This is my submission to win a scholarship from Flourish & Thrive Academy.
These are the questions I answer in this blog post:
· Where are you in your jewelry business now?
· What’s holding you back in your business and your life?
· What is your vision for your business? Where do you want to go? What are your biggest dreams and desires?
Gutsy Girl has been a long held dream of mine, one that I feared embarking on for most of my adult life. After years of soul searching I know what I am capable of, what I’d like to achieve, learning to let it out, let go and embracing the journey I know I must take.
Last year when I decided to follow through with my dream, I researched ferociously. That’s what I do, when I want to dig deep. I leap right in and absorb everything I can. I set up my website, blog, twitter, facebook, create, dream, create some more. But a few months into it, I got scared and the fears took over – Can I do it? Will what I create be worthy of attention? Will people understand what I’m trying to do? Can I infuse my soul into what I create?
In October I stopped questioning, doubting myself and took action. There were signs I was on the right path so I applied for a space at the BrisStyle Indie Designers and Indie Twilight Markets, these markets were held a week apart in December. For 6 frantic weeks, I made jewellery at every available opportunity, outside my day job in contracts management. I worked late into the night and would wake up, get ready, go to work, come home, make dinner and create some more. It was worth the effort, but you can imagine how crazy it was at our house for my husband and daughter!
2012 was a great year because I took the leap, I trusted myself finally and I had 2 successful market events in a short period of time. I knew I had made the right choices despite the earlier internal struggles. I know I’ve succeeded already, because I began.
Doing what I love part time holds me back because my dream can only go at a certain pace when I have responsibilities in my daytime career. This can be frustrating, but I know it is a part of what I must go through. Sometimes I procrastinate hard and I don’t create a thing for weeks. I know I hold myself back at times, but then I wake up and I know that I am what started this dream so I know I can pick myself up, and keep going. 2013 is my year to Soar.
My vision is to make beautiful silver jewellery with colourful and rare gemstones, harnessing the gemstone superpowers to empower the wearer. I aim to create one of a kind and limited editions. I want to infuse my artwork and words into my collection also – heartfelt messages to inspire. My biggest dream is to create beautiful things all day long, to make it my life’s work, for it to be successful enough that I may quit my day job. I want my daughter to see that dreams can come true and that it takes a Gutsy Girl to live a big Gutsy Life.
Hello, I'm Sharyn: Gutsy Girl Chieftess, Founder of of Gutsy Girl and Gutsy Girls Will Rule The World. I am the Creatrix of Sacred Circle Leadership Training and Gutsy Mantras.
Get to know me on my About page.
I'm so pleased you are here!
As seen in...
All content, artwork and jewellery designs unless otherwise stated