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Hard Decisions

Hard Decisions

Or Shifting my Focus

I have come to a fork in the road, my path could lead in many different directions, but I feel I need to make a decision now. I’m tired of drifting endlessly and being so indecisive. When I declared myself an artist in November 2015 (see link here) I was very vague, I didn’t articulate what exactly I meant by being an artist. I’m at a point now where I can look at the bigger picture and I’ve come to a decision. Have you ever gotten to this point before? I know I have many times, but this time feels different.

I’ve decided to shift my focus away from the path of a fine artist and a focus my energy on to my jewelry business. There are many reasons why I decided to shift focus. Mostly it is because I feel drawn to making jewelry, it was my first love.

This is not a decision about running away, it’s about moving forward. Jewelry will be an equally hard path as that of a fine artist, but I feel as though it’s more exciting to me. The idea of pursuing it gives me energy, as opposed to the vague notion of being an artist. I’m not 100% percent certain that this is the right decision, but I learned the decision-making isn’t about being absolutely certain, it’s about taking a leap of faith. Besides, life would be so boring if you always knew what was going to happen. That said, I have decided to commit to selling my jewelry 100% percent for the next six months.

I have been making jewelry for a lot longer than I have been painting. I feel more confident about my jewelry making skills and some of my pieces are selling. If I focus my energy on one specific project, who knows how far I’ll go?

In the next post I’ll share my history with jewelry making if you are interested. Please comment below to let me know what you think.

I’m going to focus this week on selling my copper disc necklaces. Come check them out and if you know someone who might like them, feel free to share.

I have come to this decision thanks to many people, first of all thanks to the support of my fiends at and my friend Lisa Walker England. I’d also like to thank my mother, without whom I’d be nothing (literally).

4 replies on “Hard Decisions”

I support you in your decision to follow the path that you enjoy, but more importantly, that gives you energy. How can that choice be wrong?

I think you’ve made a great choice Carley. Fine art is a very tough business. Craft can be just as rewarding and even more fun and actually make you some money. But keep in mind it always takes a while before a business takes off. And you need to work at your craft, to develop your own personal style and confidence. Be patient with yourself. Having art in your life is valuable for so many reasons. Take it from me, 6 months will not be enough. It will be hard work, but worth it. Most artists need to diversify in order to keep a study income stream, if that’s what you need. Don’t sweat it, it’s all part of the process. Much success to you!

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