I read that today is National All or Nothing Day:

“We all have dreams we hold back, decisions left to make or plans uncompleted. On this day, people break free of everything holding them back. Everyone has at least one thing that they would like to overcome, need to do or want to do but might be fearful or hesitant to do so. This is the day to go ahead and do it, take that first step and go for it.”

And I realized…you know, I consider myself an artist, but I’m not making any art.

For a while, I had a good excuse. I broke my wrist. And then my mom died.

But over a month passed between the time I made something and the time I broke my wrist. What happened?

I think I started feeling like, “No one buys my jewelry. Why bother making it?” I wasn’t getting enough positive feedback. I made several pieces in September that I thought were awesome, and I was sure they would sell. They didn’t. I made some other pieces in December that I thought were awesome, completely different from the others, and I thought they would sell, and they didn’t.

was passionate about yarn and fiber, and I ended up $40k in debt. I was passionate about making jewelry, and I was still not making enough money to live on. That made it hard to keep the passion alive.

I started studying coding, planning to transition to work I could do that would pay more, but after my mom died, my brain was too scrambled to concentrate. I figured I would come back to it later. And now I’m spending most of my time selling vintage jewelry.

I like the vintage jewelry.

But…

I’m still not making enough money.

And I’m still not making art.

In my soul, I’m an artist. I need to make art.

And I need to make money to live in this society, since banks and grocery stores don’t accept earrings as payment.

I’m not sure where I’m really going with this. I just know I need to change something, and I don’t know what or how.

In the meantime, my bank account is hungry, so in honor of National All or Nothing Day, use the coupon code ALLORNOTHING in either shop to get 26% off your purchase. Valid now through Sunday night on all items except custom spinning services.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RiinGillDesign?coupon=ALLORNOTHING
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaLikedShinyThings?coupon=ALLORNOTHING

Riin
riin.gill@gmail.com