Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tangible Tidbits 2010 #44: Must've Been A Slow News Day...

Well, I had my first-ever workshop today at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center. I only had one student, but it was good to be able to provide her with one-on-one instruction. The local paper sent a photographer! I should have thought about taking PR pics to send to them, but it totally slipped my mind. The picture could run this week or three months from now. I will keep you posted on that! ;)

It looks like we're on schedule for the Mother-Daughter workshop at Blue Life Karate and Fitness on Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. I mentioned this to the The News-Record of Maplewood & South Orange photographer also...it couldn't hurt to plug the karate center! ;)

I entered three contests this week: Artbeads.com's "What Inspires You?" beaded necklace contest (I'll send the voting link next week), BeadStyle magazine's Crystal Challenge, and a FIVE AND DIME STYLE contest by B'Sue's Boutique. Wish me luck! :)

I also found out about BuyArtNowGuys5 (BANG5), an exhibition and sale of small artwork at the 1978 studio in early December (12/4 & 5, 12/11 & 12). Apparently, I'm the only jewelry artist so far. Good news for me! ;) LOL

In internet news, I hooked up the company's blog to NetworkedBlogs on Facebook. It seemed like the logical thing to do. We'll see if it increases readership. :)

As I mentioned last week, I had a big decision to make over last weekend. I was offered a full-time temporary position with a former employer for two months. They have two people out on medical leave and are short-handed. I decided to take it because it never hurts to have a steady paycheck going into the holidays. Also, I'm just a natural pitch-in-and-help kind of person. ;) This means, of course, that I will be pulling back a bit on my projects here, probably until the New Year. :\

Another reason I took the full-time gig is because I was feeling a little overwhelmed after the back-to-back craft shows last weekend. When I was in college, I took three French courses and earned grades of an A, a B, and a C, respectively. By the time I'd finished the third class, I decided to soothe my bruised ego by taking Spanish, which I had studied for eight years, including AP Language and AP Literature classes in high school. I bombed on the Spanish placement test at Rutgers, so I placed in Intermediate (I wasn't prepared because I knew I was switching to French...I was bored with Spanish and thought another Romance Language would be just as easy for me. NOT!). So, I aced Intermediate Spanish with little effort and felt better. ;) Part of the reason I went back to the office job is because I knew it was something I did well, and that I was appreciated for my efforts -- after all, they asked me back, right? ;) In my experience, it pays to switch to something you excel at doing whenever you begin to doubt yourself in another area. It builds up your self-esteem and gives you the energy to go back and try again. :)

On that note, I have work to do! Have a great week! :D
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3 comments:

Jeffrey Scott said...

Sounds like my battle with language. At first attempt, wanted to learn French because I thought it would be cool to learn. Not doing so well at it and think I'd probably fair better at German, I always did well at that in school and likely if I took an additional class.

Annette J. Christensen said...

Kristen: I can totally relate to your dilemma about going back to the office job. I recently lost my job after 3 years and actually went into depression over it. I too excelled at that job and was appreciated for it and was something I could do with my eyes shut. To realize that I had to start all over was a hard thing and I know that if they call me, I would jump ship in a heart beat to go back! In the meantime, like you, I am trying to set up my own business, thanks for your support by networking with me on my blog! Annette, www.GoodieBasketsGalore.com

Kristen Glanzman said...

So sorry I haven't responded sooner! I'm used to not having any responses, so I forget to look for them. :o I have to see if I can get Blogger to alert me when I receive a comment. :\

Jeffrey -- If you enjoy French, then stick with it! I learned a lot by following a Quebecois actor and reading/watching his interviews in French. Of course, Quebecois French and France French are not quite the same! ;) Quebecois French is more like Americanized English (as opposed to British). :p

Annette -- I hope things work out the way you want...whatever that may be! ;) LOL You're welcome for the support. Back at ya! :D

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