When my 20 year career as a business administrator was ending in 1997, I couldn’t have been more excited to be moving to Florida with my husband, Stewie. That move signaled the end of my hectic life running three veterinary hospitals in the NYC suburban area. It also meant the end of a 43 mile one-way commute from our home in New Jersey every day. All I could think about was a 1 mile commute to the nearby golf course and the fun of immersing myself in that challenging sport.
Over the next 10 years both Stewie and I were involved in golf, tennis, sailing and lots of volunteering. With my skills as a business administrator, I ran armies of volunteers for several charity events each year. I tried gourmet cooking and also scrapbooking and loved both, but something was missing and it wasn't until 2008 that I figured it out…….I simply longed to run a business!
Why? I love personal challenges and realized one day that I was never going to be on the Ladies PGA (senior, of course) golf circuit, nor did I aspire to be the next Martha Stewart. I just wanted to keep learning new things and growing in more directions than volunteerism and baking could provide. I loved doing things on the computer and began to see the real possibility of an online business. Since fashion jewelry and charms had always been a love of mine, I simply dove right in and Beads and Dangles was born.
Stewie became my chief idea man plus assuming shipping and receiving duties. He also is a wiz at research and development! Together we forged a partnership that strengthened and enhanced our marriage. We discovered our joint love of foreign travel and knew we could explore the world to source new and trending items for our business.
Now, many years later with our 4th and very best website under our belt, plus being a highly rated professional seller on Amazon, we are enjoying “retirement” more than ever before. Reinventing ourselves, challenging our minds to re-think new ways of doing things, learning how to engage on social media, creating our very own brand of motivational and inspirational stainless steel jewelry and so much more, we have never been happier or more fulfilled!