586: Side Passion With Sonia Hou

Sonia Hou is a jewelry designer who was featured on CNBC, Pop Sugar, People and Nextshark for designing jewelry for the Side Passion With Sonia HouOlympic athletes.  It has been worn by celebrities, featured on numerous national TV shows and magazines.  SONIA, a Los Angeles based designer and fashion enthusiast, always had trouble finding stylish, reasonably priced jewelry that was safe on her skin and long-lasting in the sense that it will not easily tarnish, peel or flake. She would shop at major high-end retailers and overspend on jewelry made out of cheap metals that would tarnish in less than a year, and also cause her allergic skin reactions.  So in 2013, SONIA introduced a new category in the jewelry world, combining the best qualities of Fine Jewelry and Fashion Jewelry together, forming Fine Fashion Jewelry, using the finest materials found in Fine Jewelry, like 14K Gold Filled /14K Gold, Sterling Sliver, Semi-Precious Gemstones, Swarovski Crystals, and creating a line that was stylish, modern and affordable like Fashion Jewelry. Inspired by the everyday Hollywood celebrities and pop culture, every jewelry piece that SONIA creates comes with a unique story, and her creativity, along with her intricate eye for detail, has allowed her to create timeless designs with a modern flair. SONIA proudly discloses the materials in her line, catering to people who have sensitivity issues.

Sonia shares how she was able to take her side passion of designing jewelry and transition to making it a full time career that she loves.  Tune into her episode to listen to her story.


Sonia Hou is a jewelry designer who was featured on CNBC, Pop Sugar, People and Nextshark for designing jewelry for the Olympic athletes.

Cultural Background

Sonia is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

 Always persevere, always keep working at it.

 Always persevere, always keep working at it.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is the ability to be resilient.  To keep trying on your passions and what you love.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Sonia always knew that failure is a part of life and a part of succeeding.

The “AHA” Moment

Sonia started her jewelry business as a side passion while working a full-time job at Disney.  She decided to take a leap on her business despite the fear.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Sonia has transitioned to being a full-time jeweller.  She has busy days but its a good kind of busy.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

If what you are doing is passionate, slowly build it no matter how long it takes.

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