I am absolutely beyond excited to open my new Etsy shop: Bead Happiness by Kim. A little backstory on this new endeavor. I am a full-time kindergarten teacher and I do not work during the summer. Well, I actually do work…it’s a job title called MOM. I love that I am available for my 14 year old so that he can be shuttled to the golf course and to friends’ houses. Many parents dread summer because they are home with their children and I love summer for that specific reason.
i need a new job
I have been wanting to explore the job market because I am unhappy at my current school. The details aren’t overly important, but it is a very toxic environment where the principal plays favorites and it’s like being back in high school…ugh!!! I have many years dedicated to employment in this district so to go to another district is almost impossible. I am at the highest step of the pay scale and most districts want to hire at the low end so I’m in a pickle. Also, I have professional status in my district and if I went somewhere else it would take 3 years + 1 day to attain professional status. In the meantime, they could fire you at any time in those first 3 years. I need job stability…before I know it, my son will be off (sob! sob!) to college.
Okay…so what does this all have to do with an Etsy shop called Bead Happiness by Kim??? Well….I put it out to the Universe that I wanted a sign for exploring a new job venture or to stay put and carry on. My sign for exploring a new job (don’t laugh..it’s really what I chose) was any Michael Jackson song. My sign for staying put was a robin. Can I tell you that I heard about 8 MJ songs in a two week span!!!! How many robins?? 1!! I took this as a good time to explore other positions.
I applied for a teaching job online and got a “you have outstanding credentials, but we gave the position to someone who didn’t cost as much” reply. During this wait time, I made myself a meditation mala, which is a type of necklace that has 108 beads and a teacher/guru bead. It is used to focus the mind during meditation and is also a lovely necklace. I had the best time making that mala. I even posted pictures of it to a Facebook group that I am in.
The responses from people within the FB group were so positive and supportive. The reason I made a mala is because I couldn’t find one online that I was truly in love with. Then I got the idea, hey….I bet others feel the same way as I do. I can make customized malas and sell them on Etsy!! Although the signs were numerous for finding a new job, I didn’t realize they may be pointing me in the direction of a different type of job. A job that is actually a passion and not a grind. Voila…Bead Happiness by Kim was born!!
bead happiness by kim: healing crystals
I have done a lot of research on different healing crystal gemstones and chose beads according to the healing I desire in my life. Choosing beads that complement each other in color in an absolute joy. I love finding beautiful pendants to use as the central teacher/guru bead. Sometimes I start with the guru bead and match the necklace beads accordingly. Sometimes I have the necklace beads and then choose a guru bead that complements accordingly. Although I do not have a huge amount of listings, I have ordered a bunch of beads to make malas and I am taking custom orders too.
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Thank you for taking the time to listen to my ramblings about my newest endeavor. PLEASE visit my shop and let me know what you think. If you have friends who you think would enjoy my offerings, please direct them to Bead Happiness by Kim.