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A Fear of Success Saga: Jewelry Studio Remodel

Fear of success is something I’ve self-diagnosed. Yep, I think WebMD said I have all the symptoms.

As I mentioned before, one of my interests is making jewelry. When we moved into this house, the previous owner had a workshop in the basement and I remember seeing it and knowing this would be my new jewelry studio!  We just had to buy this house – the workshop would be my Girl Craft Cave!

As you can see, it needed some work. I spent several months putting Drylock on the walls (a thick, sandy paint-like substance that helps stop moisture), sanding and painting the cabinets, painting the concrete floors, and adding new stainless steel cabinet hardware. I don’t skimp.

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Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job Dreams
Photo by Vince Dudzinski

I am sure you have heard about people who quit their day job and followed their dreams to work for themselves.  It does happen to people.  Unless those people are not human and are super-powered extra terrestrial beings that have the ability to get out of the cubicle – and people like us don’t.

I realize the example below probably has odds of happening similar to those of winning the lottery.  I prefer to believe the chances are greater and I have read similar tales in magazines like Country Living and Oprah.  And we all know that if Oprah says something, it must be true.


You heard from a friend of a friend whose sister knows a Julie Schmulie so-and-so who left her six-figure monotonous banking job and is now following her dreams selling smelly soaps full-time on Etsy.  She just “wasn’t inspired at the bank.”  She loves her new life and the flexibility of working for herself.  She now gets up around 9am, takes her dog for a long walk, and then gets busy making soaps.

Let us all take a deep breath in (swoosh) and take a deep breath out (whhhooooo) and then, without hurting yourself, let’s all do a collective eye roll. Continue reading