Warning: Getting What You Want Can Impede Your Progress

A long holiday weekend and not very much to show for it except for a few sunburn areas while grabbing what Northern California sun decided to peek through. I managed to finish my catalog (offline) and make a serious dent in the descriptions for the products that still need to go online. So far the product count online stands at 10.

"Budding Daydream" - vintage bead and crystal on sterling silver
“Budding Daydream” – vintage bead and crystal on sterling silver

So what’s slowing me down? I was seriously sidetracked this weekend by other ventures or side ventures that all seemed to be related to For Your Adornment. Or at least I thought at first. I did make a necklace with a technique I had never tried before with some success. I also finished a book, never mind that I had read it before. Still a great book even after 15 years.

I researched using Esty.com as another option for selling my jewelry, and that’s about as far as I got. What slowed me down when I got there is what we used to refer to in the IT department as “impostor syndrome”. This is the feeling that by comparing your capabilities or background or creativity to the new person (or really experienced person) your self-esteem goes down the tubes, fast. I have to stop looking and start putting a few items on Etsy to test the process.

I would love to hear from anyone that is using Etsy. What has your experience been? Is this your only selling venue online? Feedback totally welcome.

As far as keeping up the momentum, I’m looking at Veronica, Danelle and Dawnda just this week for my inspiration. There’s nothing better than the deep breath you experience when you aren’t alone on the path.

All the sparkle of summer for you and yours – Heather

(Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her.  Heather’s post day is Thursday and her soon to be launched jewelry site is For Your Adornment)


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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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  • Dawnda

    You got outside and got some sun? That is wonderful!!

    You may not feel like you got as far as you could have but look what you learned about yourself. Never underestimate the leaps you can make with your own self discoveries. (That sounds like I almost know what I am talking about doesn’t it? Yeah I probably read something like it somewhere.)

  • Hi Heather… I am a friend of Alyse’s and I have used Etsy. I have yet to sell anything on there, but it is easy to use, and easy to put stuff up on. The catch is to NOT compare yourself. You have a unique vision and unique item. Take lots of pretty pictures of your stuff and put it up. I found it was better for me to sell at other venues (local craft fairs for example). Then you will get the one thing Etsy doesn’t offer… a live person telling you how lovely your handwork is. Just my suggestion. Good luck with your venture!

  • I have such problems judging myself against others. I’ve been thinking about a post on that issue. For example, a long time ago, I stopped reading horse related magazines because all the stories about the successful riders really depressed me and made me feel absolutely terrible about myself, especially if those riders are younger than me. I have an acquaintance, who could probably be a reasonably good friend, whom I’ve shied away from because she was hugely successful as a young rider thanks to lots of parental support (i.e., money), which I didn’t have. I’m always comparing myself to others and seem to come up short. Like Catherine said ‘though – what’s up with that? Who are we to judge ourselves against anyone? Food for thought for all of us.

  • Catherine

    I love your jewellery, so go smack yourself upside the head. But I do know what you are talking about. I see all these incredible public speakers and wonder if I will ever be that good, or will read Heather Armstrong’s Dooce blog and think how can I possibly compete with that? Some blogs seem so clever and it goes on and on.

    But there is only one Heather, and only one Catherine the redhead (thankfully), so who are we really to judge ourselves against anyone?

  • Veronica

    good morning…great post…thanks so much for being an inspiration to me.