Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have always been into all things metaphysical and mystical but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties did I canon ball into the world of crystals. Last year I had a very severe health issue. During this time I was more determined than ever to live my pipe dream of owning my very own crystal store and meditation space. After recovering brain surgery I got started on my business plan. A month and a half later I opened Open Eye Crystals. I thought I would hit roadblock after roadblock when in reality it felt like a zipper with very few kinks. I think this was due to my having a tight-knit business plan, having one hell of a support group, and me being in alignment with my soul’s purpose. One thing I’d say though is I opened probably one week too early. I didn’t have any crystal description cards ready, didn’t have bills in the cash drawer- it was a little stressful.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Every day is a wild ride. Since the store is such a portal of energy, the synchronicities are nonstop. There are always signs from the universe supporting and acknowledging that you are on your path in the store. Many times it comes through the music that plays on the speakers. I always have the music on a shuffle/random radio station on Spotify. When customers come into the store, the strangest, seemingly off-algorithm songs play. More often than not, the customer will say in a shocked voice “Oh my gosh! This song!” then proceed to tell me how this song is wildly significant to them on a deep level for one personal reason or another.
Another way is by shuffling and pulling oracle or tarot cards. The customer will ask the deck, the Universe, or the energies that be a question before shuffling and intuitively choosing a card from the deck. The card will have a meaning that is an answer to the questioner. These readings often bring much insight and clarity to the customer.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
My personal recipe to eliminate burn out is meditated, lay in the grass, say ‘no’, never go against your gut, pay attention to your somatic responses. As healers and lightworkers, we tend to give many people our energy. It is vital to understand that one must put the oxygen mask on themselves first before assisting others. I will be of no use to someone if my energy reserves are depleted.
I must participate in my morning rituals every day otherwise my energy tends to scatter and my overwhelm is radically present. This morning ritual consists of me not checking my phone for at least the first hour, brewing a quart of Earl Grey tea, sitting on the couch with a cozy blanket and drinking in the morning, and either meditating or reading a book. Of course, I always ground into the day by making breakfast.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My father is an entrepreneur. He has started several businesses on his own and is very much a quick study. When I told him I was dead set on opening up a crystal store and meditation studio, he was quick to help me iron out the details and get this project started. I created the business plan on my own with some guidance from my best friend who has her Master’s in business. After the bones of the business were set on paper, my father helped me scout for a location. We strategically chose Mid-City because it was not only in the center of LA proper but there was very little competition around. It was absolutely an added bonus that is a 4-minute drive to my house. From there my dad helped renovate the entire space. He was one of the few people I shared my plans with. I wanted there to be a grand reveal at the opening. All of the special details I wanted to keep close to my chest until opening day. He was perfect to bounce ideas off of because he never impeded his opinion or personal preference onto me. He only helped flesh out the pros and cons of major decisions. Any element I wanted to include he brainstormed the best way to implement it. The process was extremely sacred to me so I grateful my dad held space for that.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Open Eye Crystals, not just a crystal store/meditation space. It is an egalitarian spiritual space where the crystal novice can seek an equal amount of solace and scholarship as a seasoned transcendentalist. It’s a venue for the postmodern mystic: the person who packs both a crystal and a flask. For people of all genders and backgrounds who seek to know themselves better while also connecting to nature, a higher presence, or perhaps just a community of the similarly curious.
The purpose of this space is to serve the Mid-City community (along with the LA area at large) and expose the public to different modalities of spirituality while better connecting them to both themselves and the Earth. Crystals are natural healing tools, and we want to gently arm the public with tools for self-care, either through metaphysical items, rituals, or classes. We want to give people the power and tools to define their own spirituality.
In addition to creating a safe space, we have donated over $8,000 towards the Black Lives Matter movement and other charities supporting BIPOC since March of this year. Some of these charities we donated to include: SEELA, The Okra Project, Native American Rights Fund, Feeding Black Futures, Spirit House Collective, NDN’s Black Hills Bail Legal Defense Fund, and The Black School.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.” While I personally believe in reincarnation and we have multiple lives, I love the essence of this quote. Life is short but life is also long enough as to not waste it. My brain tumor brought me close to death but even closer to living. Life is a gift and a blessing. The worst feeling to me would be to live in regret of not following a passion or dream. After being told I have a brain tumor, I quickly let go of the stories I told myself as to why I shouldn’t or couldn’t leave my 9 to 5 job. I didn’t want my potentially last months on earth to be filled with moments that didn’t bring me pure joy or satisfaction.
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