When was the last time you walked through a new door? Was it New Year’s Day? Was it the day your child was born? Was it the day you were married—or divorced? Perhaps the day you quit your job? What did it feel like? A breath of fresh air? A lightened load and spring in your step? A wider, expanded sky above you?
I’m feeling all of that and more. Today I’m happily announcing a new beginning. Because today I am recommitting myself to the artist within me, my craft, my jewelry. Today is a sigh of relief, a beam of sunlight through my office window—the smile on my daughter’s face.
For some time now, I have struggled with the direction of Relica jewelry. I spent too long trying to follow a business model that felt like the most practical approach and the industry standard for growth. But it crushed my artistry, encroached on my life, and drained my soul. I should know better than to attempt anything that is “standard” or conventional. It’s simply not who I am.
After three long years of forcing Relica to be what it’s not, I am taking back my joy, my authenticity and my creativity. I’ve learned that if I focus on what I love and approach my art and work from a place of inspiration and authenticity, it will become what it’s meant to be. As Elizabeth Gilbert so eloquently put it,
“… the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality. These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity. Attempts at originality can often feel forced and precious, but authenticity has quiet resonance that never fails to stir me.”
In the coming months you will see compelling new work and collections that I have been working on and I am looking forward to an exciting reveal. Until that time, I raise my glass to Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction and New Beginnings—(s)he symbolizes the essential process of allowing things to come to their natural conclusion in order for new life to blossom.