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An Unexpected Surprise!

January 24th, 2018

I can’t believe we are approaching the end of January already! Where did this month go?! I look forward to the end of the month because it’s a time to look back over the past few weeks to track my progress and make new goals for the next month. So here’s my recap for January:

My Jeep’s clutch system failed just after the 1st, leaving me stranded at my house which is awesome not be a huge stress factor because I work from home. My boyfriend and I have been working on it on the occasional days that the temps rise above freezing. I love being in the garage and I love working on vehicles so we’ve actually had a good time in spite of all the hard work. We had to take off the drive shaft and drop the transmission just to get to where we need to be so as of right now the clutch system is replaced and the transmission is suspended back in place. We are both hoping tomorrow will be the day we get to finish it. I don’t need a vehicle since I work from home but at this point I feel like I haven’t seen the world in weeks and it’s driving me crazy.

With my Jeep out of commission I have had nothing but time to concentrate on work and in doing so I not only gained a crystal clear vision of where I’m at with projects and where I want to be, but I have exceeded this month’s goals and have come out so far ahead that I have nothing to do work-wise for the next week, creating a nice little vacation that I wasn’t expecting. Awesome surprise right?! Yay me! I had wanted to make 50 pieces of jewelry to take to the local shops, and I currently have 60. I want to make another 40 to round it off to 100 but none of the materials I have ordered are due to arrive until next week so I’m content to take a break from that.

With the music festival in June, I have a goal of making 300 pieces which I have broken down into 5 different types of items I’m making. I hit the first goal of 50 necklace pendants so I have ordered the chain and everything needed to begin work on the next item. Again, these are not due to arrive until next week so I have nothing to do. It feels awesome to be ahead and have this little unexpected break because I have worked very hard to get where I am. I have no idea what I will do with my time because I am constantly working so when I have any time to relax I have no idea what to do with myself! I don’t take breaks because they are not productive so being in a position where I’m a bit forced to will be good for me.

January came with some unexpected setbacks and challenges, but it’s ending with all goals met and on track so I have no complaints. Setting goals and crushing them has always been the way I do things so when I work hard and end up with some extra time to myself, that makes a good day! So what’s on the agenda for the first day of this unexpected vacation…..find something to do!

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Never A Dull Moment

January 22nd, 2018

The first month of the new year has definitely been an interesting one so far. I work from home and don’t need to leave the house so it’s really no big deal that my Jeep is currently broken, but at the same time it’s been almost three weeks with no vehicle. I don’t have to go anywhere but once the option is taken away from you, it changes everything. I have a strong case of cabin fever and it’s driving me crazy! But I am managing to stay focused and busy with work (partly because there’s nothing else to currently do around here).

My boyfriend and I spent the entire weekend out in the garage and, though we got really close to getting it done, my Jeep still lays in pieces. The drive shaft and transmission have had to be removed to access the clutch system and the fly wheel. Not an easy job but since I have the best boyfriend in the world and we love working on cars together, it was a lot of hard work but still fun at the same time. The Jeep has been dismantled and the broken pieces replaced. The transmission was left suspended until we can get back to it which won’t be anytime this week as we both return to work.

It’s times like this that I love online shopping! I have everything I need right at home and don’t need to leave the house and when I come across some materials I need for work I just jump on the internet. I started January with the goal to make 50 pieces of jewelry to present to a local shop near me, but since I can’t go anywhere and present anything until my Jeep is back in working order I have changed my goal from 50 to 100. I decided to double my number because once I walk away from the shop pieces I want to be done thinking about them for a while so I can get serious on building inventory for the festival.

I’m starting off the week with 72 shop pieces completed and packaged so it’s time to pour some coffee and settle in at my desk. The goal this week is to reach 100 so I’m ready to go when my Jeep is back in service. I have some really cool projects in mind for the festival that I’m dying to try so that’s a great motivator as well because I won’t start them until I’m done with this project. No matter what obstacles life throws my way I will always find a way around them and continue on the path toward my dreams. I got this all the way! Happy Monday everyone, make it an awesome week and take steps towards your dreams!

