I am officially learning how to draw my own character clipart using CorelDraw X8, Adobe Photoshop CC (PS Elements is also good), & Microsoft Word. (Just in the training phase right now, but this is my 1st example mixing mouse drawn shapes with layered pre-made hair/ eyelashes that I still need to learn). So please be kind.
I made a play off the word “short” which represents myself at left in the graphic. My cousin is the tall one that I attempted to make, although not exactly. She’s been my partner in crime with previous graphics…so I wanted to show her what I’m learning. lol.
As if I don’t already have enough ideas for expanding my jewelry biz, right? lol. Seriously though, I never anticipated moving in a digital direction. This is another example of how following your creative path can allow your passion to open new doors. I make custom handmade jewelry, teach beading classes, offer jewelry making tutoring and parties, write tutorials and stories, create greeting & earring cards, and now I find a need to make my own digital art.
Yes, there is such a thing as doing too much. I have fallen victim to that throughout all facets of my career, school and home life. It left me feeling underappreciated, misunderstood, overworked and more prone to depression when I felt like my contributions weren’t valued.
Jack of All Trades, Master of None…Really?
There is an old quote that I used to try to rein myself in with: “A jack of all trades is a master of none”. There is more to this quote though: “…but oftentimes better than a master of one”. My varied skills and experience have led to more responsibilities, advancement, and opportunities, not only in my jewelry business, but also in my previous careers. Admittedly in my creative path of being a handmade jewelry designer, my efforts are better rewarded versus my previous professional positions. The excitement and feedback that I get from my customers, students and supporters fills my heart with joy.
So, yes. There is such a thing as spreading yourself too thin. Y’all know what I’m talking about. I still struggle with saying “no” to jewelry making projects or events even though I may be in the middle of a house remodel or doing our dreaded taxes (note to self…April 18th is fast approaching, but I digress. lol). If you are applying your energies to whatever you are passionate about, however, the many facets of your spirit come alive. Stress can actually become slightly more sparkly. lol.
Life is too Short not to be Sparkly- Live La Vida Loca!
For me, this new career has given me more than I ever dreamed, although I’m no Martha Stewart empire. lol. My heart feels less heavy, my mind has a better outlet for all my ideas, I feel empowered to act on my decisions rather than being restricted by fear or criticism. I have more confidence. I thrive best when I feel that I am making a difference, bringing some joy to people who may feel like they’ve lost their sparkle along the way. I believe we all benefit from offering kindness, sharing inspiration and giving love. I used to be afraid to show these feelings, for fear of rejection or criticism. Now that I am on my own creative journey, I see how much I held myself back. I’ve always been my own worst critic, taken the “safe way” because my previous circumstances always required that I be the “responsible one”. You can still be safe and responsible while pursuing goals that may not be in the traditional view. Life is too short to not be sparkly, my friends.
I do not know what the future holds for me, however, I am not allowing fear to override my desire to sparkle with success. Ok, well, really…I like to make others sparkle which ultimately makes me feel successful and sparkly. That’s another topic for another post. I may have to shift gears back over to a more traditional job eventually, depending on where life leads my husband and I. At least for now, I am fulfilling a dream while exploring unexpected opportunities and making others happy.
Share your Sparkly Stories
I’d love to hear from you. Are you venturing into uncharted territory with a career or life change? How are you tackling your own fears about whatever path you’re on? Do you feel supported by friends and family or do you literally feel alone on your sparkly path? I think we can all learn sparkly bunches from each other. I’d like to hear your story. I hope mine helps to inspire and empower you!