Transformative Letting Go Ritual

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Today I wanted to share a ritual for LETTING GO. You may have some unwanted thoughts or feelings. This ritual will meaningfully and intentionally allow you to let those go.

When I say RITUAL, I just mean doing something meaningful and intentional.

A quote from Francis Weller says,

“Rituals are intended to take us into those places where we can engage with the difficulties in our lives in ways that are potentially transformative . . . into territories of fresh living.”

Before I share my Letting Go Ritual, I invite you to make up your own ritual. You can take pieces of this ritual and transform it into your own, or you could come up with something altogether different that’s meaningful to you.

Step 1 (A):

My first step for basically anything in my life is to write it out. When I wake up in the morning, I journal. When I have to make a decision, I journal. When I’m feeling stuck or unhappy, I journal.

I think journaling is an important part of this process so you can get all your thoughts and feelings down about what you want to let go. You could skip this step, but I think you’d really miss out on really processing your feelings completely.

In fact, it’s so important that I think just simply writing down all your feelings on paper could be enough of a ritual itself!

First, I wrote, “Things I want to let go of.”

Then I wrote the first thing that came to mind.

I described it and why I wanted to let go of it. I also wrote how it will be a change for the better if I do let go of it. (Basically how my life will change once I let go of it.)

Then I wrote a few action steps I could take to help myself let go of that particular thing.

This process took a bit of time for me, but it was also very freeing and rewarding and I also had several ideas of how to move forward.

Step 1 (B):

Then I went through my journaling with a highlighter and circled the things I truly want to let go of.

For example, I wrote about overspending to give myself a pick-me-up when I’m feeling lonely or depressed. In that section of journaling I also mention self-sabotage, so I also circled that as something I most definitely want to let go of.

In my Free Inspired Mini Course, we create an art journal page with the prompt Letting Go. I think that the process I share in the mini course is also a great ritual to let go. You can sign up for the mini course for free below.

Once you have journaled it all out, come up with words or symbols that hold meaning for what you want to let go of.

Step 2:

Gather some natural materials. I prefer using leaves. If it’s fall, depending where you are, you’ll probably find a lot of leaves around. Right now it’s winter here and I had some leaves just show up on my porch a couple of days ago when I started thinking about this ritual.

In the spring or summer you could also use leaves.

You could just as effectively use stones, twigs or other natural materials you find laying around.

Step 3:

Write the words or symbols from step 1 on your natural materials.

Step 4:

Now go out into nature. I released my leaves into a creek. However, if that’s not an option for you, you could bury the natural materials instead.

Take a deep breath, read your words/symbols on your natural materials and release them one by one into the creek while concentrating on letting go of whatever they symbolize.

If you’re using dried leaves, you could even crumble them up as you release them.

I love the idea that the water is taking it away.

Conclusion:

That’s the end of the ritual. If you feel like you need to take some time to journal some more afterward.

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Free Inspired Mini Course – Introduction & Part 1

Sometimes you don’t feel 100% creative and you need a little boost.  You might be in the middle of a creative block and need a little inspiration to get your creative motivation back.

Today I’m sharing Part 1 of a new free mini eCourse to help inspire you and get you started toward creativity again.

[Below is basically a transcript of the video.]

This free mini course is in 5 parts:

  • Part 1 is a creative activity to inspire you and boost your creativity.
  • Part 2 is creating an art journal page.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before, I’ll suggest ideas for your art journal – even if you don’t feel like an artist.  Even though I’ll be sharing my pages, your art journal is just for you and you don’t have to share your pages with anyone.
  • In Part 3 we’ll pull out themes and ideas from your art journal page.
  • In Part 4 we’ll sketch our jewelry ideas.  Don’t worry if you don’t think you can sketch or draw.
  • Part 5 is a jewelry tutorial.  In this mini course I hope that you’ll be inspired to come up with your own unique ideas with your own personal style.  If you do, I hope you’ll make your own piece.  However, if you’re not sure, I have a fun, customizable jewelry tutorial for you using materials you likely already have on hand.

As I said, I’ll share Part 1 here today.  To get the remaining lessons, Parts 2-5, just sign up below and I’ll send you the link to enroll in the mini course for free!

This mini course will give you a taste of my full eCourse, Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is a creativity/art journal/jewelry making course.  If you like this mini course, you’ll love Inspired eCourse.  You can check out the full Inspired eCourse here: Inspired eCourse.

