Annie at Wholehearted Empire

Welcome! I am so glad you found this wholehearted place! I am Annie, and I hand make everything in this shop.

Today, Wholehearted Empire is an online shop where you can buy my hand-painted earrings! But, I want to tell you how it began.

A few years ago, I realized I had very little joy in my "successful" life. I had made a long series of what I call half-hearted choices--choosing to do what seemed logical over what felt right. Over the years, these half-hearted choices unwittingly lead me astray from my creativity and therefore myself. 

So, I became curious. What if I gave myself permission to live a creative life and be myself? What if I could create a business doing what I wholeheartedly love instead of continuing to live a life based on what I believed "should" do?

I started creating—I allowed myself to play and try any creative art or craft that sounded fun. I created with curiosity and without expectation. If it brought me joy, I kept doing it. If it did not bring me joy, I tried it once but did not force it. It was through my creativity that I found the courage to fully be myself.

I fell in love with painting and eventually started making hand-painted, hand-stitched journals. One day while making journals, I felt a spark of curiosity to try something new. I wanted to make a pair of earrings.

It occurred to me that I could make the earrings out of the hardboard I used for my journal covers. It worked splendidly! And I loved them! Not only were they oh-so-pretty, but they were lightweight (like, remarkably lightweight)! And my social media community got excited about them too! And so, I made more…

You may be here simply for the earrings—nothing wrong with that! But, my deepest wish is that, maybe, in addition to a stellar pair of earrings, this place can give you something more.

I want this place to empower you. May it empower you to nurture the creative and playful parts of you that you've been told you cannot be.

I want this place to inspire you. May it inspire you to make room for more joy in your life.

I want this place to embolden you. May it give you the courage you need to free yourself of the fear that holds you back.

On that note, to get the "full Wholehearted Empire experience", I recommend:

  • Signing up for my email list below. Everyone on my email list gets first pick on new styles and gets chances to win exclusive discounts.
  • Following Wholehearted Empire on Instagram and Facebook so that we can get to know each other and you can meet the rest of the community!

Got it? Great! Again, WELCOME! I am so glad you are here. 



P.S. I also sell a selection of earrings on Etsy, and I offer International Shipping through my Etsy Shop. You can check out my Etsy Shop here.