Meet our DIY Lady Lennia Charlotte Waters
What do you do?
A little of everything! I am a student, a consultant, an artist, and an educator. I most recently ventured into the world of jewelry making and have loved every minute. I began creating wire wrapped stone bracelets and am continuing to venture into new types of fashion forward jewelry and accessories.
What makes you an ideal cover girl for our DIY edition?
I am a jack of all trades! I have a background in art and at one time I was a struggling college student. Combine those and you have a recipe for creativity! I work with boutique and businesses interested in joining the fashion world by coming up with creative ways to express their brand through economical means, all while continuing to drive their mission home with their practices. On top of that I have a passion for organization and efficiency, which leads to projects and finding ways to create a home and office that is high functioning and encourages a creative experience.
<br>Why is it important for women to be able to DIY?
DIY projects are an opportunity to find creative outlets and carve time out doing something you enjoy and feeds you. I create and invent as a way to energize myself after a day, week, or month of activities that are draining.
Tell me about to dream 3d and how you got it started?
This past year I began a blog about self reflection entitled “to dream 3d”. This blog was my personal and anonymous manifesto to the world about my dreams, aspirations, and understanding of the world around me. As I wrote and reflected I realized that what to dream 3d meant for me was the need to take the two dimensional world that many of us refuse to think could become a reality, and make it a reality. Often times we undervalue and underestimate our own passions and abilities and to dream 3d was my attempt to try and materialize what I thought was intangible! I began making jewelry when I realized how much I love these gorgeous bangles that were trending throughout the southeast. It was impossible to find a DIY blog that truly explained the process, so with some inventiveness I found a way! I then realized how truly cathartic the experience was and it was then I became aware that the very thing to dream 3d stood for was happening! I was making something that I once thought to be impossible into a tangible activity.
Are you in, or have you gone to college?
I am currently working on my PhD at Florida State University.
What is your area of study? If you are not enrolled in school, then what alternative did you take to put yourself on the road to accomplishing your dreams?
I am working on a dissertation in Arts Management, or better known as nonprofit management in arts and culture. Working on a PhD is expensive and mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting! I have spent many nights commiserating with friends and feeling as though my baby steps were getting me nowhere. I have had to be a jack of many trades, working in many capacities from business coaching to managing boutiques so that I can pay for school and living expenses. I wouldn’t take a single experience away from this incredible journey though! When I found that I could make something that gave me energy and happiness, while also using it as a way to make a living, I knew I was on the right path.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
My biggest struggle is me! I love to help and I love being involved and as much as it may seem a beautiful concept, they do not always feed your soul. I struggled with my desire to please everyone and be superwoman and that just wasn’t possible. My studies suffered and my demeanor was less than acceptable! Starting to dream 3d, writing out and reflecting on my journey, and then eventually finding something I love creating like jewelry fed me in a way that I did not know it could. Not only was I creating something beautiful, which then made me happy, but people liked it and wanted to spend money on it! Learning my own boundaries and finding activities that energize me has been the hardest but most rewarding lesson.
What inspires you?
I have many inspirations in life, the strongest are my family and friends. Their ambitions and drive fuel my own work. When I am around them, I am fed by their energy and drive! In fact it is my family who introduced me to my two favorite quotes:
“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
“Screw it, let’s do it!” Richard Branson
What would you write about for the blog?
I would love to share a little about the jewelry making process, since sometimes it can seems so intimidating to simply start. I have had the amazing opportunity of working in the fashion world; I would love to create tutorials on creating fashion statements, like jewelry along with scarves, a number one essential fall piece. Additionally, with the holiday season around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about tasteful ways to express your holiday spirit!
Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?
The best way to inspire others is to simply live your life the best you can. I believe a woman who loves herself is more aware of how to love others. Even more so she is confident in that her belief in herself is the fuel for her relationships and own achievements. That is something I aspire to work on every day. I am nowhere near perfect or the best role model, but I do know that I never want to stop working on me so that I can be better contributor to this world!
Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
Lady Lennia is about the spirit of empowerment through knowledge, community, and courage. We are a generation of great achievement and great burden and Lady Lennia, for me, is the desire to absorb and critically look at this evolving world with acquired knowledge. With education and knowledge comes a strong sense of self and desire to support your community. Community support is your friends and family, it is your home and so much more. It is the realization that without support, our achievement means very little, and it means that we must choose to give back and support our community of our own volition. Finally, with the burdens the millennials endure it takes courage to know when to move forward and what strengths to acquire and it also means knowing when the burden is too great. Lady Lennia is a growing generation of strong, independent, and wise women!
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the DIY edition?
I am first honored to be considered a Lady Lennia for the Miss Millennia Magazine! I would like to think that my love of community and desire to contribute knowledge and time to ameliorating this world made me a candidate for this great concept.
Do you have any advice for anyone out there who wants to start their own jewelry business?
Play! There is no reason you cannot have fun and enjoy the process of creating jewelry so play with existing ideas and new ideas. No need to reinvent the wheel, so learn from people who are creating now. If you find a niche that no one else has filled, then pounce on it. Just remember it shouldn’t be a chore, if you love it!
Check out Charlotte’s jewelry!