In honor of Women's Equality Day on Sunday 26th, I thought I'd write about being a woman entrepreneur.
This wasn't my plan! I'm shy by nature (until I get to know you) and feel much more comfortable in a follower role, rather than being in a "leading" role.
I started out as a nurse many (we won't discuss HOW MANY) years ago. It was back in the days of foot and back rubs! Honestly, back then I was so shy I would dread it when a Dr. wanted to ask me a question:((
Then, I changed directions and went to school for physical therapy. I loved the combination of helping people to feel better and get stronger through exercise. I noticed the last year, that when I bent down to re-tie the patient's shoes, I had to push on something to help myself get up!! My own knees were complaining:)
Now, I design jewelry made with sea glass, gemstones and other gifts from Nature. As my jewelry making skills evolved, I decided to try my hand at selling the jewelry online.
So, I sit here writing to you today as a solopreneur. I envision the design, order supplies, organize supplies, create the jewelry, photograph it, upload it to the web store, print orders and package them, ship them, post on social media, respond to inquiries, etc... and I love every minute of it!!!!!
The main challenge of being a team of 1 is LACK OF TIME. You soon realize that nothing will be "perfect" again. You're constantly juggling your roles...Mom, wife, friend, business owner. I've finally accepted the fact that I can only do the best I can. I try to get the most important things done each day and be happy with that.
I've been truly blessed to have amazing and understanding customers! For instance, I missed sending a newsletter this month. My blog post is late. I went away for a few days this past week and two people graciously accepted a later ship date.
Thanks for sticking with me through this very busy summer!! School starts in a week and I'm looking forward to having a bit more time to focus on creating beautiful designs for YOU:)
I could spend hours on Pinterest looking at the different ways people decorate their homes with a coastal vibe.
Some day I'd love to do the same, but for now I have my "sea glass studio" AKA the guest bedroom filled with sea glass in containers, and one beautiful vase filled with sea glass and a candle in the house.
The pale blues, whites, beige and aqua colors used on walls and furniture choices are definitely soothing and make me want to sit down and relax!
Do you have beachy decorations in your home that make you happy? Maybe, a bowl filled with shells, a shell picture frame, candles nestled in a container with your beach finds, or driftwood?
I'm sure that if you have sea glass, it has a place of honor where you can admire it frequently!:)
The nice thing is that we can express our love of the beach and ocean in many ways, and they don't have to be expensive!
The dictionary defines serenity : as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.
If you look online, you'll find lots of lists of exotic places to visit to be serene. One list mentioned walking the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich,MA as a very peaceful experience.
For me, it's the smell of salt air, the sight of blue seas and the feel of warm sand on my feet, where I feel the most serene. Anytime I can get to the beach, whether it's early morning before the visitors arrive, or late in the evening, I always feel happier and more relaxed.
Research has now proven that when you spend time outside, you benefit! Where is YOUR special place? Do you fish or hike or practice yoga outside? I'd love to hear:)
If you're visiting Cape Cod, check out Yoga in Chester Park on Sundays with Elaine...weather permitting. It's a beautiful setting and a nice, peaceful way to start your day:)
At the moment, my favorite sea glass color is aqua.
My very first jewelry design included aqua sea glass as the special accent, and still does to this day (when I can source it!) I use it in the starfish and sand dollar necklace designs.
According to the book: Pure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte, the special material used to help create this gorgeous color, is copper! He explains that aqua was a very common color for soda, mineral and beer bottles. Later on, it was used in Bell Mason jars for fruit. The thicker the shard of sea glass, the deeper the color will be.
The sea glass I originally used in my designs, was probably from the telephone pole insulators, because it was the deeper shade of aqua.
As sea glass goes, it's one of the colors considered to be rare.
The word aqua comes from the Latin word water. As a Pisces, my element is said to be water:) Maybe, that's why I've always been drawn to the ocean?
I'd love to hear what YOUR favorite sea glass color is!
Have a wonderful weekend!
I was recently skimming through Coastal Living Magazine (I love it, don't you?), and was reading about their most recent list of beach towns to visit.
I was pleased to see that Nantucket was listed as number one! Each beach town seemed to have at least one thing it was known for.
So, I wanted to see what Falmouth was rated for, of course! Falmouth wasn't listed this time in the magazine, so I checked Trip-Advisor. It rated The Shining Sea Bikeway as the #1 attraction and thing to do in Falmouth.
