I’d like to start the year together with a healthy jewelry making challenge. Yes, that’s right, a “healthy” jewelry making challenge. It involves choosing a powerful word or phrase that is meaningful to you and incorporating it into a jewelry design that will serve as a reminder to make a positive change in your life. This challenge has an introspective component and a hands on component. I have been thinking about coordinating a challenge like this for quite awhile. The start of the new year seems to be as good a time as any!
Here is where the inspiration for this challenge comes from. Before I sold new homes and before I was in sales, marketing and sales ops training in technology, I spent six years (between undergrad and graduate school) getting degrees in health education, fitness management and corporate wellness. Through a series of life’s twists and turns, I only ended up working in that industry for about four years.
Eighteen years later, I am still really interested in anything health and wellness related and find that many of the books and magazines I read have something to do with it. It ranks right up with jewelry making in level of interest. It does not mean I am in great shape (definitely not) and I don’t eat “perfectly” all the time. Wellness is about making your actions line up with your values. It’s about your life being in a reasonable balance that’s appropriate for the stage of life that you are currently in. It’s as much about keeping your body healthy as it is about figuring out what makes you happy and making sure you fuel yourself so you have the energy to make things happen for yourself. It’s also about accepting the times when things just are not working for you. Never an easy thing to do. (She steps down off her soapbox)…
I consider jewelry making to be a big part of my health and wellness. It helps me stay sane and I’m always learning new skills. It makes me happy. It’s been proven that having a hobby you enjoy, so much that you easily lose track of time, is a healthy thing. Sharing your hobby with people who have the same interest is even better! That is where you come in my friends.
Starting today until January 20th, you can sign up if you want to join me in this challenge. The Reveal and Blog Hop will be on February 2nd, 2013. You have almost one month to get ready. I will post all the participants and the links provided to me so that you can hop around from blog to blog and see everyone’s creation on the 2nd of February.
Challenge Step One:
Choose an inspirational word or phrase in an area of your life where you want to make positive change. Make sure your words truly represent something you want to work on. Don’t choose a word because it looks good, is popular right now or someone else thinks you should choose it.
These are the six categories of wellness that people generally want to make changes in: Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Social. Your words can represent any of these areas.
I have been compiling a categorized list of words and phrases in these different areas. It’s not at all comprehensive, but I will email it to everyone who participates. You can make up your own words or please feel free to use something from the list if it resonates with you.
Challenge Step Two:
You can make earrings, a necklace or a bracelet. Incorporate your words into your design. It does not have to be complicated. Perhaps simple is better. That way you may want to wear your jewelry more often so you can be reminded of your words and focus on the healthy change part of this challenge. If you want to go all out on your design, then by all means, please do!
You don’t have to make the word component of your design. You can buy a word bead, pendant or letter charms from an artist on Etsy. Making your words will of course give you more freedom to choose a word that’s specific to you. You can use resin to make a pendant, stamp letters in clay, metal or leather. Form a word from wire. Maybe you know how to etch metal. There are endless options. Your word can be central to the design or a more subtle part of the design. Totally up to you!
On the morning of February 2nd, you will need to post pictures of your creation on your website. You can write a little about the motivation for choosing your words and how you are doing with your change if you would like to. I don’t want to pressure you to expose something you don’t want to share. This is meant to be fun, supportive and motivational. The picture of the jewelry can speak for itself in you want it to!
Leave a comment on this blog post if you would like to join me in this challenge. Make sure your email and blog or website is in your name tag or visible in your post. I hope you can join me! Sometimes all it takes is putting a healthy intention in writing and sharing it out loud with others who can support you to give you the motivation to make it happen!
Enjoy your first weekend of 2013!