Why I Hired a 9 year Old As My Creative Assistant

 

We were all gathered around the table, Miley playing on her tablet, my sister answering emails, and me listing new items into the shop.

I looked up from my laptop at Miley and I said, nonchalantly, “Miley when you get older you should work with me.”  She looked up, smiled, and went back to her game.

Later that evening Miley stood next to me while I created new pieces for the shop.  At first she just stood there watching, then she left the room.  When she returned, she set a shoe box on the table, pulled up a chair next to me and said….”I’m ready.”

Ready?  What was she talking about? “Honey what do you mean?  Ready for what?”

“TeeTee, you said I could work with you.  I’m ready.  What kinda work do you have for me?”

I was totally shocked and amazed at the same time.  “Tee tee this can be our first meeting, I’m going to make something too while we talk.”

Now let’s break down what just happened here:

  • Miley heard an opportunity, didn’t answer but smiled.
  • She returned to me with confidence and a game plan.
  • Miley took ACTION.

Right away Miley got busy digging in her box thinking about what to create.  An idea came to her mind and she interviewed me about my favorite colors, what I liked, and so on.  A few times I caught her staring at me while I created.  The next thing I knew, she asked me to hold out my wrist so she could measure it.  And she placed the bracelet on my wrist, tied a knot, and told me I smile a lot.

Miley had just done something I teach in my Tips for Selling course, she studied her ideal client!

  1. She positioned herself in a place to observe and study me.
  2. She interviewed me as a way to research my likes.
  3. She created a product that I would be drawn to and able to connect with.
  4. Most importantly, she connected with her customer in a comfortable way.

Impressed?!  Yeck yeah!  This incredible 9 year old has all of the qualities of a winner:  persistence, confidence, work ethic and ACTION.  After returning back to Milwaukee, I called my sister and told her to tell Miley that she has the job, she’s my new creative assistant.  Miley will be featured in July when I return to Houston.  Welcome to the team sweetie!

 

Welcome to My World

I LOVE my friends and family, I really do.

I laugh and cringe at the same time when they assume that I have nothing but time.

“Oh Angela you’re retired now you have PLENTY of time.”

“Oh…you work from home.  So we can get together whenever.”  “Must be nice to play with your jewelry stuff all day.” (Enter side eye to the 10th power.)

💜Yes I am retired….from a life that no longer served me.  Here’s the thing, when you find something you LOVE doing and it’s your passion, retirement doesn’t exist because you never want to stop doing it.

💜Yes I WORK from home.  Emphasis on the word work! So let’s break down a “typical day” in my entrepreneur life.

  • Wake up and say gratitude prayer
  • Coffee and listen to motivational speaker
  • Look over my to do list in planner and notebook and set intention for the day
  • Check emails, answer customer inquiries, check all social media, shower, dress, get ready
  • Write, create, take photos, edit photos, research, study, edit writing
  • If I’m lucky I get to workout today
  • Meetings, group calls, check calendar to make sure I’m on track
  • Check in with accountability partners
  • Nurture my Jewelry Divas in my FB group by making sure I keep them informed and encouraged
  • Arrange and schedule meetups
  • Hopefully I didn’t forget to eat lunch today (there have been days where my first meal hasn’t happened until 4:30p.m. I’m getting better, lol.)
  • Study time again.
  • Create pieces
  • Publish the thing (I’ve published three non jewelry related pieces,)
  • And the list goes on.  Yes I do spend time with the family and am able to squeeze a date in once in a while.  (Thank God he’s patient and sees and supports my vision.)
  • Find time to mentor others and lift them up

 

Now of course the schedule changes.  But here’s the thing.  I love everything about what I do and the people I do it for. I wouldn’t change that for anything in the world.

What drives you and do you feel supported?  Share your thoughts and stories, I’d love to hear them.

Earrings by Angela J School

Taking jewelry classes are fun and rewarding.  You learn new techniques, make new friends, and reignite the creativity within you.

Although these are all benefits, realistically sometimes our schedules won’t allow us to sit in a classroom setting.  We may be rushing to pick up the children, working late hours, weekends filled with lists of errands and it seems like we’re always on the move.

Consider your problem solved. What if I told you there’s a way to focus on creativity in your own time, in your home, on the go, or whenever YOU’RE ready?  There is!

I’ve created online jewelry classes that you can have lifetime access too.  Here’s what you can expect:

*ongoing support through our Facebook group

*access to video lessons

*downloadable materials

*lifetime access to the courses

 

Feel free to visit the online school and take a look around.