Back in the summer of 2009 I was fully involved in a demanding full-time marketing career and making jewelry on the side. During a visit with my Dad, I mentioned that it would be lovely if I could make jewelry design a significant part of my career and income. I was really just day-dreaming. That fantasy seemed very far from my grasp. Much to my surprise, my Dad’s response was, “What are you waiting for?”
What are you waiting for? Those 5 simple words from the king of practicality felt like chains falling away from my heart. If it didn’t sound crazy to my do-the-right-thing Dad, maybe this wasn’t such a far-fetched idea after all. I started to really ask myself that question, and lots of others like, “What would my ideal work/life balance look like?” and “Will I still be as excited about making and marketing jewelry in 1o years as I am today?”
When the answers began to gain clarity and “feel” right, I started putting a real, workable plan in place to scale back my responsibilities at the National Mango Board and get serious about my jewelry business.
My journey started with that simple but challenging question. I urge you to think deeply about what will make you happier, more content or more fulfilled. Then, as a wise man once asked me, I’ll ask you: “What are you waiting for?”
March 2, 2012
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