Recently, I’ve been feeling inspired to share my story. A few of the Studio ladies have created posts on why they teach , why they knit and what are we all about? But I wanted to go a little deeper and start at the beginning. There are so many facets to my growing business. I love being creative and designing jewelry, but I also love the business side being an entrepreneur. I love developing ideas to grow our local creative community, I love connecting with other small businesses through social media… Honestly, I just love being an entrepreneur!
About 6 years ago, I had no idea it was possible for me to become an entrepreneur. I was working full time in hospitality, married with 2 kids and making jewelry on the side. At that time, I was pretty happy with Contempo Jewelry. I had my work in a couple of local stores and I was displaying a some local shows. I decided it was time to challenge myself, so I applied for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Much to my surprise I was accepted. I was forced to find ways to offset the costs of the show, supplies and my booth display. I worked harder at online sales and added some shows to my schedule. Once I had those expenses covered, I took some time off from my full time job for some serious production.
It was an exhausting few weeks. Several hours spent creating jewelry and long days at Arts Fest. But it was a successful show and a great learning experience for me. Naturally, I went back to work. I thought working at the restaurant was good for me. I could spend my days with my kids and the money was pretty good. My first night back I realized the environment was very negative. Nobody wanted to be there, but nobody could afford to loose the shift. I found my manager particularly difficult to work with and at the end of the night she really laid into me.
I went home that evening and thought “What do I want to do with my life”? If I can get into shows like Arts Fest and into galleries, what else am I capable of? I was challenged with heavy expenses and I was motivated to get them paid off. Those few weeks off gave me an opportunity to take a good look at myself. I honestly didn’t like who I became, I was sad and had a negative attitude. I like to call it “living the cliche”. I had big dreams of becoming a successful artist, I would talk about it at work. Waiting for that big break and I realized – I will never be happy if I don’t I take a real shot at living my dream.
Why am I waiting for this “big break”? I should go out and make it happen! That evening I emailed the owner and quit my job to pursue my passion. I decided to choose freedom over security and it has given my life real value. Thank you for all of the support!