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Rising Stars: Meet Kirsie Schwender

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsie Schwender.

Hi Kirsie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have always known that I was born with the gift of creativity and I am happiest and fully myself when I am creating.

Throughout my entire life, I have been making jewelry as gifts for people I care for. Hands are an extension of the heart and the love that is infused into things created by hand is felt by those who receive them.

In 2009 I started teaching yoga. My love for yoga, spirituality, and nature became the inspiration for my jewelry designs. Soon after, I began receiving requests to sell my jewelry from individuals and stores. In that same period, a friend had been diagnosed with cancer and I created 100 bracelets in his honor. All proceeds from the sale of the bracelets were used to raise funds for him and his family. Through the act of service, it became clear to me that it was time to turn my creative passion into a legit business and in 2014 Love & Drishti was born.

Since then my small business has evolved. Besides selling handmade natural stone and gemstone jewelry, I also offer customized workshops and classes that combine my knowledge of yoga, meditation, sound healing, breathwork, crystals, and jewelry making, for a very unique and intentional experience.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think the biggest obstacle I faced along the way was my own belief system.

Throughout my life I had been conditioned to believe that my life should look a certain way with little regard for whether or not that would bring me joy. Our culture supports this idea. As a child, I was told that art was a fun hobby that would “never amount to anything” and for me to be “successful” I must go to school and get a degree so I can acquire a job in a respected career that pays a lot of money so I can buy things and live comfortably.

This challenge finally dissolved when I realized that this belief is false and that I am the source of my own power and happiness.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I create one-of-a- kind, handmade jewelry. I specialize in custom pieces made with natural crystals and gemstones that are handpicked for their beauty and energetic vibration. I am known for intentional, meaningful pieces made with the highest quality stones and components. I am proudest about my ability to stay true to my vision as an artist. I believe that making each piece myself and not mass production ensures the quality and integrity of my work. What sets me apart from others is that each piece I create is literally a spiritual experience. I meditate on the intention of every piece before it is created which guides me through the design process and in choosing the specific stones, crystals, charms and metals I use. I think of it as a divine download that allows me to create pieces that vibrate with love and healing energy.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Know that you are capable and worthy of attaining whatever you desire, be very clear about your intention, be true to your vision, always listen to your intuition and as your business starts to grow – be grateful.

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