Details, details, details...
Sometimes - the details get lost
Other times...the details are crystal clear
Somewhere in the middle...is this thing we call life...
Oops - last time I blogged was in February. No excuses - no apologies...
You know...a normal first quarter for me business wise, usually involves taking a little bit of TLC time for myself, catching up on things around the house, and then making plans for the business. But NOPE...didn't happen this year, mainly because it's been non-stop-on-the-go between my personal life, family and of course, the business. Like many others, our family has had our share of "stuff" (including some injuries, surgeries and sicknesses). So with the ever growing list of to-do's, many things just had to be shoved to those back burners (yes, I can feel the nods of your heads because it's something that we all go through at some point in our lives). Phewww...and now we are into May...proving once again, that time...really does fly.
The above Lily Photo (and the Rose Photo underneath this paragraph) were taken with my iPhone (it's really amazing the power in this little piece of equipment), while waiting for my Mom to get out of surgery in mid-April. I know...most people didn't even know my Mom was having surgery - so I'm happy to say that after a long day in recovery, she made it to her own room by 7pm and was a good girl, so was released and able to come home the very next day. The surgery was for her Carotid Artery and gave her a very long incision with 10 staples down the side of her neck. However, two weeks later...staples have been removed and she is doing well :)
So still curious about the details I was referring to? Well - the most important detail for me, is that family comes first. No matter what - when push comes to shove...that's the bottom line. So when I saw this one tiny, little floral arrangement tucked in a corner on the reception desk at the hospital (something that most people would not take the time to look at twice - maybe thinking it insignificant...) - I on the other hand kept staring at it. It was filled with so many individual details...from the individual flowers and stems, to the leaves and filler - all coming together to form one beautiful thing. As I sat there thinking, I was reminded that in many ways, the floral arrangement represents life, because it evokes so many different emotions - especially if you take the time to examine and appreciate all the little details. So for me, Florals have always represented life - and how we choose to live it. After all, like choosing the color and types of flowers to create a floral arrangement - if you compare that to every day living, we are the ones that have the ability to choose where to focus our attention and what to put in our lives. That fact alone, never fails to calm my racing thoughts, reduce the stress, and center me - bringing back that much needed balance and perspective into my life.
Life for me, is one long series of details - both good and bad, stressful and happy. Yet, everything pales in comparison to love, friendship, and family...they are the things that make all those little things come together to create the big living picture. You know...it's not about the "stuff" - but those intangible things and moments in time - those are the "details" I will always treasure most.
SO - I leave you with my random life thoughts today, and will save my creative and business tips for another post. You see inspiration comes from many places and things - so my best advice to anyone that will listen - is to open up your eyes, slow your pace down and appreciate all the little things before they pass you by...
With that thought in mind - I'd like to invite you to my "CREATIVITY TIME"
a special month long "sharing" project for all of us! What is it about? It will include...
- Random Blog Posts here
- Posts, pictures, Albums and tips on our Facebook page at J-Lynn Jewels
- Pinterest "Pin Challenge"
- CREATIVITY CHALLENGE - entitled "Whatever Floats your Boat" - that will encompass a variety of Jewelry, Art, and Craft mediums (in other words, it's not all about jewelry lol).
- Creativity Time BLOG Hop Party (late June or July...date tba)
During this month long creative project, I will be sharing a bit more behind the scenes, my thought process (fair warning I do have a habit of flittering from one project to another...) - as well as, creative tips, some recipes, a variety of tutorials - and many ways to encourage taking time to explore all those little DETAILS in order to create some memorable times for yourself!
Be Creative and have fun this weekend! Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts, or if you have a fun idea or special request for our month long "Creative Time" project!