• Holly Gage

Why am I so Overwhelmed? 
Setting Successful Goals for Your Jewelry Business 
with Holly Gage



This is the second of five Pay It Forward Events, and Chris and I are excited about providing jewelry business advice to help you run your jewelry business a bit smoother. As a jewelry business mentor, jewelry and Metal Clay instructor, and someone who has been in the industry for over 42 years, people at all levels of experience come to me for advice. They are often overwhelmed with all the duties involved in running a successful micro business. We typically don’t have a “guy” for each task that needs to be done, so it can be a vast feat in juggling. Learning how to prioritize your business goals, organizing the different facets, and tackling them in a logical sequence is very helpful. Sometimes we need to eliminate things we thought were crucial, but find out they are not. We often bang our heads against the wall because we hate doing specific non-jewelry-making tasks such as website updates, so it never gets done. Luckily in the video above, we will get you started by discussing a successful plan:

  • Prioritizing goals.

  • Identifying the benefits.

  • Understanding the hurdles.

  • How to develop a step-by-step plan.

  • How to stay on track, and more.

I also provide an Action Plan for Goal Making worksheet for each goal, and a well-thought-out step-by-step approach discussed in the video on helping you get out of your own way and achieve success.

Finding My Artistic Jewelry Voice with Holly Gage

Click the graphic to the left to access the pdf Action Plan for Goal Making that accompanies the full Webinar video above.





During the session, I mentioned why we are doing these Pay It Forward events. My husband and son were in an explosion about 3 years ago. They became burn survivors. Through a long healing process that Chris is still going through, our family received a tremendous amount of love and support from the jewelry community, doctors, family, and friends. We knew we couldn’t possibly back it all back, but we could Pay it Forward, and it is this extreme gratitude that motivates us.

I’ve included an uplifting podcast interview, where Christopher shares his trauma story and post-traumatic growth with Rio Grande’s, For the Love of Jewelers. This was a trauma he suffered so intense that it altered the course of his life. “As horrible as the whole thing was, there is something to be gained from it,” Chris says. His positive attitude allowed Chris to use the Lapidary Arts to heal physically and mentally throughout an incredibly challenging ordeal. I hope this story inspires you to believe in the seemingly impossible, and help you understand the Pay It Forward effort. https://www.buzzsprout.com/670069/9741286




Here is one of three give-a-ways my husband Christopher provided during the presentation — one of his Cultured Opals. LouJean Fobert was the lucky winner. His Opals are usually only available at his Friday 10 to 10 Auctions, on his facebook page, so feel free to stop by and check out his handy work.


Live Online Class for ALL Abilities

I’m adding Jewelry classes regularly with small, live, interactive, online group sessions. Simply great connectivity with other artists during this pandemic, and tons of learning. Click here for details or click on the Class Title


1 to 1 Mentoring By appointment Let my areas of strength help your business to grow to the next level with online mentoring. Intimate one-to-one and small discussion groups are casual and enjoyable but packed with information and tips designed for "YOU" and the growth of "YOUR" business.

  • Write a complete business plan

  • Develop your artist's voice

  • Refocus your business

  • Engage in a private class or group class complete with demos and handouts

  • Use your experiences within to develop the artist within

  • Take your business to the next level

  • Develop a wholesale line of jewelry

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Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry

Thursday, January 6 - February 10, 2022

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST

(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)

(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

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Bezel Setting Like A Pro

Tuesday, January 25 - February. 15, 2022

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST

(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)

(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting


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The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line

Thursday, January 6, 2021 - March 10, 2022

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM EST

(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)

(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting


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Becoming a Jewelry and Metal Clay instructor

Wednesday, January 26 - February 16, 2022 (Skip Feb. 9)

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST

(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)

(3) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

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Designing with Intention

Tuesday, February 1 - April 5, 2022

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM EST

(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
 (10) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting


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Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting

Monday, February 21 - March 28, 2022 (Skip Mar. 7)

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM EST

(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)

(5) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

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Carving and Sculpting in Metal Clay Intensive

Wed. February 23, - March 30, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, EST

(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)

(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

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Elegant Meadow Pods

Tuesday, March 1 - 29, 2022

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, EST

(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)

(5) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting







Please join Chris and me for the next Free Pay It Forward


EVENT 3: Igniting Your Creativity Friday, January 21 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST (6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST) FREE Online You must pre-register

Inspiration is the Spark • Exploration Fuels the Fire • Engaging Curiosity Creates the Fireworks. What happens when your creative self is stuck, you get brain freeze, or hit a wall? How do you jumpstart the creative process? Join Holly and Chris to explore the possibilities of:

  • Finding new inspirational sources

  • Stimulating new ideas

  • Igniting free thought to snuff out the doubts and allow for a new path of Creative Discovery

Please bring to the session these random items:

  • Pencil and paper

  • An interesting object

  • Something you can eat during the session