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What’s The Big Idea?

January 12th, 2018

If you’re dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough ~ Unknown

Well at least I know I’m on the right path, according to this quote. I have so much going on right now that’s it’s a bit insane. Writing a novel, restoring classic car parts into furniture, preparing inventory to sell at my first music festival this summer and another stash of inventory to get into local shops. All this while I’m succeeding very well at the whole struggling single mom thing. Am I scared? Absolutely, it fluctuates daily between a dull sense of nervousness to full fledged fear when I have a spare minute to stop and take a breather.

I don’t know how to dream any other way but big so, no matter how scared I am, I will keep moving in the direction of them all. As of right now, I have a bit of each project going at the same time and I’m not going to lie, it can get more than a little stressful! So it’s time for me to take a step back, assess the situation and organize projects according to importance. The first thing to be set aside, which is always the first to go and always makes me a bit sad, is my novel. Raising three kids is enough but three is the number of kids still home. I’ve been working on this novel for more than a few years now while raising seven kids (yes, seven, it’s not an error as most people ask lol). It’s frustrating because I would love nothing more than to finish it and see it published but, once again, it needs to be put away for a bit.

The next thing that can be set aside is restoring a classic gas pump. It’s been sitting in my shop, plans have been sketched and everything prepared to move forward on it. But it will be the second thing to be set aside because the weather is horrible and with freezing temps I have zero desire to spend hours outside messing with it. Warm weather is still months away for now the pump will remain in the corner until the days get longer and the weather is no longer freezing my fingers and toes. This leaves me with two more projects, building inventory for local shops and the music festival. I feel that concentrating on just these two will inspire not only the creativity to get it done but also the productivity needed to complete the task at hand.

It’s Friday, so my goal for the work day is to organize each of the two projects and take a count of all pieces and then pieces completed so I can see just where I need to spend my time and just what I need to order to get the job done. Once I do that I will have a clear look at just where I stand with completing my goals which will in turn allow me to plan my next steps. I may be having to put a few things on hold but that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen. They are still my dreams, I will always continue to dream big and as I work my way through my plans making them my reality, I know that my novel and the gas pump will also come to pass when the time is ready.

Sometimes life requires you to rearrange your dreams and even though it is frustrating and stressful, I love these times because it not only kicks me into high gear but it also proves just how important my dreams are to me and how hard I’m willing to work and pursue them. Last work day of the week, time to get busy! Happy Friday 🙂

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Do This, Do That!

January 11th, 2018

When you have no idea what you’re doing you look to others for guidance. When I started out on my own last May I was energized, excited and ready to take on the world. I took the advice everyone seemed to be making work for them: You need to blog, create a Pinterest, IG, Facebook and twitter account. Be sure to post specific content at specific times. Make videos and share pictures of the art process and what my work table looks like. The list of things to do was long enough, but it seemed more things were added on the daily all in the name of “getting noticed”.

I spent months following this program but in doing so, I found that this route was not for me. Not only was it way too much to keep up with, it took so much time away from me as I found myself busy with trying to keep up with posting pictures and updating statuses, that soon I was spending more time tending to this than I was in my studio making art. Over time, I lost sight of my dream and just exactly what it was that I had originally set out to do. Then came the craziness of the holiday season which ended up being the best blessing of the year when it came to my art.

With tending to Christmas shopping and raising three kids I stepped away from social media and in doing so found a peace I haven’t felt in months! It was such a relief not to look at my phone, check notifications or worry about what content I would be sharing next. I’ve never been much for social media. I have a Facebook I’ve had for ages to stay in touch with friends scattered across the US and an Instagram account where all my military family gather (my boyfriend’s a Marine) but it’s not an every day occurrence and that’s as far as my online presence goes.

Most people are shocked when they hear I’m not online. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not online that I don’t like, it’s that the time spent telling the world about what I’m up to in my art studio is so time consuming that it takes me away from actually producing any art and that completely defeats the purpose of what I’m trying to do. Yes, I do want people to take notice but I’ve decided that, like every other path in life, I will carve my own way and follow the path that is best for me. In order to make art I need the time to actually make it so with the start of the New Year I’m taking a new approach.

