The quote above comes from an interview that was published on Etsy.com. If you don't know, Etsy is a marketplace where you can buy and sell handcrafted items. It's also where my jewelry shop is parked.
The article with Erica struck a chord with me as I think about what I want to do with my jewelry business. I actually haven't put a great deal of energy into it for the past couple years, and I go through spurts of inspiration and creativity every now and then.
After reading that quote, I realized that I wasn't giving very much in that business. The love and excitement I used to feel when I created jewelry just hasn't been the same. I made jewelry just to have something to put in my shop and forgot that my mission was to help women enhance their style and beauty. The exchange between me and a buyer became a means to an end instead of an exchange of love.
All of this happened because I've been really focused on my writing. That's where my love has gone. But I realize that I can put love in everything I do, regardless of how much time I spend on it. Part of it is staying in the moment and going back to square one, which is love.
If you have your own business or are in a position of service to others, do you freely give to your customers?
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