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A while back, I asked you, beloved blog readers, to tell me what to write. And I bookmarked your suggestions, and have written about several topics you've requested -- the Bay Bridge trips, business tips for jewelry designers (I'll be continuing those, I haven't forgotten), and more stories about Zack.
I was busy this weekend. I made some jewelry for my book (not what you see below!), cleaned house, spent some chill-out time with my husband watching American Pickers, cleaned and reorganized my lampwork studio, and caught up on my email. I visited blogs for the Fairy Tale/Spring Bead Blog Hop and wrote more posts. I put together packages to be mailed out tomorrow. I'm preparing to leave on Friday for the Bead and Button show.
As I was re-reading the list of comments on that "tell me what to write" blog post, I found this comment:
......I love your balanced approach to jewelry, inspiration, and day to day life. It's what makes me tune in because it makes you a very real person. And that is one of the things I love most about the connections we all make through blogging.
I believe in the connections people make through blogging. It's one of the reasons I want the Bead Soup Blog Party to continue to be a success. So many people out there have come to know each other through the keyboard. So many people have various limitations on their time and their lifestyle and location that often, these keyboard connections are the closest ones they have.
|The map of the Feb 2011 Bead Soup Blog Party, with over 200 participants.|
Balance is a matter of perspective. From where I sit, the man on the tightrope seems to be leaning to the left and about to fall off. From where you sit, the man may look to be leaning into the wind and going too slowly and he is just NEVER going to get there. From the man's perspective, he may feel he's having his best day on the tightrope ever.
You just never know unless you're that man.
The jewelry -- which, really, is my job.
Some think that because I don't have a job in the regular workplace, I have all this free time just to make jewelry. First, I'd refer you back to this post. And then I'd say, being my own boss, and a mom, and a wife, means there is never, ever a time when one of those jobs isn't on my mind. Ever. I plan to make those few sentences an entire post in the Business Tips series, because it's really a hard nut to crack, and the part of the equation most people forget to factor in when they get excited about buying beads and making things that sparkle and shine.
But it can be done.
Notice the words on the page in the picture above? It starts with "limitable", but ends with "limitless". What's it going to be?
When I write, I want to either make you laugh until the coffee comes out your nose, or inspire you. Believe it or not, I think both can happen at the same time, although coffee/nose/inspire is a strange combination (and an often painful one!).
Growing up, I didn't have typical role models to boost me up and cheer me on. There wasn't much that inspired me beyond what I read in books, and the lessons I learned in books dissipated quicker than snow on the stove. I tried, though -- I really did. And I think, from the emails and comments I've received from some of my posts, many of you grew up feeling uninspired, too. It's a tough cycle to break when you spent 20/30/40 years stuck in that deep, muddy rut, so I added a Quote of the Day page to help keep a little snippet of inspiration going when I can't seem to muster the words myself.
Inspiration is something that can be, and should be, shared and passed on, whether it's by phone, over coffee, or by the internet.
I've always loved to write. I wrote my first "book" when I was six, a book called "The Mysterious Missing Mummy", hugely influenced by all the Nancy Drew books I was inhaling. Each block-printed page had a crayon drawing on it, and of course the hero saved the day just in time for the notebook to come to its final page.
Later, I filled piles and piles of journals. Seriously. Piles. The ones above are from my years in Korea to a couple of years after Zack was born and I discovered blogging.
Writing, for me, is recording Life. My journals comfort me two-fold -- I can either sit down and settle in for a long read, or I can flip through the pages and, just by seeing what's been pasted to the pages, remember the events surrounding the dates.
Spring break from college with my friend Jen, riding a roller coaster.
I'm the one in sun glasses.
Memories from a trip to St. Paul to visit
my friend and roommate from the USAF.
Life is for remembering, and life is for living. I do both. Some days are going to be marvelously memorable. Some are going to be dismally forgettable. Some will be packed to the brim with activity, and some are going to be slow and tame.
What matters is how you feel about your life. If it's not going the way you want, pick one thing, no matter how small, and change it. Pick a doable thing, something that can indeed not only be written on a list but checked off in due course. That achievement can spark a fire of momentum.
If your life is going the way you love -- own it and celebrate it and cherish it but REMEMBER it in some way. Snap a photo. Write it down. Save a ticket stub in a dresser drawer.
Walk that tightrope.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.