I've been thinking back on this year and I realized that it was a pretty great year for music. I made a short playlist of some of my favorites. A few are old songs, but they still remain in constant rotation. Enjoy!
As a kid people always ask you, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Some kids know the answer at an early age; "I want to be a doctor or a fireman."
Well, for me it's been a little different. I've wanted to be a lab scientist, an optometrist, a pharmacist, a sign language interpreter, a painter, a jeweler, a vegan baker, a traveler of the world... etc. The problem (or maybe not) is that I have so many interests/loves that are completely different from each other.
Is there a perfect job for me? Who knows? In most instances I can't imagine doing the same thing for my entire life. However I still get anxious that I'm 28 and still can't answer the question, "What do you want to do with your life".
I've been told over and over, "life is a journey not a destination". It has taken me a while to understand the truth in this statement. Every step I take helps me realize what I want to include in my life and what is really not that important to me.
Well, I've been feeling like things in my life have been a little stale lately. So, I'm starting to make some changes. The first change seems like I'm taking 2 steps back, however I choose to look at it as 1 step forward.
Change #1... I've moved back to my hometown to save some money for a few months. Although it's only about 40 minutes from the city, I'm a little sad I can no longer walk down the street to visit my friends. :( But, I'm hoping the money I am saving in rent will help me move on to Life Change #2. :)
As my friends can attest, lately I have been somewhat of a Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer. I'm kind of at a cross roads where I'm trying to figure out what the hell to do with my life. (which, to say the least can be a little exhausting.) Anyway, I'm trying to stay postive and now I've found a new motto to live by. "Don't think about the negative things anymore than necessary to help you move away from them."
Well, I am 28 and I've lived in the charming state of Maryland my entire life. But for some reason, this weekend was the very first time that I visited the state fair.
Here's my problem with the fair: how can you trust a ride that was assembled one weekend and then disassembled the next weekend? Come on people... it doesn't seem like the safest bet. It's kind of like assembling your own furniture. There always seem to be a few screws left over.
Not to mention there weren't many food options for a vegan: fried dough (which apparently is different from funnel cake), fried oreos, fried twinkies, french fries, hotdogs, pizza, turkey legs, and BBQ. Umm, no thanks.
I'm not sure I will ever take part in the fair festivities again, but I did actually have a nice evening. Gavin Degraw put on a free concert so, we just took a blanket and relaxed a bit.
I've taken a little time of from the jewelry bench and the blog this summer... but I have a good reason. My summer started off with a family surgery of sorts. Here's a pic of my bro Zachariah and me. He's the proud new owner of my left kidney. Probably goes without saying, but most of my summer has been spent recuperating. For about a month, the biggest decision I had to make was whether I was going to lay on the couch, or stay in bed all day.
Anyway, it's been a few months now and I'm almost all healed. Now it's time to get back to business. I've got many new jewelry designs cooking in my head and hopefully will have some finished pieces to show soon.
Although my summer was pretty low key, I did get a chance to go see some great music. One of the highlights was the Incubus concert I went to a few weeks ago.
I don't think I have to mention again how I think they are one of the most talented group of guys, but they out did themselves this time. I was blown away by the last song they performed. Incubus has recorded a rad version of Prince's "Let's go Crazy". To say I loved it would be a complete understatement. I've been listening to it on repeat and dancing my booty off. Enjoy!
A couple of months ago I was strolling through Barnes and Noble (after a lousy day of work) when a lady came over to me and said,
"I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I watched you walk in and we were just discussing how nice you looked. I just thought you would want to know, women don't compliment each other enough."
I was a little stunned by her comment, by it completely changed my attitude that day.
I love the idea of this website "operation beautiful" where women write little inspirational notes and leave them in public places such as the gym or work. Just like the bookstore compliment, I'm sure finding one of these little positive messages would totally make my day.
First, TordBoontje had me enamored with his delicately intricate paper installations. Then he made his art accessible to everyone through his paper lanterns. Next came his greeting cards... and NOW, he has a wearables collection. Oh Tord, how I love thee. These beauties should be on sale next month at Artecnica.
I was recently introduced to the celebration of Holi, also known as the festival of color. Hindus all over the world celebrate on March 11th, the triumph of good over evil, by splashing around in a sea of paint. I can't get over the vibrance of color. Check out other photos here, they are just as beautiful.