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Beauty

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As a society, we talk a lot about beauty. What makes a woman beautiful? Why is one person more beautiful than another? What can we do, what products can we use, to make ourselves more beautiful?

The older I get, and the more people I meet, the more I understand the old adage that true beauty comes from within. The women who are deemed the most beautiful in the world are often not beautiful due to the regularity of their features or the precise shape of their bodies, but because they have a confidence in themselves and an inner light that shines through.

I often tell my friends that they are beautiful. I know many of them think I’m talking about their spirits or their minds, because women in general are are not taught to think of themselves as more than passably attractive lest we be considered vain.  But I do mean physically, as well as mentally and spiritually when I say my friends are beautiful. Because they are. Each and every one of them.

I challenge you to look at yourself this week, and try to see what I see when I look at you. Because I guarantee, you are beautiful too!

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Creativity

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Creativity is a funny thing. I know many very creative people, who would tell you that they are not creative at all! I think we all contain a spark of genius that just needs the right fuel to blaze to life. For me, color has always been that fuel.

Hand me a box of crayons and I will immediately start playing with which colors go best together, and how to create different shades through varying pressure and mixing of colors. Set me loose in a yarn shop and I will have six projects mentally on the needles and $500 mentally spent before I’ve even left the first set of shelves. And beads. Oh the glory of beads in all their colors and shapes and styles. I have an entire box of white beads. Sounds boring on the face of it, but there are beads in ivory, pure white, ecru, silvery white, bone, etc. And they are seed beads, roundels, crystals, adorable little elephants, pearls, I could keep going but you get the picture.

Every time I get an idea for a set of jewelry, it starts with a color story. From there I move to textures and shapes. Finally I start laying the beads out and deciding how they should all relate to each other. I find the whole process to be meditative and peaceful.

For others, the fuel for creativity might look completely different. I know people who do woodworking and for some of them it’s all about the smell of the wood, the texture, and the trans-formative process of making something into something else. For others it’s about the semi-violent nature of wood working, cutting, pounding, and shaping. Nothing says that creativity has to be peaceful! By it’s very nature, transformation is often a violent process, and creativity is often about transforming one thing into another at it’s core.

Whether peaceful or violent, I do recommend exploring your own creative nature. You may think you don’t have it in you, but I promise you do. Your creativity will not look like mine, and mine will not look like anyone else’s. You may find that you express yourself by keeping a bullet journal (have you seen those? Some of them are down right incredible!) or by taking pictures of ordinary every day things. Your creativity may be expressed by making nourishing meals for your family, or by painting your fingernails in amazing ways. But until you try, you will never know what you are capable of, so get out there and rock out with your bad self!

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Cape May

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When I was a child, this was generally the week my family went to Cape May New Jersey for vacation. If you’re not familiar with it, Cape May is a charming seaside resort that is like an architectural time capsule. There was a fire in 1878 that destroyed most of the town, causing a good bit of it to be rebuilt in the Victorian style. So, for me, seaside vacations are tinted in pinks and purples and teals, and shaped with fanciful swirls of gingerbread, turrets and widows walks, and wildly flowering gardens with images of women in long Victorian dresses. While my personal aesthetic is definitely not Victorian, I do still find myself drawn to these colors and shapes when I think of the sea.

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August

August always feels a little bittersweet. Autumn is coming, back to school sales have started, and the kids are trying to finish their summer reading.

But at the same time, there is still a lot of fun to be had! Trips to amusement parks, water parks, the seashore, and tubing down local rivers, as well as quiet times, sitting in a fragrant garden with a glass of iced tea and a good book, a hike in the woods with your dog, or the whimsy of creating a fairy garden with your kids.

The hot days tempt you to be lazy, but the speeding calendar urges you to fit in as much fun as you can before it’s back to the grind of school and activities, homework, short days, and cold nights.

Make sure you squeeze what you can from this month, but at the same time, remember to take the time to soak up the sun and smell the roses!

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Summertime

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Summertime brings to mind lazy days with friends, soft grass between my toes and wildflowers blooming along the roadside. I remember picking berries in the wild brambles growing in my neighbor’s yard, and wading barefoot in the local creek looking for minnows and crayfish.

Games of Red-Light/Green-Light and Mother-May-I, and the smell of back yard barbecues, not to mention the calls of sea-gulls and the dance of the ocean waves with the soft beach sand all combine to make summer a season of magic for me.

I hope that my summer jewelry collection evokes some of these memories for you as well!