I know all yew guise will never be able to TRULY comprehend just HOW MUCH I appreciate you (hint: it’s a lot!), but today I’ve been inspired by Marie Forleo’s latest video release to write out a list of 5 specific reasons WHY I am so grateful for you.
Just for starters…
I don’t have to work 5 jobs because of you.
Before I decided to jump all-in with this online jewelry business, I was working a full-time day job, an evening job, a weekend job, a seasonal job, and any other freelance or temp job I could squeeze in between everything else. So basically: I was able to sleep (though never enough hours), eat (usually in the car or on the walk between jobs), and work for other people. Now, thanks to your support, I have my day job as a graphic designer, and my business designing and creating artisan jewelry. Both of which I love, and I love you for making it possible.
You are permitting genuine beauty to be created and identified.
Now, I know we’re all about greeting today’s eye-rolling beauty standards with our middle finger. But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate, love, and cultivate beauty. Our beauty is better, though. We know that unique = gorgeous, art = adorable, and different = sexy. Because of you and your support, I am able to design, create, and release new jewelry and hair accessories that can help individuals from all over the world express their inner awesomeness on the outside, for everyone to appreciate.
You share me with your friends.
(Not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter you dirty, dirty darling!)
What I meant was that you share the jewelry and hair accessories from my business, Megan’s Beaded Designs, with your friends and family. Being the super-introvert that I am, it’s not always easy for me to toot my own horn in order to get the word out. When you share your love of my creations, it makes a ginormous difference to my ability to continue with this venture.
You actually like the jewelry you buy.
This may seem like a weird thing to be grateful for, but it’s true. Nothing feels ickier than finding out someone bought something I made not because they liked it, but because they wanted to “help” me out. What this means for that poor piece of jewelry (that I probably spent hours designing and creating until it was just right), is laying discarded somewhere in the back of a jewelry box, unused and unwanted. To make things worse, there was probably someone else out there who would have given it the love and attention it deserved, by wearing it with her favorite outfit or by offering it up as a special gift to someone who would actually light up at the sight of it.
So: stranger or not, friend or not, I am grateful for every person from all over the world who has purchased a piece from this website or at one of my craft show booths because they feel in love with the piece itself, and just knew it belonged in their collection.
You appreciate artisan-made.
If you wanted to, I know you could choose to buy your jewelry and hair accessories from your neighborhood big-box store for so cheap that they are practically paying you to buy from them. But instead, you choose to support artisan-made, originally-designed pieces by shopping here. Whatever your reasons are (the other stuff is ugly, cheaply made crap and/or you prefer to avoid supporting sweat shops and/or bloated corporations), I appreciate the support and your personal choice to shop here versus there. I know you don’t have infinite funds, so it’s a significant choice on your part to pick me and my offerings.
Just so you know: you are making a difference!
I AM SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!