Hard work but easy living: what a “working vacation” is all about

One of our goals when starting Rumi Sumaq was to have a family friendly job that traveled with us. With Coco’s relatives far away in Peru, we wanted an online business that would provide some income while traveling abroad. We’re in the art jewelry business, so by no means did we ever imagine a get-rich-quick internet scheme. Nor did we dream of a life of leisure and wealth. Instead, we set our intention on a successful, small family business that was not tied to one country or address.

We knew from the very first day we started our business that we would have to work very hard to make this goal achievable. Our business is now four years old and we still work long hours each and every day. There is no vacation fund or savings for a rainy day. We still fret over money often.

BUT I am proud to say we have achieved what we intended: we are able to earn income from anywhere.

This much-anticipated freedom allowed us to take a break from the art show circuit last week.  After eight consecutive weekends of shows, we were road-weary and fatigued. (It is exhausting work to travel long distances week after week to set up and breakdown a portable, mini-gallery space.) We chose it. We love it. We are driven by it. But even still, we desperately needed a break.

So we took a leap of faith that the income would keep flowing if we swapped out an art show for a visit with my sister on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. We booked a ferry, packed up Coco’s studio and our online store, and off we (and our business) went. For ten glorious days.

My sister graciously hosted us in her Vineyard home. We continued to log extended hours for our business so it was, for all intents and purposes, a “working vacation.” Coco created new work while I planned the launch of our macrame tutorials. We were thrilled to see some sales in our online store. We used the income to enjoy a few seafood dinners out and Mayu’s all important trip to the arcade.

It was ALL we needed. We worked hard on “vacation,” but the living sure was easy…

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We are chasing our dreams, one intention at a time. We hope you are too. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

“Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Believe you deserve it. And believe it’s possible for you.”


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  1. Hi,
    This is Eva. I love your macramé pieces. I sooooo excited about your up coming tutorials. I’d like to do as good a job as you on my macramé pieces. My problem is the starting, doing the knots evenly, and how to end the piece. I don’t understand how to measure for enough thread. I have issues!!!! I haven’t brought many books on macramé, or maybe not the right kind of book to understand these things. I am sooo looking forward to see your tutorials.

    I love the way you guys live and wish you all the success with your business. God Bless.


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      Hi Eva,

      Thanks for visiting our blog and taking the time to comment. It is so nice to meet you! We wish you every success with your macrame work. Many people have responded to our query about macrame tutorials with the same struggles you have. Starting and ending a piece is definitely something we will focus on. Tying your knots evenly is something that will come with practice. There really is a rhythm to it. Thanks again for joining us. We promise the tutorials are on their way. A big hug to you… Melanie & Coco

  2. Parabéns pelo trabalho de voces. Sou um admirador nato de suas maravilhas criadas. Me indentifico muito com voces pois amo essa arte maravilhosa de tecer nós em macrame e o meu maior sonho e poder viver apenas para a arte. Comecei a oito anos atrás em uma simples admiração por uma pulseira hippie em macrame que aprendi a fazer e hoje aos 22 anos de idade apos esses 8 anos que aprendi a minha primeira tornozeleira em X que carrego comigo ate hoje, e resolvi fazer dessa arte um estilo de vida e fonte de renda para mim. Com a bençao de Jah tenho certeza que unidos conseguiremos alcançar os nossos maiores objetivos. Que Jah ilumine seus planos e que voces possam ser muito felizes. E muito obrigado pelos tutorias que estao planejando, pois saibam que estarao realizando outro sonho meu que é aprender a fazer colares e braceletes maravilhosos como os que voces fazem. Parabéns. Muito obrigado. Fiquem com Jeová!!

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