Keisharial Thompson, 26, had no clue sewing would be the hobby to rescue her from work stress when she rekindled her love for the craft back in 2017. 

She dusted off her sewing machine with plans to make and sell homemade totes and cosmetic bags as a side hustle, but found peace instead. 

“The focus of it helps to calm my brain, calm my mind,” she says. 

Thompson’s first job after attending college was at a call center where she resolved people’s health insurance issues — all while her own health declined on the other end of the phone.

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