My new life in Jersey

My main motivation for starting this blog was to get more comfortable with putting my writing out into the world. I started a novel in 2012 that I am now working on again, after abandoning the project to make and sell jewelry through Katie Wood Jewelry. While it was fun to make interesting pieces out of found objects, at one point even using bees, moths, and butterfly wings; my heart is always pulling me toward my lifetime goal of writing a novel and becoming a writer. I’ve been continually dissuaded from focusing on this goal by a lack of confidence that I can be successful, as well as a fear of judgement, and of course, the big one–how to make a sustainable income.

My wife and I have been given the incredible opportunity to start out fresh and reinvent ourselves, something I have attempted to do for years. This time, though, we don’t have the constant stress of making rent payments each month…and when the projected income, according to SmartAsset’s recent study shows that you need to make over $216,000 to rent a two-bedroom in San Francisco, even doctors and lawyers I know are struggling to make ends meet. http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Here-s-what-you-need-to-make-to-afford-rent-in-7709356.php

Needless to say, as I’m figuring out what I’m doing, my blog posts will hopefully evolve to keep reflecting this transition in my life.

I was inspired this past Saturday on a day trip with friends to New York City and Brooklyn, which takes us about an hour from where we are in New Jersey.

We met for brunch at Perla (http://www.perlanyc.com) in the West Village, an adorable corner cafe that felt like it could be at home in multiple SF neighborhoods, like Cole Valley, Valencia St., or North Beach. Lovely decor, clean and modern with a rustic vibe. Super friendly staff, and delicious food.

We walked around the Village after, and though it felt more like a fall day in the city rather than spring, I didn’t mind as the crisp air was also refreshing. One of the girls is getting married in November, so we convinced her to go to this fabulous wedding and vintage dress shop, that we would have missed completely if not for the wedding dress hanging overhead on the railing of a fire escape off the second floor of a nondescript brownstone. The NY SHAREEN and Shareen bridal location is in addition to her 7,000 square foot space in Los Angeles that is her original store. (http://shareen.com/shareen-bridal/)

As soon as we walked into the store/apartment, we were greeted by a diminutive, child-like creature who introduced herself as Cat, with an equally child-like voice that she later described as creepy. We assumed that she was the owner until we met Shareen herself, a woman I can only describe as confident, cool and effortless, wearing a black, sheer, tailored vintage blouse and loose black pants with converse sneakers. Shareen told us that she used to be an actor and public speaker, and when I asked her how she got into this business, she answered simply, “by the Grace of God”. She went on to tell us about her story, and I could write pages on the intense and fascinating conversation that ensued, with all of us rapt at her conviction and eloquent and honest speaking style.

So, I will end this post to be continued, as I have lots of thoughts on this subject that I’m sure will take up more than one post.

I hope you enjoyed reading and have a fun and sun-filled Memorial weekend!

KT

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New Year, New Opportunities

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I’ve been remiss in posting for far too long. The holidays flew by as they usually do and we are already more than two weeks into the new year. As I reflect back on 2013 and where I was a year ago, I am amazed at how far I’ve come. I started last year just coming off of disability and unsure where my career would go, only knowing that I wanted to make and sell my jewelry. I was fortunate to be able to take my time developing my skills and my business. I took a small business course through Women’s Initiative called Simple Steps and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The bonds/connections/friendships made were invaluable to me, and the knowledge gained and put into action will help me for years to come. Check out their website here and get involved if you can:

http://www.womensinitiative.org/index.htm

The end of the year was a bit of a whirlwind, as I started a new part time job at my old hospital to add to the part time nanny job I already had in addition to Katie Wood Jewelry. While I am completely exhausted and trying to find a balance with it all, I love each and every thing that I am doing, and that is a rare thing (and something I don’t think I’ll be ready to give up anytime soon).

