When I read Elizabeth Gilbert's EAT PRAY LOVE, my life changed. It didn't change overnight, but it changed and radically so. After reading that book, I realized I was stuck. I wasn't unhappy: I just wasn't growing and that doesn't work for me. So I left a long relationship, quit my long publishing career, and embarked on a journey that would take me to a new profession, that of a jewelry designer/maker and entrepreneur.
My version of EAT PRAY LOVE would have been titled LEAP STUDY EMBRACE: I took a huge and scary leap to walk away from my comfortable career; I studied like a maniac in my jewelry design program; and I fully embraced my new career--and self--as a jewelry designer. And every day I feel some degree of fear: of success, of failure, of lack of energy, of lack of inspiration and originality, of so many things!
When a friend recently gave me a copy of Liz's latest book BIG MAGIC, I felt the universe give me a big hug. Like EAT PRAY LOVE, BIG MAGIC is a game changer. What I'm learning is that it's okay to embrace and acknowledge all of those fears I have, and in knowing they're there, allowing them to be my companion rather than my roadblock. I love this quote from BIG MAGIC: "It isn't always comfortable or easy--carrying your fear around with you...--but it's always worth it, because if you can't learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you'll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting." She continues: "And that would be a pity, because your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you're still here. I know that's what you want for yourself, because that's what I want for myself, too." WOW. Yes. EXACTLY!
What I'm also learning is that in order to be creative (or fill in the thing that you're most focused on right now) you have to really be open to it, welcome it, and appreciate it. Ideas come and go, like so many things in life. But it's in truly appreciating them that creativity blossoms. That's when big magic happens.
My name is Judi and I make sustainable fine jewelry. I wake up happy every day because I'm able to do what I love for a living.