Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thoughts at the End of Another Year...

As the end of the year approaches, we begin to think of the days that have passed.  We think about the good moments, the bad moments, the sad moments, and the happy moments.  Most of the time, hopefully, the good outweighs the bad.  But it is a good time for reflection.

Questions I have been asking myself lately are, have I been using my time wisely?  Going forward, how can I better utilize my time so that I don't feel like I'm wasting so much of it?  Being unemployed, it is easy to fall into a sort of laziness - I'm looking for jobs of course, working on my jewelry (not as much as I would like to though), and applying for freelance jobs.  So I'm not frittering away my time, but I feel I could be more productive.  My biggest achilles heel is marketing myself and though I don't usually set New Year's resolutions, I am going to this New Years.  My resolution?  Get out there and promote and market my businesses.  Learn everything I can about marketing, promotion, SEO, and networking.  I'm good at what I do, now I just have to let everyone else know too!

During your reflections for the past year, what is the main question or questions you've been asking yourself?  How have you been answering them?

I look forward to reading your thoughts!  Have a great New Year's celebration everyone!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

"Just for Today"

A small, gentle reminder for what it's really all about:

Just for Today

Yesterday I met a stranger...

Today this stranger is my friend.

Had I not taken the time to say hello,

or return a smile,

or shake a hand,

or listen,

I would not have known this person.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday - however you spent and whatever it means to you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You Can Now Hire Me As Your Administrative Professional!

In addition to hiring me as your jeweler, you can also hire me as your administrative assistant!  I have started a new venture where I can utilize my 20 years of administrative experience by contracting out my services.  I am registered with Elance - so, to view my profile you can click on the box to your right, or you can head over to my new website,

In this day and age, I'd rather be able to depend on myself for my financial well-being.  If I can support myself through my jewelry and now as a freelance administrative professional, I will be ever so happy!!!

What an exciting time this is - scary, but exciting!  Will keep you posted with how it all goes!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meet the Artists of Milepost 5 - Kirsten Lew

My 15 minutes!  One of the artists here at Milepost 5 is creating a documentary about the artists here. It was really fun!  Here's my segment....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December First Friday Art Walk

This past Friday was my first participation in the First Friday Art Walks, and it went quite well.  I offered wine, cheese, and cookies which were enjoyed by those who stopped by.  Here are some photos of the table I set up showcasing my work - the light is not fantastic, but you'll get the gist ;-)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My New Studio!

I am finally moved into my new studio, and was able to get it ready in time for December's First Friday Art Walk.  Here are some pictures of my new space, which is almost double the amount of space I had before and it's cheaper!!!

My Paper Crafts Station