So, this was a really long absence and I have a feeling it’s not quite the end of it yet! Nonetheless, I really miss jewellery making and all aspects surrounding it.
Why the absence?! A pregnancy, a not-so-smooth house move, a charity course and lots of work! Now, despite the fact things are not quite where I want them to be yet, I am actually able to sit down and write for the time being. So before going into what this post actually is about – jewellery making/business tips and articles – and just so you know where I’m at, here’s what’s happening: I am reaching the end of my pregnancy with just a few weeks to go (and Peanut is jumping and moving around like he’s having the time of his life) and therefore I just went into Maternity Leave. At the same time, I’m still going through the house move and I am now trying to catch up with my year-long charity course (for more details, feel free to have a look at my separate blog In Briana’s shoes, in which I tell of my journey as a Charity Apprentice).
Well, without further ado… One way to kick myself “back into shape” is by beginning with my emails, including all the pending emails that I’ve received about starting up a business and jewellery making. Because of this, and because I have a lot of them, the vast majority from Etsy blogs, I decided it would be a good idea to go over my most interesting reads and share them with you:
I know, I know, I get addicted to everything I read about time management because I’m so bad at it myself. But I love the tips in 10 ways to get more done (and stress less) and how easy it is to relate to this article and make sense of what Vana is trying to convey!
I didn’t pay much attention to articles about workspaces before but now, going into a new house myself, they seem to suddenly be full of interesting ideas for different spaces! There is also the alternative to rent a desk or space, should you need to expand the business at some point. Here are a few Inspiring Workspaces:
- (r-ki-tekt) – Gorgeous workspace and her story shows… patience pays off!
- La Lisette – I’m in love with the space! It’s bright and simultaneously cosy, perfect to create new items… And can I just say… the watermelon bag!!
- PataPri – Working with a seaview? Yes please! I’m sure it inspires Yuko everyday!
Again, to put it bluntly, I didn’t really see the use of reading about other people’s successful stories before – mostly because I didn’t want to feel discouraged in comparison – but let’s be honest, it’s not easy to make it in a market full of starting business owners who are trying to thrive just as much as you are! But these inspirational stories might be exactly what you want to read when things are not going according to plan and you’re in need of a pick-me-up!
- La Loba Studio – I love how the business started off for Emese and her reasons for doing what she does.
- Gardens of Whimsy – again, an unusual start for this business but it just goes to show things sometimes start from the unexpected.
- BespOakInteriors – how a business can, quite literally, branch out from a career.
On a different note, with a lot happening in the next few weeks, who knows when I will have down time to write again. Either way, I’m counting the minutes, and with moving, I cannot wait to put my little workspace together – post coming soon!
Until then, take care everyone!