I’ve struggled with the updating of my blog. I don’t want it to be all jewelry or all life stuff. I honestly don’t have a ton of time to sit down & get into creative writing. SO, I joined a blogging group! Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank
This group came to me through a fellow jewelry artist. We post on a specific topic on the 20th of every month, all at the same time. Everyone comes from different places, so its going to be interesting to see their take on the topic.
I really don’t like new years resolutions – not many people actually follow through & I feel that it just sets people up for failure. I’d much rather subscribe to a goal or life change.
Mine is more of a realization – growing self-confidence – If I don’t value myself & my business then no one else will!
I am a busy Mum of 4 kids, a real job, a farm, cows, horses, rental property – the list goes on and on. I really love my silversmithing work, but until now, it has been pushed back. I finally realized last week that it wasn’t life, or other people and commitments that were stopping me from working at it – IT WAS ME.
Secretly I didn’t take my work as seriously as I should have. For me this was a bit of a hobby that turned into something more serious, but I didn’t really consider myself an artist. It wasn’t until I was invited to show in the Western Showcase at Calgary Stampede last year that I felt like this was serious. I kept thinking they made a mistake, that they were going to tell me they changed their mind. I went in there surrounded by ‘real artists’ – they seemed different than me, the way they talked and expressed themselves was real. Then I realized they all have other committments, real jobs – the difference between them & me is that they make the time to work on their craft.
So what is in store for me in 2013? Its simple – I am committing to working at my bench/business for 2 days per week. I am going to be at WORK, taking my self, my art & my business seriously. I got some great advice from a great & wise friend, Gena Lacoste. She said, “only YOU can give yourself permission to be an artist Shelagh. Go for it!”
Check out the other participants of the Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank:
Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/
Natsuko Hanks http://jewelrybynatsuko.blogspot.com/
Christine Esovoloff: http://christineesovoloff.tumblr.com/
Sierra Keylin: http://sierrakeylin.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Krucoff http://mysticalmythicalmetalwork.wordpress.com
Barbara Donovan: http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/
WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear: http://www.wattoonline.com/news