One of the joys that an artist can experience is having their work recognized. That recognition could come in a variety of forms. Today, I'm pleased to share one of these forms - a feature in the latest edition of AfroElle Magazine. Congratulations to one of our very own, Tracy Viverretta!
Feel free to check out other amazing artists in the latest edition of AfroElle.
Again, congratulations, Tracy on such an amazing feature!
Meet EAOC Member Zalina of My Peace Jewelry. Beautifully handcrafted out of repurposed materials like wood, brass and ethnic beads. Her inspirational bass cuffs makes a thoughtful and inspirational gift for a friend, sister or co worker.
Zalina comes from a family of artisans. Zalina's mother was a woodworker who focused on making furniture. Zalina also sculpts her mannequins out of paper. Check out Zalina Shop.
Tell us about yourself.
I am the owner of Ekletik Designz Boutique online women's apparel and
accessories boutique. I enjoy creating statement pieces for the Bold
Fashionista! I am also working on a handbag line that will feature
oversized clutches with cool hardware and mixed fabrics, K.Lynns
What are you currently doing besides your craft?
Fashion and the Beauty Industry has always been my passion, as
well as helping others. Besides my online boutique I have worked in
all of my career as a Case Manager and Youth Counselor.
What is the address for your Etsy shop and what does your shop offer?
My Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/ekletikdesignz, features cuffs, bangles earrings and sets.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from strong women that I know that take chances
and make sacrifices everyday. I create at home in my studio space and the
most important lesson
I've learned on my journey, is to pace yourself. Don't give up; keep
trying until you get the results you are desiring!
What are some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?
My favorite Etsy shops on
are DemestiksNewYork, Myjewelryfindings, and Vozcollective and off Etsy is Melodrama Boutique.
Many of you may be thinking. Is it possible to squeeze more work and productivity into my already packed schedule without losing hair, sleep and scaring my love ones away. As a creative business owner I ask myself this question all the time. There's always something to do. It seems like it's never enough time. I go to bed late and try to wake up early. The laundry is pilling up, I still have to answer emails, photograph, edit, write product descriptions, make 10 mugs, go to post office and cook dinner. I do believe balance is the key to life and it doesn't just happen it takes lots of effort. To me balance is an action word. You have to keep shifting your weight in order to stand on one leg. When I think of balance I like to think of a juggler. How to make every second count? This quote sort of sums it up.
Time Management Tips and techniques for more success with less stress: Make Every Second Count By Robert W. Bly
The book was helpful. Here's a few of my take away points but I encourage you to read it for yourself.
The key component of creating a personal productivity system is to make a series of list.
Create Daily to-do list with most important tasks at the top.
Create Projects lists for all the projects your working on with next actions steps.
Create Long term to- do lists ( for example like learn spanish, visit Spain etc..)
Break tasks into 1 hour sessions.
Give yourself rewards for accomplishing tasks
Learn to Say No.
Use 80/20 Rule
80 percent of your accomplishments comes from only 20 percent of your efforts. The trick is to figure out what makes that 20 percent so productive. Devote more time to productive activities.
Adjust your schedule to your energy levels.
Design a productive workspace and studio -
Everything you need like supplies, reference materials should be in reach by a swivel of your chair it possible.
Also, Do you have a great resource, tips for time management. Love to hear it. Share thoughts in the comments below.