Yesterday, September 4, 2019, I attended my first meeting with the Bead Society , of which I am a proud new member! (insert happy dance here)
Super excited, I could hardly focus throughout the day as I wondered who I would meet, would they be friendly and kind, would they like the things that I made, etcetera, etcetera...
I watched the clock tick tock closer to the meeting time and I began to ponder what I needed to bring. We were asked to bring something that we worked on during the Summer to share with the group, as well as whatever potluck item you were assigned, based on the first letter of your last name. The "S"s , like myself, were assigned to bring a beverage.
As I pulled into the parking lot of the meeting venue, I noticed that my excitement began to morph into nervousness. My stomach felt uneasy and I wondered if I should turn around and go back home...Maybe I am sick?? It reminded me of the feeling that I would get, in my tummy, on the first day school when I didn't see any of my friends from the previous year. You know that feeling, right?
I took a few deep breaths and decided that I was not ill. I gathered the drinks and the things that I brought to share and made my way to the meeting room. Within a few moments of entering the room and settling in, someone came up to me and introduced herself! She welcomed me to the meeting with the biggest and brightest smile I had seen all day and she thanked me for attending and becoming a member. WOW! What a greeting! I felt like I had just been given a huge " you are welcome here hug". I was greeted in similar fashion by all of the members in attendance.
The warm and inviting introductions and atmosphere were tummy settling...kinda like the Premium Ginger Ale I brought. Which, by the way, was a BIG hit!
It felt wonderful to be surrounded by other bead artist and jewelry makers. I was in awe of the amazing creations that some of the artist shared last night, but I was even more blown away by their beautiful spirits, positive energy, encouraging words and the mutual respect that they have for each other and each other's work. This group of women and men are everything that I hoped they would be!
There are a few reasons that I decided to share this story with you. First, I believe that it is important to surround yourself with others who share the same or similar interest as you. I don't know about you, but none of my friends make jewelry. They show interest and are very supportive, however, if I say, "CRAW had me so confused the last time I tried it! I had to "Frog" it and start all over," they look at me like I am either not speaking to them or I just spoke to them in a foreign language, that no one knows. When you are amongst peers that are interested in what you are interest in, they understand YOU! They will inspire YOU! YOU will inspire them! Sounds like a win-win relationship to me!
Remember that nervous feeling that I mentioned having in my stomach? Sometimes that feeling keeps us from doing things that we want to do. My second reason for sharing this story, is that I want you to remember, and I remind myself of this often, that everything that WE WANT is on the other side of that nervousness (or fear). Doing things that may make us uncomfortable, in the short term, can bring satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in the long run.
And lastly...Beading brings people together and forms lasting friendships! This is the foundation on which "Coffee Tea & Beads" is built! I theorize, and I am sure that this can be scientifically proven (LOL), you can't love beads and not be happy! AND happy people, with similar interest will gravitate towards each other and create extraordinary things and experiences!
The Bead Society is a 501(c)(3) non -profit that supports the study, discussion, and shared knowledge of beads in the United State and throughout the world. For more information on the Bead Society, including their events and membership, visit their website www.beadsocietyla.org.
If you are interested in bringing people together, I would absolutely love to curate a Coffee Tea and Beads...Sip, Learn & Create Event for you and a few of your friends. Just go to the "Contact Me" button and let's start planning! I look forward to hearing from you!