You would think writing would be easier for me...
If you know me, you already know that my first career was in book publishing. So, it's a little embarrassing that writing blog posts intimidates me to no end. I worry about who will (or won't!) read my musings, creating content that will capture your attention, and, most importantly, sharing something that will add to your day. It took me over a year to choose a topic and I landed on the single-most important thing to me: Friendship.
Working in publishing gave me a wonderfully rich environment in which to meet people and make friends. When I left publishing exactly three years ago I walked away from a secure profession where I'd forged many treasured relationships with whip-smart women and men who taught me some of my most valuable life lessons. From those friends I learned how to say "no" when I needed to; to appreciate and believe in myself; and to be fearless in the scariest moments. If it weren't for my friends, I really don't know if I'd have been able to confront my countless concerns about becoming a full-time student and, later, an entrepreneur.
Now, two years in to my new career as a sustainable fine jewelry designer and entrepreneur, I'm so happy and honored to say that I've built a wholly new network of friends who all share a passion for jewelry in one way or another, Working for yourself can be really lonely and being the older "new kid" is intimidating: there are days where I work in self-imposed solitude and there are so many occasions where I'm aware of just how much I still have to learn, often from people who are much younger than I am. I'm very lucky to have met and befriended a bunch people who are just as smart, inspiring, and generous as those friends I met--and still have--through publishing. The new friends I've made continue to inspire me to be fearless and to believe everything is possible if you work hard, prepare well, and play nice, always. I feel so fortunate to have my dream job and to have a network of friends both old and new who keep me going on both the greatest and most difficult days.
To you, my dear friends, thank you!
"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing."
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.