I grew up on the west coast. Not just a part of the west coast, but the entire west coast. Washington, Oregon, and California were all home to me. But when it came time to go to college, I courageously relocated far, far away to John Brown University in the quaint little town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A few years after getting my Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate / Community Wellness Management, I moved again - this time to Dallas, Texas.
My degree served me well as I have worked for many years as a personal fitness trainer, teaching water fitness, strength and balance, and chair exercise classes for those with Alzheimer’s and arthritis. I wholeheartedly enjoy being a fitness instructor and will most likely teach exercise in some form or fashion for the rest of my life.
My love for teaching others led me to also becoming a motivational fitness speaker, presenting to small non-profits, local clubs and organizations, and major corporations since 2004.
I also love using my imagination to be creative, utilizing my artistic side. After an antiquing expedition in Nashville in 2009, my imagination was sparked by seeing beautiful vintage jewelry that had likely not been worn in years and perhaps would never be worn again. I bought several exquisite pieces, envisioning them transformed into something new and contemporary while retaining their historical beauty. After repurposing and selling several as sparkly statement rings, my website was launched.
In addition to selling my jewelry to boutiques, at gift shows, and online, I also enjoy creating for others, transforming sentimental family heirlooms into magnificent jewelry they can wear today.
Collecting and repurposing vintage costume jewelry led to a desire to learn all I could about its history which prompted me to become a blogger, teaching others about the amazing craft of vintage jewelry and its talented designers. Blogging sparked my enthusiasm for writing which began my journey toward becoming an author. Beauty in a Life Repurposed, published in 2015, is a faith-based study for women connecting the craft of repurposing vintage jewelry to the many ways God repurposes us with renewed sparkle. I have continued to write by posting bi-weekly on my Spiritual Sparkle blog and am currently working on publishing my second book.
My passion for vintage jewelry has led to using my speaking experience to give presentations that now include The History of Vintage Costume Jewelry and another that is faith-based, correlating with my book, Beauty in a Life Repurposed.
I still like to visit the west coast now and then, and even Arkansas occasionally, but I have made my home in Dallas, Texas with my husband, Michael, and our adorable rescued Pomeranian, Emma.