I've had a long, bad habit of holding onto things. Past hurts and failures, bad memories, pretty much anything negative. And control. I always want to be in control, even when I know it's not possible. I even hold onto material things, like cloths that I think I'll be able to get back into one day. When I come across them again, it just reminds me that I haven't been able to lose the weight yet. I've even started holding onto my bead stash. During a visit at local bead shop, my husband saw a notice that they have a swap meet once a quarter. He told me I should gather some of my beads and bring them to the next one. I said “I don't have any beads that I can swap with.” He just stood there looking at me, with this look on his face that said “Seriously! Yes.....you do.”
So the wellness word (or combination of words) I have chosen is Let Go. It is a combination of words I have been thinking about a lot lately and when I saw Tracy Statler's call for a Wellness Word Jewelry Challenge last month, I knew that I wanted to be included.
I have another bad habit of analysing everything, so I had to do some research on Let Go.
And I found two wonderful websites http://tinybuddha.com/blog/40-ways-to-let-go-and-feel-less-pain/, and http://www.thenakedelephant.net/2011/09/let-go-surrender-taste-freedom/ which were exactly what I needed and inspired my jewelry piece for the challenge.
I had seen a talisman necklace at the a fore mentioned bead shop and decided on a similar style for my necklace.
For the focal, I used a Buddha bead I had bought at the bead shop, along with some lampwork beads made by Ellen Dooley, strung on waxed linen. At the end I added a Vintaj brass leaf, stamped with Let Go and hammered, a Vintaj brass leaf that I had patina-ed with salt and vinegar, a lovely ceramic gear made by Karen Totten, a couple of gemstone tear drops, an old key and various glass beads.
So, I've decided to go pack up those old cloths and take them to the DAV. I'm also going through my beads stash and I'm going to the next swap meet at the bead shop. I'm also letting go of my fear of learning new things and I've signed up for a bronze metal clay class at the end of the month.
Please visit the other participates blogs to see their Wellnes Word Challenge creations.