Can’t Never Could by Tara Hanover
Do you believe in luck? Perhaps you call it good fortune or being blessed- regardless, experts believe that you really do make your own breaks. Psychology Today wrote an article based on research acquired by UCLA and Colombia University reinforcing the idea that our beliefs on luck influence our drive to succeed. If you believe you are lucky or unlucky, typically you are correct. OUR MINDSET IS A POWERFUL THING!
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I am a big believer in luck; the harder I work, the luckier I get.”
I believe I was super lucky growing up because I was given a wonderful gift. I didn’t actually realize how wonderful it was until I was older. This gift did not cost anything, but it has become priceless to me. And now I am passing it along to you. My Mamaw always told me “Can’t Never Could”. Today, in our home, the word CAN’T is not allowed and is actually considered a “bad” word to my children.
Why, you ask? Well, when you use the word can’t, you are defeating yourself before you even begin. You may be saying it out of fear of failure, or perhaps someone told you that you couldn’t…. Take a moment and think back. Did anyone ever tell you that you couldn’t do something that you really wanted to do…so you didn’t? If you could be anything or do anything different than you did, would you?
I would like to introduce you to Kali Brown of KB designs. Kali started making bracelets in high school in a program called Transitions Unlimited in Alvin, Texas. The students would make jewelry to sell during lunch and would also make cookies and food trays for staff meetings. She graduated in 2011 at the age of 22 and moved to Cobb County shortly after.
Fast forward almost 5 years. Kali has continued to make jewelry at home to keep busy. She enjoys it and is extremely creative. She also draws and writes songs. Three years ago, she decided to put her hobby to the test by showcasing some of her jewelry in the spring Kindermart Sale at Smyrna First United Methodist Church- just to see how it would go over. It was there that KB designs was born, and Kali’s hobby turned into a business.
She went on to sell at the Kindermart sale in the fall and decided to try Gift Mart, a much larger event held at SFUMC, where a portion of the proceeds went toward the church’s programs. In 2018 she had a table at the CCDS Arts and Crafts show and filled several custom orders from there.
Her dream of owning her own jewelry business was now a reality! She designs and creates all of her jewelry. Kali makes necklaces, bracelets and is starting to move into earrings. Kali has begun to develop a small following and at this year’s Gift Mart sale people were asking for her jewelry! She attended “Meet the Seller” night and had a blast. She will turn 30 in May and has already begun working on designs for Gift Mart 2019.
Oh, and did I mention, Kali has Down syndrome? Nope- actually I did not… because that is just a piece of who she is. She too, was born with the good luck of never hearing or feeling she couldn’t. So, she did!
Kali is friendly, faith filled and would do anything to help anyone at any time. She is very much a people person and never meets a stranger. Her jewelry is hand beaded on stretch string and very rarely are there two of the exact same designs unless, of course, someone has ordered them. She has done several mother/daughter, father/son sets and even a 3 generation set. I encourage you to seek out KB designs. She is not only a beautiful designer but a beautiful person, as well.
So, friends, what’s holding you back from doing something you’ve always wanted to do? Is CAN’T in your vocabulary? If so, I challenge you to make it a “bad” word…even just for a month. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish!
As always, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!