We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurea Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurea, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing I did for myself as a parent is heal from childhood traumas. In doing so, I broke generational chains and curses and learned to love myself unconditionally, which allowed me to gain spiritual attunement, mental and physical wellness and overall peace.
While I did all of these things for myself, I was intentional about and conscious of the impact my healing and growth would have on my son. I knew that I wanted to be fully present with and for him from a place of pure love, peace and gratitude. I always aim to be a blessing to him.
Releasing the burden of generational curses, anxiety, depression and abandonment issues allowed me to love whole-heartedly. My healing journey has given me confidence and faith that I am capable and divinely purposed for nurturing and guiding the beautiful soul entrusted to me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Prominent Jewels & Accessories, LLC is my online crystal healing jewelry store that aims to empower Moms (& all women) to manifest a life they love through conscious alignment of the mind, body and spirit. With my intuitive designs and knowledge of reiki healing, I am able to incorporate nature’s healing energy in every piece. Prominent Jewels puts the power of self-healing and manifestation back into the hands of women who seek overall peace, balance and powerful life force energy. Thus, creating the space to unlock their innate gifts, live in their purpose, and activate the Goddess within.
I started Prominent Jewels in 2018 while I was still working in education. I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to go with it, but I knew it was time to start my own business and commit to seeing it through. That’s exactly what I did! I started out drop shipping, selling other people’s jewelry and accessories. It was very challenging, as I had no help or guidance. I just jumped in and taught myself everything I thought I needed to know. I already had a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Design, so I had a decent understanding of and interest in fashion and business. Plus, I knew how to make jewelry and intended to transition into making my own once I started to make money.
As time went on, I began my spiritual healing journey and was introduced to crystals and reiki healing. I soon learned the amazing power of crystals and became certified in Kemetic Reiki Healing. This was the turning point for me. I realized that this was another way for me to share my gift of healing. I had already been a Mental and Behavioral Health Therapist, so spiritual healing would naturally be the next step, I thought. Crystal healing jewelry was the obvious and easiest way for me to immediately incorporate spiritual healing. This gave my business purpose. That was all I needed to run with it.
In 2019, my position in education was eliminated and I was left to my own devices. I figured I’d transition into a different industry that aligned with my interests and goals. But that didn’t go as planned. I ended up being unemployed for 1 year. I used that time to focus more on healing and growing spiritually while also growing my business. During this year, I left my home, moved in with family (sharing a small bedroom with my toddler) and continued to look for work. After my money ran out, I finally settled for an entry level position. This was so frustrating and hard for me to do, as I had a master’s degree, leadership experience, licenses and certifications and hadn’t been in an hourly position in many years! But I needed proof of income to get my own place again. So I did it for 5 months. It was one of the hardest things I’d ever done.
I finally realized that my purpose was not to be sitting in someone’s office, building their dream. And if I was ever going to build my own dreams, and fully live in my purpose, I had to bet on myself. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
I now own two business… Prominent Jewels & Accessories, LLC & Vegan Mommy Vending, LLC. Vegan Mommy Vending offers healthy vegan snack & drink vending machines and snack boxes for healthy habits on the go. While both of my businesses are still relatively new and growing, I am proud of myself and grateful for the opportunity to serve others and provide holistic healing in every way that I can. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has been a huge part of my growth and success in business, parenting and healing. They have been my reflection when I needed to see myself more clearly. They have been my motivation when I needed to believe in myself more fiercely. They are my safety net whenever I take a leap of faith. They speak life into me when I feel like giving up. My family loves me through it all and that is worth more than I could ever express.
Instagram: @prominentjewels @veganmommyvending
Facebook: @prominentjewels @veganmommyvending
myself, Malaika Hilson & Mariah Williams