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EE: Take us back to the beginning... SSH: I went to law school straight after undergrad and I did two clerkships with appellate judges, then went into practice in Washington DC. But I realized I was more excited about the business world. I delved into entrepreneurship, starting an event rental company while practicing law. But once that company was up and running, I needed a new outlet for my creative energy.

EE: When did you realize your heart was no longer in law? SSH: We decided to move from DC back to my native South Carolina—we had three children then and wanted to raise them in a slower pace of life. It was a very difficult decision but when we left DC, I decided to no longer practice. My family was shocked—I was the first to go to law school and everyone was very proud of that.

EE: And you found peace with your decision? SSH: The notion of starting over was very thrilling and exciting to me. I love challenges and bootstrapping something from ground zero keeps me hungry, it's what gets me up and going. My determination really sustained me through rough times.

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EE: How did the idea for Estelle Colored Glass come about? SSH: I was looking for glass pieces for my own home. I have memories of antiquing trips with my grandmother, Estelle, who collected and displayed things in her China cabinets—she loved to entertain and I wanted pieces to remind me of family dinners she would host. I assumed this sort of company existed but when I couldn't find anything, a light bulb went off. Five years later, in October 2019, I launched the business.

EE: What does a forward-moving mindset mean to you? SSH: I am a goal setter—I think that's so important. Even if you have a bad day or a bad month, keep working at your goal, let your strengths guide you and you'll always move in the right direction.

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