What a year folks! We have officially crossed over into September; closing out the Summer, and approaching Fall which is my favorite season, right after Spring! Why do I love the Fall? Well because September marks my birthday month, the beginning of Fall, and Libra Season. The Fall is for Harvesting! What does the word harvest sound like to you? ABUNDANCE! Yes, I’m talking preparing for a Season of Purpose that we’ve worked so diligently for throughout the year. This life is like a rollercoaster and a Six Flags Theme Park! We must ride the Tidal Waves of life as they roar through! Can you keep up? Our Summer was heavy as we had to muddle through the typical growing pains and ins & outs, literally, of relationships. Some relationships ended; some budded; and some, well stayed the same. For the month of June, “Self-Love Month”, we did some inner-investigating while dating. Once July hit, it was every woman for herself trying to figure out, “what’s this thing called life again”? “Does my life have meaning, and am I living my purpose”? What is my purpose, again? Sometimes life is like that, just up and down as you grow and learn and experience relationships, challenges, good times, bad times, and situations; even in your career. I know that some of you are like me trying to figure out how to get your money up, or make a career transition without disrupting your family and home life or your whole life in general. Let’s just face it; some things are in our control and some things are not. We have to trust the Infinite Wisdom of our Divine Creator every step of the way! So how do you do it? How do you navigate the winding road of life while maintaining your sense of purpose? Allow me to introduce a young woman who has traveled that bumpy road of unexpected events, and how she has maintained purpose through it all; my “Self-Love Girl of the Month”, Ms. Crystal Morton Hill!
Ms. Morton Hill is a Birmingham, AL native who possesses an extreme drive and zest for life. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Talledega College; Alabama’s first private Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Talledega. Crystal also achieved a Masters in Public Administration; with a concentration in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. Further, she is also a proud and active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Ms. Hill told me that she always wanted her own business. She just didn’t know what it would be; and that’s how she chose her first degree’s major in Business. As a result of her desire to live out her life’s purpose and start her own business, Crystal is the CEO and Founder of her own company Jazzy Jewels by Crystal! Jazzy Jewels by Crystal includes Ms. Hill’s custom-made, uniquely designed, and creatively expressed jewelry pieces for women and men. I wanted to know her story; how long she’d been making jewelry; how she got into the industry; and at what moment she realized that she wanted to be in business for herself.
In the Summer of 2009, Crystal lost her job and almost lost her mind. Jewelry-making became her therapy while looking for jobs. She was also very active in her Sorority at the time. When new women would join the organization, she’d give jewelry as gifts, “poodle charm bracelets”, to save money instead of buying gifts. Her sorority’s chapter President was so impressed, just as her Mom, Dad, and friends had been for years, and told her that she needed to “do this BIG”. At that point, her president’s fourteen year-old son made Ms. Hill an Instagram page for Jazzy Jewels by Crystal, and she immediately began “getting hits online”. “I didn’t believe it!” Ms. Hill expressed. After seeing the online attention she received from unknown browsers, Crystal decided to create the Jazzy Jewels by Crystal Facebook page. What inspired her even more was the number of people who saw a picture Ms. Hill’s sorority sister posted on Facebook sporting the jewelry. She was tagged in the photo, and people kept inquiring about the cost of the jewelry. Crystal was stunned at her initial success! In this moment, she knew that it was time to move forward with her childhood dream.
As a little girl, Ms. Hill admired her dad and wanted to be just like him. He was in business for himself and was a published Author who illustrated his own books. He told Crystal that “your name is everything”. Therefore, she believes that you have to create a dynasty for yourself and your children; and this is her motivation for Jazzy Jewels by Crystal as well as her love for high-end fashion and creativity. I asked Crystal if there is a need for more custom jewelry making artists. “No, I will handle it for everybody! I don’t want any competition! No!” she replied. If there are too many custom jewelry designers, then the jewelry becomes mainstream, Ms. Hill informed me. She has been well received by the industry. They have loved, embraced, cheered, and invited her to several trunk shows all over Alabama; in Atlanta, GA; and in St. Louis, MO. While being accepted by many designers and consumers, Ms. Hill has had to fight against some misconceptions of spectators. “I look like a Rich Bitch!” Crystal exclaimed. It upsets her that people judge her by the way she looks; they don’t think she looks “handy” or “artsy”. Consequently, consumers would also be surprised to know that Ms. Hill is a member of the Greater Birmingham Bead Society, where she earned the “stringing jewelry artist” shirt. Overall, Crystal attributes her creative genes to her left-handedness. She stated that her brain just thinks differently and uniquely.
So what about love? I asked Ms. Hill her definition of self-love. “Self-love is what you do to yourself; for yourself; and with yourself”, she described. Crystal shared that what you do “to” yourself includes keeping up your personal hygiene, going to doctors’ visits, being in the healthy zone, eliminating “B.S.” from your life, and living stress free. What you do “for” yourself involves what you do to make you happy, and the extra things that make your day. For example, Crystal enjoys taking professional pictures, skiing, and going to the casino, which usually involves time spent with others. However, what you do “with” yourself are the things that you don’t necessarily need or want others to do with you; because you are doing them with yourself. Ms. Hill likes going out to the movies, making jewelry, and going on yogurt dates. It is a date with yourself. What an inspiration! When your self-love is in order, you can prioritize your life and stay focused on your purpose.
I was interested in Crystal’s future goals for her business. Ms. Hill aspires to have her jewelry line featured in fashion runways; and to enter into mass production by offering a few custom-made items in select department stores. “I wanna see it!” she shouted; but she doesn’t want her jewelry in small local boutiques because there isn’t room for much exposure in that type of venue. Furthermore, Crystal informed me that she works her business “all the time” not just part time. When people see her, they see jewelry. Sometimes she feels that she is “on-call” like a doctor, and people expect her life to stop to fulfill a jewelry order. Ms. Hill’s customers return because of the exclusivity of her designs for graduation, wedding, and bridal shower gifts. She rarely duplicates the jewelry items; remaining consistent with the custom made-to-order and timeless products.
With all of this work on her own business, I wanted to know if or when Crystal has time to date. She jokingly expressed that she is dating her jewelry. Ms. Hill goes on dates but is not exclusively dating anyone. She said that she views herself as “an aggressive little ‘spit-fire’ and a “slab of marble”; “pretty to look at but hard to crack”. Crystal has to defend herself because often people try to tell her what she should be doing regarding her jewelry, but everyone has different tastes and there are so many different people. As she quoted, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but talent and creativity is in thine hand”. I’d agree, no one can tell you the “how to” for your own God-given and creative talent! Ms. Hill is a “go-getter, uberly professional, and excited about life and any opportunity to put new jewelry out!” She wants readers and her fans to know that “your name is your dynasty”. She encourages, “do something in your life to make sure that your name and legacy lives on after you’re gone”. Crystal says, “jazz up your wardrobe, jazz up your life!”
Find Jazzy Jewels by Crystal on Facebook and Instagram @JazzyJewelsbycrystal. She can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-50-JAZZY to place your order!
If you are interested in becoming my Self-Love Girl of the Month or would like to recommend someone please contact me directly at email@example.com; State why you or someone you know should be considered the Self-Love Girl of the Month and your definition of Self-Love.
Love ya All!