Hello, I am Stephanie Berman, I am ecstatic to be here on ArtPal. My life has been nothing short of extraordinary to the saddest of sad... from having an incredible childhood surrounded by loved ones in the creative world of fine jewelry and my father who designed and sold elaborate and exceptional jewelry, I dedicate this new art form to him, as he pushed me to use my creative side and helped me begin my journey as a Designer and Creative. At a young age they found my lazy eye, after surgery it was somewhat corrected. Because I wore bifocals from the age of 3 to the tender age of 12, I was not only teased and taunted, I was frightened to just be me. This made me naive and I felt unworthy and unwanted by many. Yet, I was lucky enough to have a doting father and many lovely friends, it was still difficult being raised in a blended family that had many upsides and downsides (some downsides are so cringeworthy, I can’t talk about them on here) that some people think they know but they really don’t. Finding peace in my heart has been a long journey. I have the best new husband, my father, memories of my late mother, one incredible son, Sisters, amazing daughters-in-law and in-laws (former and current). I read a substantial amount and find that now, after having a very difficult adulthood with some overly exciting times, my fear of showing up as myself, as I feel the most comfortable is my goal. I have lived in a home and raised with Judaism and later found Buddhism, trying to keep the light in front of me and bringing joy to myself, my family and friends, to those in need and everyone I come across and everyone in between.. I have always wanted more for myself and have studied the original books: The Law of Attraction, The Secret, A New Earth. As well: Oprah, Dr. Phil, Donny Dotsch & The Big Idea and so much more.. I self taught the ability to take design packets from Crystals From Swarovski and built an entire jewelry store and accessories business. I became a Brand Partner Designer with Swarovski Elements and felt for the first time, that my personal work mattered, I opened the business “Crystals On Fire” with purpose.. with giving back. I learned giving is truly receiving. I will be giving to Suicide Prevention and other charities as this is personal and the only way I know how to move forward. My purpose is for people that are misunderstood to be able to keep on going and find peace in themselves.