Now, let’s get started.

Part 1:  Creativity Booster:  Clean Your Workspace

Part 1 is a creativity boosting exercise.  The exercise is clean your workspace.

By workspace I mean anywhere you work, whether you have a full studio, a drawer stashed with beads or anything in between.

I think the main reasons this works are:

#1  You will get your mind off of creativity.  This will actually help you come up with ideas.  My very best ideas happen when I’m doing something else.  Have you ever noticed you get ideas in the shower or when you’re doing mindless chores around the house?

#2  You will actually see and touch your supplies.  You might find things you forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.

#3  Have a clean space makes you want to dive back into a project.

Sometimes it’s our tendency to want to “come up with ideas” or really push ourselves when we have creative blocks.  Instead I find it helpful to do something — almost anything — else.

For instance, cleaning your workspace, taking a shower, cleaning your house, doing the dishes, basically doing something that takes your mind off creativity, but something you don’t have to think about too hard.  Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would work for you.

Do you remember that feeling when you’re in the bead store or online shopping and you find a great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?

Sometimes you don’t use it right away.  Then life calls and you’ve moved on.  The beads get stashed on your worktable or in a box or wherever and you forget about them.

This happens to everyone.

Sometimes you have a few beautiful leftover beads from a project that have been tossed aside or forgotten.

When you organize your supplies, you will see them again.  It’s like when you got them the first time!  Now you’re excited to use them again.

I find this to be the case even with leftover beads from other projects.  I’ll be like, “Yay!  I still have a few of these beads!”  And start coming up with an idea.

What you can do right now:

Even if you have very little time to do a whole big reorganization, you can set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and see how far you get.

Try:

  • Putting away beads leftover from a project.
  • Organizing your tools.
  • Just picking out the scrap wire to recycle.
  • Just picking out any trash that accumulated.
  • Separating your mess into piles of like items (i.e. a pile of wire, a pile of beads, a pile of tools, a pile of findings)
  • Make a list of things you need to get at the store to complete your organization (i.e. bins, bead containers, etc.)

As you can see, even if you don’t have hours to devote, you can just set a timer for 5 minutes and take one step.  Even just 5 minutes can really get your creativity percolating. 

Also, you may find things you want to let go of.  You can donate this items to a charity thrift store or someone who would love them.

I go through and purge my supplies every so often and I love the feeling of knowing I love everything I have left.

So dive in and clean up your workspace.  When you find some beads that you’re really inspired by as you go along, go ahead and put them to the side for a jewelry project.  I like to collect beads I want to use next in a pretty bowl or on a tray.

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How to Make an Inspiration Treasure Chest

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Sometimes I have days that are just blah and I’m not inspired at all.  I love having a little “treasure chest” of items to inspire me on those days.

It’s pretty simple to put together:

  • Find a container; and
  • Put things in it that inspire you.

As time goes by, you’ll find some new things to put in it and perhaps take other things out.

In today’s video I show you how I put together my Inspiration Treasure Chest.

Video:

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Some ideas for containers:

  • I used a cute planter.
  • Altoid box (click here for a tutorial on how to decorate it)
  • Mason jar lantern (obviously without the candle.  Click here for a tutorial to make it.)
  • Any box.
  • Basket.
  • I also think of my sketchbook as a treasure trove of inspiration.

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Ideas of what to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest:

  • Cards with inspirational quotes.  (Learn how to make quote cards here.)
  • Photos of inspiring places.  You could use your own photographs of places you’ve visited and love or print inspiring photos of places you’d love to visit.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Cards/letters you’ve received.
  • Any ephemera that inspires you.
  • Aromatherapy (essential oils, herbs or candles.)
  • Any little items that delight you.
  • A list of things to do to feel inspired again.
  • Anything else that you find inspiring.

So what are you going to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest?


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

 

Stacking Bracelets

Bracelet stacks

My love of jewelry making began with bracelets. 

When I was a kid I had this little purse/bag just filled with beads and I would make stretchy bracelets all the time.

To this day, bracelets are one of my favorite things to make.  You can really express yourself, but they don’t take as long as a necklace to make.

Lately the trend in jewelry is to wear layers:  a few necklaces layered, as many rings as you can get on your fingers and stacked bracelets.

Bracelet stacks

Recently I was wearing all of these bracelets together on one wrist at one time.

