• The creative journey of an introvert, continued…
  • Galina Gegenava
  • creative journey

The creative journey of an introvert, continued…

I am truly hoping to continue blogging once a week, but my creative journey took a slight turn and got me occupied with a new dope project. As a creative individual, I also have to be responsible with my creativity and go with the flow and say “YES” to new opportunities.

After my divorce and me having to close my art studio, I decided to build a second career as a nail artist and I stepped away from jewelry for a minute. Well, in reality, I had to step away from jewelry production for over 2 years. Yes, it was painful seeing my jewelry bench in the storage room. It was like a fucking knife to my heart. I knew I would be able get back to the bench one day, but not knowing when (and waiting for the perfect time) was like looking at my painful breakup daily. All I wanted for my life was to make jewelry full time and live happily ever after – oh, and walk my dogs to the post office and keep exploring life and learning new skills that benefit to my creative knowledge!

Someone smart said this: “The best things happen outside of your comfort-zone”. I had to step outside of that zone, and as a creative introvert I had to face my biggest fear - facing nail clients and building face to face relationships. Let me be honest, like really honest: I know myself well enough to recognize how I like to function, what part of creativity I belong to and how I prefer to work. Even having my dogs is a big part of my creative environment. I work best in the creativity of my introverted setting with things around me that bring me joy.

In the beginning of 2020, I started to build clientele. I had a small group of returning fans for my nail game. The best part of it is that each and every one of them are amazing women who appreciate the quality of my work. And each customer became more like a cool friend who I’d look forward to seeing for private girly chats, laughs, and sometimes cries during the nail session. But during the pandemic, my rising business in the nail game was blocked by the shut down. I knew I’d have to keep a positive attitude. Eventually the shut downs would be over and I’d get back into the game in no time. 

And then this happened: Sometime in June of 2020, I had the OPI team message me and ask me if I would be interested in creating Halloween art tutorials for OPI using their amazing gel products. (Here is the links to last year OPI tutorials)

 And guess what? I got invited again to create few looks for this summer! How could I ever say no? First of all -  it’s OPI!!!!  And a dream project for any creative introvert. 

My dear friend noticed something about me and said this: “You always manage to keep moving forward and use all of your skills to adjust quickly as things change.” I did not even know this about me. It’s organic. I just surrender to things I love to do. 

I’m sure many of you, my jewelry junkies, also love the nail game as much as I do. Once the project gets released by OPI this summer, I will update you with the video tutorial links. 

I really hope this posts help you recognize something with in you. What fear is blocking you? What do you have to face to walk into your destiny and dream career? 

Trust me -  getting 500 hours in beauty school between 20 years old at the age of 40 was not easy at all. But I did it. I faced my fears and it’s been totally worth it. I get to live a life as an artist, whether I’m making jewelry or creating nail art. At the end of the day,  I live according to my creative heart and get to uplift someone’s vibrations, either with my handmade jewelry or my nail art. 

Love and follow my instagram account dedicated to nail game

IG @reativegalinabeauty

Instagram account @CreativeGalinaBeauty

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”


― Saint Francis of Assisi


PS: You can also google the personality of an introvert/extravert and take a test to understand your life better. 

  • Galina Gegenava
  • creative journey

Comments on this post (3)

  • Jun 01, 2021

    I love seeing everything you create!! The nail art makes me want longs nails again even though impractical for my job 😒

    — April B.

  • Apr 05, 2021

    Congratulations on your OPI partnership! That’s amazing.

    — Vee Hill

  • Apr 01, 2021

    You are an inspiration. Your art is amazing and your creativity is endless. Thank you for sharing- many introverts out there ,and not only, can relate to your journey. Accepting all the curves and hills on the road is to accept an adventure.

    — Ivona

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