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Big Skies / Big Dreams
One of my reasons for wanting to make the move to this career is my desire to see the world. I love to travel. The anticipation of new adventures, the chance to meet people outside my circle, the cultural differences that help me expand myself and the knowledge and inspiration I gather on each trip are all strong motivators for me.
So I was thrilled to head up to the gorgeous Whitefish, Montana this week and tackle quite a few items on that list. My main reason for going involved stopping in at some wonderful little boutiques downtown and showing them my new collection. I have always had a strong customer base in Montana, and really wanted to find the right stores to carry my items. But, in addition, I had a list of rocks shops, mines and miners I wanted to touch base with and see what stones I might be able to source for my next designs. The added bonus is the beautiful scenery and big skies that are plentiful up there.
Big thank you to my good friend Kelly, who hit the road with me, driving all over to find just the perfect stones. It was great to catch up on our lives and projects (she is launching her own business as well in a completely different field) as we covered the miles. One of the things about a good friend like that is having creative feedback from someone who truly has your best interests at heart. I hope each and every one of you has someone like that in your life!
It was also great having a friend along for an extra set of hands sifting through the bulk of stones we came across. I think the two of us sorted through in record time, pulling so many amazing pieces for hair sticks, pendants
As proud as I am of my designs, and as much confidence as I try and portray, it is still
So my trip up north was a success in so many ways; building relationships, building confidence and building sales. Can’t really ask for more than that. I packed up my suitcase and said farewell to such a magnificent place with a bit of a heavy heart. But, I am happy to be back home to my husband and my little studio (and I have a trip up back up planned for November), and thrilled to have new inspiration and materials to see what may come.
***I want to dedicate this post to my Uncle Luck, who passed away far too young this past week. Nothing in life is guaranteed, we only have today to make our dreams a reality and to say and do what is in our hearts. He went watching a baseball game, a passion we shared. His passing is a strong motivation for me to make every minute count.***