You can find me at Newborn Connections Gift Shop (CPMC hospital lobby, 3700 California St.) Mondays, Tuesday mornings, Fridays and every other Sunday. We have great gifts for mom and baby as well as a variety of items for kids and adults of all ages. Our main location at 3698 California St. is ‘Your Resource from Pregnancy to Parenthood’ where we provide ongoing prenatal classes, support groups, breastfeeding and baby supplies and lactation services.

http://www.cpmc.org/services/newbornconnections/

The beginning of 2014 has brought excitement and joy as my girlfriend and I just got engaged! We are so grateful to now have the opportunity to get married with the same rights as everyone else, and are looking forward to planning what we hope to be a fun and chill celebration with our friends and family. We also have a joint business venture that we are working on and plan to launch later this year, so stay tuned!

I have so many ideas and projects in the works for this year, and I know it will be a challenge to manage them all. After struggling for so many years in the past with debilitating depression, I feel the need to make up for time lost. It’s important for me to remind myself that I don’t have to do it all right away, things seem to happen at the time they are meant to, and taking care of my health always has to be my number one priority.

I wish you a year full of joy and blessings and good health!

kt

Treasure Island Flea October 26 & 27 10am-7

I’m so excited to be going to my first Treasure Island Flea tomorrow. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend (I’m putting the intention out there!) and there will be lots of Halloween fun for all ages. Get the kids together (or just your inner kid), dress up and go trick or treating while shopping at tons of local vendors- there are also delicious food and drinks (cocktail and mimosa kits available for a picnic on the green), music and games, and a produce market. What more could you want?

You can come see me and my “bat” dog Lulu (I will be her vampire mother of course) at Booth 345. Clink on this link for your free admission: http://octoberflea.eventbrite.com/
Use code: OCTOBER2013
More information on the Flea: http://www.treasureislandflea.com

Can’t wait to see you there!

Katie Wood Jewelry has a new home until September 29!

Katie Wood Jewelry has a new home for a limited time only. Come by Guzel Jewelry Design at 1714 Union St. on the corner of Gough in SF, hours for the week M-Th 2:30 – 7pm, F-Sun 11-7.

You’ll find Katie Wood Jewelry’s newest collections, including the limited edition Vintage Preserve series of bracelets and necklaces. Painted copper charms housed in modern styled mini circles with delicate chain. Some of the charms you’ll find are white and black hearts, fleur de lys, and blue hearts and butterflies. These truly unique pieces will be at a reduced rate only at Guzel until the 29th, so hurry before they are gone for good!

The collaboration of Semiha Durak’s beautiful turkish mesh necklaces and Katie Wood Jewelry’s double sided whimsical pendants will be available during this time as well. Two pendants in one and multiple options to style your necklace chain in striking colors and shapes that you create yourself for a truly unique style that everyone will ask “where did you get that? I want one!”. Be the first to set the trend. You’ll be happy when you show up at the next party or event wearing something nobody else has seen before. They make perfect gifts everyone will love as well. http://www.creita.com

Katie Wood Jewelry at Guzel Jewelry Design
Katie Wood Jewelry at Guzel Jewelry Design

You only have a few days left…September 29 is the last day!

Happy Pride!!

What an exhilarating week for both women’s and gay’s rights! I feel excited and honored to be a part of this historic time. And what better place to celebrate than SF during Pride?! 

I put together these fun marriage equality keychains, and made the sign from a photo we took at a Marriage Equality rally in the Castro:

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And before the festivities begin (at least for me), I will be selling my wares outside my apartment, which has become a fun way to show and sell my work on the weekends in my neighborhood. I am fortunate to live in a prime location on 24th St. in Noe Valley, where Saturdays especially have an endless stream of foot traffic, as people shop, brunch, and shop some more! And I’ve found that I make the most sales on the days when I offer free mimosas with purchase! Go figure…

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So, if you happen to be in SF between 10am and noon on Sat. June 29 come on by to see me before you head to Dolores Park for the festivities!

kt