"The beginning is the most important part of the work." -Plato
I was sixteen when I started making jewelry. I was working my first job at a subway (literally, I was outside on break) when a friend of mine at the time stopped by and told me that the local bead shop in our town, where she worked at, was hiring.
Immediately I knew that I needed that job. The pay was less but I knew I would be happier doing creative work. I had some bead kits that I had previously made bracelets with stretch wire and I thought I could do it. I had no idea what all went into making jewelry but when I went for my interview I showed the manager the pieces I had made and although they were horrible pieces, she hired me.
Today I wonder why she did because I obviously knew nothing of what I was doing. I like to think that she saw something in me, maybe even believed in me and what I was capable of.
I worked there for three years until I decided to move to Norfolk, Virginia with a few friends. The move was a horrible experience, and it was very short lived. I was going through rough times in my life and moving, running away, was not the best option. But something incredible came out of that experience. While I was there, I found my passion and I knew that it was what I wanted to do with my life. I was laying in bed, writing in my journal and it hit me. I knew from then on I was going to be a jewelry designer.
The thought manifested in my mind when I was nineteen years old. I have had seven years to perfect that vision. Although I wish I wouldn't have taken so long! But here I am and the time has come and I have finally started my jewelry Journey. Right now I am in the process of pricing, taking pictures, and getting my items up on etsy.