Like all businesses, January is a time for many things: reflecting on the past year, considering things I might do differently or better in the new year, making plans for new jewelry collections and, last but not least, inventory.
Not my favorite thing to do but it is necessary and I do get a sense of satisfaction in knowing what I have & what I don't have! It keeps me from having to dig in boxes and bins at shows looking for that special piece of Laura Teague Jewelry for you - with an accurate inventory, I know right away if I have something or if I need to make it for you.
With sincere appreciation for a happy and successful 2017, I am looking forward with anticipation to 2018. Let's move forward together and see what can happen! So many new things coming our way.
"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes,
including you." Anne LaMotte
I love that quote by Anne Lamotte and I think it's true. Do you have times were you just feel too tired to keep going and yet you do? Yeah, me, too. Why we do that? Why not take a break now & then? We are no good to ourselves or anyone else when we are exhausted.
As you know, I am working my way up my New Year's Hopes/Wishes. I am now at number 3, which is 'it's ok to rest". If you want to read the whole post, you can go here to read it now. That post was about what we choose to focus on.
I am going to start scheduling free time in my day; otherwise, I will fill every waking moment with work. The thing is, I love my work - I love making jewelry and I love connecting with people about the jewelry. That makes it a little harder to take breaks but I am determined to find some balance in my life.
Now that the Better Tomorrow Collection is complete, it's easier to schedule a little down time. For awhile there, I was designing, making, marketing, etc. and it seemed to just go on & on.
I am taking Friday afternoons off and I will be a better person for it! How about you? How can you find time to slow down a little bit? I could love to hear your thoughts!
You might recognize the title of this blog from my New Year's Day post. It was all about what I (and maybe you, too) hope for in the new year. If you want to read that post, you can go here to read it.
What is it they say? Laughter is the best medicine? (On a side note, who is "they"? I always wondered that....)
There is nothing like a good laugh to lighten your mood and move you from "oh, not yet" to "here I come, world!" We feel that we have to be so serious about our work, our relationships and our lives. Consider taking a break from that seriousness for a little while - treat it like a mini vacation!
You may ask, "how does this relate to handmade jewelry?" That is a good question. While my jewelry is generally not "laugh out loud" funny, I do have some pieces that might make you smile - and that is sometimes enough.
Do you remember the "hopes" we talked about for 2017? If you need a refresher, you can go here to see that earlier post. If you looked back at the list you may remember that I was working my way from the bottom to the top of my list. (Don't ask me why, that is just the way it seemed to make sense to me.).
Anyway, the very last thing on the list is "Do something nice for someone else" and I have great news to share!! After several emails back and forth with the wonderful people at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, we have an agreement in place and I will be making an exclusive jewelry collection that reflects the dedication of those who work daily to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and the hope that families living with T1D have as they fight the diabetes battle every single day. (You can click here JDRF or on the logos within this blog post to learn more about the work JDRF does.)
The jewelry collection will be available in early summer and will feature simple shapes that have symbolic meaning to the community I am designing for, along with the blue color that is also symbolic. More details to follow!
Until next time!
"What you focus on becomes your reality"
Here we are - 2017. I barely got used to writing 2016 and the year is gone. 2016 was a fast year, wasn't it?
At this time of the year, I always spend some time thinking about the year just over and the one coming up. Although it is tempting to write "resolutions" for the new year, I always have a hard time even remembering them a few months (or weeks) into the year, much less accomplishing them!
That said, I have decided to write my "hopes" for the new year.
I hope we both can:
1. recognize and focus on the moments in our everyday lives that bring us joy or contentment
2. choose to focus on the things that matter to us, whatever they may be
3. know that it's ok to rest
4. laugh more
5. eat well
6. move more
7. I hope we can focus on doing something nice for someone else.
If it's true that my focus becomes my reality, I hope I can focus on the beauty and kindness all around me and you are part of that.
What will you focus on this year? Let me know in the comments - I would love have you join the conversation!
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.