Where has the year gone and how is it May already? Certainly it did not help that I spent the last two months in Vietnam.
My visit to Saigon this year allowed me to spend a lot more time with my staff. I hired and trained four more women for our co-op and hired a chef to cook everyone a nutritious and tasty lunch every day. By the end of the trip, I felt so good that I was able to give five more women an opportunity to make a living and keep their kids in school.
Being American, the thought of not having the opportunity to have a job or a paycheck never crosses my mind. Working with Vietnam, I realized how good we have it in this wonderful country. In Vietnam job opportunities are very rare; well-paying jobs are sparse and almost everyone who has a job is expected to work seven days a week.
Education is definitely not free, and the opportunity for a public school education is virtually non-existent. As a result the majority of the population cannot afford to give their kids an education.
While I do not consider myself a charity nor do I wish to be one, I do believe in giving people an opportunity, or a way for them to make a living and steer themselves toward a fulfilling career. As my company grows, I am able to positively impact people's lives for a better future.
While in Vietnam working on the women’s co-op, I managed to finish up a collection I've been working on for the past year. This collection is an inspiration of Ha Long Bay, which is where I got married five years ago. This collection features some of the top trending stones like Boulder Opal, Carved Turquoise, Moonstone, etc... mixed with the traditional metalsmithing of hammering and forging.
I will be showing my new collection in Vegas at the JCK Design Center. I can’t wait to see you all there.
All the best,