The most exciting and interesting event happened to me nearly two years ago when my friend Susan Sherman asked me to become her partner at the Gahanna Bead Studio (http://www.gahannabeadshop.com) in Gahanna, Ohio. What a time it's been since! The shop takes virtually all of my time now, but I couldn't be happier - or more challenged. Day to day management of a bead shop is proving to be harder than any job I've ever had. I imagine it must be like being the CEO of a company, though on a much smaller scale and with far fewer resources. Time is spent not beading but managing staff and resources, paying bills, scheduling classes, and tracking down teachers for samples. I can't even remember the last time I got to play in the basement, rolling out clay and immersing myself in my craft for hours at a time.
Flash forward another year: I wrote the two paragraphs above a year ago and am now just getting back to blogging. When I say "time flies", I mean it does so at supersonic speed! What a whirlwind two years it's been.
I am happy to say that the shop is humming along quite smoothly (with lots of hard work) and that business is going quite well. I hope the signs we see at the studio are indicators that our economy as a whole is improving as well. Only time - advancing at the speed of light - will tell.