We had the good fortune of connecting with Melis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melis, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite Quote /Affirmation is “Be who you are and say what you feel, Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind’’ Bernard M Baruch

This rings true for me in so many ways as a person, artist and also as a business owner.

Being authentically true to who you are is so important and, as an artist, the creating comes from your TRUE authentic self if your can tap into it. It is a difficult task because we are always bombarded, and easily influenced, by others opinions or negative chatter. You could have an amazing idea that you share with a friend or loved one and if they are not supportive or positive they can talk you right out of your creative path. Not everyone is a visionary, nor a business scholar, but you cannot allow others to influence your decisions, and must speak your truth and stay true to yourself, no matter how others project their opinions.

For me personally, I sacrificed so much to live my dream and if I had not stayed true to myself or had listened to everyone who told me I could not do it,  was not good enough or that I had to do it a certain way or I would fail, I would never be where I am today. I always keep my supportive and like minded friends and family around me and they matter!

There’s such a long road in an artist’s journey, and creating is a part of your soul. No matter the sacrifices, rejections, people and things you have to give up to live your dream, it is alright because you stayed true to yourself and will come out shining in the end. You do you!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I hand create a unique brand of jewelry and accessories called ENERGIE designed from eco-friendly materials with intention to help heal the mind body and spirit through color therapy and vibrational energy. I have always been an artist from a very young age with a desire to work with my hands designing from whatever creatively speaks to me.

Growing up I worked in the fashion industry from The age of 15. After graduating college, with a degree in merchandising and fashion promotion, I worked as a visual merchandiser and managed boutiques. As a buyer I learned both sides of the industry which, in return, helped me to venture out and start my own business.

It was a bit of an accident, as I was focused on opening a retail boutique, but my path took me to in a different direction as art is what I always got lost in in my life. My parents put me in just about every type of art class from sketching, oil painting to cartooning, making sure I was well-rounded and could find the area of art that I loved most.

Once in college I explored more in sculpture, pottery and jewelry making. It was from there I had a bit of a spark and loved how all the skills came together to sketch, mold, sculpt and create a piece of art!

I have to say the journey of any creative or entrepreneur is challenging. There are so many ups and downs, gains and losses and the path to success it is not easy! You have to find strength in yourself to keep going and trust in your decisions knowing that every little thing is placing you where you need to be even though you cannot see it just yet. You must believe in yourself and not depend on other people. You must be patient and trust in the timing because when you finally get to where you need to be it is truly amazing to know you stayed true to yourself and you made your dreams come true!

I think what sets me apart is my true love of sharing happiness and kindness each day. My area of specialty is using color therapy and vibrational energy in my accessories that are hand designed with intention and created with a touch of my hands using my positive energy and high vibration which gets infused into each piece. Each bracelet has a purpose either of color energy, affirmations, seasonal or moon energy and come with an explanation or ritual to perform with the bracelet depending on the specific style style.

I believe if you can begin each day with positivity and are kind to yourself and others, you begin a new path of happiness and healing that is contagious to those around you. I now share this journey in hopes of creating new change and positive thinking with my accessories.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in the city, especially if a friend is visiting, are the quiet beautiful spaces such as the Japanese Friendship Garden or and art installation or even a beautiful Sound Healing event to keep the mind calm and focused. I also love to go up north to Sedona or Strawberry Arizona to get away from the city and hike to a waterfall or to a vortex and clear our minds. Maybe go grab a little breakfast and LGO or coffee at Provision….sometimes it’s just the little things with perfect company.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to say that my amazing Spa Industry Family and resort spas have been so supportive and much of my success is due to their kindness and word of mouth sharing all my positive ENERGIE with each other. The relationships and partnerships I have built over the years are priceless and feel truly blessed and grateful to be one of few accessory brands in their national and international luxury spas. I would not be where I am today without my amazing spa family!

Website: www.melis.com

Instagram: @melisaccessories

Linkedin: @meliscohen

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