Thank you for all of the excitement about the new jewels! (and the photo of my beautiful friend Christina. For the record, she was sitting on the loo which elicited squeals of laughter and hence, this photo)
I sometimes feel pressure to come up with something new every season. Retailers get excited and say, “Send us your line sheet for summer!” and I just cringe because it doesn’t always happen that way for me.
I tend to work with new ideas as they find me and often my juice is for photos or stories and not for jewelry at all. This can be frustrating when I am trying to buckle down and create a new line.
I suppose I have an idea of what a “real business” is supposed to look like, how much I’m supposed to be working, earning, marketing, etc. and when I don’t measure up, I wonder if there is something terribly wrong with me. Maybe we all feel like that at times? like we are just faking our lives, just pretending our way through them and wondering if we are doing it right.
When I was searching for my dream job almost 10 years ago, someone asked me, “You should start with what you’re good at. What are you best at?” At the time I was doing a lot of collage art with photos and words and magazine clippings. I replied, “Cutting and pasting,” half in jest. They looked at me like I was doomed.
A few weeks later I had a job working with SARK, cutting and pasting her words and images together to create greeting cards and calendars.
I have always been a believer in listening to exactly where the inspiration lives. It might sound silly or impractical, but if you listen to what interests you, to what makes your heart shriek with joy, it is probably not an accident. If you open your heart to the possiblity that maybe, just maybe you are listening to something that is divinely right, you might find yourself somewhere very interesting, fulfilling, and even profitable.