About the Blogger
My name is Debra. I’m an artist, among other things. I write, I carve wood, I knit/crochet/spin fiber, I cook, I create healing products, and I play with beads. It’s what I do. I create.
I used to be an IT professional. I’ve written 5 technical books and was a contributing author to about 8 others. I’ve managed IT teams worldwide. There isn’t a software program I can’t figure out. I created a technical education center that earned many awards with the staff of instructors that I hand picked.
When the pressures of corporate life insisted that my team be treated as dispensable tools, I threw in the towel and created my own business, 5th Element Products. After a year of selling my bath and body products on line, I opened a brick and mortar store. While I had 4 incredible years there, it really did suck a lot of the joy out of me. It never got to be successful enough for me to hire someone to do the parts I hated, like bookkeeping and marketing myself. I understand business, but running a retail store just isn’t what I wanted to be tied to doing. So I closed the store and went back to selling things on line, allowing myself to focus more on completing a degree in Naturopathy and developing new products.
And this is where the story begins…