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

Hi Chelsea, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from a small rural area in the Central Valley foothills. I grew up in a multi generational home with my grandma, parents and sisters. We lived in Grandmas house till our house was built in the early 2000’s. Which is right next door to Grandma on the family property. I grew up having both my parents work with the Forest Service where they had very successful careers. With their hard work and determination we had a comfortable childhood. Having only daughters, my dad taught and raised us just as boys.

As we got older, they instilled in us their work values. Hard work, determination, integrity, mental toughness, teamwork and communication skills helped shaped us into the women that we are today. My moms fierce determination and dads guiding hand, they told us we can and will do anything that we put our minds to.

As the oldest sister, I helped raise my sisters as they came into this world. That’s part of our lifestyle. I was changing diapers and making bottles at a young age but I also got to be a kid. I’m a nurturing person by nature so the role of “2nd mom” came easy to me.

With their knowledge and support I’ve been given the skills and tools to forge my own path. Here I am 29 years old, with an adventurous toddler at my side. I always thought I’d be in a classroom teaching or somewhere on the mountain working like my parents. I never would of thought I’d be a small business owner working from home. But now that I’ve been in the game for a few years I can’t imagine myself doing things differently.

I get to work from the comfort of home all while raising my son. I’ve been beading for about 11 years, operating 5 Sisters Beadwork for 4 years and successfully running my own online shop for over a year now.

I am forever grateful for my parents, sisters, and everyone else who took part in raising and teaching me.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I think besides my style of beadwork, my story helps me stand out from the other beaders. I know for sure that my business name is an eye catcher. Customers and event attendees stop and ask “are there really 5 sisters?” Only once in 5SB history have all 5 of us been at an event together. Usually it’s just my son and I but I have sister #4 tag along as help.

I’m super excited for this upcoming holiday season. Last year was my first run with the website and Johnny had me push my Beaded Ornaments. I had my biggest single order ever! I had someone order 50 individual Beaded Ornaments. It took me a few months to get them done and out to her. Now that I know what to expect and what I can handle, work load wise, I am eagerly getting ready now for the ‘22 holiday season.

There’s lot of trial and error, with everything! From managing my books, coming up with new patterns and beaded items, storage and organizing my supplies, shipping possibilities, customer service and social media marketing. Most things I can do on my own, with the help of Google and YouTube. When it comes to the website and my marketing ideas my go to is Johnny. I can come up with a basic idea for an ad or banner, then Johnny comes in and adds his marketing touch to it. For the most part I can do these things myself but it’s nice knowing I can reach out to him for assistance.

I’m fortunate to have found like minded business friends that I can go to when I need assistance. I’m the first entrepreneur in the family so having those types of people available for me is a blessing.

Don’t be afraid to take those leaps. Get out of your comfort zone, you’ll never what’s on the other side if you don’t take those risks.

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.
I’m in a prime location, not to far from the closest cities and mountain getaways. First stop would have to be to my favorite local milk tea shop, Boba Addict in Fresno and then Butterfish for lunch.

After that I’d pack an ice chest or two and take them on a cruise up to the high lakes, Lake Edison or Florence Lake. It’s about a 2 hour drive up the mountain but it’s worth it! They’re high up location makes them much less crowded than the lower lakes. There are nice day hiking trails and campsites. We absolutely have to stop at the Mono Hot Springs. There’s about a dozen natural hot springs that are open to the public.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost my family! I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My first beadwork mentor Halley Smith. She was my first teacher and I learned how to do Peyote beadwork from her. Also a shout out to Yendi and Johnny Nieto. Yendi is huge supporter for me. Being a mother and business owner herself, we both can relate on both subjects. She keeps me motivated when I need a mental hug. Johnny created my website and helps with my marketing work. His behind the scenes work helped me level up my business.

Website: 5SistersBeadwork.com

Instagram: @5sistersbeadwork

Facebook: 5 Sisters Beadwork

Other: TikTok- @Chels5SB

Image Credits
Yendi Nieto, Johnny Nieto, Erika Loretz , Sun-Shuri Naylor II

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