Some of you may know that’s I’ve been writing a business advice column every issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry for the past three years. I still remember when the invite to write a column came into my email from Cynthia Levens. It was one of those moments where you read something and then pause a moment because the news can’t immediately sink in. I clearly remember reading the email, tilting my head to one side because I wasn’t really sure she was asking what I thought she was (offering me a regular column!) and then looking about my studio to see if there was a hidden camera somewhere. I know it sounds very silly now, but at the time I was sure it was a cruel hoax. How could it be that my most favorite publication in the entire world wanted me to become a columnist?! After jumping up and down in my studio like an idiot with a huge smile on my face, I calmly and professionally wrote this amazing editor back with this very simple reply: “Heck, YES!!!!” (I figured a little enthusiasm and passion wouldn’t hurt me too much).
From that point, I submitted a year’s worth of column ideas to her and also came up with a name for it. I didn’t want something like Business Success, even though that is the gist of what I write about. Instead, I asked Cynthia if I could explore this idea that I had in my head for a long time. I call it Art Chooses You. What it means is that I’ve done enough interviews over the past (mumble mumble) years of writing that I have the firm belief that artists are simply born artists. There is no choice. It’s just part of our DNA and as much a part of us as our eye color or if we are right-handed or lefties. Cynthia took a leap with me and allowed me to do my thing. She always supported me and she made it so easy and enjoyable to work for her magazine. I have truly loved every moment of writing Art Chooses You.
This January as I was driving home from CHA, I knew it was time for me to give up my column. As much as I love writing it, so many things have changed for me in the past 3 years. Namely, ICE Resin is growing very rapidly and running my part of the company (marketing/education/sales) is demanding my entire focus and attention. I actually missed my December deadline because I was so eyeball-deep in CHA and Tucson preparations. It was the one and only time Cynthia had to come down on me, and rightly so.
I care too much about all the Stampington & Co. publications and the personal friends I have made with the editors, director of photography and the manager of the Shoppe at Somerset to let them any of them down. So it was with a heavy heart that I resigned from my column. As I was writing my last one, I began to feel a bit free because I knew I was making the right decision. It’s time for the readers of Belle Armoire Jewelry to have a fresh perspective on business success. It’s time for me to set a few more boundaries on my time. It’s the ebb and flow of life and business, and I’m here to tell you it’s so worth it to listen to the small inner voice deep inside you.
This voice is the whisper of our soul. The whispers of our heart. They will continue to whisper to us until we listen. When we don’t listen, they grow louder until they scream. My decision was at the low, low whisper stage. But I know myself well enough to know that it was time for a change, and that change is good.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with all my past columns. Friends have asked me to make them available on my blog. There’s enough good stuff there that I think I’d rather turn them into an ebook. I’m not sure. Stay tuned!