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Conversations with Eris Dowell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eris Dowell. 

Hi Eris, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I would say my story involves taking a leap of faith and betting on myself. Heart of Child Designs was birthed as a result of the 2020 pandemic. I was one of many who lost their job in 2020 and as the year came to an end, I knew I not only wanted more in a career but also knew I have more to give. My husband and I agreed for me to take the year off and focus on living my dreams. I’m a natural-born creative person. I love all things to do with the arts from painting, writing, makeup, acting, and of course crafting! Back in 2014 I did some sewing projects and thought it’d be really fun to get back into that in some way. My daughter who is now 5 has a love for princesses and dolls, so on her birthday I made her some clothes and other personalized items; her face lit up with so much joy as did others. This was the start of my journey in designing custom clothing for kids. Heart of A Child allows me to tap into my love for design creation for children and adults. I named my business Heart of A Child because I feel there in next to nothing more pure is love besides God; than a child’s heart. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Starting a business is absolutely not a smooth road but definitely rewarding. Many times, I’ve felt like and still have moments where I believe I have made a huge mistake taking such a leap to become an entrepreneur; especially now during a pandemic. There are days or weeks when things get tough and orders slow down but that’s a part of the process. The highlights around being a business owner stem from the freedom of being on your own time, not having to “clock-in” but the reality is there is less “clock-out” time when you are a business owner. It takes much more discipline with your time than I imaged. I’m still a new small minority-owned business and have much more awaiting me in the years to come. That focus on what’s ahead and the excitement I get with each order keeps me going daily. You have to remember your Why; the reason for it all. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My name is Eris Dowell. Owner of Heart of A Child Embroidery Design Services. I specialize in infant, children’s apparel. I am most proud of taking the leap and not allowing fear to keep me from living a dream. I offer great quality custom embroidered apparel and other personalized gifts that are created from the heart. 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My husband gets a lot of credit for agreeing to allow this time to take the big leap into entrepreneurship. My kids for understanding when mommy has to work a bit more than before. Also, all my wonderful customers and all those who send out recommendations for the business; you keep me going and are appreciated. 

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