We All Have a Story Worth Sharing

Ever since leaving my job last September, I had been struggling with putting my story into words. Truthfully, I had a hard time even calling it a "story" because I wasn't sure where it fit in in the grand scheme of things.

That changed this August when Luke asked me to be a part of his film project, Moving Portaits"a collection of one-minute documentary videos of people telling their stories of transition towards something new or unknown." This felt like my opportunity to try and finally make sense of my story. In fact, Luke puts it perfectly on his website, "we all do have a story and that story has value, even if it's hard for us to see ourselves."

I'm a believer in following your intuition and Luke graciously reaching out to me when he did was a glaring sign that it was time to move beyond feeling like an imposter and own my story.

Julianna Cassata Headshot from Moving Portraits

So my (abridged) story is...

In early 2018, I realized I was one of those people that woke up to go to a job that left them feeling unfulfilled only to come home and have no motivation for anything else. I prepared for months to be able to leave - eventually I did in late-September - and while I didn't know what my new path would be, I knew I needed a change and the space to figure out what came next.

At 3 AM one morning last December, the idea for Maragold came to me. When I woke up, I jotted down how I had been on Instagram (#millenial) and saw some leather brands that I've loved for awhile in a different light. I was reminded of my idea to start a leather goods business when I was studying in Florence and it all just seemed to click right then and there. In the moment, in a tired haze, I thought "why not me?" A few hours later I woke up, let curiosity lead the way, and haven't looked back since.

The moments that take you outside of your comfort zone are the moments that change your life. You just have to start, it's true. Admittedly this was an overwhelming concept for me for a long time.

Start what? Start where? And how? What will people think? By the way, it doesn't matter.

In being a part of the Moving Portraits project, I came to the conclusion based on my own experiences that my biggest piece of advice to anyone wanting to try something new is to just begin. Whatever that looks like for you. Keep moving forward despite the fear because that doesn't go away - and have faith and confidence that you'll figure it out along the way.

Thank you for taking time to read this and/or watch the video on the Moving Portraits site!