1. Often I feel I need to be a warrior -- a warrior for my son (he started private school last week after MUCH deliberation), a warrior for carving out time to make jewelry (the contractors destroying our house to make it beautiful are In. My. Way.), and a warrior in the jewelry world, trying to carve out my niche. In that last regard, I'm a quiet warrior, preferring to be as kind and helpful as I know how. Unfortunately, doing things in that way sometimes means I don't get seen. But I prefer to remain this type of warrior.
|Book Mobile by ShopHouse|
2. Other than DESPERATELY wanting this (and I don't often buy things just for ME), this reminds me of my desire to write books. I have so many ideas. I've lived a pretty full life with lots of experiences, from life in Italy, Korea, Japan, and the like, just begging to be chronicled. Will I ever find time to write them down? I think I'll start a file and just write a sentence or two of memory so I at least don't forget things. It's a start. In alllll my spare time. Snort.
|"The Lonely Lady" by Oil and Fleur|
3. Sometimes I feel very alone. Lately there have been SO many blog posts about copying that I've felt afraid to visit blogs, to view other's jewelry, for fear that their work will stick in my brain somehow and come out months, years later and I'll get publicly humiliated for it. We're all such visual beings that when we make friends with other artists, it's almost impossible not to be touched by what we see. I find this incredibly sad and I'm still working out how to deal with this.
|"Gratitude" by Tara Catalano|
4. But above all, I've been grateful for my readers and my customers and even the sellers I frequent. I recently bought a strand of beads from a seller to fulfill a custom order. She wrote to me that she was touched by my parenting and the sacrifices I need to make to put my child in the best school for him. She sent me a huge box of beads as her way of contribution. I was completely overwhelmed, touched, and humbled. And that gesture, by someone who I didn't even know read my blog, gave me a surge of hope for humanity and kindness and I truly, truly believe that Karma will bless that person ten-fold.
|heart by Firelily|
My task for you today -- do something unexpected and kind for someone you don't really know. Buy a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you. Add something extra to your Etsy sale package. Send a special email to let that person know they have influenced your art. These little things mean so incredibly much. And trust me -- you'll feel marvelous yourself.