So What's Next?

A lot of you have been wondering or have even asked me what is next for me now that I have graduated. I thought I would let you in on where my head is at now as I am entering into the "real world".

First off, I would like to start by saying how thankful I am for my college education. It has really shaped me into who I am today. I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life let alone who I wanted to be in this world. College challenged me to think outside of the box, to let my light shine in the world, to conquer my fears, to be passionate, to love, to make connections and to travel the world! My education gave me the tools and skills I need to move on to this new chapter in my life.

Second, I am thankful to my mom for pushing me to go to college in the first place and my family for being so supportive of me when I told them I may be a starving artist for a while... and when I told them I was going abroad to study jewelry design in Italy which may not help the starving artist lifestyle right away... and for being patient with me as I figured out what God was calling me to do.

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What is my plan for this new chapter? It is the same as it has always been. I plan to take each day one day at at time. About two years ago I started an internship at Studio JSD in Grand Haven, Michigan. There I have made friends who have since become family to me. Julie Sanford is like another mom to me, we get asked all the time if we are mother and daughter.  I am thankful to have her as a mentor to me, she has been so kind and has taught me so much about metalsmithing and life in general. I work once a week with Julie in her studio and I also have jewelry on consignment in her gallery as well. Please go check it out! Who knows, maybe some day soon I will teach a class at Studio JSD. Through Julie and my work at Studio JSD I met Lisa Lehmann who was a resident artist at the studio. Lisa offered me a job as a bench jeweler to help with production. Lisa has taught me so much as far as running a jewelry business goes and working in production. I work for her a few days a week as well and I would hardly call it work. Two friends making jewelry together, singing along to a mix of worship music, today hottest hits and the occasional movie instrumental soundtrack, nah thats not work. Lisa has opened up her home to me and her heart. I am so thankful for our friendship.

So what is my plan? I will continue spending my time working with these women. They encourage me, inspire me, push me, and motivate me to follow my dreams like they did and are still doing. I love what I do. I am choosing to continue down this road God has put me on because it is great. I believe if I keep working hard each day and trust God, He will put me where I need to be. I already know this to be true because I can already feel it.

 

Thank you for reading, if you enjoyed what I had to say leave me a comment in the comment section below & please let me know what else you might like to hear about!

Xoxo, Emma

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