How One Woman Turned Her Ceramics Hobby Into a Thriving International Success

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you’re in your 30s, what do you do when you’ve, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you’re now ready to commit to something you’re passionate about, whether it’s a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we’re debuting a new series, Second Life. Each week, we’ll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes in their lives.



Courtesy of Mud Australia

When you allow your rational brain to take over, there are so many reasons you should stay on your current career path. Leaving a steady job means financial insecurity and taking a gamble that your business idea will be a success. It's not an easy decision but if there's one thing we've learned from our Second Life series—and our podcast by the same name—this year, it's that the risk is worth it. One woman who took that leap is Shelley Simpson, founder of internationally renowned ceramics company Mud Australia.

The idea for Mud first sparked when she was working as a restaurant manager. Pottery was simply a side hobby, a passion project that she enjoyed doing in her spare time. Hearing her story makes you realize that dreams really do come true and only good things can come from allowing them to manifest into reality—that and a whole lot of grit too. Read on and be inspired by Simpson's incredible career change advice and start nurturing your small ideas into a fulfilling business.