More on Motivation – Lisa Liddy

10 03 2008

I have procrastinated on this topic as it frustrates me as often as it excites me. And hoped that someone else would jump in with another topic! Since no one is going to save me, I’ll lead with another look at Motivation.Designing jewelry is something I kind of fell into. It was a way to hang onto a shred of sanity during an incredibly difficult time a few years ago. It relaxed me. And then people wanted to buy what I made (which meant I could buy more beads and silver and pearls…without feeling too guilty!) and that was satisfying as well as motivating. Sometimes.But real life gets in the way more times than not and things don’t happen at a pace that you would like. I’ve always worked best under pressure…deadline-driven is how my other business has to operate and I’m much more productive when there are hard deadlines. Like many artists, though, the thrill of having someone want your work is often as motivational as the monetary result. It pushes me to step out of my box more and reach for new ideas. However, sales of jewelry aren’t exactly “needs” in the economic scheme of things, so when sales are slow, the motivation to create new things slows for me as well. It should work the opposite and I’m working to change that mindset.Something else I’m trying to jumpstart the motivation is to incorporate some “new” activities into my day and week. Instead of feeling like any free time from the book design business should be spent on the Joolz business, I’ve been looking into crocheting again. And dabbling into felting beads. I love yarns and wools (ironic since it is too darn hot for most of those materials most of the year in Arizona), and I’m looking more at the fun fibers for my play time. We’ll see where that goes.fiberheart1.jpg


Motivation – Lori Anderson

29 02 2008

Motivation is one of those intangible things that I can’t really define as it pertains to ME.  It seems to change all the time.  So I’ll give you some “for-instances”. 

  • I’m motivated when my design table gets overloaded with beads, to the point where I can’t see the table top any longer.  I start picking up whatever’s on the table, and I MUST make something with it.  That way I clear the table and have a lot of new things made, too – but wait, now what do I do with all the beads I took out to accent the beads that WERE on the table……

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  • I’m motivated when I have a show coming up.  I always like to have new things at each show, and it seems that the couple of weeks before a show I go into overdrive.

  • I’m motivated when I have the house to myself.  If I have no interruptions, I turn on TIVO’d programs to listen to (CSI, Cold Case Files, things like that) and go to town.  I so rarely get alone time that it’s a real treat, and I use it!

  • I’m motivated by some inner drive that keeps me going – the desire to constantly change, to constantly improve what I do, to every now and then make something that really amazes me.

    Motivation is such a personal thing, and it can take on many faces.  Whatever it is for you, I hope that it propels you into new and exciting ventures this year!  

Motivation – Annette Piper

21 12 2007

We’ve all been there.  The wall.  The invisible barrier.  The place where we almost get to our bench, our desk, our work table and there is just something there forcing us away from what we need to do!   Most of the time I give in, accept my procrastination and, somewhat relieved, go and do something else!

But we all eventually have to break down this barrier and get back to work – back into the groove and reignite the passion!

How do you do it?   Sometimes it is really difficult to do as each situation is different.   If I have taken too long a break from designing it is almost a case of having to regain a certain level of confidence.  In this case I find that I have to force myself to sit down at my bench and then take out something basic like a repair to get my ‘feel’ for my craft back together.  Usually, after a few minutes, off I go and all that motivation is back.  (Regardless of knowing this, forcing myself to sit down to do it is still hard!!!)

If it is because of something going awry or for example, a necklace just not coming together ‘right’, regardless of what I do, then I have to step back.  I have to purposefully put it away so it isn’t there taunting me, and just leave it.  If it is an order I will HAVE to come back to it the next day but if it is a piece for stock, then it sometimes stays put away for months!   Eventually though it has to be faced, and when it is, I usually find it either comes together easily or is impossible and I need to face the reality that it isn’t going to be the way I imagined!

It is important to remember that, for a lot of us, our self worth is often locked to our creations we tend to take things more personally than others – whereas in the bigger scheme of things these little dramas are just that – a little drama, easily forgotten and soon to pass.

Step back, look at why you started doing what you are doing – remember the excitement, the eagerness and the passion, take a deep breath and go for it!



Motivation – Maranda Miller

29 10 2007


My task for this month is to discuss the concept of motivation. So before I can write about it I had to the define the word. Webster’s dictionary defines motivation as an act or process of motivating. Which is defined as to provide with motive. And finally the main definition – motive – something that causes a person to act.

These definitions truly embark on the concept of motivation – But one thing I feel it fails to provide in it’s definition is the word passion. I’ve been reading Martha Stewart’s book – “The Martha Rules” – just because she has done things I aspire to take place via ZeVin Creations as it relates to card sending and even making. Anyway – in the first chapter there is this paragraph

Passion is the first and most essential ingredient for planning and beginning a business or for starting and satisfactorily completing any worthwhile project. Without passion, work is just work, a chore. Without passion, quality, the cornerstone of all businesses, is simply about minimum standards. Without passion, the people who will benefit directly from your efforts – the customers – seem incidental.”

which to me is one of the components of my personal motivation – my passion! My passion for touching someones life with one of the cards I’ve designed. I love and I’m grateful to be able to take in information about the recipient and make this one of a kind piece which becomes a gift as well as a card.

The second component in my personal motivation is my dreams for the company. It is amazing how making cards started out as a hobby and now almost 3 years later it is a business that I love being part of and is the main source of my current life vision and goals which have in turn become my life dreams.

You know in this line of business you experience various forms of setbacks such as difficult customers, bad shows, and decreased sales. For example, when we first started we took on a wedding custom order in our first year — What were we thinking? This custom order set us back financially and emotionally – we didn’t want to dare do another custom order despite the lessons learned. But I had to remember why I got into this business and realized that within my business dreams was custom orders. This gave me the motivation to say okay we will do custom orders but with restrictions and regulations.

So for me my passion for touching someone’s life via a card and my dreams for ZeVin Creations to be a household name are what gives me the drive to keep going despite bad moments and/or people in this business. As Webster’s states it those two components are what cause me to act, but since I’m a math person I prefer this formula for motivation.

MOTIVATION = PASSION + DREAMSMaranda Miller is one of the sisters for the company – ZeVin Creations – which provides handmade greeting cards for all cultures and occassions. You can learn more about the company via their blog “Making Gifts Within A Card” at