Positive or Negative…

We can be inspired by either one. 

I was inspired to quit smoking by my husband, I’d heard he didn’t like the smell of cigarettes… And by the price of a pack going over fifty cents. 

I was inspired to remain smoke free for life by watching my grandparents suffer from emphysema and black lung. 

A passion inspired

At a young age I started working part time at a store my stepfather owns. The Boardwalk, in Laramie, Wyoming. Back then it was a 4 part store. Tack and saddlery, western clothing, gifts and curios, and an Indian room where they had Native American Handwork. 

I started helping in the western wear. I learned the importance of taxes, of counting back change, and began my understanding of small business.  We had a cash register that had push buttons and a pull down handle with a tax table that showed us how much tax to put in once we got the sub total. It certainly didn’t give us the amount of change to give back. My customers were incredibly patient with me as I learned to count back change. It was a good experience. 

Later I worked in tack and saddlery making chaps and doing repairs. That’s pronounced SHHHHHHaps btw… that hard CH people like to add there drives me insane. Cowboys who nearly sang soprano as I (a young woman) went to measure their inseam inspired me to move on to the Indian room. They never seemed to realize that measuring the inseam was as uncomfortable for a young woman as it was for them. lol 

The Indian Room. Now THAT was my first passion. Don’t get me wrong, I still smile and take a deep breath when I walk into a place and smell leather, and I love working with leather, but the Indian Room was where I really shined. 

We sold Native American jewelry, rugs, pottery, clothing, beadwork, etc. You name it we had it. And we had a lot of it. Bud, my step-grandfather had that as his domain in the family business and he taught me how to buy and sell. I miss it, and the store does not have that room anymore. But it inspired another passion for me. Creating with beads. I don’t do Native American styles per say, but the stringing of beads, the ability to create many different looks and not just in jewelry, that was inspired by my work at the Boardwalk.  And my work, well it’s inspired by everything around me.

Clicking on a picture will take you to my shop.

Inspired by watching nature in the spring and summer.
Inspired by the due drops on a spider web. 
Inspired by my kids sport.
They participate in Olympic style .22 and air rifle shooting.
Inspired by my faith.

The Beading Branches shop has 2 main artists, me and a friend, Coleen. We also have a couple of guests artists. I’ve shared my pieces because I am discussing what inspires me. Feel free to go look at all the work we have.

A portion of my profits helps me with another inspired project. Sending packages to soldiers overseas. We fill the boxes with items that have been requested, or are commonly needed, as well as baked goods. Even when the cookies get there in pieces they really do appreciate boxes from “home”.  My kids and others have also added in letters and that seems to be a hit as well. 

In this particular shipment they requested K-cups. It seems they have ONE coffee pot and end up with a line out the door each morning. So we bought a case of k-cups, included one that uses regular coffee as well, threw in some chocolate chip cookies and a few notes. 
One of the groups I’ve shipped with is the West Point Moms Bake. A seriously dedicated bunch of ladies that put me to shame really, but I’m still proud to be associated with them. My stamp needs a bit of a harder surface, but I think they’ll know who sent it anyway. 🙂 

Well, I went a bit over my 5 minutes today… it happens. I hope you enjoyed anyway and I’d like to hear: WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

Find the rest of my 31 days of five-ish minute free writes here.
Learn more about this 31-day challenge here. 


About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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