Hello, dear readers. One special new feature we’ve added this year is the occasional spotlight on one of our contributors. Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle. Every now and then, we will ask our contributors to answer a few short questions on the ideas of happiness, creativity and sunshine. We hope these rays of light help inspire you to find the sunshine in your day, today and everyday.
Today we are honored to introduce you to ReStrung.
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
I’m Naomi Celestin, and I’ve been involved in the arts my entire life. After working for nearly a decade in arts administration, I moved into web and graphic design, which allowed me to develop my tech side while being creative. As much as I enjoy designing for web, I really missed creating tactile things with my hands. So, in January of this year, I began to tinker around with some of my boyfriend’s (singer songwriter Truman Holland) broken guitar strings and made a few pair of earrings out of them, incorporating some old beads and stones I had. I decided to list them an Etsy – and two pairs sold immediately. That was all the motivation I needed to move forward. I thought that this could be a viable business project. Shortly after, and with the encouragement of family and friends – ReStrung Jewelry was born. I wanted to use recycled strings from area musicians, so i put the word out among my music industry friends, and the buzz began to spread. Donations from some of Louisiana’s finest musicians began to pour in! With material to work with, i got busy creating all sorts of designs, drawing inspiration from my surroundings in both New Orleans and Lafayette. I feel very blessed to have a life so full of art, music, great family and friends- so the inspiration us endless.
From its inception, I felt it was critical that ReStrung donate a portion of our profits back into the community. Since musicians are a huge part of my life – and our state’s cultural economy, it seemed fitting to re-invest some of ReStrung’s profits into programs that help maintain and support our musicians. We are currently working with our statewide Healthcare Initiative for Musicians program, as well as researching some national organizations that support and promote artists and musicians.
ReStrung Jewelry is a mash up of art, music and giving back to our community, and it’s quickly become my biggest passion. It has solidified my mantra: “Be Cool. Do Good.”
2. We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
I’ve spent a lot of time telling others this and encouraging friends take risks and follow their bliss – but I haven’t always practiced what I’ve preached. Now however, I feel like I’m on exactly the right track with ReStrung!
3. Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
Oh, everywhere! In conversations with strangers and loved ones, in books, looking at flowers, listening to music, laughing with my daughter, traveling. You name it. I’ve tried in recent years to be more conscious and appreciative of all the positive and good things in my life – and that consciousness has helped my to see the beauty in everyday life.
4. On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a bit of sunshine?
If its rainy and yucky outside on the weekend, I like to make a fresh pot of coffee, cook up a real big Southern breakfast – then curl up in my PJ’s and watch old movies on Netflix!
5. At this very moment, what are you most grateful for?
My amazingly wonderful, kooky, beautiful and supportive family and friends.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from ReStrung!