"You can tell who the strong women are, they're the ones building other women up instead of tearing them down."
I'm super thankful for all the people who have been supporting me and my business. I've been kind of bummed this week after being wrongly accused of stealing jewelry designs from another artist. This person said some very hateful and hurtful things to me that really got me feeling defeated, especially since this was someone I used to really respect.
But I'm realizing how silly the situation is and how silly it is to let it defeat me. Especially when I'm surrounded by so much support. Any success I've stepped into is only because of the grace of God and the community of supporters and encouragers I have around me. And as I grow in skill, success, influence, etc. my goal is not to slit throats on my way up only to be standing alone at the top. Success to me isn't just making money and becoming well-known. To me, making jewelry isn't just making jewelry. The process of making is part of what makes me feel alive- there is something that has been placed in my heart that isn't fulfilled unless I'm using my hands to create.
"God is glorified by a life fully lived." -The Vision and the Vow , by Peter Greig
As I grow in who I am, in who God created me to be, the more alive I become, and the more God is glorified through my life. And when people see someone who is fully alive, fully living, it inspires them to fully live as well. I hope that everything I set my hands to do will produce life and I hope the life I live will lead others into their aliveness as well.
"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St. Irenaeus of Lyons