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I recently attended a panel discussion called Burn Bright Without Burning Out–Women, Careers and Life! It was hosted by Boston Glow, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is “to foster opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active, engaged world citizens.”
The timing of this talk could not have been more appropriate for me. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am at somewhat of a crossroads in my life: to continue down the path I have been going and find a job in my career line, or take the riskier unpaved path and focus on my jewelry business? I still have not quite figured that out, and right now I am straddling both paths.
Which I am sure many of you know, is not always easy.
As I try to burn bright writing cover letters, interviewing, temping at my old job, and growing my jewelry empire (as Sam likes to refer to it), I often finding myself coming close to extinguishing. For example, the other night I was so excited to have a free night at home. I was going to finish a blog post, work on some jewelry, and get some chores done. I had that (reasonably short) to-do list ready for when I got home from work and I was pumped.
Then I sat down to make some jewelry…and nothing. I was not inspired, I didn’t want to do it, and despite having sold a bracelet the previous day I started to feel like a failure.
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Why haven’t that many people looked at my Etsy shop?
Why haven’t I made more jewelry?
Why haven’t more people read my blog?
How am I going to keep up with all these marketing “must-do’s”?
What am I going to do with my life?
At that moment, I did not feel that I was burning bright. It had clearly turned into one of those overwhelming moments of self-doubt. So instead of getting anything done that night, I wallowed in my sorrow and watched the DNC with my husband.
Apparently what I needed was a good night sleep. When I woke up the next morning I felt rejuvenated and was able to write that blog post. I reminded myself that I had made five sales (yay!), I had a whole weekend where I was going to be home. I would have time to make jewelry, update my Etsy shop, read up on some marketing stuff, and of course relax a little.