Discover, Inspiration, Jewelry, random thoughts, Self Discovery, short stories

If You Think You’re Lonely Now

It’s happening again.

You texted him.

You looked at the text thread.


He’s responding.

Or so you thought.

And now, here it is five hours later.

Still no response.

Your mind’s wandering. What happened? You go back to reread the last message sent. Was it something you said? Grammatical error? Too long? Corny? What was it? Why hasn’t he responded yet. Why does this keep happening?

Yeah that was me a few weeks ago. Just a tad bit delirious but nothing too major right? Bothered. Freaking out.






Who? What? When? Where? How did I get to this point?

I was “worried” about a person that clearly wasn’t worried about me.

The desperation was real and I knew that the only person that could help me pull my shit together……was me.

So what did I do?

I pulled up…….to Michaels.

I walked down the bead aisle and I picked out all of the colors that caught my eye. I checked out with about $50 worth of beads and cording. I went home. I sat at my desk and decided that I didn’t want to be waiting anymore. For anyone to think about me. For a text message. For anyone to see my value.

I made bracelets and posted them online for sale and walked away from my phone. What started out as a creative outlet to get me out of my feelings revamped an old business venture that I had veered away from. Another stream of income.

In 2018, after quitting my job I started making bracelets and waist beads for money. I had a few folks that purchased them. But business wasn’t consistent enough and I eventually put my crafting talents away.

The thing is, it wasn’t the right time to pursue those talents. That’s just how the universe works.

I needed to be lonely. Desperate even. At that present moment. At that present time. To have those feelings that led me back to crafting, so that I wouldn’t be “distracted.”

Ponder upon the distractions in your life. What else could you be doing if you were focused? Could you start the business that you’ve been dreaming about? Could you read the book that’s been on the coffee table? Could you devote more time to accomplishing your goals?

I encourage you to think about those creative pursuits that you’ve set aside. Neglected. Abandoned even. Creativity is a healthy outlet and lately I’ve been finding that the more frustrated that I get with things in my life, the more creative I get.


And since the end of 2019, business for me has been booming. These bracelets, waist beads and now bookmarks have been taking me to some pretty dope places and I foresee them taking me even further in 2020.

So, if you think you’re lonely now, wait until you discover what the universe is trying to show you.


Discover, Jewelry, Self Discovery

Paparazzi Jewelry: Glitz Girls Glow- Choppin it Up with Ariel Gaddis

First of all, all of my friends are poppin! There isn’t a single soul in the crew that isn’t either a creative or a hustler of some sorts. No exceptions. I try to whole heartedly support all of them in their talents regardless of what it is. This is why I want to introduce you all to Ariel.

Ariel is the executive director over the Glitz Girls Glow team with Paparazzi Jewelry. Paparazzi Jewelry……I’ve been seeing and hearing about it. Of course you have! Paparazzi Jewelry is a direct sales jewelry company that allows independent consultants to invest into their wholesale jewelry business. And here’s the kicker, all pieces are only $5. FIVE DOLLARS! FIVE DOLLARS!

The Interview

So I decided to chop it up with Ariel about her experience with Paparazzi Jewelry.

Q: How long have you been in the business? What got you started?

A: I’ve been in the business for almost two years. I was looking for supplemental income without having to sacrifice my personal, career or educational pursuits. The night I decided to become an independent consultant, I stayed up all night. The only thing on my mind was ideas and the excitement. The thought of knowing that something can be so rewarding.

Q: What is it like as a consultant?

A: A lot of work. Direct sales are work. You get out what you put in and set the expectations for yourself.

Q: What is the startup process like?

A: There are 3 steps. 1. Find a consultant or a sponsor that is open, honest and willing to take you under their wing. 2. Buy into the business and continue investing. 3. Choose your path. Build a team for residual income or just focus on sales.

Q: What are some of the perks of being a consultant? What are some of the perks of being a customer?

A: The perks of being a consultant are that your investments are yours, it is commission based and that you can build your clientele. The perks of being a customer are that it is non-allergenic, always come in combos of necklaces and jewelry, it’s only $5 and that new merchandise is available every day.

Q: I’m geeked, now how can I shop from you specifically?

A: You can find me at . Don’t forget to tell a friend to tell a friend.