Topaz & Pearl Blog

Becoming a Nomadic Business Owner: What I've Learned in 14 Days of #Vanlife

My name is Julia and I'm the owner, maker, and solo-preneur behind Topaz & Pearl jewelry. Two weeks ago, I started traveling full-time while operating my business from my tiny home on wheels (a Ram Promaster self-converted into an RV). I'm traveling the U.S. with my fiance and our pup while running my handmade jewelry business as my only job. I'd like to show other creative entrepreneurs that being your own boss is the ultimate key to the adventurous lifestyle you desire (you know, if that's your kind of thing)! This blog post is a glimpse into what I've learned in the first 14 days of running my business nomadically and #vanliving around the southeast.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: How a Road Trip Inspired My Jewelry Design Career
A few years ago, I took a road trip that changed my life. Without that experience, I wouldn't have the awesome jewelry business that I have today. I never expected my life to look like this, but now it feels like I was being directed here all along. This is how living on the road prepared me to start a jewelry business.
How I Quit Fear (and My Job) To Travel Full Time Before Becoming an Entrepreneur
At 23 years old, I quit my job and left everything behind to hit the open road. I traveled for eight months living out of my Camry with one goal: pursue happiness. This is the story of how I began that journey and my advice for making big changes in your own life.
Shop-Small Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts for Travelers, Road Trippers & Free Spirits
What type of gift do you get a wanderer or a free spirit?  She's on the move and has to be selective about what she brings along.  Shopping for her can be tricky but lucky for us, I spent 8 months traveling with little...