"Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. This is the principle behind lotteries, dating, and religion."
...and handmade polymer clay jewelry and accessories?? This quote by Scott Adams (found on We Belong Here) couldn't be more true somedays. I guess you really can't say that making jewelry is irrational necessarily — but the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs is hitting home these days. When people ask what I do for an occupation - my standard answer is that I made a living as a graphic designer/illustrator/creative — as the owner of my own little freelance business. It kept me busy enough to contribute to family's income as well as leaving me enough time to raise my children. I had a lot of really great clients which satisfied my ego and primal desire to be a working woman. Then - the economy tanked. So now, I say with a questionable look on my face. that I design jewelry. That triggers many responses – from supportive nods to "Aren't we being just a tad indulgent? Get a real job!" glances. I prepared for weeks recently for an event where I anticipated doing very well. By the close of the evening I had made just two sales. Staying motivated and confident is part of the journey. It ain't as easy as it looks!