Okay, no more waxing poetic. What is going on with me this week? Well last Friday Jess was laid off - again. We have gone through this song and dance at least a 1/2 dozen times over the last 4 years. It's getting old.
The first time it was scary and Jess found a new job within days. Relief. But after the 3rd time he found himself unemployed due to cut backs in his field, cheaper labor available and companies no longer hiring employees but rather contract labor, we decided to try having Jess work for me. And it did work for a time. But after a few months I asked Jess to go find work again, it was too stressful for me to carry the whole load and quite frankly back then my business wasn't what it is today.
But this time it is different. It's no longer scary to face unemployment. Our faith allows us to trust that we are provided for no matter what the circumstances. My business is in a different place and I have been out-earning Jess for the last year. None of his jobs have offered health insurance, so no loss there.
More importantly this lay-off has given us time to pause. You see Jess is an artist. Like a super-way-more-talented-than-me kind of artist. And I have let him slink away from his dreams of living a creative life. Instead of helping him face his fears about selling his work I have relied on the false security of his day job.
It's time to make our way together as artists. Jess will be helping me a few days a week with getting orders out the door and working on some administrative stuff that will free up some of my time. But a few times a week Jess will be working on his own projects. We are still trying to decide if I will sell them in my Etsy shop or if we will keep his shop. Or we may decide to start a new shop. Lots of things to work through over the next few weeks.
I can tell you though, it's already like a heavy weight has been lifted off our necks. We are facing each day light-hearted, working happily side by side. I'm looking forward to seeing Jess make his way as an artist, getting back in touch with his most authentic self. It's exciting times, I will tell you that!
We've claimed Friday as a play day in the studio. Today Jess has been making these teeny-tiny charms. Next up we will paint them. They are so sweet!
Wish us luck, keep us in our prayers and look forward to getting to know Jess more as he dips his toe in the world of online social media. He's such a charming and clever guy - I know you are just going to love him and his creations!