My thriftiness was the inspiration that got me started making jewelry 13 years ago. I was too cheap to pay $10 bucks for a bead change on my belly ring (Nope, I don’t have one anymore) at the tattoo place, when I could get a whole package for less than half that. The only dilemma was what was I going to do with the rest of the beads?
I like to learn new things and since they string beads at kids’ summer camp, I figured making jewelry wasn’t beyond me. So, I bought my first pair of pliers, some crimps, wire and catches and off I went. First, I made an anklet, then earrings, then a necklace and bracelet. I was hooked. I learned how to bend wire (LOOOOVE bending wire and banging it into designs.) Very quickly, I outgrew the jewelry aisle at the craft store and began going to bead shops, mail order companies, metal companies and lapidaries for semi-precious stones and silver. I made gifts for friends and eventually starting selling my one-of-a-kind pieces in 2006 under the name Chickyrhumba (a nickname my mom had for me when I was little.)
I closed the business in 2012 but I still enjoy making jewelry and I am proud of the work that I did. The funny part is I am not sure I would have ever pursued it directly if it hadn’t been for my now defunct belly ring. Honestly, I am just like that. Life tends to have to inspire me to try new things indirectly or I need to ease into them somehow…slowly, sometimes VERY slowly. I practiced yoga for several months on my own before I ever went to a class, just so I wouldn’t feel like a complete spaz doing it in public for the first time.
I suspect I am not alone when it comes to being a bit fearful about trying new things, even things I suspect I would enjoy. Many of us are probably a bit nervous about looking foolish or fear that we may not be good at the chosen activity we admire or maybe, we don’t even know why we don’t make the effort. Perhaps, there has just been an underlying current of subliminal messages in our minds telling us things like, “I don’t come from artistic people,” or “I have never been good at any sports.” So, we stay stuck in our little safe box.
The cool thing is that if you manage to reach beyond your comfort zone, you just might amaze yourself with what you accomplish. There are so many quotes about going beyond your comfort zone, it’s hard to know which came first. I like Robert Allen’s “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” (It just sounds so promising!) More importantly, it’s a good way to take care of yourself. You may find a new vocation that makes you successful beyond your wildest dreams or you may just find something you really enjoy doing. Either way, it’s time well spent!
So, what have you always wanted to learn how to do that you have been putting off? I would love to hear from you.
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