I listen to a lot of podcasts.....

And I think it just overwhelms me! You can listen to one and they will tell you to be professional, straight forward, and keep your “story” about your products. But then listen to a second one and they tell you to be yourself, be silly, let people into your life even if you like to swear a lot. Wait a minute! Make up your minds! Ha ha ha! So, you know what is easier for me and feels better? Being myself. I try to be funny, I love to make others laugh, and sometimes I do let some profanities flyyyyyyy. I have also heard that you guys like to see the “process”. That part is a little tough for me because where I live, the internet is as slow as molasses. And that is not even a joke. It’s the truth. So, to upload even a few second video it could take me an hour. That is no fun at all! I am going to try, though. 

 

This is a quick video I tried taking of myself while I was etching the veins on tiny oak leaf earrings. Almost all of my pieces have some kind of hand etching on them. Sometimes I use this Dremel tool and different sized and shaped diamond bits, other times I use a very sharp file and etch my pieces that way, but it is always done by hand. Those etching marks can make a world if difference in a piece! After I am finished making these marks I will then darken the piece with a patina and hand polish them again to take the patina off the top layer of metal but leave the darkness within the groves of my etchings. 

 

Do you listen to any podcasts or books on Audible? I have recently been using both instead of listening to Spotify for music. I am such a terrible multi-talker and try to do too many things at once so that I can concentrate on ANOTHER group of things I need to do and accomplish. I figure I can be learning stuff while working in my coop so started with the podcasts and Audible books. I have listened to The Pumpkin Plan -

The Pumpkin Plan on Amazon

And also the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck -

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck on Amazon

I got some take away from both books but I really liked the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck because I felt like he was talking to my husband and I! There are so many things that we allow to take up brain space and emotion that just aren’t worth it. And we can’t change anyway! Deep breaths, walk away, and concentrate on good things within your control. The book was an eye opener and I highly suggest it! What do you suggest?

 

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