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***First off, housekeeping – I’m taking Christmas orders up until this coming Monday the 15th. After that, for 16th and 17th, orders will be taken with upgraded shipping. Go here for my shop.

My thumbs and index fingers are sore and rough to the touch. This morning, I woke up with a dull ache in both wrists. It’s a happy complaint – my jewelry shop is slammed with holiday orders.

I’m learning that projecting seasonal sales is a tricky thing. I think I prepared pretty well, even though it’s proving to be much bigger than I originally anticipated. Again, can’t complain. Last year was pretty busy too but manageable, but this year, it’s a whole different story. My shop is growing, but not quite yet big enough to afford a hired help.

My sister has been stellar in helping out at both ArtisanalLA shows. (Oh, yes, in the middle of all this, I had another show in Old Town Pasadena last weekend.) But she’s a busy fashion designer herself, I could only solicit her help for so much.

Going back to the show, each time I do this, the most valuable gain isn’t just the cash sales made through the event or the exposure. It’s the insight. It really dictates and sharpens my focus as to what should be my next step. What I’d like to do for my shop in specific and for my career in general for the next year is already shaping up. I know I will be sharing it as soon as this holiday sales season is behind me.

Hope everyone who comes here are having a great holiday season. Be safe out there. L.A. is hit by an intense rain storm. They say we didn’t have anything like this in five years. My snowboard is calling my name… God, I can’t wait.

When I was five years old in Seoul, my parents befriended a couple who lived on the other side of the hills of my elementary school. Our family had dinner over at their place one night and walked back home. The next morning, I got up with this strange confidence that I could trace my steps back to the couple’s place all by myself. Me, a five year old. The challenge of it excited me, and I couldn’t wait to prove to myself that I could do it.

I went back to Korea in the winter of 2007 and was surprised to realize that the distance from our old house just to the school was about a half a mile. I couldn’t remember where the couple’s house was anymore, but it was safe to assume that the total distance would have been about at least one mile.

That morning many years ago, I got up, put my clothes on and walked out while my parents were still asleep and found my way back to my parents’ friends’ house and knocked on their door. I was ear to ear when I saw Mrs. So-and-so answer the door, confused, and look around to see if my parents had accompanied me. I swiftly turned around and walked back home ignoring her calling my name. My mom didn’t believe that I made this journey all by myself even though I was telling her the honest truth. And truth or not, I was in big trouble and heard a earful, and then was carefully guarded the next few weeks.

What I have done that morning was the talk of the family for many days to come. My five year old mind could not understand why it was such a big deal. As annoying as my mom’s incessant reiterations of “what on earth this child has done,” I was satisfied with my accomplishment and couldn’t wait again for a new challenge.

Why am I sharing this?

Call me self-absorbed, I don’t care. There’s a lot going on these days that I haven’t gotten around to share here, but I keep coming back to this one observation over and over again as of late. I’m a nomad. It was the nomad in me that propelled me out that morning.

I believe that true nomads are the catalysts who start ripple effects. We don’t tolerate the status quo. We need to make moves that cause a stir and a challenge. What we do may seem random to others, but there is a clear sense of purpose within us. We may not be able to articulate why we do what we do to the questioners’ satisfaction. Often, we cannot even articulate it to ourselves. We have our own magnetic north. As stuck up and self-serving as that may sound, that’s the only explanation that I can offer, had you probed.

I have to run marathons, climb big mountains, doggedly produce an impossible play, keep a Siberian Husky just to be close to the wanderer in her even though I can’t go mushing with her, and now…

I used to want very dearly that my peeps would “get” this about me. I would try hard to explain and plead until my face turned blue. “Do you see what I see?” Seriously. John the Baptist in the wilderness, except my causes are not really THAT significant. Anyway, I’m giving that up. Hanging up my polemist hat. It’s about time. I’m not even good at it.

It’s rather simple. I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. And when I do that which I’ve got to do, people around me will only benefit from it. And not so, if I don’t.

Now, how’s that for a very vague post about a very abstract topic in the middle of the night. Hope it was better than staring at the gifs from the previous post.

Good night.

Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick at the top of their games. I just know many years from now, this current King’s team will remain legendary in my mind just like the Dodgers of 1988. I’m so thankful to be witnessing plays like this. Even though it’s sports, it still inspires me to get better in my field which is art.

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Quick here could have easily recreated the final moment of last year’s Stanley Cup Series where Lundqvist couldn’t block Martinez. But instead, he gave us this. He’s a legend.

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I’m not a big shopper, so I’m not well-clued in on key dates for sales boost. I tend to get scorned (in a friendly way) into promoting my shop – this post being one of them.

Firstly, holiday order deadlines are posted on my shop website. Go here. And I created a 15% off coupon code for purchases that are $55 or more. See the attached image for the code. I noticed that many shoppers purchase several items at a time especially during the holiday season, so would like to give them a little break.

Whoa… It’s December 1st. I feel like I’ve aged 10 years in 2014. That’s another topic, I guess. How was your 2014? Let’s make the most of what’s left of this year.

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Okay, so don’t judge me. I love Matt McAndrew! Did you watch him sing Coldplay’s “Fix You” last night on the Voice. So crazy how good he is.

It’s been extremely busy at my shop, so I don’t have a whole lot of time to tend to my blog, but I thought this was fun to share and easy to post, thanks to Youtube.

This piece is from last week’s show, but by far my favorite, maybe because he sings one of my favorite songs. If you haven’t seen it already, you will definitely enjoy it.

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