Sunday, April 7, 2013

It's our FIVE year anniversary...

First piece The Pretty Peacock ever sold - very fitting!

Five years ago today - I officially created a company called "The Pretty Peacock".  I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur.  There are several adjectives that come to mind when I think of myself...but back in the day, entrepreneurial would not have been one of them. 

Now, I believe it is the only way I could truly be happy making a living.

The first piece I ever sold was the one pictured above. It was purchased just a week after it was listed by a person who was gifting it to a recent graduate.  My first sale was going to someone who was embarking on a new journey of their own.  Someone who will {sometimesneed to fight off what is practical, what is expected, what is mainstream...and follow her heart.  It could not have gone to a more perfect recipient.

In five years, there has been a ton of growth, both professionally and personally.  I have learned that things rarely come out as expected, but everything is a success in one form or another because 1) you likely learned something, 2) you know what DOESN'T work, and 3) no matter how tear-your-hair-out pissed you get, there is always another opportunity to do it another way.

When I started, I wished there was a "Answer All My Questions" book out there that I could just pop open and start attacking the list of steps in order to get where I wanted to go.  But now, I realize that making my own path, my own list of "rules", is clearly the only way to go.

I create my jewelry in much the same way: A lot of reckless abandon. Happy pursuits of chasing a whim.  Bringing to life pieces that I hope will bring tears, inspiration, reflection - pleasant emotion - in the midst of our chaotic world.

That's why I create what I do:  They are tangible pieces of happiness - not because of the metal it is made out of, or the gemstones that adorn it - but because the person who wears it gives it life. 

I am writing this post mostly as a note to myself to remember that I have been blessed to be doing what I love, that I work my butt off to make sure that my business keeps growing without sacrificing quality or artistic vision, and that I am so proud of where I am right at this very moment. 

It's not often that we give ourselves praise.  But, good gracious, we should. We should do it on a daily basis, maybe hourly if it's been one of those weeks. 

I am over-the-moon happy and proud to announce the Five Year Anniversary of 
The Pretty Peacock!


Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for taking that leap into the unknown and creating beautiful and meaningful jewelry :)

The Pretty Peacock said...

Thank you SO much, Jennifer - it's people like you that make me love what I do that much more!!! <3