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During hard seasons you have to remember to take time to breathe. We get so caught up in the motions of the new normal that we don’t recognize that our breathing has changed. So when we do realize our breathing has changed,  we look to the things that sooth our souls. The very things that calm our breath to renew our strength. It has to be the things that work for us has individuals. 

My things are making jewelry…Which I cannot do right now, music… Listening to all the music (see the last post for specifics), and the beach! Just listening to the waves and watching them break. Smelling the salt in the air resets my soul. I feel a strength wash over me. So to the beach we went on March 10-12. I needed to have my soul reset. Praise the Lord for reset buttons. And new mercies each morning. 

I received another reset button this past week when my oncologist held my treatment after I went to the ER with a fever over the weekend. I spent the week able to make jewelry. I worked on new designs that had been playing around in my head. I did not feel the pain I had for the previous two weeks. I started to feel almost normal again. Then today was treatment day. And so the journey continues! 

Just remember big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Randi

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Heart Hurt

Today my heart hurts. The hurt makes me sad. But I have decided to try a different approach…today I am thankful. I am thankful that my heart hurts because it means I had the opportunity to be close with someone. I had the opportunity to know and be known. I was afforded the opportunity to love and be loved in return. I had the opportunity to make memories, mistakes, to take chances and be vulnerable.

Once we get older it becomes harder to do any of those things. We don’t want to make mistakes and be seen a fool. We don’t take chances for fear of missing up. We are too often too “busy” to make memories because we trying so hard to “keep up appearances”.  Today I am going to try to take chances. I am going to take time to make a memory or two with my humans. I am going to tell my humans that I love them.

Because I don’t know if I will have another chance to make sure they know that I would go to the ends of the earth for them. I am not wake up tomorrow. I may not even make it to bedtime tonight. So I am going to take the moment I do have make sure they know I love them.

Nine years ago today my very best friend was taken off of the machines that were helping sustain her life. A week before that day she was involved in a horrible accident. My heart will never be the same. Her other humans will never be the same. Today I choose to remember the good times…all of the memories that were made before that fateful day. The carnival night. Too much sparkling grape juice. Six hours in Walmart. Joy riding through the county we loved. All of the memories that our friendship was built on.

Take time today friends to tell your humans how much they mean to your heart. Chose vulnerable or closed off. Hug someone a little tighter. Sit at the feet of Jesus and let Fight for the people you have neglected. Most of all love, completely, without expectations.

Just remember big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,
Randi

Morphed

That moment when you should be preparing for bed. Instead you begin a project that morphs into something completely different than what you set out to work on. While you are working on a morphed project it starts taking shape into so much more and better than the picture in your mind. This happened to me this week. Several nights in fact. I have the vision (and I still haven’t made it) for a piece that I want to create, so I sat down with my tools and materials. But as I was working something else happened…and it was awesome.
Creating, making, accomplishing and spending time at events meeting new people and talking about my process and jewelry is one of my top favorite things to do. Most times I get to also spend time with my family at these events which is great fun. This season has started off with a bang it is the beginning of May and we have already attended four…that’s right 4 events. It has been a great spring so far. Two events this month with a couple more in June.
I hope you are creating friends. I hope you are growing and trying new things. Testing your own limits. And busting through all those things people said you would never. If you don’t have anyone in your life telling you how amazing you are, let me tell you. YOU ARE AMAZING! Really you are! We can get through whatever season we are in with a little help and encouragement from our people. If you need people I’ll be your people!
We can do this together. We were created for relationship. Just remember big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,
Randi

Beginnings of 2016

Hi there and Hello Friends! I hope I find you well enjoying a big cup of your favorite pick me up beverage. Friends, I have not been at the bench in quite some time. I have been starting a new out of the house job. My pack and I have been moving. My mini cave-girl started kindergarten. The hubs started a new job. The last six months or so have been full of lots of new things for us. We are so excited about where 2016 is taking us. I hope 2016 is starting out wonderfully for you and your pack.

MickyAnn finished off the year well. We had several opportunities to participate in events ranging from outdoor concerts to church bazaars. I am really excited at some of the opportunities that await us. With our pack’s move I will be getting my own studio space. I cannot wait until it is all setup and ready for me to get back to the bench. I have so many ideas and just have not had the space or time to focus on making them happen.

I have so many thoughts running around my head. I am trying to decide which direction to take the blog in. I have been spending a lot of time searching scripture, listening for the Father’s voice and seeking to be challenged in every way He sees the need for a challenge. I want to share the thoughts of my heart with you. I pray they bless you.

