Friday, January 7, 2011

The Direction of My Art and My Life

Happy New Year. 

I become self contemplative when the new year rolls around and this year I find myself in an unsteady, unsure space. Last March I had a major health issue take charge of my life. I slowed down for a while and didn't sign up for any shows. Then a couple of opportunities presented themselves and I jumped back on the band wagon. Now I find myself wondering about my direction again.

I have such a strong desire to create, I find it difficult to deny myself any opportunity to create. However, by next September I will looking at two sons in college and also feel the need to contribute financially to my family. Up to this point my business has not been able to provide that. So what does one do? It is quite a task running a business when you are the one who is responsible for creating all the products as well as handle ALL the other responsibilities related to running a plan, marketing, vending at shows,  bookkeeping and so on.

In addition to my work I am MOM. I have been blessed to be able to be a stay at home Mom. I still have a younger son who still needs Mom around. I am pulled in many directions and at times feel conflicted as to where my attention should go. So what does one do?

My artful ideas are plenty. It seems my ability to translate those ideas into profitable internet sales are where my shortcomings fall. Selling my work at outdoor venues is always a joyful experience; it is however physically draining and I am still concerned about my health. So what does one do?

If I am going to continue to do what I love I need a plan. A better plan than the one I have been working with the past few years. I wish I could say I have the answers I seek. I don't at this very moment. I do have a plan for the moment. I am offering 30% OFF ALL lampwork beads in my Etsy and Artfire shops. I am practically giving my beads away. Beginning February 1, I will remove all items from my shops and I will slowly begin to list items which I see as a new direction for me.

Ema K Designs Esty use coupon code NY1130 for 30% OFF lampwork beads.
Ema K Designs ArtFire all items are priced to reflect 30% OFF

Thanks for visiting with me.


  1. Ema, that was interesting. I understand what you are saying entirely. I think it's healthy thinking things over and where you want to go. Looking forward to seeing your new directions and I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much.

  2. I really understand what you're saying. I just put my little boy in private school this year and it took a HUGE bite out of what I was bringing into the family via my full-time job, which is making jewelry. I had to rearrange cash-flow, get creative -- all quite daunting. And along with that I had a nasty diagnosis make the time I COULD spend making jewelry that much more difficult. So I hear you. I definitely hear you. Email me if you ever feel like venting!

  3. Thank you ladies. It warms my heart to hear from you.

  4. Ema, I also get where you're coming from. I hope you're able to find a way to keep creating your gorgeous beads.

  5. Ema,

    I am in the Blog Soup party and have started visiting blogs. Your beads are drop dead gorgeous!

    I can understand what you are saying about reevaluating and reassessing where you are. I am trying to do some similar things, set some goals for myself, and then set concrete things I need to do to reach those goals.

    I wish the best for you in 2011 and look forward to seeing your work in the Bead Soup party.

  6. Hi Charlene,
    I am looking forward to the bead soup party. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


I always appreciate your thoughts and comments, so please feel free to share. I encourage kindness in all words.


Related Posts with Thumbnails
Kleenex Softness Worth SharingKleenex Soft Tissues