In April of 2012, I took a trip to Vancouver with my man to enjoy a much needed getaway from the day to day. It was a nice drive there from central Alberta. Took us a couple days, but it was so worth it. At that time of year, you can still see ice waterfalls coming off the hills as you go through the mountains. Seeing the various wildlife is always a treat on that drive. I believe we stayed in Kamloops, and ate at The Whitespot on the way there (i would almost kill just to have a serving of their chicken pot pie).
This was the amazing view of the water from English Bay beach right next to our hotel. Even though I had been to Vancouver a couple years prior to this, I was still amazed at the size of the ships and how close up I could see some of them. As a landlocked country girl, this was definitely a sight to be seen. We did our typical relax and sight seeing. We eventually went to the Lonsdale Quay Market where I spent money on a new designer purse. Now this purse will later play a key in what set me on this path that I now find myself on.
The next day, with purse on my back, we went for a long walk around the perimeter of Stanley Park. The tide was out, and I got the bright idea to jump off the path into the sand where normally the ocean would be. It was then that I saw my first piece of beach glass. Worn down and a dark shade of green, I looked further down and there was another piece. I collected approximately about 7 pounds of the wonderful glass gifts and had placed them all in my wonderful new purse, that now smelled quite strongly of the ocean.
Once our trip was over and we had made our way back to Alberta, I was left with a 7 lb designer purse that now smelled of the ocean, and I needed to justify as to why I had done that to my poor purse. So I bought some wire, and tools, and went to work honing my wire wrapping skills. Back then i was self taught and things worked but were far from pretty. So I took a few wire wrapping classes, and learned some much needed knowledge. From beach glass to start, I soon started working with gemstones after several requests from customers. When their requests went beyond just getting a stone wrapped, and they started to ask for healing stones, what stones were good for what, and for intention jewelry, I realized then I needed to make that leap to becoming a crystal healer. I signed up for my course. Passed it with flying colors, and have been constantly learning more ever since.
Back then I had no clue that I would be where I am today. But I would never go back and change a thing....except maybe using something other than my designer purse to put the beach glass into.