What’s new for 2013? The Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank

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, site   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, help 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:

pencilfox. www.pencilfox.com

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

12 Responses to “What’s new for 2013? The Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank”

  1. Mary Spencer said...

    Your friend Gina is a wise woman! I too have struggled with valuing my art and have not painted in years do to this. Your story was an inspirations to get back to it. Thanks!

  2. Shelagh said...

    Thanks, Mary. Gena is one of the wisest women & best friends ever!

  3. andes cruz said...

    Exactly! About resolutions setting you up for failure. I agree. Also, yes, about the art. only you can make you be what you are. It’s 99% in the head, but the rest follows!

    So glad you joined out group Shelagh, it’s nice to have more voices! And fellow canadians! 😉

  4. Shelagh said...

    Thanks, I really enjoyed it, great motivation for these monthly posts to not be the only ones I do.

  5. barbaradonovan said...

    I understand having trouble keeping up the blog – I struggle with that too. Wonderful to hear about your committment to your art!

  6. Shelagh said...

    I never think my life and work could be that interesting!

  7. Laura said...

    That is amazing, Shelagh. I’m so very happy and proud for you! And just so you know, you’ve always been a professional artist to me.

  8. Shelagh said...

    Thanks Laura, you’re a huge part of it with all your help with this website. Its something that I’m very proud of & happy to send people to my site with confidence!!

  9. Kathleen Krucoff said...

    So much wisdom from your friend and you. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  10. pencilfox said...

    welcome [back] to the world of blogging!

  11. Jewelry by Natsuko said...

    great read! I don’t know if I’m artist but anything come from within, it’s art! (I think…)

  12. Robyn Hawk said...

    Welcome to the Think Tank – I can relate, it seems like I never make jewelry anymore unless I take a class…