About four years ago I started making jewelry with beads. The pleasure I found in making jewelry was almost akin to raising my three sons. Before long I had close to 300 earrings and bracelets! My husband and mother did everything to encourage me to sell them...still I hesitated.
Not yet diagnosed, I was suffering from major depression and lacked self esteem. I seem to have woken up one day and I was just tired of everything. I had no energy or hope for or in myself. I thought I had failed (other than raising my sons) at life itself.
More recently, my son, Mark started to encourage me to believe in myself, then Louis and Jeremy. They built a Facebook page and my Etsy shop. Then one of my sisters told me that my work was good and she started to setup individual sales with her friends. She tagged along with me to craft shows. All too soon I open my mind to what my family have been saying, that the world needed to see jewelry from my perspective. They all support me. I just needed to believe in myself.
I currently live in Louisville, KY with my husband, Louis Sr. and my two dogs, Chewbacca and Chesterfield. My three sons live in the city also. I am blessed that I am finally doing something that I enjoy and love.