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I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life - there is only a creative life. That realisation, and the freedom it gave me, remains one of the m I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life - there is only a creative life. That realisation, and the freedom it gave me, remains one of the most significant of my life. Samantha Wills started her self-titled jewellery company on the kitchen table of her share house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney when she was just 21 years old. While her rise to the global stage looked meteoric to many, Samantha has said 'It took me twelve years to become an overnight success.' Following Samantha's journey, from being named a breakout star by The New York Times to barely being able to breathe on a hotel room floor, Of Gold and Dust is so much more than a business memoir. In her unique, confessional tone, Samantha tells the intimate details of her life and business, sharing her truths with a rare rawness and vulnerability. Funny, down-to-earth, revealing and heartfelt, Of Gold and Dust is a must-read for anyone who has a desire to start their own business, or a passion to live a creative life and follow their dreams. Her story is an inspiring blueprint for getting out there and finding the magic that awaits you.


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I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life - there is only a creative life. That realisation, and the freedom it gave me, remains one of the m I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life - there is only a creative life. That realisation, and the freedom it gave me, remains one of the most significant of my life. Samantha Wills started her self-titled jewellery company on the kitchen table of her share house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney when she was just 21 years old. While her rise to the global stage looked meteoric to many, Samantha has said 'It took me twelve years to become an overnight success.' Following Samantha's journey, from being named a breakout star by The New York Times to barely being able to breathe on a hotel room floor, Of Gold and Dust is so much more than a business memoir. In her unique, confessional tone, Samantha tells the intimate details of her life and business, sharing her truths with a rare rawness and vulnerability. Funny, down-to-earth, revealing and heartfelt, Of Gold and Dust is a must-read for anyone who has a desire to start their own business, or a passion to live a creative life and follow their dreams. Her story is an inspiring blueprint for getting out there and finding the magic that awaits you.

56 review for Of Gold and Dust: A memoir of a creative life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bailey

    While reading this book, I thought I was going to rate it 5* without question. SW is inspiring and educational. But then I got towards the end and unfortunately I found that the story had weakened. I'm still inspired but also a little disappointed, like I've met my idol and they didn't live up to expectations. I hope there's more to the story. I don't want to believe that SW left us in that way...I don't want to say how because of spoilers but it's worth a reading if you want to find out x While reading this book, I thought I was going to rate it 5* without question. SW is inspiring and educational. But then I got towards the end and unfortunately I found that the story had weakened. I'm still inspired but also a little disappointed, like I've met my idol and they didn't live up to expectations. I hope there's more to the story. I don't want to believe that SW left us in that way...I don't want to say how because of spoilers but it's worth a reading if you want to find out x

  2. 4 out of 5

    George

    I laughed, I cried, and really enjoyed the whole journey! Before reading this book, I have never heard of Samantha Wills. I had no idea who she was. I purchased the book because I wanted to read a business memoire from a successful woman entrepreneur and boy was I ever surprised! Samantha's writing style made me fall in love with her -in that- she was vulnerable, courageous, raw, and very authentic. I work with business owners all the time and will be recommending this book to them as it will not I laughed, I cried, and really enjoyed the whole journey! Before reading this book, I have never heard of Samantha Wills. I had no idea who she was. I purchased the book because I wanted to read a business memoire from a successful woman entrepreneur and boy was I ever surprised! Samantha's writing style made me fall in love with her -in that- she was vulnerable, courageous, raw, and very authentic. I work with business owners all the time and will be recommending this book to them as it will not only give you a solid view of the realities of business -but encourage you to know that you are not alone. Everything you are going through -someone else has already gone through that very same struggle! Thank you Samantha Wills for being an absolute encouragement -not only to women entrepreneurs everywhere -but also to men!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    I was a big fan of Samantha Wills Jewellery and still have many of her pieces including several Bardot rings. While this story is interesting, the writing is average and I admit my opinion of Ms Wills changed several times throughout her memoir. I can’t say I agree with or understand her decisions but I respect her journey and the work she put in to her business and passion. Thank you for sharing your story Ms Wills.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Mitchell

    @taylamcdonnell was right, this one was very worthy of 5/5 🌟. She will be one happy camper RN 🏕😂

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kady O Connell

    I absolutely adored this book. It’s real, honest and raw and shares some amazing insights about a creative business journey. What an incredible life and career SW has had 🙌🏼

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kylie H

    As someone who just worked through a business closure the last part of this book really hit me. Her interest in meditation and spirituality coupled with her endometriosis battle I felt like I could really relate to Samantha (although I have never run my own multi million dollar business) Samantha’s story is inspiring and she writes beautifully throughout this memoir. It’s raw, it’s honest and it was such a wonderful read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabi Grace

    One of my all time favourite books! Could not put it down.

  8. 4 out of 5

    sophie Patnicroft-Gray

    It was good - inspirational and wanted me to get cracking on my own business ideas!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim Aitken

    An absolutely beautiful memoir. A great read, that I couldn't put down. Could not recommend this book more highly 11/10 !! An absolutely beautiful memoir. A great read, that I couldn't put down. Could not recommend this book more highly 11/10 !!

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