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5 Easy Ways to Explore Your Creativity

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I received an email from a friend. We’ll call her Jane. Jane wrote to me about our respective careers: “You have found your bliss! My job is super stressful at times, but I do get weekends and holidays off, and I work for a pretty good company. Can’t complain about that. I plan on retiring in 6 years. Then I can find my bliss too!” Me: "NOOOOOOO!" Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, do not postpone your bliss. Not for a week, not for a month, and certainly not for six freaking years of your...

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How I Found My Business Bestie on Etsy

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                       Jaclyn Brzezinski & Kelley Bren Burke  Co-written by Jaclyn Brzezinski We’ve never met, but we text each other daily. We’ve been friends and business besties for five years. Kelley lives in Minnesota and Jaclyn lives in North Carolina. We both own jewelry shops on Etsy. Kelley’s shop is Gems by Kelley. Kelley designs minimalist gemstone jewelry and natural crystal bracelets. Jaclyn’s shop is Chrysalis Studios. Jaclyn designs jewelry made from ethically sourced real butterfly wings, crystals, insect art, & other gifts from nature.    Chrysalis Studios Gems by Kelley ...

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How I Planned My First Photo Shoot For My Jewelry Line + My Favorite Photos

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I wish I could grant everyone a glam team for the day. Gems by Kelley will be five years old in September 2018, and my first professional photo shoot was in May 2018.  I had been getting nudges to do a photo shoot for years, but I kept putting it off. It seemed very big and complicated in my head. And it was both of those things, and it was wonderful.    I finally started planning my first photo shoot after one of my mastermind group meetings. "Mastermind Group" is one of those phrases I've heard tossed around on business...

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My First Professional Photo Shoot with a Jewelry Model!

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Yesterday was AMAZING! I did my first professional modeled jewelry photo shoot for Gems by Kelley.   I’m so excited to get the photos back. In the meantime, I took almost 300 behind-the-scenes photos and videos like this one. If you'd like to see more, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook.  BRACELET CONFETTI VIDEO When you have ALL the bracelets, sometimes you just toss them in the air like confetti and take a bunch of pictures. WARNING: No one should attempt to re-create or reenact any stunt or activity like throwing your own bracelets on the floor. These stunts were...

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Almost 100 Top Rated Books (Mostly Nonfiction)

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I love books so much that I used to roller skate up and down my block while reading my latest library book. Yes, I was THAT cool as a kid. As an adult, I worked at Barnes & Noble Booksellers for 20 years. Now that I'm self employed, I read more than ever. I listen to audio books while I make jewelry, and I read most evenings.  I've read and loved each one of these books. I'm only including books that have at least a 3.7 average star rating on Goodreads. Most of them are nonfiction: memoirs, psychology, self help,...

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