how ted and gilbert saved my day

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For those casual readers who have followed Makeunder for the past three months or just found my site today, it’s unclear how much of ‘me’ is apparent on these pages.

Why I write so diligently on Makeunder My Life while juggling my jewelry business, social life, boyfriend, and enjoying Chicago may be kind of fuzzy. If this site was meant exclusively as an advertising tool, I would have kept the old Blogger Jess LC site. But that’s not why I write.

Reader: “So, Jess, why do you write about making under your life?”

Jess: “Great question.”

The answer requires a long story which I intend to detail, bit by bit, over the next few weeks (probably on the weekends since I’m not sure how many people actually want to know). But the long story ends with, “In conclusion, if I wanted to create someone to speak about making under in this world, I know without a doubt that I would have given them my life’s experiences and tools.”

What that basically means is though I have been a jewelry designer for the last nine years, I genuinely feel in the depths of my gut, that I am put on this Earth to talk about living an intentional life. This is my passion, my purpose. This blog happens to be the easiest way to begin that journey. Now. But with this mission comes some interesting emotions.

Sometimes I feel elated when unbelievable connections happen and help build awareness about making under. And other times (especially since the recession) it feels that despite all my work on Jess LC or Makeunder the future is uncertain and my huge leaps of faith (spiritually and financially) may be not enough to turn this into a lasting career that will support a family, offer stability, and help people improve their lives. I feel like crying, “I took the leap, I did the whole follow your passion and purpose thing- why don’t I see a payoff?”

Thursday I was feeling those gloomier emotions. Until… I stumbled upon a site called TED and a speech given by Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love. Being a self-proclaimed and personality test certified “perfectionist and performer,” I have high expectations for my work and myself. Gilbert’s speech offered a solution to help diffuse the pressures I feel. Something inside me was released. My hope is that her proposed paradigm will help me continue to dull my intermittent nagging doubts and worries.

For at least a few hours.

And if my story is similar to your own, check out Gilbert’s speech. I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. As an artist, indeed it is about the next work, showing up, working and also feeling a little pressure to know that your next work is only as good as the last, but each step feels better – in knowing that it is in working – in making and believing that what ever we do or are called to do is all for the love of doing. So on that note, time to make the doughnuts, or the art as I like to call it!
    Great, inspirational talk. I enjoyed it so much.

  2. Jess

    @ PVE: I’m glad you loved the speech. I agree, most of the time it is natural to go with the flow of work.

  3. Jill

    AMAZING! You must RUN to get The Artist’s Way Jess… you will just love it – it has some similar themes as the speech! Thanks for sharing, this is so inspirational!

  4. Eva

    I am sorry that you were feeling gray on Thursday. I can relate even though I am not an artist, I still have that feeling like I am meant to do something else other than numbers…maybe still numbers but in another way. I will be sending you lots of happy thoughts, bc you are great inspiration!

    I also love Eat, Pray, Love! Thanks for putting this up! I had never seen/heard her talk!

  5. Jess

    @ Tammy: It is a great book, I really enjoyed it and have started reading it again.

    @ Jill: Okay! You talked me into it, the Artist’s Way is now on my list of To Read. Right now I am trying to finish up “The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by Joyce.

    @ Eva: Thanks for the inspiration and kind words yourself, Eva. I am also glad you got to hear her speech, she is such a special writer.

  6. Gertie

    I’ve been watching TED talks for about six months now, I hadn’t even thought about the fact that you might not know about them, and enjoy them! This talk is one of my favourites! So funny how small the internet really is.

  7. brenda

    I was struggling with this notion, this need to be creative, but I struggled to do anything about it. That led to paralysis which then led to even more of doing nothing which created more paralysis… this talk has been very soothing and a comfort that I didn’t know I was looking for. Thank you for sharing.

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