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

Hi Laudia, how do you think about risk?
I decided a long time ago that I was not built for the so called normal life. As an entrepreneur risk taking is my way of life. I am quite comfortable with uncertainty and enjoy the thrill and excitement of calculated risk. So far it’s worked out for me very well. Several years ago I left my hometown and moved to New York, which is where I officially started my jewelry business.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am very proud of the fact that I’ve built this business from the ground up and that I’m able to work for myself. I’m also very excited to see the way my jewelry affects peoples lives. I get to witness my customers joy and excitement when they find a piece of jewelry that they like. The gemstones that I use have their own unique benefits and healing properties. I really enjoy helping people find the right gemstone that speaks to them. Just because I love what I do it doesn’t mean that it’s been an easy journey. There’s definitely been some bumps on the road associated with taking risks, but I’ve learned that God‘s got my back as long as I’m putting in the work and energy, things always seem to work out. I want the world to know that in all of my projects including Yambala Designs the underlying theme is the message of encouragement and inspiration, in finding your calling and shining your light as an individual.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First off, I’d like to say that I’m fairly new to Houston myself. But there are some places I’ve discovered that are must sees. Here are some places that I would highly recommend, breakfast at Snooze, followed by a walk through Hermann Park. I would take a stroll through Montrose and stop for some oysters at Acme Oyster House. I enjoy going to River Oaks District where there’s lots of options for food and drinks, including live salsa music on a Sunday afternoon at Toulouse. Another one of my favorite parks is Buffalo Bayou park where you can have a little picnic and enjoy the scenery. For a comedy night out, I would go to The Houston improv. For some good food I would go to my friend’s restaurant Kin Dee Thai Cuisne for some of the best thai food in Houston. I would also recommend Ruggles Black, Gloria’s for some Latin cuisine, Yard House and Sweet Paris for some crepes.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First of all I have to give thanks to God and following the principles of the universal laws, particularly the law of attraction. I’ve always had a strong connection to God and learned at an early age to listen and to be guided by my faith and the voice of the creator.
Somehow I was born with the innate understanding that my thoughts and my energy would create my reality. There are countless ministers, books and motivational speakers that I can give credit to for helping me identify the human capability of cultivating the life you are meant to live. I would also like to recognize my former business partner in helping me get the ball rolling in starting my business.

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