Not too long ago, I was lamenting about the loss of writing from bloggers, or people I had once known to blog regularly (does blog still seem like such a strange word to others? Just me?), and here I am…almost 2 months since my last post. I have plenty of ideas about what to write, but with the whirl and twirl of time these days, it just never happens. Maybe all those writers and artists got full time jobs…maybe social media has taken over and everyone just writes short quips on instagram posts. At least there are a few people left in this realm that I love.
My day job consists of a lot of computer work—I basically work in excel and various websites all day long. I’m good at what I do, but being on the computer all day just burns me out—I want pretty much nothing to do with my computer when I get home. For the past couple months, I have actively turned my attention elsewhere—mostly to the garden (our sad, little garden) and to the house, to cooking, to walking and playing with Ziggy, to helping my friends. Some family drama has absolutely affected us in the past few months—we both have addiction in our families and suffice to say, I am just SO burnt out on dealing with addicts. I have lost my compassion, which kind of breaks my heart, but I also know is the result of decades of being burnt time and time again. Most of the time I can keep it at arms length…this time we couldn’t, and are still dealing with a few lingering details but will hopefully have all items and reminders out of our life in a couple weeks.
The other energy/time consumer of late is my health. I apparently have taken my health for granted for years and have been experiencing odd symptoms for the past year. As soon as I got my health insurance at the beginning of May, I got in to see a highly recommended doctor. I have a few answers after the first round of tests, along with a small surgery planned in a fortnight, and should have more answers shortly after that. I have changed my diet somewhat drastically in order to lower inflammation, increase my iron and balance hormones, which means I’m eating far more plant-focused (with a grass-fed steak thrown in occasionally for good measure). It has been an adjustment but my body (and wallet) are happier already. Our bodies are strange, and this getting older thing isn’t for sissies.
I have resumed working a tiny bit at Silverado Portland Jewelry—about two days a month. This is a great way for me to stay in the loop of the jewelry world, earn a bit more money (hello, medical expenses) and sell jewelry. You will probably see a few more From A Retail Perspective posts pop up in the future, as well (on the docket—one about packaging, and one for retailers, so far).
Current jewelry ideas floating around my brain: marrying found objects and stones within the same piece; does it have to be jewelry (what about wall sculpture?); and creating beauty in peoples’ lives.
What’s knocking around your brain?