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Through the Storm

If you are here then it is my guess you are wanting to know more about my motive and reason for selling my current items on my website.

I feel this isn’t my story to share. It’s my brother and his family’s story and when they are ready I am sure it will be told. From the perspective of where I stand though I can say there are ripple effects of trauma felt deeply ever since the day I found out…my brother and his family were brutally attacked and robbed. I can’t tell you the number of tears I’ve shed over these what otherwise seem to be simple words…only words…but combined with a force that one can’t begin to imagine. I have to back up a bit and tell you a little more about who my brother is and what his family does every day.

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Made For More!

I remember the first time I came across Rachel Hollis…

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I saw her pictured in a shirt stating her famous words “Made For More”. These words struck me to my core. It was as if my-true-self had literally jumped up and yelled at me the very words I had been telling myself all along. It was that confirmation of hey world I’m not alone in this fight to wanting to be More than what I am right now. I didn’t realize at that time that it was her brand and her words she happened to be wearing…

 

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Brave enough to be Vulnerable…

Ever so recently,

I’ve decided to start the journey of writing out my story. It’s been something that has been on my heart for a long time now but I’ve never quite had the courage to start. During these past weeks I’ve become brave enough to take the leap to share and open up a part of me that often times I’d rather simply forget. The question that I seemed to struggle with is why is it so important about sharing one’s story?

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Hitting Reset…

I can not believe it’s been over 6 years since I’ve seen the ocean and felt the warmth of the sand beneath my feet. It was a much-needed vacation for the entire family. For me, it was everything I needed right then and there. Our original objective for the trip down was to celebrate our friend’s wedding day who chose the beach to be the location of their ceremony. It was, of course, beautiful even between the shattered showers that were intermittent throughout but nothing is more beautiful than a couple choosing to the become one to start a new life together as they exchange vows that last for all eternity.

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Why does your shop have Chickens, Goats and Bikes…Oh My!

I know it seems odd that I would have such things placed in my shop…but these are actually simply linked and not items you can purchased directly off of my site. Shine Uganda is an Organization that is close to my heart. It was founded by my Bother and his entire family of 13!  They happen to have 4 of their beautfiul children adopted from Uganda, Africa. (This sings to my heart being that I’m adopted as well.) read more

Current Send A Hug Bracelet Giveaway Contest!

To ease myself into possibly making bracelets again…I’ve decided to start off with this giveaway of my popular “Send A Hug” bracelets. These are simple way to send the message and remind someone how much you care.

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Jewelry Making…Restored…

So I spent the better part of the other day organizing my office/craft room. In doing so, it forced me to look upon boxes and boxes filled with beads, charms, findings, clasps, and tools. It was later that night I decided to take a look at my daughters new Hope Bracelet she had purchased that had busted only moments after putting it on. It was one of those stretchy band ones and super cheap so it didn’t surprise me that it ended up bursting right away. I knew in past years that the quality of materials is everything when it came to creating a piece of jewelry that was going to last. I had remembered coming across my stretchy floss/string and decided I’d do a quick fix and to restring-up the bracelet for her. After finishing this caused me to want to redo another one of her bracelets that her Aunt had given to her that was a bit too small. Remaking these bracelets really sparked something in me that had been pushed aside for so many years…

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Inspiration…Friend or Foe?

Over the years of being a freelance web developer and graphic designer…, I’ve discovered many creative outlets for me to branch into. It’s hard for an artist to stick with just one area to zone and focus on. I think it’s why a lot of creative minds struggle to succeed in business because of the lack of discipline of sticking to one area they are good at to place all their energy into to really succeed. It’s where I know I struggle the most at and why this site is so critical for me to tie everything I do together into one simple location instead of the several sites I’ve created and ended up spreading myself out far to the thin.

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What does Planning Mean to Me?

Years ago when I was in sales, I was required to take a Franklin Covey class on how to manage your time by using a Franklin Covey Planner. It was my first insight into how to structure my week and how to plan out projects and how to goal set.

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Starting to All Come Together

After years of working on putting together ideas of what products I’ve wanted to launch…I’ve found myself stretched far too thin among them all. Developing sites for each area I’ve grown to find a love for…I divided my time between several websites and social media platforms. So I’m finally taking the time to get my online life in order and creating a central location of all my crazy creative crafty madness. It’s here with this newly created site that I’m binding them all together. As time progresses, I have plans to let go of my other sites as they will eventually melt into this all in one location.

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