It all started with passion...
Someone once said to me: "You need to figure out what you are passionate about, and then pursue it. That's how you find a rewarding career."
Respectfully, I say to this person I admire, I disagree. I remember saying to myself as I enrolled at Middlebury College in Vermont, that I was going to be an architect. No question. And now here I am at 43, a silversmith and jewelry designer, musician, husband, surfer, Karate practitioner, teacher, coach, father, snowboarder... So what happened?
Thinking back to my younger years, the jewelry-making field was definitely not on my radar. What was on my radar was the concept of passion. That's what I did best. Whatever it was I doing, whether I enjoyed it or not, I did it with passion. I found that by pursuing something with all your energy and focus, doors would open up and present things you never imagined.
When I was playing ice hockey, I did it with all the passion I had... which led me to be a professional hockey player. When I was studying Physics in college, I did it with all the passion I had... which led me to become a high school physics teacher for 14 years and ice hockey coach. When I became a single parent, I did it with all the passion I had... which with all it's joys, led me to investigate a second career to make ends meet... (anybody remember the Vermont Rock Candle?). Becoming an artist/entrepreneur led me to the art and craft show circuit which led me to a wonderful marriage with Rachel. And in turn, this incredible partnership is where I have become a passionate silversmith and jewelry designer since 2009.
It's funny... the paths we follow are uncertain, but filled with potential, set-backs and opportunities. For me, the more passionate I am about everything I do, the more exciting and fulfilling this journey is.