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"From Brain Injury to Beaded Bracelets: My Journey to Healing and Creativity"

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How handmade bracelets changed my life. When I first began my journey with my brain injury, I spent a lot of time browsing the internet, mostly on Pinterest. I created boards with jewelry, earrings, and fashion, which inspired me to start making handmade bracelets with simple beads, metals, and string. Since I was bedbound on some days and couldn't live each day to my full potential, this was all I could do to keep myself going. I've always loved gemstone beads, charms, and accessorizing with arm candy, bangles, and stretch bracelets. After my brain injury, which happened after a long battle with coming off a psychiatric drug that cost me several years of my life, I started creating warrior bracelets for those in my Facebook support group. I didn't know the effect my handmade bracelets would have on others. The inspiration of the word "warrior" that I chose and used gave others suffering like myself an amazing feeling. I didn't know jewelry could do that. It was like seeing inspiring words on a large billboard that you would notice while driving in a car on a highway. I wanted that feeling and effect to help and push others through each day. 

For more than a year, I spent most of my time sitting at my dining room table making warrior bracelets. I created them for members of my group to give them a sense of self-worth. I started designing a bracelet for every occasion imaginable, such as holidays, weddings, graduations, and even Valentine's Day. Eventually, I expanded to making and designing bracelets for my family members, such as my mom, grandmother, and aunt. I didn't care if anyone ever saw these unique handmade bracelets; they inspired me, and I felt rewarded that I could come up with these ideas even when my brain wasn't fully functioning.

"I started selling my products to a small group of friends and family members. However, I realized that I missed being in business as it was always my happy place and where I felt most at peace. So, I came up with an idea to print positive words and short phrases of hope on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and tote bags. That's when I decided to start my own business. While envisioning my business, the name Simply Spoken popped into my mind, and I knew that this was the right name for my business."

As I pondered over Simply Spoken, I realized the power of the smallest words and phrases for myself and others. My wristbands, whether made of acrylic or stainless steel, reminded me of how far I have come despite my brain injury. It occurred to me that if I could spread love, positivity, and support worldwide, it could make a significant difference to me and others on similar journeys. My handmade beaded bracelets have already been shipped all over the US, and I wish to continue inspiring and assisting others through my small business, Simply Spoken.

"I am pleased to announce that I have added new products to my collection, which includes drinkware, beaded pens, and custom apparel such as T-shirt designing. All the items I create and sell can make a difference in how others feel while using them or gifting them to their loved ones. My aim for Simply Spoken is to provide a one-stop shop where you can find gifts for everyone throughout the year. Recently, I have introduced bundle boxes that are a great way to save money and gift someone with great items that truly represent them. I take pride in the quality of my small business and hope that you will enjoy and appreciate my products."

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