Friday, November 16, 2012

Being led by my dreams...

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. - Arthur Christopher Benson

 Boy, oh boy, have lots of changes been going on around here.

First of all, I've been so quiet, because of a recent med. change.  My current combo really makes me feel drowsy.  I've even found myself sleeping at work and in the parking ramp!  Thankfully, my body seems to be adjusting, so I'm looking forward to more hours of being alert. 

Gluten free has been going phenomenally well!  I've basically tried to eliminate all bread-type products from my diet, but have recently been playing around with gluten free flours and mixes.  This morning I made an oh, so tasty quiche with a GF crust.  While the crust wasn't as light and flaky as I had hoped... I was still quite pleased with the look and taste of the final result.  Besides the diet adjustment, I've also eliminated one drug from my lupus-cocktail, and have reduced my dosages of the others.  Isn't that amazing?  I'm at the two month mark and most of my days are completely pain free!  I for sure know that the benefit is from the GF-diet, because a slip up like frozen-yogurt or a brat has left me run-down with a flare up that each time lasted for 3-4 days.

My last post left off with some uneasiness about the money I've been currently spending.  I took a leap, and decided to follow my dreams and sign up for a jewelry design class.  My whole life I have wanted to chase my creative side, but I've always put it aside in view of more practical ideas.

Well, I went to the jewelry/silver smithing class and I had the BEST TIME!  Instantly I was hooked.  You know that feeling where you just know you're in the right place at absolutely the right time, doing absolutely the right thing?  This was it.  I could not have been more happy or more proud of myself for taking the leap.  Here is what I made that night:    

A stack of 3 silver rings.  I made them by texturing, annealing, soldering, shaping and polishing pieces of silver.  It was such a great experience, I had no idea that we would even make anything the first night.  I can't wait to go back for the two remaining sessions!

Psssssst!  I am so in love with it that I also signed up for a lost wax casting class, where I will get to make pieces of jewelry by pouring silver into molds that I create!

Like I said before, I am making an investment in myself and that's the best investment I could ever possibly make.



  1. I love it that you're investing in yourself. I think of debt paying like dieting. If I completely deprive myself then I'll binge on a bag of chocolate. If I have a couple pieces of chocolate I'll be happy enough not to have the whole bag. Plus you never know, maybe you'll be great at jewelry making and will be able to sell a few custom pieces.

  2. That is a really great analogy. It seems like the more extreme my measures are the harder I will eventually fall off the bandwagon.

    As hard as it was to spend money on jewelry classes, my happiness increased exponentially. Slowly I'm starting to assemble some equipment together and looking forward to having a little jewelry studio of my own!! It is definitely a passion, so if I could make a little money on the side doing it that would be the icing on the cake. :)