Losing my father at a young age, and starting on my path as an artist and jeweler were directly related. It was difficult for me to share such a personal story with the world.
This year, I decided to let everyone see the real me. You can read it on my blog here. Big thanks go to Christina Rasmussen of Second Firsts for encouraging me to share.
Speaking of Christina, she was one of the clients that I worked with using a more intuitive approach to custom design. I looked at her photos, and came up with this design without asking her many questions.
She was very surprised to see the drawings, in which I captures her deep affinity for the ocean. She now wears this ring when appearing as a public speaker, and it helps her connect into the power of her message.
After many years, I returned to Japan to visit my husband's family. We began in Tokyo, stayed in a small town beneath Mt. Fuji, went west to Osaka and his ancestral town. We then took a tour around the Izu Peninsula, famed for hot springs. Somehow, I ended up as the designated driver!
In between all of the visits to family and friends, we took a day to visit one of my favorite cities, Kyoto. Pictured above is the Kiyomizu-dera temple, perched atop the hills that surround the city.
Every time we visit Kyoto, we seriously consider taking an extended sojourn in this elegant city.
When I am not in the studio creating, I like to move.
After recovering from an injury last year, I began studying the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Above you can see me training with another member of my group. called Grupo Ginga.
Similar to karate and other martial arts, we have a ranking system in our school of capoeira, which are cords instead of belts. In October, I received my first cord in capoeira.
As any martial artist can tell you, it is a source of great energy and lessons for life outside of training. Here is the website for my group.
If you aren't familiar with a mastermind, it is a group of people that band together for mutual support, exchanging ideas and holding each other accountable.
There are masterminds run by famous business coaches, charging big bucks. This mastermind was self-generated by all of the lovely women in the photo, who have a huge range of skills.
It is my wish for everyone to have their own mastermind, to help them stay on track in life, and have all of the support they need.
The 10,000 Small Businesses Program sponsored by Goldman Sachs has already graduated 7 classes of business owners. All of them businesses that have employees and substantial revenue.
This year, Tory Burch decided to have her Foundation co-sponsor the first class of all-women businesses, many with no employees yet.
It has been a great challenge and an inspiration for me to be part of this class of incredible women. The course is challenging me in many ways about how I can grow my business.
There are some big opportunities ahead of me, and I now know how to lay the proper groundwork for big success.
What were your big moments of 2012? I hope you will take some time to reflect on some of the great things that have happened this last year, because even in the toughest years, we can find something to celebrate, and accomplishments to acknowledge.
Talk to you again in 2013!
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Flashback to 10 Years Ago...
Hunched over the hotpot dish at the local
Vietnamese restaurant, I could barely keep my head up to eat. I was so
tired, with so much more work to finish. This memory of Thanksgiving
came back to me this weekend, as I enjoyed a lovely day off on
Thanksgiving and interspersed my work with other social events. I
definitely got enough rest. This memory, though it sounds a little sad,
is one I fondly remember. I was just beginning this journey of my
business, making the first few pieces of my collection, putting in the
first of the many hours of work that it takes to build a business.
As I mentioned earlier this fall, it was the tumultuous and traumatic events in lower Manhattan 10 years ago that launched me on my trajectory, gave me the courage to strike out on my own. By Thanksgiving weekend, I was holed up in my apartment, pulling together a small collection of designs to show at the upcoming Holiday Sale at the Craft Students League. In the end, I had about 5 designs. When I picked up my first bag of castings, I nearly fainted when I found out the bill was $500, and every single step of the making process took me eons to complete. I could never have guessed how much metal would pass through my hands in the next ten years, not to mention the rare and valuable gems that I would have the pleasure of working with.
At that first sale, I put the pieces right down on the tablecloth on the folding table. The leaf and the Tibetan cloud earrings, with matching pendants on leather cords, the flower pendant with a cabochon in the center, and a couple strands of handmade rosary chain with turquoise. I give eternal thanks to the handful of people that made purchases that day. If they had not appeared at the moment, who knows if I would have moved on to the next step?
relaxed environment of 24th st lofts
24th St Lofts Jewelry Show and Sale
December 10th 11-6
Deccember 11th 12-5
148 W. 24th St. (between 6th and 7th)
9th Floor, NYC
So here, I find myself, 10 years down the road, and I want to celebrate! To mark the 10th anniversary of that modest start, I am inviting you to celebrate with me. On December 10-11th, I will be exhibiting at the bi-annual show at the 24th st lofts with several other jewelers. We always provide wine and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere, but I am going to add some special things, including a giveaway!