In this episode of “Mondays with Molly,” Molly sits down with her Brazillian friend, fellow entrepreneur, and co-author, Bella Fritsch. They reminisce about how they first met at a women’s networking event where Bella gave her first keynote speech. This led to them co-authoring a book with 12 other women and where their friendship began.
Bella takes us back to her upbringing in Brazil, where she got married at a young age and opened her first boutique at just 17 years old. Despite facing challenges and eventually getting divorced, Bella’s determination led her to the United States in pursuit of learning English. However, her initial dreams of studying architecture were thwarted by visa issues, prompting her to pivot and open the first Brazilian Jewelry store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
As the conversation unfolds, Bella shares her experience of how creating her jewelry naturally helped her brand build the tight-knit community she lovingly coined, Gracefully Bold, through various events. However, the pandemic brought unforeseen challenges, and shortly after, Bella was forced to let go of her business. This period was mentally challenging for her***, but reconnecting with her mother proved to be a saving grace.
Now, Bella has embarked on a new chapter by founding the Gracefully Bold Club, an initiative aimed at bringing women together. She is excited to host an intimate conference on November 11th in Chicago, centered around the themes of longevity and minimalism. With limited tickets available, Bella hopes to create an unforgettable experience for those in attendance.
Molly expresses her enthusiasm for Bella’s new endeavors and commends her for embracing this next chapter with grace and courage. Bella encourages women to embrace their true selves and embody the essence of being gracefully bold. This episode beautifully captures the essence of Bella’s journey.
***Content Warning***Friends, Bella opens up about her mental health and suicidal thoughts. We are grateful for her honesty and openness to share something that affects so many people in our world today.
If you are struggling there is help available. Dial 988 to talk to someone at the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Text “HOME” to 741 741 for a live-trained crisis counselor. You are loved and there is hope.
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