Yesterday, someone came into my brick and mortar shop in Kensington, MD ... she stopped when she saw the Mothers Day cards. “Do you have a card for a first-time mother?” Her daughter in law was due any minute.
I saw how emotional she was when thinking about it -- it sent a zing of pre-gramma excitement through me. Or maybe I just remembered being a first-time mother myself -- it seems like yesterday. The hair on my arms stood on end!
Sadly, I didn’t have a card like that, but the whole thing got me to thinking about motherhood. And how many decisions I’ve made because I was a mother -- including my decision to be a jewelry designer.
Of course … I love being a jewelry designer! But it also allowed me to work with a flexible schedule from home, so that I could be there for my kids. This was a big part of it. I wanted to be there when they got back from school and to be available to have fun and make arts and crafts and take them places. And I did! I know I was very lucky to be able to make this choice.
This year has been a huge year of changes for me personally and professionally. As a mom, it’s been a year full of “lasts”. Last Back to School Night. Last soccer match. This week I went to the last Sports Awards Night. My youngest is off to college in the fall.
It's so sad!
But this morning I turned the key to my beautiful new jewelry studio! So many possibilities ... not only for my kids but for me!
(funny what makes the move -- this 'Coolest Mom Ever' has become part of the studio -- as has the Memorial Union Terrace Chair print next to it!)
Happy Mothers Day!!
*If you’re in the area on Mother’s Day -- I will be at Gala Artisan Jewelry & Gifts from 11 am - 2 pm -- meeting folks and debuting a lot of new jewelry inside, while doing my favorite thing -- making kids crafts in the parking lot.
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