In late 2010, I lost my three-year job at a Royal Oak popcorn shop after it was forced to close. At the time, it was the end of my world. Since then, however, I have realized it was meant to be. Though some may disregard the importance of a popcorn shop, it was really my safe haven. I loved my job, I made amazing friends within my coworkers, and my boss and his family were kind people.
I decided to overload my school schedule the following semester as a coping method. I applied for a journalism internship with Patch.com and managed to get it. As the semester winded down and my internship led in to a paid freelance job, I applied at an art market to supplement my income. I was shocked when they offered me the job. I made a variety of professional connections between the two jobs and decided to pursue my love for jewelry making. There are so many fabulously inspirational artists in the Michigan area. They each made me realize that anything is possible and selling my jewelry can be a reality.
Since then, I have invested in supplies, opened an etsy, built the foundation for my website, accumulated 58 Facebook fans, got my line in to Whimsy and joined the Traveling Artists Roadshow – a local group that organizes and sells at affordable shows throughout the area. Next Saturday, I will be participating in my first show to clear our my old bead work style to make room for my vintage-inspired line. I am excited about the future of my breathingmoment line and I appreciate the kind words and support you’ve already granted. This summer has offered me the time to begin this jewelry line. Now, in about a week — I will begin my quest to complete my Bachelor’s Degree. Sadly, I won’t have as much time to concentrate on my jewelry. However, I am pleased with the things I have accomplished this summer and thankful for the wonderful people I have met along the way.