This Easter weekend I decided to go back to my roots in my business. I thought it would be kind of nice to participate in a local craft show. When I first started making my julz in 1992 I would exhibit in about 25 craft shows a year. It was a great way to get my name out there. Since unique hand-made items were not available on line, there was no Etsy or even Internet, it was the place to be on the weekend! People would come out in droves and admire all of the items that artisans worked so hard to create. I would exhibit in Burlington one weekend and London the next and sometimes see the same people shopping at both shows. I’m telling you, it really was a “thing”. Most weekends all of us crafters would walk away with a couple of thousand dollars in sales. I knew so many crafters who were able to make this their living. They’d work hard all week building inventory and do a different craft show every weekend.
Imagine if you never looked forward to coming home at the end of the day. If the person you lived with had severe mood swings, called you names, swore at you, threw things and maybe even hit you.
This is a reality that too many people live with. Both women and men will stay in abusive relationships for a bunch of different reasons. These reasons are important to recognize, they explain why we should never look in as an outsider and judge the victim.
I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. I stick to my processes and make sure that the goals I set for myself and glamjulz get completed no matter what I have to do. When life takes over and I can’t go along with my original plans, let’s just say I get a little twitchy.
In all of my studies about being a successful business person, there is one topic that comes up over and over again.
We are strongly advised to “Listen to our customers and give them what they want.”
Over the years I have received special requests from people in terms of custom designs and alterations to existing jewelry pieces. For me, it has been challenging to get to the root of what I can do to make my business better for my customers. Everyone is so encouraging and I get way more positive feedback than feedback about something that might be lacking.
First of all I hope everyone had an incredible International Women’s Day, I felt particularly spoiled this year. Starting with the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. What a fabulous night! I was honoured to be amongst carefully selected nominees who were comprised of a group of women whose life’s work has been to change the world for the better! The winners radiated like beams of light. All so humble in their acceptance speeches and crediting all of their fellow nominees proudly holding their awards in their trembling hands. We all felt pretty special and proud of the company we were in!
It always surprises me when I tell people that I’m getting ready for the spring One of A Kind show and their response is : “What? They have a spring show too?”
There has been a spring show since March of 1979. That’s 40 years already! Can you believe it?
I’m sitting here on my couch right now. It’s gloomy outside and that wind is really picking up. Boink is all snuggled up beside me and I barely made it out of my PJ’s today.
We sure have been hit hard with winter this year, haven’t we? I always find that the most frustrating part is making plans and having to reschedule or even worse, cancel in the last minute because of the weather. Let’s face it, you have to be an incredibly positive person to stay happy when the weather keeps beating you down.
Last week my husband asked me to watch a documentary with him about one of his favourite comedians, Tig Notaro. Her story was touching and filled with events in her life that left her heartbroken. In 2012 Tig’s Mom died suddenly and shortly after Tig was diagnosed with cancer. Determined to carry on the life line of her mother Tig tried everything to have a child, despite the risks (more…)
Are you into the horoscope stuff or not? Some people live by it and some people think it’s a bunch of baloney.
I have always been intrigued. Any theories that are magical and connected to the moon, the stars, and the big beautiful Universe, I’m IN!
I suppose I love it so much because it gives me hope. When things aren’t going my way it’s comforting to hear that mercury is in retrograde. When I might become frustrated with someone in my life I will often refer to the characteristics of their star sign to help me gain compassion for them. Am I crazy? Maybe, but so far it’s working for me.
So, in case you haven’t heard, the Year of the Pig is all about (more…)
So . . .
How are you feeling about the new year so far? Are you working through your goals and all of the things you were convinced that you’d be better at accomplishing this year?
Isn’t it crazy what we do to ourselves? We know full well that we are creatures of habit yet we really, truly believe that just because the new year is here we can be rid of our old habits and fall into new, productive ones with absolutely no resistance.
Okay, you may or may not agree with me. Maybe I’m saying “we” to make myself feel better! Ha ha! But being 100% truthful with you, these are the expectations I put on myself every year.
For the past four weeks, while on my quest to become a better version of myself, there have been little miracles that are pushing me towards success. Is this what happens to people when they enter the year they are going to turn 50? If it is, then hallelujah!
It’s an ever so gentle shift I’ve had within myself, something that isn’t a major epiphany, just a little something that’s helped me see myself in a new light.
Are you ready? . . (more…)