Many to choose from

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Roslyn Our Journey beaded Jewelry, crystals, Czech glass, handcrafted, handmade, Matching sets, Semi-precious stones, Tibetan beads

Many to choose from

SAMPLING

Recently I thought back to when I was a day away from launching my 1st website & my business was less than 1 year old. How did it really happen?  Making beaded jewelry was a newly discovered hobby after I took a 2 hour beading class. I remember falling instantly in love with the sparkle & glisten of crystal & glass beads & quickly made 25 necklaces for holiday gifts. Then, I couldn’t stop. My hands had a life of their own and I kept beading.

Eventually I whined to a dear friend, “What do I do with all my stuff. I don’t want to stop?”  She said, “sell them”. I hated the idea of selling & preferred giving away things or my services. I guess I had a belief that being altruistic was holier than making money.

DISCOVERY:

So how did I ever get to the point of creating a website?  I didn’t even know how to use a digital camera or navigate on the computer.  What I did know was that I had found my true creative passion. I had tried other crafts but never went too far with them.

The exciting aspect of creating a real website was that I wanted to expand my design capability which meant going into NYC to purchase beads, rather than from my local craft stores. That first bead shopping trip was overwhelming & most exciting. I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all the strands of semi-precious stones, crystals, Czech glass, Tibetan beads I bought.  I had gotten carried away by my compulsive shopping gene.

MOVING FORWARD:

Another friend suggested the name of my first company, BeadZbyRoZ, all with ZZZZZ. Again, a friend to the rescue & a business card was created.  A few more house parties as my inventory grew & then I came to a full stop.

What was I doing? Did I really want a business which meant marketing, accounting, taxes, craft shows, loading, setting up a tent? The only aspect I knew I loved was the buying & building up my stash, looking at all my beads in boxes & trays on my dining room table, handling the beads & finally, creating beautiful necklaces. I was really stuck. I had more bead strands in my dining room than some stores & my passion was still high for creativity, but was this what I really wanted & was I up to it?

MY ESSENCE:

I decided after soul searching that what I was up to was more than just a hobby. It was a way to make a difference in a very different way than I had ever imagined. The incredible part of my journey is that I have grown in unpredictable ways.  With the help of friends, I learned how to use a camera, download, edit & manage photos. My son, who lives in another state & is a computer engineer & I talk often as he walks me through technology.  My daughter took up the  craft , we work together in our business. She says my creations remind her of all the pottery shopping trips we took while growing up.

It is clear to me that I wouldn’t have reached the point of launch without the support, expertise and generousity of my friends and family and for that I have much gratitude. Although I often came close to mini breakdowns, I LOVE what I am doing. I didn’t know I had these talents or abilities & now I do know “it is never too late to start again.”

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Roz,
    I really liked this post. So many people would just give up turning their hobby into a business out of fear that they could not do all of the things you mentioned above that they have no experience with. That’s what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. You are one of those people who did what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.

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      Ok, now I know my answer. I created a board for MY BLOGS on PInterest and started to edit from the begining. I marked it private, but had to switch to public to pin. Wasn’t sure if it would republish or what exactly would happen. I only did 2 blogs, “Hot to Reinvent yourself and Launch and stopped because I wasn’t exactly sure of what I was doing or needed to do. Hmm, will ask my coach before proceeding. LeAllyson, the fears I had a few years ago are still present since going exclusively online and rebranding is like starting over again.

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