Are You Living Your Dream???

Aviary Photo_130712803099340412Are you living your dream?  We all have something in our lives that we want to accomplish.  Whether you want to be a business owner, married with children, a Politician, a world traveler or whatever it is… did you make that dream a reality?  Or did you give up on that dream to live in your current reality?

It is rare that you find people in a career that they love.  You see men and women giving up on the idea of ever getting married and/or having children?  Why is that?  Why do we get so content with life?  I know that sometimes life throws us obstacles, but that does not mean we should give up on our dream.

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Can you ever be friends with an Ex???

Aviary Photo_130712803099340412So I was talking to one of my friends the other day and we were talking about past relationships.  The question was posed to me… how is your ex doing?  My immediate reaction was that I did not know.  I have not talked to him in over two years.  For whatever reason, my friend had the reaction of shock.  She stated that my ex and I were together for 9 years, he was your first boyfriend, but more important this man was your best friend.

I remember when I ended things, he still wanted to keep in touch with me.  He would call me and want to hang out.  My reaction to that, “heck no I am not hanging out with you.  We are no longer a couple, so why would I still talk to you?”imagesL1HRB85HLast year I starting dating a friend that I’ve known for 11 years.  Well after dating him for a few months, I realized we were not compatible.  We were better as friends.  However I decided that because we started dating, I did not want to go back to being friends.  As with my ex of 9 years, I believe that once you were in a relationship with that person, you could never go back to being friends.

Now after having the conversation with my friend, I’m wondering if it is really such a bad thing to be friends with an ex.  What if the two of you were the best of friends before the relationship began?  Can you really ever go back to being just friends, especially when the relationship didn’t end on bad terms?  I don’t know… just a little food for thought…

Until next time my friends… have a great weekend 💋

Life as a Small Business Owner…

Aviary Photo_130712803099340412It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog.  When I first started writing blogs, I had a goal of writing two blogs per week.  As you can tell, that has not happened for quite some time.  I have really been trying to focus on my Jewelry business every chance I get.  I still work full time as a Contracts Manager, so after I complete my day time job, my remaining time is focused on my Jewelry business.

As many of you know, I started my Jewelry business about 10 years ago.  At that time in my life the only responsibility I had was completing college.  My business was doing really well.  I was getting so many sales that I recruited my mother into my business.  The first five years of my business was the best time of my business life.  I was filled with so much pride that people loved my jewelry pieces and wore them.  It warmed my heart to know that people all around the world wore jewelry made by me, “N A Waterman” (you business owners know what I’m talking about)

After doing so well in my business within the first five years, year six I started having medical issues.  My medical issues caused me to put my business on hold for about two years.  I really wished that I did not have to do that.  But the reality is, when you are a small business owner and you are the only one that designs the jewelry, although you have assistance with putting the pieces together, without a designer… you get it.

So now that I am doing better medically, I re-launched my Jewelry business last year and believe me it feels like I started a brand new business.  I was naïve to think that I would pick up from where I left off in 2012.  So much has changed.  The competition is so much more prevalent now.  With the ability to sell and advertise on social media sites, it makes it so much more difficult to stand out like before.  So the goal I’m facing right now is how do I become a stand out again?  What can I do to make my business successful again?

Have a goodnight my friends and I will talk to you all soon 💋