I’m walking away from my jewelry pages on Facebook and Instagram, my author page on Instagram and my Etsy store. There is just no way possible for me to keep up with them all so I’m combining them all into a single Instagram account. I took the advice of having different platforms for each aspect of my creativity but, being a writer, jewelry designer and furniture designer, to have three separate accounts, which really turns into nine when each one has its own IG, FB and Blog platform, I’m simply setting myself up for failure. If I’m too busy updating platforms about my art, soon there will be no art to update about!

I’ve always been my happiest when I’m doing life my own way and this is no different. For me, it’s not about popularity or fame, it’s about expressing myself and interacting with and making friends with those who discover my talents along the way. For me, a simple life has always been best and a simple life is what I will always pursue. To those who have found themselves reading today’s journal entry, hello, good morning and I hope you have an awesome day!


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Morning Coffee

January 10th, 2018

I’m enjoying my coffee this morning while cuddled up with my puppies under my super comfy electric blanket. And today is a Kahlua-In-Your-Coffee kind of day after the interesting night I had last night. Since the freezing temps snapped my clutch cable last week I’ve been waiting for it to get towed. It’s not going to the shop because I’m fortunate enough to have a boyfriend who builds cars. Not only does he know how to work on them he has a shop set up at his house. And if that’s not awesome enough, my uncle happens to own a tow dolly so I was spared the expense of having to have a company tow it.

Remember when I said I’m a firm believer in the Bad-Things-Always-Happen-In-3s rule? Well this time the rule proves true for good things as well because my boyfriend, who had just spent the past two building his mustang, just sold it and replaced it with a huge truck. It still has the temp tags! There’s no way he could have towed me with the mustang! I was so sad to see it go because we had some pretty crazy adventures in it, but the timing ended up being perfect. He called me after work last night to tell me he was on his way over with the dolly so I opened the garage door and waited for him to pull up.

With tow ready behind his truck, we just had to line the Jeep’s tires up and roll it down the incline of the driveway, using the momentum to help push it up the ramp so we could lock it into place. Simple, right? Yes, except the front tires needed to be on the dolly and I didn’t back into my garage. And to make things more interesting, without the ability to turn the ignition we were working with no power steering! Good thing my neighbor was home because we had to push the Jeep into the street, have him back into driveway with his 4runner, attach tow cables and pull backwards up the driveway.

After being dragged up the driveway, I sat in the driver’s seat with my foot on the brake while he released the tow cable and my boyfriend maneuvered his truck into place. On the count of three I let my foot off the brake and they pushed me hard down the incline. The Jeep lurched up the ramps and I hit the brake as the tires fell into place. From my garage to his, the whole adventure took us three hours. It was dark and it was freezing but it’s always a fun time when we get to work with cars. Now that that part is over the Jeep is ready to be worked on as soon as the part is delivered.

An eventful night calls for a steaming mug of coffee under a toasty blanket before I begin my work day. It was my plan to spend January hitting the shops with my Jewelry to find a place for them, but plans change. I may be currently stranded but I have tons of work to get done and I’m going to make today a productive one as I build inventory. My goal is 50 pieces made and packaged for the local shop, currently I have 28. My second goal is 300 pieces for the music festival this June, currently I have 52. My coffee is gone and I’ve got my writing in for the day so it’s time to get busy. Happy Wednesday everyone!


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New Year, New Directions

January 9th, 2018

As I make my way through the first month of the year, I’m looking back on 2017 to see what I accomplished, the ideas I attempted, the areas I need improvement and the vision of my dream. I have come so far, learned so much and have grown tremendously as an artist. But in the process my dreams have evolved and, in some areas, completely changed.

Last January I set out to quit my job to get away from the corporate world and follow my creativity to see where it took me. My original plan was to make one of a kind jewelry pieces as a secondary focus to creating furniture using old or classic car parts. I did quit my job but the two ideas switched roles and I found myself making jewelry full time which tossed my plans for furniture into the back seat. This approach wasn’t my original plan but I’m a firm believer in letting things unfold the way they want to, not the way I plan. Why? Because things always turn out 100% better than I ever could have imagined.

