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If I can do it, anyone can

Honestly, it’s true!

Have you ever felt like you need to do something different? Change direction in your life, learn a new skill, change jobs or move house? These are all big decisions and take a lot of consideration and determination. None more so than changing your career path. Sometimes it's easier to just stay where you are and never take the plunge.

That’s where I was at the age of 50 in 2011. I was a single stay-at-home Mum looking to do something from home so I could be there for the kids. For some time I had been sculpting in clay and selling my pieces but I was not happy with the medium. I couldn’t find a job suitable or that I would enjoy and it was suggested to me that I consider learning some art skills so I decided to enrol on a Foundation Degree at Hereford College of Arts. Now, I have no idea why I thought I could actually do that but it was just two days a week so I took the plunge. The best and most fabulous thing I ever did (apart from my kids, of course). The course was for oldies like me and it was like Christmas every single day!!

I loved it!!

I loved it so much that when I graduated I was asked if I would consider doing the BA Hons Jewellery Design degree. So I did that too!

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was hard work and lots of time taken up in study and creating but it was amazing and I did it. I graduated at the age of 55. I had never believed in myself before but I did it.

There are so many opportunities out in the world, especially now that lockdowns have ended, so if you are considering something new, teetering on the edge of a decision, then my advice is to do it. Take the plunge! There’s nothing special about me, so if I can do it, so can you. Gather your information, research whatever you need, consider all of the pros and cons and then do it. If you ask 100 people for advice, you will get 100 different answers. Trust your instincts and take that next step. I dare you!!!!

Me? I've now been qualified as a Jewellery Designer in Redbrook, Monmouth for the last 7 years, built up my business, Chris Lewis Jewellery Design, and love every day that I can get in my workshop and create new and wonderful things. It’s not easy being the owner of a small business but it's satisfying and fun too. If you would like to find out more then please feel free to get in touch with me.

You can ring me on 07885829316

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