Our dreams can come true ... and they do!
It has been a dream of mine, to wake up whenever my body is ready, start the day with ease and walk right into my office/shop/studio and work on something that I love. I've been obsessed throughout my life trying to figure out what "that thing" could be. I realized I have many talents, mostly around crafting things, but I thought I was also pretty business savvy. I started many different projects and spent a little pile of money on what I thought was "it", such as Massage Therapy. I was an awesome massage therapist, but it was physically too involved for my body. I spent most of my life in office support roles, my education is not the highest but I've gotten by mostly with common sense and an untapped intelligence. I've gone through a lot of temp agencies and in the end engineering consulting firms as a means to stay somewhat flexible as far as my time is concerned. I worked in large companies for many important projects, such as Y2K Project at Gap Headquarters in San Bruno, CA for about one year. The project obviously went without a glitch :) we all remember that night. The only New Years Night I had to ever work.
My last 10 years or so were dedicated to Biotech companies, such as Genentech, Novartis, Bayer to name a few. My hourly wage for not having a higher education was at $35 p/hr in the end, which is not to shabby for someone like myself. Having immigrated to the US and into CA in 1990, it's been a long road to where I am today.
Today, my dream has come true! I'm living what I always wanted to do. And I discovered it sort of by "accident" (though to me there are no accidents). My husband, who is from Egypt, went home to visit family and came back with a necklace, which I thought he bought, and it was ... WOW ... too much for my taste. Too many beads in such a small necklace. It had probably 4 strands with beautiful beads and end caps and spacers and the clasp has 24 rhinestones and it was like a Christmas tree. It was hard to focus if you looked at it; simply too much for me. So I threw it into a drawer and it stayed there for years.
One day, as I was re-furnishing the "guest room" (now my studio), this necklace surfaced again and this time I took a scissor to it and opened up for all the beads to go into one bowl. I was astounded by how gorgeous these beads where. The ones with the bead end caps were even more stunning without them. To make a long story short, the necklace was my first piece that I re-strung if you will and from one ugly necklace, which by the way, turned out to be my husbands mothers necklace (ugh), but I made 3 simply breathtaking necklaces, which I can either wear all together or separate as necklace and bracelet (wrapped around a few times) I also made matching earrings. So I am very pleased with the outcome of this once "ugly duckling" to now a stunning "swan".
It was not too long ago, maybe a year ago that I started the Lapidary work and the wire weaving started in Dec 2016. I'm a fast learner when I like something. And not just did I like it, I loved it. Now every day is a choice of fun projects for me. Nothing stifling, no rules (except to do better then yesterday), I get to be home with my animals and husband. I'm not looking back anymore but only forward.
All I wanted to express with this post is, that our dreams really do come true. Don't stop dreaming and believing that all our dreams can come true. It may be a while and in the end you forgotten what you dreamed about but just about than that it all falls into place.
Peace and Love ...
Sabina Gadallah | Author
I'm not a writer but I have learned a thing or two and I can type. Please let me know if you have similar experiences. I will also appreciate any feedback. Muah, yours truly ... Sabi