A wise friend once told me that the key to living your dream is to decide what it is you want and then break it down into small easy steps to achieve it. I decided that my dream is to work for myself, making jewellery and being creative every day and so I’ve taken the first and very scary step to achieving that dream…quitting my job!
Next week I am starting a diploma in Creative Jewellery at the London Jewellery School. I have done several courses with them before and am excited to be embarking on this new adventure with them. One of the most appealing things for me is getting back to studying. I can’t wait to learn all the amazing techniques and find out what I enjoy and want to specialise in.
I have been making jewellery for several years now and mainly work with wire and polymer clay, but I’m hoping this course will help me to expand my skills and hopefully make some really interesting and creative jewellery.
One of the things I found the most daunting about leaving a full time job was the worry of being lonely. Working for myself means working by myself without the company of other people to bounce ideas off and hold me to deadlines. I’m hoping that I’m going to meet some great, new, like-minded friends through my course, but I will miss the amazing people I’ve worked with for the last few years. I think that the fear of loneliness will be a great motivator to go out and network with other jewellers, small business owners and entrepreneurs.
I realise there is so much to think about when starting your own business, all kinds of admin hoops I will have to jump through and various other obstacles ahead of me but I feel ready and determined to tackle it all. I’m hoping to keep a record of my progress by posting on here each week, taking a look back at what I’ve done that week and looking forward to the week ahead. I hope you will enjoy my journey with me!
Jewellery enthusiast embarking on an exciting new adventure to set up my own business.