Have you found that sometimes when you are going through some things that it can be difficult to find that happy within? I listen to The Michael Baisden Show on a regular basis, not everyday but I tune in several days a week. He was talking about living your dream, what would you do for free? Good question, and my answer is blogging, making jewelry, and a couple of other things. I really enjoy making jewelry and blogging, it’s relaxing and a for of therapy for me. I realized when I started blogging that I found something that I truly enjoy. Would I like to make money from blogging? It depends, as long as I can keep my voice, it doesn’t stress me out and I can still enjoy it, then yes. I’ve read a couple of blogs where women started blogging, because successful and have walked away from it because it’s not fun or fulfilling to them any longer.
I remember when I started making jewelry, I would make pieces and practically give them away because I wanted to get my name out locally. What I found out and I learned quickly is people didn’t want to pay me, but would pay top dollar for retail or to go and let someone else make it for them. One woman wanted me to make a Mothers’ bracelet for her, with her three kids name on each strand. I made these bracelets with sterling silver beads, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver findings. I agreed and gave her my price, she wanted me to go buy the materials, make the jewelry and then she would pay. Ummm, I was born at night, but not last night! Who did she think I was? I told her that she would have to pay for the materials and I would let her know how much I would charge to make the bracelet. Well needless to say, I didn’t make the bracelet for her. She did go to a local bead store and paid $130.00 for the bracelet. My price was about $30 cheaper, but you learn. After that little incident, I slowed down on making jewelry for other people, because I wasn’t gonna spend my time making hand made jewelry with quality products and not get paid for my work. Plus I could tell that it would take away the joy I have for making jewelry.
Blogging is something else I enjoy, I do it at my pace and I love it. I write from my heart, I have so much to share about my past, present and future. I share stories and situations that I hope will help and entertain. I would like to build a brand, but that takes time and hard work. Will I be successful at blogging? Depending on your definition of success. I would like to build my reader list and hopefully have more people comment, but I’m just fine with the pace that’s it’s going at the present time.
I’ll just stay in my lane and do what makes me happy at the present time. Hope you all can identify with me and do what makes you happy. Here’s a few pieces that I’ve made, the brown on the left is a necklace, the other two are bracelets. Have a wonderful evening.