Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Many people often ask me, how I got into making and selling jewelry so today I share how this came to be. In my previous post, I briefly shared the amount of responsibility I had taken on, entering into a lifestyle of adulthood at the age of 16. While most students my age were able to partake in various sports after school, I was limited to track & field due to scheduling conflicts with work. I wanted so badly to play volleyball and basketball, but I had greater priorities. I was, however, fortunate for the amount of support I received from my high school counselor who had connected me with a family that had agreed to provide me a place to stay until I graduated - God bless John and Sharon Shaw.
You may be wondering, why this was necessary. Without getting too far off track, my mother (at the time) was unable to provide me with a stable home environment. My well-being was at great risk and I could either suffer, become a ward of the state, or take matters into my own hands. I, of course, chose the latter. I had already been earning an income since the age of 14 and was highly ambitious. Emancipation was the most ideal solution within my circumstances.
I eventually moved into a place of my own at the age of 19 and one of the most memorable gifts I received was a framed quote by George Bernard Shaw that read, "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." At the time, I had no idea what this meant - even as I was already creating who I am today. Nonetheless, it remained with me until I began to comprehend the meaning and I no longer needed the reminder.
Creating has been a great portion of my self-healing journey. While I've always been a pretty crafty person, I grew apart from creativity as I focused my attention on the more mundane expectations of life - college, career, and hoping for love so that I could eventually start a family someday. All of which destroyed me and left me with nothing but broken pieces of myself - or of the person I thought I was. Just like the creation and evolution of life itself, destruction is often necessary in order to make room for creativity and growth. Destruction gave me the opportunity to take the broken fragments of myself to create something beautiful and meaningful which began when I started learning about the art of Reiki healing.
Reiki healing introduced me