After a few months experimenting behind the bench, I ran to my master jeweler for another few words of wisdom.
What next? I feel like I’m on a roll, but I’m not sure what direction my jewelry is rolling. How long should I sit behind the bench and experiment, because I feel like I can be behind the bench forever and experiment my whole life. But - but! I’m 42, and not really at the stage of my life where experimenting can be lavishly expressed like a hobby/business.
My jeweler looked me in the eye and he said: “You must choose a direction and build a cohesive jewelry collection”.
He’s right. I have to focus and manifest one epic and cohesive collection. I have everything I need to start, and with patience I feel like I can reach my goal.
I got home that day and looked at several pieces I’ve made in the last few months. I asked myself - do I have a collection? I looked at all of the items. All of them represent my journey of what I love and what speaks to my heart, but they are all different elements. It’s like a multiple personality jewelry collection.
I’ll be honest, I got horrified, questioning: WHAT IS MY STYLE? MY COLLECTION looks like NO COLLECTION! It’s like a restaurant with all the awesome recipes but totally different flavors. And here I’m, again, cock blocking my own path with overthinking.
I stared at my bench and the doubts of my existence started pouring like a mother fucking heavy rain. Voices of doubt, fear, and frustrations started to fuck with me louder than my appetite for sweets. I ASKED MYSELF - WHAT IS YOUR STYLE??? Do you even have one?
And then I asked myself - what should I do?
Well, I did what I am really good at - I quit. I walked away from thinking of the collection and especially from thinking about the direction of my collection.
I thought, I will just pray on it. I will give this question to the Man above and with hope, dedication, and focus, the answers will come. Because I had to surrender. I just didn’t know what direction I was headed. I just knew that I love jewelry so much and I make jewelry that makes me happy.
I walked away, away from overthinking and from overthinking what my style is...
And soon I had my AHA moment! All of that overthinking feels so familiar, I’ve been there before, questioning my style.
As a teenager I struggled to fit in, but yet I always had this one of a kindness. I think it was around my early 30’s when I truly stopped looking for some kind of style and I started to roll as me, more authentically. And that’s when I started hearing from others – “It is so Galina”.
And it hit me - I’m the style; anything I love and make is Galina style.
And just like that, I was reminded to keep moving and focusing on jewelry I love. Jewelry that reflects me. Jewelry that speaks to this time in my life’s journey, to this moment of my existence, to this very second of my presence. Anything I do, anything I love, anything that comes from my heart IS my collection. And it has one direction - to make jewelry that will uplift your spirit and will become your reminder of who you are.
Many items are currently one of a kind and not part of any reproduction. Many items are just because - because I always wanted that statement ring with some kind of stone for my spiritual healing, or some kind of dangling pendant to layer with another necklace. I have no idea what is next and how my collection will look by September of 2021, but I know one thing - I know who I will be when I wake up tomorrow - creative and one of a kind - just like my new jewelry collection.
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