Just wanted to blog about something that's been bouncing around my head lately. It relates to something I've talked about here before - not having enough time in the day.
Right now, I find myself trying to accomplish three very different, but very important, things:
1. Increase my health & fitness (with, one hopes, a significant weight loss, as well)
2. Start a small, internet-based jewelry business,
3. Find a full-time position to keep me from going insane when I'm not doing either of those two other things.
Each of these is a free-time sucking black-hole.
I enjoy two of them. The other... well, not so much, but one hopes that the end product will be a good thing. And it's going to become a more urgent thing come spring, when my job moves and my commute doubles.
I have a limited amount of "free" time in an evening (as do we all). I get home around 5, if (and that's a mighty big "if") I don't have errands to run. Errands can keep me from getting home until anywhere between 5:30 and 9pm, so let's leave those out for the time being. So! Seeing as how the Body Cop would like me to get in bed no later than 10pm, and preferably 9:45, we're looking at approximately 4 hours of "free" time. Suck out an hour for food prep and eating, and we've got 3 hours.
It sounds like a lot.
Especially if I'm going to be trying for a fitness regimen where I get at least some cardio in every single day, preferably with some strength training on 2 - 3 days.
I really, really, REALLY want this jewelry thing to happen, but I don't know how to find the time. If I was just making the three-stone wire-wrapped ring, then yes, I could make 4 of them/hour (unless I'm having a stupid-finger night, which does happen from time to time. Sometimes, the wire just does not do what I want it to). But there are plenty of other people on etsy selling the exact same ring, and nicer ones; I'm not going to get very far if I'm depending on the three-stone ring.
Everything else takes TIME. Also, money. But for the moment, the issue is time.
I'll be getting the titanium studs that we ordered from Rings & Things this weekend; that means that shortly, I'll be in a position to make 144 studs very quickly. But I'm not supposed to just be selling studs; I'm supposed to be selling stuff that hangs from and looks funky-cool WITH the studs. And I haven't gotten very far on that front. That not only requires time, it requires inspiration.
I'm not really expecting anyone to come up with a solution, here (though suggestions are always welcome); I'm just looking to get my thoughts out.
I know that, in theory, the improved fitness will come with improved energy; maybe that'll help with getting more jewelry done when I actually sit down to make it. And I'm looking forward to my CopprClay class later this month; new toys are always fun, and will add to my arsenal of semi-unique stuff. In theory. But the stuff that's in my head, begging to get out, is the epoxy clay stuff.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this:
And I didn't even use great materials. I can do so much better; I've barely scratched the surface of what I can do with this. The idea of making stuff with the CopprClay and then adding this to it... *swoon!*
But the stuff in my head... it never seems to pan out, when I actually try to MAKE it.
...It's a learning experience. This is still a comparatively new toy, for me, and I don't know all the ins and outs yet. But I want to make the stuff that's in my head NOW.
With time I don't have.
And materials I can't afford.
To sell in my currently empty shop, and advertise with business cards I don't have, because I can't afford them, either. *sigh*
Work in progress. Work in progress. Just have to keep telling myself that.
OK. Sorry. Just needed to vent. Going to go and try to use my 3 hours as best I can, tonight.