Reflections on 2022

What a year! What a beautiful, challenging, surprising, growth-inspiring year.

2022 opened, as many years do, full of promise and motivation. I was bursting with great plans for my business, convinced 2022 would be the year I ‘made it’ as a jeweller.

“If I just set my mind to it,” I thought. “If I just work hard and plan properly, and follow a schedule, I’ll make it.”

Well, one year on I can report that that didn’t quite happen. My plans dissolved pretty quickly, in the face of financial strain, mental health issues, and personal challenges. And it would be easy to look back on that and feel disappointed. I won’t lie to you – I do look back on that fact and feel disappointed.

I’m a constant sufferer of imposter syndrome, so it’s easy to rob myself of joy and pride in my work, especially in the face of what could be seen as ‘failure.’

This year, however, I’m trying to choose gratitude.

Gratitude for all that I did achieve. Gratitude for all the support I’m surrounded by. Gratitude for the opportunity for growth and change, even in unexpected places.

So in the spirit of gratitude, here are some of the wonderful things that happened this year:

This year I made 101 sales!

I took part in 8 markets and events.

I ran one ring-making workshop.

I made wedding rings for one couple.

I moved out of my atelier and into my home studio.

I finally bought a rolling mill by stumbling upon an amazing second-hand deal!

I made my own wire from scratch for the first time.

I set up this website!

And I was surrounded by people who support and encourage me and believe in me. Even when I don’t believe in myself.

If you’re reading this, you’re one of those people, so thank you. I’m grateful for you!

Here’s to a wonderful 2023, with many more things to be grateful for!

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