Heart pendant- Lynn Davis
I've been thinking a lot about friendship lately. Joe and I have lived in the Mohawk Valley for a long time now. We moved here right out of college and found work right away. As adults, I have to say, it hasn't been easy finding deep and meaningful friendships. Yes, we've made friends, and have great acquaintances with people we've worked with over the years. But I'm talking about a different kind of friendship. Friendships where there is a connection.
Growing up, I was lucky to find a connection with my best friend Rosie. We met in the 4th grade. We were inseparable until we went to college. Now we keep in touch every few weeks but months normally go by between visits. A few years ago, my friend Tara started working at the museum. I was overjoyed to have another young woman at the gallery that I could connect with on a different level. We found out soon after getting to know one another, that we have the same interests, but not only that, share the same birthday! We talked yesterday at lunch about how the fact that our birthday is the same, has to have something to do with the fact that there are many many similarities in the two of us. We love the same types of food. We have a lot of the same fears, and share a love of jewelry. Our family values are quite similar also!
I crave friendship. I emotionally feed off of connection with someone. I've always been a very open book. I let it all out there. Typically right away. A person has no choice but to decide at that point whether or not they want to make the commitment to be my friend. I don't know why I have this tendency to want to connect with people on a much higher personal level. Well, I know why, but won't get into all that here. That's what therapy is for. But here is my point.
Making jewelry is a fun hobby. It's a calming and also energizing craft all in one. And it provides me with a nice creative outlet. BUT. It's not about that for me. For me, making jewelry, and selling it, is about making connections with people.
I am so glad that I decided to sign up for Etsy that one day almost 3 years ago. It's not only been a good catalyst for my jewelry business, but the number of wonderful friends that I've met along the way, have made this journey so worth it.
So this post is about saying thank you. And it's a way for me to tell you, my customers, my blog readers, the ladies that admire my work, that are inspired by me, that leave little comments every day, that are concerned about me, my life, my leaky roof... THANK YOU.
I appreciate you all, every day. And it's important to me that you have all really made a HUGE difference in my life. I've created meaningful and deep friendships with so many of you and I just can't thank you enough. You have no idea what it means to me that I can sign onto my computer in the morning and immediately be uplifted by the littlest comment or email or convo. Thank you.
From the bottom of my heart.