekends, you can find us shopping with our re-usable bags at the local farmers markets and farms. Swank Farms is a lovely farm in Royal Palm Beach and a great way to spend your Saturday morning. The Stuart Green Market is in the heart of downtown Stuart on Sunday mornings, and it is a lovely atmosphere on the water full of passionate vendors. Once our fridge is stocked for the week for yummy dinners to cook , we will explore nature. On Monday , we will load the mountain bikes up and head to Jonathon Dickenson State Park. Where will we spend the morning on the trails and getting our heart rates up. To cool off, we will head to Carve Surf + Coffee to pick up a an empanada and tea. If my guests are full of energy like me, we will rent a few surfboards and head to find a surf break. Spending the afternoon and sunset soaking up the salt and sunshine while riding the waves. On Tuesday, we will take the boat out of an adventure up the intercostal to Pecks Lake. Packing a super yummy lunch from our farmers market finds. If the ocean is flat, we will head out the Stuart inlet and take the ocean home to Jupiter Inlet. Ending it at Tiki 52 for a few beverages and live music. On Wednesday, we will bike from my house to Thrive Power Yoga. Taking an 8:00 power vinyasa class to get the day going. From there we ride our bikes to Juno Beach and stop in Gracies Fine Foods for the vegan ceasar salad. On the way home , you can find us stopping at the Juno Dunes to walk the trails and catch the golden hour here. Thursday calls for a beach day. So we pack up a cooler and head Juno Beach. For an afternoon stop on our way home, we stop in Elements Frozen Yogurt and grab acai bowls. It is Friday and our last day together! We load up the paddle boards and head to Riverbend Park in Jupiter Farms. We paddle down the Loxahatchee , having close encounters with manatees and alligators. We head back to the house to freshen up and head out for an early dinner at Lynora’s and put put golf at Lighthouse Cove .
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yoga deserves a lot of credit in this story. Through practicing Yoga, we practiced learning self. Once you know yourself, you are more likely to go out in the world and share your light with others. Additionally, we thank mother Earth, and the elements. Because without her, no one would be alive.