How “Accidentally” going to a bead show changed my life
Subtitle: Saying "Yes" to Joy
It’s not every day that going to a bead show can change your life. I must have been ready for a drastic change. I didn’t know how drastic. Quite by chance, I went to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. The show is an entire convention center filled with beads, baubles, and semi-precious stones.
At the end of the first day, I looked over my purchases and realized I didn’t have enough of the “Happy Beads” for earrings. (they were hand made African Clay beads similar to Kazuri Beads, they were imported by a woman name Dare who worked with the villages to create the beads)
I HAD to go back and get enough beads to make the earrings. So I went back with a friend who normally is the voice of reason. I thought if I got carried away, she’d help me stop. The joke was on me. Herlinde and I walked out of the bead show in complete laughing hysterics by the end of the day. I had spent a small fortune and was in shock and surprised by what had happened.
Letting the Universe Guide You can have unforeseen consequences
I still laugh about this whole process. Obviously, the Universe or someone was guiding me. Looking back, it should have been obvious that I was buying enough to start a business. I bought multiple strands of a lot of stones. How many necklaces did I think I needed? But at the time, it just felt like the right thing to do. Not a conscious plan. Sometimes following your gut can change your life.
I was unable to resist all those incredible goodies. The picture above is just a tiny, tiny sampling of the fabulous things I brought home. My friend turned out to be a very bad influence; she’d find fabulous things and hold semi-precious and even precious stones in front of me, saying, “Have you seen this?” How can a woman resist all that beauty? I can’t! I couldn’t. I walked out with a suitcase full of beads and stones. The only problem was, I didn’t even know how to make jewelry. Yet.
I spent the summer taking classes, reading books, practicing jewelry making. Immediately people were stopping me in the street, asking about the jewelry I was wearing.
How easily things change
One night I went to a gathering of both old and some new friends. One of those new friends loved what I was wearing so much, she followed me home. I pulled out everything I'd made to date. Then she pulled out a necklace that I'd worn a couple of time and on me, it was just okay. I swear when she put it on, it glowed and so did she. It was as if the entire room had lit up.
We both had tears in our eyes, it was such a powerful moment. It finally dawned on me that just maybe I was meant to design and share my creations. Thus Gemstone Alchemy was born. (It started off as Bold Bodacious Jewelry, then changed to Gemstone Alchemy later)
By the end of the summer, I realized that my “day job” as an accountant wasn’t working for me. I was tired and depressed and just lived to get out of the office and home to work with beads, write new articles for the BioElectric Shield, or any number of constantly shifting activities. So I quit a non-supportive atmosphere and have been splitting my time between BioElectric Shield and Gemstone Alchemy ever since, both jobs allow me to work from home.
My jewelry designs have evolved, as has my skill level. I have learned a great deal more about gemstones and their properties, and my appreciation of them continues to grow and deepen.
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