I turned my focus toward jewelry design and took on Etsy as a platform, spending months discovering just who I am as an artisan designer. My efforts produced a stunning collection of one of a kind pieces which excited me to send them out into the world, watching them spread out across the United States to reach each coast. I love making jewelry, and always thought it was funny to have it take a front seat in my dream’s vision when I really wanted to be doing something else. Because this was my original thought, it didn’t take long to get back to it.

I found myself getting bored with the exhausting efforts of self promotion on Etsy and Instagram and I wanted to spend my time on other things. I changed focus toward coming up with an item I can still keep one of a kind but it wasn’t as detailed allowing me to make high quantities so I could approach some local shops. In addition to this I have decided to attend my first music festival so I am currently working on 50 pieces for my local shops and 300 for the festival which is in June. As for my one of a kind necklaces, I still love making them but have decided to make them only upon request so I can focus on new areas I want to pursue.

So here we are at the start of a new year, my dreams are still my dreams but they are seeming to come full circle and, in certain areas, take completely different turns. Jewelry is beginning to make its way back to secondary which is where I saw it before. As I work hard to produce items for the shop and festival I  have my first furniture project in the early stages of design. Where will my imagination, creativity and all my dreams take me in 2018? I have no idea but I love a good adventure and I’m excited to see it all unfold!


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Such A Magical Life!

If ever there was a sentence soaked in sarcasm and sprinkled in a thick coat of laughter, it’s this one! Whenever I meet someone new and they discover that I’m an artist I watch a sparkle appear in their eyes as a smile quickly crosses their face. Fascination and intrigue dance in their mind as they imagine the magical life I must be leading and a smile of my own flashes in response.

There are huge perks to being an artist, like working from home, loving what I do and having the freedom to discover and create on a daily basis. But until an artist makes it to the point where they have made a name and established themselves, life consists of working your ass off just to get rejected, putting yourself and your talent out there to be constantly overlooked or ignored and knocking on door after door to find them closed tightly or open just a bit when you knock, just to be slammed shut in your face.

And then there’s life. With all its beautiful highs and lows, it keeps going while you’re on your journey to discovery. Without the stability of the traditional lifestyle with the 9-5, the lows you face bring you a very real understanding of the statement: The struggle is real. I’m a firm believer in the Bad Things Happen In Threes rule and as we end the very first week of 2018 I have gotten all three. But no worries, I’m a cup half full kind of girl, always looking toward the bright side of things. At least I got them all out of the way at once, there’s nothing I hate more than having the third thing hang over your head for months as you wait for it to happen.

I was lucky enough to have them all take place within a single 24 hours. First, the shop I’ve been wanting to get my jewelry into informed me that a pipe burst due to freezing temps so it will be weeks before they even know if they will have room to take me. Then the next morning as the kids were piling in the Jeep to take them all to school, the Clutch cable snapped from the cold and has now stranded me for at least the next two weeks. Good thing I work from home but the third blow was, now that my Jeep is currently out of order, I can’t get started on a huge project I planned to tackle this year.

So if we as artists face these challenges and such an uphill battle, why do we continue? Why don’t we just be like everyone else and take the steady job so we don’t have to worry? Well, for me, it may sound crazy but I’ve taken the traditional route before and I found it to be very stressful and claustrophobic. I wasn’t happy and when I’m not happy I lose all ability to create anything. I would rather live life on my own terms chasing a dream no one else can see but me and no amount of setback or obstacles can get me to walk away.

I guess when you think about it, there really is magic in pursuing the arts, for it takes a brave and curious soul to move confidently in the direction of their dreams when life has different plans. So what? It wasn’t exactly how I wanted to start off the new year but I’m ready to tackle anything that comes my way. I’ve got big plans for this year and they aren’t going to be put away just because I’ve met some resistance. If there’s one thing being an artist has taught me, it’s that dreams are worth it and they will come to pass if you are strong enough to just keep moving forward.