Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Beader Bubbe awarded me the "Stylish Blogger Award" and I'm honored!  Honored, and then woooooah nelly -- watch out.  Because I'm supposed to reveal five secrets about myself.

Hmm.  Not that one.  Or that one.  Oh my, DEFINITELY not that one.

OK, here goes.

1.  I wish, wish, wish I were an author.  Not just any author, but a New York Times Best Selling Author.  Of what?  A bit of this, and a bit of that, kind of like my jewelry -- never typecast.  And I am secretly writing a book but doubt I could ever publish it unless it was under the name "Anonymous".

2.  I cry at happy endings.  Embarrassingly so.  Not just a little tear, but I really CRY.  Like when I first saw this video?  Cried my darned eyes out.  So I watched it again.  Cried some more.  And then "The Office" reprised it and I cried AGAIN!

3.  Sometimes I need to run away from my desk that is overflowing and the responsibilities that are piled up and I go for a drive.  Just me, loud music, and coffee.  After that, I can come back with the cobwebs blown out of my brain and I can focus again.  And this happens more often than not.

4.  I miss the days of big hair.

(yes, that's me at age 20)
5.  Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I'd taken that other road, that road that would have kept me in California after I got out of the military.  What would have happened?  What would I be doing now?  Would I still be a jewelry artist?  Would I be me?  

There are so many paths we can take in life.  Choose one.  See where it takes you.  Even if you choose the wrong one, you can make it your own.  Cry at happy endings.  Write books in secret.  Drive down empty roads.  Even tease your hair up big and prance down the road.  But make your life your own.

Enjoy life.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Congratualtions are definately in order, my friend! Hip Hip hooray on your award! How exciting!

    P.S. With your 5 reveals, I have determined we must be twins seperated at birth or just plain ol' kindred spirits (wink)

  2. Maybe we are all more alike than we think! Great reveals!


  3. Lovely post Lori! I'm hopelessly weepy and happy endings too - whole boxes of tissues are needed!!

  4. I love that video. Love, love, love it. Seriously, I've watched it dozens of times, including last night.

    And I adore that photo of you. Of course, I remember you at that age, but I remember how pleased I was when you mailed me a copy of the pic.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I love getting to know you!

  6. You definitely took the right path. I loved that video and I was holding back the "happy" tears. And big hair is a good thing.

  7. awesome picture.....great hair.

    When are you going to post a pic of you in your uniform?

  8. I also always dreamed of being a big, best-selling author but alas, lack the discipline required to sit and write. And happy endings? Forget about it - I'm such a sap! Hallmark commercials really used to get me going - do they still have commercials? Now that I think about it, I haven't seen one in a long time...

  9. "There are so many paths we can take in life. Choose one. See where it takes you. Even if you choose the wrong one, you can make it your own. Cry at happy endings. Write books in secret. Drive down empty roads. Even tease your hair up big and prance down the road. But make your life your own."

    Amen, and amen!

  10. Thanks for a wonderful post.

  11. Great post. Love your secret author wish. Hope it comes true. thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my vacation photos.

  12. Thanks for sharing....gosh, I think I only knew of 2....big hair days and drives for coffee (that recent iced coffee?). :-) You're one interesting lady! And no, never typecast!

  13. A well deserved award, Lori, I'm blown away by your beautiful jewellery.
    As to Reveal No 4 I couldn't agree more. Would I choose differently today? Maybe, but I wish I'd been bolder and braver.

  14. Congrats on the know...I think I got weepy at that video was just such a happy carefree thing!
    Bead Happy!

  15. Congratulations!!!! I always enjoy your postings!!! And your five reveals - gosh I thought I was the only one.... Thank you for posting this - you brigten up my day!!

  16. Fantastic post, Lori! It's been lovely meeting you:)

  17. I love reading your blogs!! You make me feel human, you make me laugh, cry, .... you are real! You deserve that award.
    PS Love the BIG HAIR- I had it too! I look at it and say, What was I thinking?" My husband on the other hand still misses it. LOL
    About the life choices. I really hope to come back and make those other choices in my next life and see where they take me. It's all what we make of it is it not?

  18. congrats Lori! Your blog is always a pleasure to read. Funny about the big hair days. My fiance loves the big hair days too. If it were up to him I would walk out of the house looking like an 80's flashback every day.

    congrats again!

  19. Lori:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am so happy to have found you and you thoughts and words touched me this morning. I feel like i know you after reading your list of secret wishes.

    You have such an interesting life, i would love to interview you on my Fiber Arts Mixed Media radio show sometime. let me know if you are interested.

    Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva

  20. Lori,
    Congratulations on your honor. So well deserved!

    That was a beautiful post. So many things I can relate to. I used to cry so easily. Antidepressants took that away and I miss being the wonderfully oversensitive person! It somehow felt like a part of me, even if the meds help my depression!

    I also wonder what road I might have taken. Twelve years ago, I was almost a licensed psychologist. Fibromyalgia ended that but I am happy with our small business.

    So many twists and turns. One never knows what will happen next!


  21. Congrats on your award! It was great to get to know you better. =D

    I cry at happy endings, too.

  22. i love what you revealed about yourself - we have some things in common!

  23. I can understand why you miss the days off big hair. You are absolutely gorgeous with long hair.


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