I sold a small collection to a local resale shop here in Asheville called Reciprocity. One of the designs I came up with to fit their clientele are these 18-gauge Ear Slides.
I gave Jessica a pair and she has been wearing them...the gauge of the wire is a little larger than the usual 20-gauge I use for ear wires, so if the wearer's piercings are very small, these might not work for them.
They look so cute on...but also a little edgy, too. I like the combination!
My piercings are pretty roomy from years of wearing heavy earrings...so they fit very comfortably, but these are not really made for 2nd or 3rd piercings going up the ear.
In the last few weeks, I have been busy, busy, busy getting inventory made and selling what I have. Feeling so blessed to be able to say that I have been able to meet all my financial obligations from running a new business from the sales of my work.
I am learning so much about personal value, too. How I value my time, my work output and where I want to focus my attention regarding my business' next steps. It's been emotional and scary at times...I had a mini-breakdown a couple of weeks ago regarding my own expectations, and I let some fear creep into my mind about what I am capable of.
As this happened at work, I was gently given the space to emote my frustrations by some very loving friends...that's the wonderful thing about being part of a creative community.
They understand and completely relate.
Growth requires a gathering in, a swelling...and then elongation into our something more. I believe my tears that day allowed for the elongation to occur, once I released what I was holding onto within.
I have so much to do yet...
My immediate concern is getting enough inventory ready for a conference I will be vending at on June 19th. It is the national Alliance for Divine Love (ADL) conference, and I am really looking forward to it.
And then I will be working on this website to have my new jewelry available for purchase. I have decided to let Etsy go, and I will be transitioning to a Square website for my jewelry which will be linked up to my retail gallery in the River Arts District. It will make my bookkeeping much easier!
I have been plagued with lower back issues which has been making my output at times agonizing. As you know, I am working on discovering what this means on a subtle body level for me.
My lower back, from my research, has to do with value of my own power and authority. It comes from thinking that people other than myself are taking control of my life. I have been contemplating this...how does that actually show up in my life? What are my thoughts about this?
I am finishing up some prior commitments I made when I was not handling the responsibility of running a brick and mortar retail space, or dealing with new accounts. I believe that is part of it. The thing is, I said yes to them. Other's didn't force me. But I think I have been framing it like that, instead of owning that it was ultimately my decision.
The lower back has to do with action. Forward motion...and that, coincidentally, is exactly what I have been struggling with over the last few weeks.
Our bodies are such amazing feedback machines letting us know where we need to adjust or change our thoughts and beliefs. Once we do that, the body can then realign and get back into balance.
Every sickness, every body condition that is uncomfortable and/or painful, is your higher self trying to get your personality's attention for change to occur so that your soul can move on to greater and higher learnings using the body as the physical vehicle for these experiences to actualize.
It is so much more empowering to understand this connection between our body, our personality and soul. The power to heal is ours. It always has been...and the older I get, the more I see how this innate conversation between all of our ways of expressing physicality has been under constant assault by those that want to monetize our pain for their own gain.
But old habits of thinking die a hard death. My ego personality is still holding on to the prior programming and it has been such a struggle for me to reprogram and test this out for myself.
Fear...is my main adversary. Once I whip this...I feel great things are just around the corner.
I think this new account with Reciprocity couldn't come at a better time...I am reminded that if I treat myself with kindness and love, that my life, and those around me, will respond in kind.
It is a reciprocal relationship that we have with ourselves as it relates to the relationships we have with others. I believe that those that treat themselves with disrespect, with unkindness and unloving thoughts, will see those beliefs reflected back to them by the others in their life.
How you treat yourself directly influences how you are treated by others. So be kind to yourself and watch what happens!