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My name is Ruth A. Muñiz, and I personally handcraft artisanal crystal jewelry. The creation of my Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir brand was unexpectedly birthed from an accumulation of traumatic life events that skillfully honed me into the woman that still stands today. Within me resides a deep knowing that what I seek is seeking me.
Having been gifted such an opportunity to express my inner self as I do, it's fairly easy for me to recognize inspiration everywhere I look. I am extremely grateful for the ability to pursue my passions of creation, and for the countless support I've received along this journey of expression. Every bit of it counts.
This is my story, welcome...
Note: For a more intimate and in depth view of who I am and what has inspired my passions to create, click on the links below to access and read the full-length features by VOYAGEHOUSTON, SHOUTOUT HTX & CANVASREBEL where they each interviewed me for their online publications.
We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Ruth A. Muñiz a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Ruth A. , appreciate you joining us today. Parents can play a significant role in affecting how our lives and careers turn out – and so we think it’s important to look back and have conversations about what our parents did that affected us positive (or negatively) so that we can learn from the billions of experiences in each generation. What’s something you feel your parents did right that impacted you positively.
While it’s not necessarily the best course of action, the fact that I was so greatly unsupervised in my childhood, I had a lot of time for introspection. This was crucial at this stage of my life because of trauma that I incurred a fews years prior. This time alone was spent gardening, drawing, playing in nature, sun gazing (without even understanding what it was), writing poetry (as young as eight years old), meditating on my front porch, roller skating up and down neighboring streets (albeit throughout the early hours of morning), and simply exploring the world around me. I was dangerously fearless. But it also gave me a taste of independence and freedom that I have only recently realized is what I have subconsciously yearned for throughout adulthood. That is where my mind and heart wander off to when I’m suddenly at extreme peace in the NOW of any given moment. I am grateful for those days and the lingering feelings.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
Absolutely, the name of my business is called Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir and I handcraft artisanal crystal jewelry. Without rehashing too much of the negative side of what brought me to doing what I love, having been afforded the opportunity to de-stress by making jewelry, being able to flow with my creative juices, and allowing myself to slip into deep meditative pause is something that has been nothing short of extraordinary. My heart swells with gratitude for everyone that has played any role in helping make all of this come to fruition.
I think what sets me apart in my particular industry is that I genuinely care about the energy I put out into the world. Be it through the quality of my work, the way I represent my business brand, or the manner in which I interact with potential customers, I make every effort to ensure that my activities add value to something meaningful. I’m often approached by customers seeking guidance on information regarding (...)
CanvasRebel’s mission is to create a space for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to be able to learn from their peers through the magic and power of storytelling. In this lifetime, we are afforded so very few opportunities and appropriate platforms to share candid expressions of thoughts, experiences, fears, failures and successes without censorship or judgement.
It’s my sincerest hope that my personal journey might shed light on even a single soul that might have otherwise felt hopeless in their own pursuits through darkness.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth A. Muñiz.
Ruth, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Yes, it’s true…I’m one of THOSE women. I believe in personal growth, and evolution of self. I consistently step out of my comfort zone, it’s a solid facet of who I choose to be. I avoid stagnation like the plague because of how crippled it can render me. When I fail—as I do and will—I forgive myself with subtle kindness, then autocorrect and move TF on forward. Trust, there will be tears and brief moments of painful evaluation, but my confidence in who I am allows them to freely pass. I am one of those women that will hold you to the same standards (at the very least) that I hold myself accountable. My faith and core values ARE NOT (I repeat…are NOT) up for negotiation. I have far too much actual life experience, hands-on, effective proof of my capabilities to be convinced otherwise. I suppose I come off as somewhat eccentric for following what moves me in all the ways that I do. But we should all consistently ask ourselves: Who am I when no one is looking?
My business name is Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir. I am Bazillionheir, the artisanal creator of handcrafted crystal jewelry. I’m self-taught, trusting my intuition and personal gifts as they are.
BE INSPIRED. BE BOLD. BE CREATIVE. BE FEARLESS IN YOUR PURSUIT TO EXPRESS YOURSELF FREELY.
As I have been known for reciting quite often, it is the tagline of my brand with respect to my own inspiration and dedication to my craft. It has become somewhat of a mantra for me when I veer off the course or step back into old paradigms that no longer serve me or my path. And this is how I have learned to take bold steps into the unknown by myself, to speak my truth regardless of whether or not anyone is listening, and to create a proverbial platform for healing that hopefully encourages others to do the same for themselves.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My happiness has compounded exponentially since I began investing in my own vision. Of course, any endeavor approached without skill or previously-known capabilities will also have its own unique share of obstacles and challenges. My greatest challenge would certainly be my compulsion to second-guess my thinking to the point of remaining stagnant in my actions. It took so much effort to truly comprehend and remember who I am and all I am capable of achieving. I learned that trusting the process is what has played the greatest factor in leading me to believe in myself, to love and trust myself, to appreciate my wins and losses, and to take calculated risks on my own efforts. My Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir brand set out as a viable path to healing each of my past emotional traumas. And it has increasingly become my validation as to why I should never give up and to always keep moving ahead. I have a firm belief that the unique challenges faced throughout our lives set the precedence for the level of inspiration and dedication that we might strive to achieve. But the choice we make to forge ahead, in spite of adversity, is the determining factor of success overall. I am no exception to this, as I passionately and intentionally handcraft artisanal crystal jewelry. It’s my own personal art and muse to life.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I think the desired takeaways when I describe my work, my journey, and my brand…are the sheer intentions and absolute efforts made to overcome what damn-near caused me to implode, and the inevitable rewards that are bestowed for following your intuition, trusting your gifts, and allowing oneself to wholly trust the journey.
Time has proven that I have a high risk-tolerance for success. I wasn’t born to this, nor was I nurtured into it. The tragic situations I’ve faced in my lifetime required this characteristic in order to overcome them. My ability to heal and adapt has been crucial to my evolutionary flow.
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For this reason (and so many others that easily come to mind), I am sincerely grateful for both the opportunity and the platform to express myself and speak my personal truths.
We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruth A. Muñiz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruth A., have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
By the time I was 26, I had already buried a husband (at the age of 24 due to leukemia), and two children (one at 2 days old due to premature labor brought on from extreme spousal abuse during my pregnancy; and the other at 1 ½ years old due to murder). If there were ever times that I wholeheartedly desired to give up, these were some of them. And while I didn’t have a strong support system during these years of my life, I did still have two living children. I’m so extremely grateful to God that they gave my life purpose when I had absolutely none for myself.I have a firm belief that the unique challenges faced throughout our lives sets the precedence for the level of inspiration and dedication that we might strive to achieve. But the choice we make to forge ahead, in spite of adversity, is the determining factor of success overall. And I am no exception to this.I passionately and intentionally handcraft artisanal crystal jewelry. It’s my own personal art and muse to life. The tagline of my Universal Inspirations by Bazillionheir brand states so much in respect to my own inspiration and dedication to my craft:BE INSPIRED. Be bold. Be creative. Be fearless in your pursuit to express yourself freely.It’s become somewhat of a mantra for me when I veer off course, or step back into old paradigms that no longer serve me.
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For this reason (and several others), I have the sincerest gratitude for both the opportunity and the platform to express myself and speak my truths.
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