by Designer Lori Esterly

What Am I Doing?


Hello Everyone,

In the midst of chaos do you ever question if this is what you are supposed to be doing?  Ever since I chose to make my hobby a business there have been roadblocks in front of me every time I turn around.  When I feel strong I realize that means that I am going in the right direction because nothing worth doing is ever easy.  But there are those days when I get down and each one of those challenges seems to be one more reason to quit.  What do you do when you get overwhelmed, tired and want to quit?

This morning I just realized that yes, I feel like quitting but I believe that this is my calling or destiny.  So, since this is my destiny then it doesn’t really matter how long it takes me to “get there” what matters is the journey, the learning in the process and accomplishing all that I can today no matter how big or little that may be.  I AM SUCCESSFUL AS LONG AS I KEEP PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!  There are people who I don’t want to disappoint and a family that is counting on me for support but on the days when that just feels like another burden I can’t bear, it helps to realize that I am destined to succeed.  This will happen because I am called to it.

My faith tells me that God always blesses obedience in little ways or big ways but He always blesses obedience.  So as long as I am doing what I am supposed to do He will continue to bless me, that includes work, home and in my son’s future as well.

This all releases me from the stress of I have to _______ and hurry up and get it done.  All I have to do is what is before me today and the rest will take care of itself.  This allows me to create beauty and frees my mind to work easily and effectively.  How great is that?  Sure I have concerns, I’m not walking around in fantasy land but allowing all of those things to weigh me down stops me from doing what I need to do and does not fix any of those problems anyway.

So, take a deep breath and relax.  Everything will be all right.  Check the list of things to do and just do the next thing.  Because I have been overwhelmed lately Monday I decided that I was going to do the thing I love first instead of “all the things I have to do”.  And you know what, that was a great idea!  It got my whole week started off on the right foot.  Next week I am going to do the same thing.  I am going to create on Monday.  I’ll call it “Make it Monday”.  I have always hated Mondays and doing what I love on Mondays will help change that.  So, that’s the new plan.  I’m excited because I have been frustrated not getting to making jewelry and just doing all the left brain things “I have to do”.   Now I’m going to do what I love before doing what needs to be done and see how that works for me.  At least I will get to do my passion which fuels doing all the other stuff.

So, how do you structure your week?  Work first? or Passion first?

These are some of the earrings I created this Monday.  You may have seen some of these before as they are apart of the Mosaic Matches Collection.  Go see the entire collection at…  and

New Mosaic Matches in Two-Tone Blue

New Mosaic Matches in Purple & Blue

New Mosaic Matches in Pink, Coral & Red

New Mosaic Matches in Purple Tones

…and have a Great Weekend!

~ Lori


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