The majority of my career has been spent in the financial field. In my spare time, I dabbled in creative pursuits. I used to give memorial frames to people who have lost loved ones. I owned a small business at one time making laser-engraved picture frames, memorial frames were a large part of what I created. Remembering the heartfelt gratitude from people that I gifted frames to always led me to believe that I was working in my truth. I re-entered the workforce in accounting, but I never stopped thinking about my frames and how they touched people’s lives. It took some time, but now I have found a way to continue gifting and selling memorial items in my spare time.
Let me begin by saying my sister, Claudia, was one of the most important people in my life. One of my first role models and trusted advisor and confidante over the course of my life. Losing her to cancer was a crushing blow from which I thought I might never recover. I’ve dedicated myself to doing things to honor and pay tribute to her, from participating in Relay for Life and poems written during her illness and since her death. One of the greatest tributes and uplift to my spirits came in the form of the lighted crystal cube memorial with 3-D image of her encased I recently received. Seeing that image, taken from one of my favorite photos of her, brought tears of joy and rivaled any of the efforts I had previously made. Hours spent observing this memorial reflected through the various lighting effects has served to alleviate a great deal of the painfulness still felt after all these years. I know I’ll never be able to bring get back, but the feeling of having her here, provided by this memorial, to me is certainly the next best thing.