This morning I rolled out of bed at 6:00am. Yes, it’s Saturday, and yes it’s my day off and I am finding that a great thing about working from home is… I really look forward to going out and experiencing life on the weekends. This morning I was awake before sunrise, and of course I did my morning routine.
Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who repeats my morning routine in life as if it were a ritual. Wake, stretch, thank God for another day of being alive, go the bathroom brush my teeth, take a shower, meditate, and sit outside on my balcony and drink coffee so I can just be. My balcony faces the east, so I generally see the sunrise during the week. On the weekend I try to get to the beach to watch it rise. It really is quite the light show. This morning was a beautiful sunrise on Deerfield Beach!
It really is a blessing in life to live this close to the ocean, I put my feet in the water and I feel as if I am touching the world.
After a wonderful morning at the beach, I headed off to beading class with Fin. Luckily I have been taking classes with her and her husband Matt for on and off for two years. This mornings bracelet pattern was more difficult that my previous Peyote stitch bracelets. Amazingly enough I had two needles going at once, one in the left hand and one in the right. I noticed I am much slower with my left and it takes more concentration to get the stitch accurate, I imagine this has something to do with my YEN/YANG being off balance… No seriously, I do!
This worried me at first and I thought it would be a sure disaster, but Fin knows me well enough to know exactly how how to describe a pattern to make it flow. She drew a circle that she kept looping the needles through and explained it as building a N, E, S and W wall. After that it clicked.
Peyote stitching is like life really, you are beading along and all the sudden you start listening to other people and you are off course and your pattern is off. There is only one thing to do, take the needle back through the beads and and redo them… I say its the only option because “giving up” that is not a viable option.
After my Peyote class, I move to the other side of the room. I have wrapped gemstones before, but I wanted to wrap an Ammonites Fossil shell. They are so amazing to me, and I was all to happy to make jewelry art to honor their beauty.
Fortunately for me Matt was available to teach this skill for me… He is the one who has taught me all my chain malle skills. I remember when I met him a few years back, I walked into the store looking for “beads”, boy my world expand when I met them.
A few months ago, I went into the Bead shop after I had sold one of my Jewelry Art Creations, and was replenishing some of my supplies. When I saw in the display case a beautiful OM bracelet, there was no hesitation, I recognized it immediately as my bracelet, and it is.. it is one of those pieces that helps remind me who I am.
It is a real honor for me to have one of Matt’s Jewelry creations as my birthday piece.
Again, this class is no different than Fins. Learning about jewelry making teaches many life’s lessons. This one was no different, as he was teaching me to “program the wire” where I want it to go on my stone. Because, wire has memory.
Taking classes with Fin and Matt is always amazing, I walk away with not only jewelry tools in my box, but also life tools. I think of them as the teachers that keep on teaching.
After my class was over I came home and did the bead work for the wrapped fossil. The finished product is an amazing necklace that is going to be a wonderful piece of jewelry art for someone. It’s a joyous occasion.
My patio is my morning nook, I call it my woman cave, cause it is where I hang out. I can hear the ocean, so it’s very relaxing. On my patio is a the best I can do at having a garden on the fourth floor. I don’t have any vegetables, but I do have a palm tree, and several other plants, an herb harden and a tomato plant. Oh, I also have one of those strawberry pots that hangs from the ceiling, but I didn’t have any berries. Maybe next year. I got the patio all scrubbed this evening and some of my flowers repotted. They feel much better now and so do I.
After all was said and done, and my soul was so nourished for the day, I realized. I had forgotten to eat. Oh, I had a protein shake for breakfast.. but I remembered real food about an hour ago.
This is why I need to write a “I Hate to Cook book” there is just too much other stuff I would rather do. Yes, I am still learning balance on this journey. But each day, it get’s easier.
Be well, be love and be loved,