Monday, January 2, 2012

Better, Form, Inspire

Black & White: love the simplicity of this combo. Find myself making pieces with this combo often. I include gray and sometimes add red. Here's one of my latest B&W fabric cuffs.

Realized a few years ago that my focus is always the journey, sounds like a cliche, I know....but for someone who sells their wares, this can be a bit of a problem. 2010 I decided to address that shortcoming and make things better, hence my 2011 word was better. I don't make resolutions but I do choose words to help  me progress. My approach was to: right before I considered something done (and not just my jewelry creations) I was to ask myself is there is anything I can do to make it just a little bit better. I think it has worked, I think it's part of me now.

So starting around September 2011 I really started to think about my 2012 word and I came up with Form, which is think is along the thinking of making it better. Started also having ideas about how to incorporate form into my life. Wear makeup more, dress a little sexier, make a prettier home, etc. Sound like a good plan, then....

One day I was thinking about how I can be more effective in the parenting of my 15 1/2 year old. After some thinking, I went back to what I have been saying to myself often as we entered the teenage years: I'm here to guide and counsel and to remind her what I have instilled over the years. But I also thought about how, at times, she is clearly her mother's daughter. I still have major influence on her. You probably know where I'm going :) Since I influence her, I need to really look at how I also inspire her. Wow!That is so powerful: INSPIRATION.

But it doesn't stop there: I want to inspire others and I want to be inspired by others. I want to be a part of me, a bigger more defined part of Dawn. So there you have it, my 2012 word/action is inspire. Looking forward to it.

And as I age and grow, I so love the complexity of me. I take this complexity, confidence, experience over youth any day. It's such and honor and it is such a blessing to age. A wonderful thing. From the simplicity of black and white to the complexity of ageing, to doing better while on this magnificent journey, to inspiring and being inspired, I wish you a happy and peaceful New Year.

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