My #wcw is a two-fer: a beautiful, unbelievably strong woman named Jessie, whom I’ve known for a few years, and one of her dearest friends, Taylor, whom I’ve had the recent pleasure of meeting in person. Their deep friendship is life affirming, and has inspired me in unforeseeable ways.
I first knew Jessie as a yoga lover and a cheerful personality who shared time at the co-working space that served as my first workshop outside of my bedroom, Hacker Lab. She became a Tula in Bloom fan and bought a pair of hoops I made with repurposed wooden beads, which I’d named ‘Kidney Hoops’ for obvious reasons. Almost every time I ran into her afterwards, she’d be wearing those hoops. Years later, she wears them still.
Nowadays, I know Jessie as a woman with fabulous personal style (which I should have already known from her taste in jewelry), a knack for interior design, a deep spiritual center and an indomitable will. She’s gathered a tribe of strong, fearless women around her, including Taylor, and she candidly shares her journey with metastatic breast cancer in a way that splits your soul and mends it back together with each new post. Neither Taylor nor I had any idea that when she contacted me to make a pair of Kidney Hoops for herself, she was providing me with an opportunity to express my gratitude for being a small part of Jessie’s journey. Taylor recently shared the encounter beautifully and I’m happy to repost it here.
I want to tell you a story.
I met Jessie about six years ago. I almost don’t like saying that because the time doesn’t seem to equal the love we share. As we both have said, we’re soulmates. When we met, her reputation preceded her. So many, who knew both of us, kept encouraging us to meet, “you guys are going to [be] best friends!” We met at a development day for lululemon, carpooled to Berkeley the next day and have been either talking or seeing each other almost every day since. Like I said, we’re soulmates.
Since I’ve known her, Jessie has rocked these earrings. If you know anything about us, you know we dress pretty much the same. So naturally I needed them for myself. She got them from a local jewelry designer here in Sacramento, who unfortunately wasn’t making them anymore. Last Monday at chemo, she was again wearing these earrings. I took a photo and sent it to the artist via IG. Asking her if she could create this art one more time. She said Yes!
This past Friday I picked them up. The artist shared with me how she equally loved Jessie and how inspired she was by her strength and courage. In honor of our friend she renamed the earrings and will be making them again. Here’s what she named them:
“Nevus(n.) another word for birthmark. Named in honor of a woman named Jessie, whose beauty mark resembles the shape of the walnut beads of these hoops and represents strength, power, and grace. May you, like my friend Jessie, see the beauty in every moment and inspired others with your inherent strength.”
Thank you @tulainbloom for creating a piece of jewelry that captures Jessie so wonderfully and accurately.
Thank you, Taylor and Jessie, for allowing me to share this story.
Find what makes you bloom.