Joy Seeker Conference draws crowd

Rustic Cuff founder Jill Donovan was keynote speaker

Jill Donovan spoke to a crowd of more that 100 Saturday at the Joy Seekers Conference held at First Baptist Church Center. Saturday.

What started out to be a rainy morning did not dampen the mood at the ladies’ conference.

Donovan was born in Baltimore and raised in Pensacola and graduated from Oral Roberts University where she met her husband Terry. She got a law degree at the University of Tulsa, and was a practicing attorney and adjunct law professor at TU when Rustic Cuff (her jewelry business) was born. She is also the author of “The Kindness Effect.”

Donovan spoke about her life experiences and how at age 10 she began the habit of starting something new every year. She took Russian, she took a year of sewing and different hobbies followed.

Along her journey as an adult she sought the perfect job for her. She did not want just a job she was tied to because she had to be. She wanted a job she got to do because she wanted to do it.

Her story was about how she turned jewelry making from a hobby into a career. Now, you might think what does a jewelry maker have in common with a room full of women at a women’s conference?

But Donovan’s life experiences were real, sometimes humorous and sometimes sad. They were always centered around God and seeking his will for her life.

She brought her experiences to life in the room and encouraged every woman there to learn from the gift of giving to others and not to try to open doors that close behind them.

You can read about Donovan is such magazines as Guideposts and you can see her jewelry in places such as the Morning Show or the cover of the Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Also you will find her jewelry in many other publications as well as sporting the wrist of famous actresses and singers, she said.

Donovan professed to enjoy meeting the ladies at the Joy Seekers Conference and gave every one present two Rustic Cuff bracelets as gifts - one to keep and one to give away. So don’t be surprised if someone walks up to you and says I want to give you this bracelet.

Just say “thank you” and accept the gift from someone that is just practicing the joy of giving.