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JusJoJan – Busy, busy

I remember chuckling because my mother-in-law stayed so busy when she retired. Now I get it. We finally get to stay busy doing what we want!

I finally got around to taking some photos of the jewelry I’ve been making. These are some of the photos from David and Molly’s Silveramics ®️ Workshop. (Design concepts by David and Molly.)  I hear there are still openings for their February class in Mexico!

The focal points of the jewelry pieces are made from blended colors of porcelain clay. It was such a great workshop and now that I know more what to expect, I have more ideas!

58E1A9A1-4867-4C95-8812-9AECD519E141I also finally got around to polishing the last pair of earrings I made. These are my own design. Sterling silver with a textured interior. This is the thing. I worked hard to make these. Afterward, I learned a much easier way to make the curve. So, I live and learn! The next time, it will go much faster.

This afternoon we are going to help my grandson celebrate his 18th birthday. I cannot believe how fast this time has flown.

It seems like only yesterday…

This post is part of Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January writing inspiration. Today’s inspiration word was given to us by Saumya.


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JusJoJan – Living the Life We Love

What a world we are living in right now. It is stressful and offers us every opportunity to fall apart or curl up in a little ball and hide away. But we all know that is no way to live. How we live our life is a choice.

There were times in my life when I felt trapped. Looking back now, I realize I was paralyzed by fear. I always had the power to live differently, but I let fear guide my way. Just like Dorothy, I had the power all along.

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I did a writing exercise yesterday that asked “What color is your fear?” Through the writing, I discovered the color I used to describe my fear was also the color I used to describe my dreams. How could that be?

Life is full of infinite possibility. As I look around at the bloggers I follow, I am amazed at how many of you are living your dreams. That does not mean that there are not daily challenges. Even in the midst of challenges, there is always possibility.

When I attended the Seasons of Surrender retreat last fall, I had every excuse in the book ready to respond to the “why” I am not living my dreams. Those women helped me push those roadblocks aside and take action. I have taken so many positive steps. Moving forward is exhilarating.

Yesterday I spent some time photographing some of my jewelry to put on my Facebook page. Not to try and sell, but simply to be seen. I will at some point put an online store up, but that is not the important step right now.

I have learned to say yes when opportunity knocks at my door. Now that I have opened myself to possibility, my 2020 calendar is filling up with things I am excited to do!

This will be the first post for my Art of the Week page on my blog. I plan to add a new creative post to this page at least once per week.

This post is also written for Just Jot it January, hosted by the lovely and generous Linda Hill.