The weeks and months since the stay at home order due to COVID-19, have been challenging for me for many different reasons, as I’m sure it has been for everyone. Specifically related to my business, there have been times that I have been grateful for the opportunity to rest and recharge. I enjoyed having the time and space to be creative and think up new jewelry designs. However, there were also times that I felt defeated and extremely anxious about the future. In addition to worrying about the future on a personal level, I also agonized about the future of my boutique (which had only been open for 6 weeks), my business, the retail industry and the economy in general. On those days, I stayed away from my workbench – I only make jewelry when I’m in the right state of mind – when I can put positive and healing energy and lots of love into my designs. On those days, I did other things. I explored new creative outlets, read or watched a feel-good movie and practiced self-care.
I try my best in times of hardship and turmoil to look for the lesson and opportunity for growth. However, more often than not, it takes a bit of time and distance to truly be able to understand the takeaway and gain a clearer perspective.
My intention of taking this walk down memory lane with you and revisiting my history with jewelry-making is two-fold. I think it’s a cool way to connect with you - my customers and readers – a way for you to get to know me better and hopefully gain some insight into my background, experience, thought processes, philosophy and aesthetic behind my designs. More importantly though, writing about my journey will be a way for me to remember why I do what I do - why I love gemstones and making jewelry. Retelling my story will allow me to remember my resiliency and perseverance. It will be a way for me to reflect back on how far I’ve come, hopefully inspiring you to think back on all of the times that you’ve overcome challenges and obstacles in your life, putting what we are all going through because of COVID-19 into perspective – that in the coming weeks and months as we adjust to the “new normal”, we will all have a better understanding of what we were supposed to gain or learn from this experience. Hopefully instilling a sense of confidence that we will all come out of this together, stronger, wiser and like the Butterfly Effect, exactly where we are supposed to be.
Until then, I hope you will join me on My Journey To Blue Bird.
Next Up On The Blog: My First Experience With Beading.