I have to say, as someone who lives in Falmouth, it truly is one of my favorite places, however, I'm usually walking on it with a friend (so we can talk ...)rather than biking on it.
If you're not familiar with Falmouth, The Shining Sea Bikeway (named after a line in Katherine Lee Bates' anthem, America the Beautiful, is an 11.5 bike trail. It runs from Woods Hole to North Falmouth.
The bike path travels through beautiful woodlands, salt marshes and you have views of Vineyard Sound nearing the Woods Hole end of it.
If you're visiting in the area this summer, I highly recommend that you check it out!
Maybe, I'll see you out there:)
Watching the Royal Wedding this morning I was filled with happiness. What's not to appreciate about genuine love with a bit of fairy tale romance thrown in?
I have to confess that I don't watch the news very often now. I can skim the headlines on my computer, but so often the news is filled with tragic shootings and horrible events. It makes me tremendously sad.
Our country needs to come together again, for the sake of everyone. We need to spread acts of kindness and inspiration...not lies and violence.
I think the song lyrics by Hal David are spot on:)
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone."
Well, we were able to witness part of a true love story this morning, and I have to say it was a welcome change!!
Hoping that you enjoyed a few minutes of the Royal Love story too:))
How do you make your mother feel special? I've always loved this day and being able to show my mother how special she was to me.
Did you know that the idea of Mother's Day was first conceived by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia? In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of May to be Mother's Day.
Back in the 16th century in England, there was "Mothering Sunday", the day everyone would visit their mother!:)
Our mothers do SO MUCH for us and we often take it for granted as kids....it isn't until we're much older that we can fully appreciate all they do and sacrifice for us.
If your mother is still living, I hope you have the chance to spend some quality time with her on Sunday. Let her know how much she's appreciated and loved:)
Enjoy Sunday with the important women in your life!! I'm very grateful to have a fun baseball game to watch (hopefully, my son gets to play) and then dinner at my step daughters :))
This new sea glass necklace design has arrived just in time for Mother's Day! It's been getting rave reviews:)
It features a piece of genuine surf tumbled sea glass as the center piece, with different stone beads as accents. All hang from a sparkly sterling silver chain, which is adjustable in length.
This gorgeous sea glass necklace could be worn with a simple white tee shirt or as an elegant accent for a dressier outfit.
The deep, rich colors of the beads will remind you of the ocean and beach! The sea glass is a soothing aqua color.
This new sea glass design is classic and elegant for the beach lover in your life!
As I've matured, (doesn't that sound better than - gotten older?), I've definitely noticed that it doesn't take lots of fancy things to make me happy.
It seems that the more complicated life becomes, the more I truly appreciate the simple things! (for instance, I prefer to create simple and classic jewelry designs).
Here's a quick list of some of my simple pleasures:
1. a clear blue sky after days of gray and drizzle
2. being able to wear 2 layers instead of 4 to my son's baseball games
3. the sound of the surf when I'm beach combing
4. discovering a pretty piece of sea glass (OF COURSE!)
5. when dinner is already made when I get home
6. the first flower I notice popping up from the ground in Springtime
7. when my office is neat (rarely:()
8. having time to watch Fixer Upper
9. crossing off at least 2 things from my to-do list
10. listening to great podcasts in my car on errand runs
OK, I shared some of my simple pleasures...I'd LOVE to hear some of YOURS!
It's vacation week here on Cape Cod, so I'm hoping for lots of warmer days:)
Hope yours are warm and sunny too!
It may not look it or feel it in New England, but Spring has officially arrived!
I'm always happy with the arrival of Spring...Nature begins new cycles of plant and tree growth. We begin to notice the chirping of birds outside. The sky seems to be more blue and I'm always grateful to see more of the sun!
In my home, it's a time to do some deep cleaning, organizing rooms and donating anything not used in a while.
Springtime is also when baseball starts. That means LOTS of LAUNDRY!!!!
Many yogis honor the arrival of Spring by moving through sun salutations or by reciting positive mantras.
My father used to start researching which plants he wanted to grow, and he always started a few vegetables inside, in pots.
If you've been stuck inside all winter, now is the time to start getting outside again:) Interacting with Nature will boost your spirits!!
Of course, it's a fun time to search for sea glass. You just never know what the wind will uncover!
It rained today and snow is in the forecast, but at least I know it won't last!!:)