Whether it’s trying a new recipe, a new jewelry technique, or finally tackling a task you’ve put off because it scares you, sometimes you need to just step outside your comfort zone and s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
When I first became interested in making jewelry in 2007, I was hesitant to try anything fancy because I was afraid of making something ugly. (Nevermind that I could simply take it apart and redo it!) The truth was, my inner perfectionist had little tolerance for making mistakes, even though that’s how we learn and grow.
The good news is that I decided to stretch myself and make jewelry anyway, even if it meant I *might* create something less than beautiful. And you know what happened? I made a lot of hideously ugly pieces until my knowledge and skill caught up to my level of desire…and it didn’t kill me. (Who knew?)
Fast forward to today. I’m even more in love with making jewelry and I want to share what I’ve learned with the world. So, I need to stretch again and get the Bling Artist Club website up and running ASAP. The holidays are coming up, and I have a bunch of awesome tutorials designed especially for this time of year. However, if the site isn’t ready or I don’t share it on social media, nobody will know about all the coolness inside and that’s just sad.
Lucky for me, the 2019 Stretch Yourself Challenge opened on September 3rd and I hopped on it faster than a monkey on a banana tree! The SYC offers fifteen different mini challenges ranging from writing blog posts and sharing them like mad to hosting webinars and virtual summits, speaking at live events, and much more. I’m taking on getting this site done by the end of September, and if I finish early, I’m going to take the next step and launch the Bling Artist Club YouTube channel.
So stay tuned. There’s a TON of bling-making goodness about to be unleashed on the world!