This last weekend I met Heather. She is the owner of Nashelle Jewelry. She was doing what I would call a ‘road show’ at the Bellevue Nordstrom. At first I was drawn to the buzz around her display and the fact that she had pliers in her hand. I stayed in the back and watched.
I have mentioned several times here on my internet space about the power of the women in my life. Everyday I seem to be encouraged by a courageous, kind, friendly, spontaneous, loving woman. Some are total strangers, some are as familiar as my warrior daughter. I must also say that many of these women have strong, kind, passionate men in their lives.
Anyway, Heather and Skye were making custom jewelry with different charms, hand stamping words and initials, making something awesome. As the crowd cleared I entered their space and the energy was good. There was a man working with them, but I missed his name. Any one that knows me, knows I already have personal jewelry I wear daily: I love a phrase, a word, a symbol that helps remind me of all the goodness in my life. I hung around for a while, talking about the process and in the end said, ‘I would like something but not sure what yet.’ And I walked away.
Walking away was hard. This hometown business out of Bend, Oregon had stolen my heart a little like the new family puppy. (A grand puppy, mind you, he goes home with our daughter and her hubby after a visit.) Confession: I love to shop. There, I said it out loud here in my out loud space. Its a hobby, kinda like a golfer’s habit. And to walk, when there was something awesome happening with those pliers, was hard.
Heather, she is doing something good. Every piece of jewelry sold, a meal is donated. She has six kids. I’m thinking just at home, there are enough mouths to feed. What a heart: what a woman.
Yep, bought a bracelet and had to go back day 2 and order another. Thing is, she remembered me and said she had thought about me as she closed out her previous night. Surprised I said, “What were you thinking about?” Her response summed up exactly my experience teaching classes.
“I was thinking about each of us and how we are now connected. ”