Archive for November 27, 2012

Toward the Perfect Blog Post

Well not really. I have this idea of the perfect blog. It is filled with useful content that readers can’t wait to read, detail-ridden photos, and comments from admiring readers and guest bloggers.

This is certainly not my blog, at least not at present. But one day. But these illusions of grandeur sometimes lead to paralysis. If I can’t get my Pulitzer-worthy content onto the page with matching photos, it’s just not worth doing. And so I don’t. I’m sometimes my own worst enemy.

Right now I’m struggling with the usual juggling of designing, inventorying of parts and finished pieces, photographing pieces, optimizing photos for the Web, and marketing. I’ve been spending a bit more on advertising this year and it seems to be paying off; not as much as I’d like, but still. Next year, I plan to be a bit more strategic with the marketing.

In the meantime, I’m working on new designs – mostly trying to diversify my earring inventory and techniques. Let me know what you think.

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What Do You Have to Be Thankful For?

Today means different things to different people. For some, it is a reminder of Native American hospitality that was repaid with genocide. For others, it’s the day that precedes the onslaught of constant bombardment with Western materialism from Black Friday to Christmas.

For my family, and undoubtedly others, every day is a day of giving thanks to the Creator. We have traditionally utilized this day — not in the mythical “pilgrims giving thanks” day — but as a mini family reunion, a sacred day we share with friends and loved ones to bear witness to the Universe for the many gifts bestowed upon us each and every day.

I am thankful that:

  1. I woke up this morning and have another day to realize my potential
  2. I am of sound mind
  3. I am in relatively good health
  4. I have a roof over my head and a safe and warm environment in which to dwell
  5. Unlike my mother, who lost hers when she was just two years old, I got a chance to know mine before she passed to the spirit world
  6. I can hear and appreciate music
  7. In spite of slavery, oppression, discrimination, and obstacles at every turn, my ancestors survived and made it possible for me to be here
  8. Though the population of Native peoples in North America has been greatly diminished, they also survived and their presence is a constant reminder of their greatness
  9. President Obama gets a second term – that will hopefully be much better than his first
  10. I can share this with you.

Regardless of how you choose to utilize this day, have a good and peaceful one.

What does today mean to you? How are you celebrating? What are you thankful for? Comment and let me know.

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