As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share some of the things I learned.
1. Be prepared for change. It's the only constant, right? This year proved that being nimble is an advantage. I worked with my clients to quickly shift to live video and virtual trunk shows. Having a plan, but being open and ready to pivot quickly, and imperfectly, will help you successfully get through the unexpected.
2. Know your values. This year has provided so much opportunity for growth. In June I posted, then deleted a black square on Instagram as I listened and learned from BIPOC voices. I am committed to being actively anti-racist and will work towardsa more diverse jewelry industry, but I also know I still have so much to learn. It's important as a brand to be sure of what you stand for, communicate that with your customers and follow through.
3. Be kind to yourself. There were many days (and weeks) this year where I felt like I could not show up online, so I didn't. And that was ok. There may be things you are hard on yourself for, but make room to forgive yourself and live realistically, not idealistically.
4. Community is everything. Without the Stay Gold Collective this year would have been very different for me! Having a group of designers to not only show up for, but connect with, was one of the best parts of my year. I encourage you to find a group you can lean on and forge deeper connections with your network.
Have you been reflecting on the past year? What did you learn? Let me know!
Wishing you a very happy new year!