What are you waiting for?

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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