After another inspirational We2 breakfast meeting (http://networkingmontreal.com) I was motivated to do a blog post in their theme of the day “What I know”. There were so many inspiring ideas by so many dynamic women this morning. The big idea that I hold onto after all these years making jewellery, arts & crafts and Art is “Never Give Up!”. I have been making wire jewellery for 22 years. After getting my Fine Arts degree I worked in graphic design for one year then realized that I never wanted to be under the creative thumb of a boss. I left my job, my friends and my apartment in Toronto for a new life in Montreal.I began by selling on the street and over the years have sold to boutiques and at craft shows. All the while I took on part-time jobs to supplement my income, many of them creative (teaching art, doing crafts at birthday parties, educating in a daycare). It’s only in the last two years that our business has taken off thanks to the internet and social media. Although paying off our mortgage is a perk, I have the same degree of creative satisfaction that I have had for the past 22 years. I never questioned what I was doing all these years. I just knew I wanted to do something creative. It’s all about doing what you love and being true to yourself and your passions. Never give up on what you love. That’s what I know!