One such thought is why are we so hard on ourselves? We believe untruths about ourselves, we talk ourselves into places that only make the hurt worse…we have been created to be amazing beings. We have purposes and talents and tasks to do that only we can do. That is such an encouraging thought for us. I had my mind blown on this thought. If I believe I was created for a purpose and I have been given a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)…Who am I not to seek out my tasks. I am prayerfully seeking out my task. I am so excited to see what happens as we journey forward.

First step is getting the studio all setup. Then get some of the pieces in my head out and made. All the while basking in time with my pack. We have more of that lately and it so wonderful!

So there it is my friends, my thoughts, my heart and maybe even a little rambling. Big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,

Randi

Finding Blessings

Greetings Friends! I keep getting sidetracked from any type of consistent writing of the blog. For those of you who chose to join me on the journey I am deeply sorry.

By way of updating you…I am still working 72 hours a week. I have become so exhausted that I find myself letting things that are very important me slip. Writing this blog, continuing to self-educate with new skills and techniques and even as spending time at the bench. I have been soldering and making rings when I have some free time. They make me so very happy. Custom orders have seen a jump in the right direction. I find myself goofy girl smiling at that thought.

My favorite mini-cavegirl continues to amazing. She does not fully understand my crazy schedule and often asks me when I am coming and tells me multiple times daily that she misses. These questions both comfort me and break my heart. The hubs is still struggling to find full-time employment. Though he is working part-time which we are very thankful for.

You if think about us and would consider sending us some prayers, happy bubbles and good vibes we would greatly appreciate it!

I have posted some new earrings and some custom order rings…if you are looking for some items on your Christmas list. Let me know how I can help you check some names off.

Hope as Thanksgiving as come and gone and Christmas quickly approaches that you have found time to remind yourself of all the blessings that surround you. They are there…take a minute to find them. I find it relieves some of the tension and stress. So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,
Randi

Thankful

Greetings from the Workbench!
I have been making a lot of friendship bracelets lately. I think it is partly out of simplicity of being able to tote them around with me. I tend to tape them down to the desk and can work on them anywhere. I have been teaching myself some new patterns. I have even devoted a day each week to them on my facebook page. (facebook.com/createmickyann)
Friendship Fridays!, is a day each week to see the new pattern I’ve made for the week. As well as have a chance to win a BFF set. I think it is important to let my fans know I appreciate every single one of them.
On the topic of friendship I want to say Thank You! Throughout all of the chaos that has been my family’s last year, I have to say how thankful I am for my family and friends for their support. Wither they have helped us financially or physically helped us move, were willing to spend time with us in our sad, depressed emotional state. Every bit of it has been noticed and means more to us than you could ever know. We are not through the thick of it…But we will get there.
To each customer of MickyAnn’s I say Thank You! Thank you for believing in me, the product and small business owners. We have a long way to go, but with your support and belief MickyAnn will continue to grow. It has to. MickyAnn has to grow in order for me to see some of my other dreams come to be.
So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.
Big Love,
Randi

Being MIA

Greetings from my Workbench! Boy, friends have I been MIA! I hope your journeys have been treating you well and leaving you excited. I am currently exhausted. I have been working multiple jobs-outside-the-home. I was almost a year unemployed, and then two weeks I had two jobs. During the last week of my two week notice I worked three jobs. Yes, you read that correctly…3!
During the last week of August our life situation was looking up. The hubs had taken a new full-time job with better insurance. I was working part-time, which was helping take some of the pressure off of him. We found a house with cheaper rent. All of which making it easier to not only think hopeful thoughts, but also feel hopeful. That was a long time coming. That was until August 29 my hubs got fired…for what seems like a personal vendetta. So here we are mid-September; no job for the hubs, no health insurance (probably has me to the most freaked), and me working 72 hours a week.
This is just the reality our word. I am tired. I do not get to see my favorite thangs nearly enough. However, my mini cave-girl started preschool the last week in August. She is doing amazing. They have a think about it chair in her classroom…she has not sit in it once during her first three weeks. I do not think it is possible to be more proud of an individual, than I am of that mini cave-girl.
My jobs allow for time to work on jewelry and business stuff. Which allows some relief from all the “work and commuting.” I have been working on new ideas. I am hoping for a steady pick-up in business. I have had several custom orders lately. It is a pleasure for me to be able to making people smile with a unique piece of jewelry. I have found that the VisArts center where I took my first metal-smithing class, is offering a intermediate level class. I am hoping to be able to take it with Ginny B. When I found out it was being offered I became so excited. Now I just have to figure out how to fit it into my crazy schedule.
I have been teaching myself some new chainmaille, as well as new friendship bracelet patterns. Making schedules and planning posts for my business pages, I have been decided to do a themed post for each day of the week. I am excited about new plans for my business. I am still dreaming of the day I can have an art center for children and adolescents. I have no idea how that will come to be…but I know that I will make it happen. Here’s to being more consistent. So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,
Randi