And here are some answers to questions you might have for me:
WHO AM I?
I am Lisa Mills and an artist at heart. My background is in the arts - Theatre and Visual Arts. I worked in professional deaf theatre and deaf arts consultancy in London for over 10-years. In recent years, I have published a coffee table photo book and a sign language with music DVD for kids. As well, I am a teacher in schools (early years to high school) and teach sign language online courses and much more. I am always involved in one project or more. Doing business and creative arts or language is my passion . In recent years, I became a mother to two beautiful young children now aged 3 and 2 years. They keep me very busy and inspire me to develop my business to fit in and around our busy but wonderful family lives.
WHY DO I SELL THE ITEMS I SELL?
Because I have always loved gemstones since I was a little girl. My nana made jewellery and habitually showed me her treasures whenever I visited her. I was always in awe of her beautiful gemstones and her creativity.
And so, I always dreamt to make my own jewellery someday. That day has come sooner rather than later. Before, I never had the tools to make my own jewellery and never really had the time. And, all of a sudden I realised I am making jewellery - now!
I always loved wearing malas due to my love of yoga. And one day I suddenly find myself making one for myself. I was actually trying to replace some plastic beads on my bought but blessed mala - with gemstones since I don't like plastic. Everyone loved my rekindled mala on Facebook and took me by complete surprise when they put their orders in! And so, mala designing and mala making kind of happened accidentally for me.
The truth is, I think I created this jewellery making dream a long time ago when I was a little girl. And throughout my life I revisited that dream often - in my head. And so Lisa's Mala Beads came into fruition when the moment was right - which was last year 2016. I feel blessed and grateful to be on this mala designing journey now.
WHERE AM I LOCATED?
I am located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia but I do love to travel so I am located overseas sometimes too. This year I will travel to Bali for a month with my kids. Whilst away I will continue to source quality materials for my malas and continue my love of practising and teaching yoga.
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I have been doing business for 20-years. I have always tried to have a business mind when doing my art projects and it has benefited me well. I also like to ensure quality is given to each and everyone of my clients and that always keeps my clients coming back for more.
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN RUNNING MY ONLINE SHOP?
My online shop for malas is a new venture created last year 2016 - due to popular demand.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN MY TEAM?
For now, it is just me, myself and I. And my family are my team too. My husband and my little children even love my malas too and will support me whenever possible.