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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Revamping My Life, My Business, My Soul!

"Set fire to what you thought you knew and find yourself in the ashes."
--From the Book, Note to Self

My life has been nothing but change this past few months in every stretch of the imagination. And now, with this amazing business opportunity before me, even the things I knew and the rhthyms I trusted in my professional life as an artist have gone by the wayside.

The Sundance Catalog business has forced me to think about my business like a professional. By that I mean that plans are made well in advance of the "now" and things are in progress much farther ahead of when they will actually see the light of day. This is how the jewelry business truly works--you must think far in advance of just a one-hit wonder of the season. Instead, you must look out on the horizon, plan for the future and buy materials based on a big fat hunch....

Revamping the business is what must be done in order to grow it to what I want it to be. But, it is a complete change from the design-what-you-wish mentality that I have been in for the past four years. It's time to be as mature about the business as I have had to be in my personal life. I guess there is a recurring theme here....

The frustrating part is that there is only one of me, so planning head for future business is great (I'm really a planner at heart), but the satisfaction that comes from producing results on a monthly basis are currently eluding me. I have done a huge amount of legwork already on my Sundance business, so it's time to focus on the here and now for awhile, so look for new work here pretty soon.

I guess that this opportunity comes at a good time for me, as everything about my life is changing. So why not this? In my heart, I know it's the right thing to do if I want to make this a business that pays. It just requires a redoubling of efforts and a fresh mind. And I guess my soul, heart and mind are ready for whatever is next!


  1. As always, a very thought provoking entry. You are such an inspiration : ) I look forward to seeing you new work!

  2. You will do just fine and it will be sooo worth it. It's not every day an opportunity like this comes along, and when it did, you grabbed it and held on tight! You are truly inspiring and I admire your strength to handle what you have and done this all by yourself. It will be just fantastic!!!

    Don't forget to breathe!

    Big hugs to you!!

  3. Thanks ladies for all of your support. It's a bit strange to be completely revamping my business, but it has to be done. I think it will make me more prepared for more larger wholesale accounts (let's hope!), but the delayed revenues will be the challenge! Thanks for the faith in me!