I have never been into “matchy-matchy” but I would rather have a collection of pieces that reflect my own personal taste.  (And if you are matchy-matchy, that’s perfectly A-OK, too!)

You can see the different bracelets:  different colors and textures.  And they’re made with different techniques as well.  Well, and one I didn’t make, but purchased at a used jewelry sale.

Bracelet stacks

You certainly don’t need to wear 7 bracelets.  You could wear just 2 or 3.  In fact, most often I wear 2 or I wear my watch with 1 or 2 bracelets, depending on my mood.

Once you have a collection of bracelets, you can really decide how you want to express yourself on any given day.

The 3 bracelets pictured above were all made with the same technique.  I show how to make them in ECT TV Episode 83.

I love have separate single bracelets as opposed to one multiple strand bracelet because then you can change your mind about what strands to wear together.

Bracelet stacks

Here is what these particular bracelets are:

Starting at the top with the tassel bracelet and working around to the right:

  • Chain tassel bracelet – I purchased it at a thrift store or used jewelry sale.
  • Yellow beaded bracelet using the technique from ECT TV Episode 83
  • Funky wire wrapped link bracelet – this is from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse, my Brave Bracelet.  (I run Rediscover in sessions a couple of times a year.  Make sure you’re getting my emails to find out when it’s in session next.)
  • Blue beaded bracelet using the technique from ECT TV Episode 83
  • Knotted Link Bracelet – so much fun to make!  I have a workshop here that teaches you the technique.
  • Wire wrapped link bracelet – I just connected wire wrapped bead links to form a bracelet.  (I teach the technique here.)
  • Pink beaded bracelet – another bracelet that was made with the technique I teach in ECT TV Episode 83.

As you can see, simply using different beads with the same technique can really change up the look of a bracelet.

You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials (both free and paid online workshops) by using the search bar and looking for bracelets here on my website.

Why Choose a Word of the Year? (Plus my Word of the Year)

Why Choose a Word of the Year

Why choose a Word of the Year?

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Life moves so quickly, doesn’t it?  When you’re not paying attention an entire year flies by and it feels like you don’t know what you did or what you accomplished.

But when you do pay attention, you can embrace each day as a gift and live it fully . . . no matter what you’re doing any particular day.

I started choosing a word of a day several years ago to start living my life with intention.  The older I get the quicker days and years fly by.  When I was younger I felt like I had all the time in the world.  Now, I know that I don’t.

I often say that every single person dies.  No one is getting out alive.  It may sound morbid, but I use it as inspiration to live my life as fully as possible.  I know I have a finite amount of time on this planet, so I want to get as much out of it as I can.

Having said that, we only do have so much time each day.  We still have responsibilities and commitments, but we can face those commitments with wholehearted intention.

When you choose a word for your year, you’re choosing an intention of how you want to live your life.

Last year my word was “wholehearted.”  I wanted everything I did to be wholehearted.  I wanted to either fully commit or not commit to each action I did.

It was helpful because even for the things I don’t necessarily love to do (cleaning, for example) I chose to do wholeheartedly.  I found a way to feel fully committed and intentional about the task I was doing at the moment.

For example, I don’t love to clean, but I love to have a clean house.  I can feel wholehearted about cleaning because of the outcome of the action.

My word this year

I struggled choosing one word this year.  I have several words that are my core desired feelings and I had a difficult time choosing between them.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that they could all fall under one category and that was Love.

My Word of the Year is . . .

Love can be an unclear word, but I have defined it for myself.  And I suggest when you choose your word you use whatever definition works for you.  What does your word mean to you?

For me love is:

  • An extreme kindness that I can show to myself, my family, my friends and every other human being.
  • Giving my time, money, and energy to organizations who need it.
  • Sharing my gifts so that others can discover and share their gifts as well.
  • The opposite of hate.
  • The opposite of fear.

When I think about how love will be a part of my year, I will think, “How can I find love here?” In any location and in any circumstance.

What is your word for the year?

I would love to hear it!  Pop it into the comments below.  You can add a little about what it means to you or just keep that to yourself.

If you’re not sure yet, I have some exercises and worksheets in the Word of the Year Talisman Workshop that you can work through so you can figure it out!

Plus you’ll get ideas for how to bring that word into your everyday life.  I’ll walk you through a vision board and you’ll make a piece of jewelry to use as a Word of the Year Talisman to remind you of your word all year long.

Get it all right here:

Word of the Year Talisman Workshop