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Sometimes less is more

When I first started making kintsugi jewelry back in 2013, there was very little information available in English on this art form. There were no classes or supplies available, almost no kintsugi repaired objects of any kind for sale, and very little written about applying the art of kintsugi to living.

A lot has changed in the last eight years. I now keep lists of other kintsugi artists, sources for purchasing kintsugi supplies, and available classes in kintsugi (both in person and online) on this website, and I’m finding new people, sources, and classes to add all the time. Information, supplies, and completed pieces are readily available in both the traditional kintsugi styles and in modern adaptations.

A similar explosion has happened with people writing about the application of the art of kintsugi to life. Writing about this topic can now be found in any quick search for kintsugi from blogs to magazines to news articles to museum showings and more.

I am absolutely thrilled to see how well this art form has spread and become known by so many! At the same time, I am also aware that my writing on the subject here in the blog is no longer as vital to filling an empty gap as it once was.

I’ve watched interest in my blog drop over time (even as the demand for the lists of resources I mentioned above has skyrocketed) even as my time and ability has diminished for giving as much to the writing side of the site. The ongoing juggling of four different jobs has taken its toll on me and has increased my need to prioritize my time and effort.

I’m also aware that many of us are feeling overwhelmed by too much screen time, especially after all of the work-from-home, socially distant communication caused by the pandemic. Most of us have more emails, more messages, and more social media posts to wade through than we have the time or energy to deal with. I don’t want to be part of that overwhelm if I’m not providing something of service.

In light of all of these changes around me, it’s time for me to make a few changes here at A Kintsugi Life. We’ve reached a point where doing less of lower priority things gives me more time to do focus on the more important things.

What’s changing

Effective today, the blog is now moving to monthly posting only on the first Wednesday of each month.

Likewise, the email newsletter will now only go out on the first Wednesday of each month in conjunction with the blog post.

In addition, my postings on Facebook with go from five a week (Monday through Friday) to three a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) to focus on the kinds of posting that the people who follow me there seem to find of greatest value without adding to the social overwhelm with lower value posts.

These changes will give me more time to search out and curate resources and news about kintsugi to share with you in the newsletters and on the website because that seems to be of greater service right now. It will also allow me to spend more time on making my kintsugi repaired stone jewelry and accessories and on finding new styles and options to offer since the interest there continues to be strong.

(Speaking of new things, I’ve just added kintsugi repaired stones in a larger size to the shop. These are stones that were designed to be worry stones, but they could also be used a small paperweights. That’s something people have requested for years, and this is the first time I’ve found stones that were sufficiently thin for me to break. I’m so excited!)

What’s not changing

The general topics of the blog are not changing. I’ll still be focused on living a kintsugi life with what I write there.

My posting schedule on Instagram will remain unchanged for now for those of you who like to see examples of new pieces I make. Blog posts will still be posted to LinkedIn when they are published.

Friday Candles will continue as a weekly service.

If you are subscribed to the email newsletter, your subscription will remain intact. (You’ll just get fewer emails.) There’s no need to re-subscribe or make any changes on your side.

 

Thanks to all of you for being part of this little community! If you have other suggestions of how I can serve you all better, please let me know!

 

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