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August 14, 2019
Howdy Jewelry Fans!! Hopefully this Journal entry goes live on Wednesday, so that when I say, “Today is my Birthday!!” I’m right on time. I was a few weeks early, so if this happens on Tuesday, well, that’s not exactly off track. Ha! In this middle part of my life, Birthdays trigger deep feelings of Gratefulness and Joy. Yes, like with capital letters and everything! I think less about “what I want” for my Birthday and more about “what I give every day”. Giving doesn’t always mean a physical object, it can mean the heart, soul, and connection I (we as humans) put into the world every day. Luckily, this year, my Birthday Giving and Receiving is a mix of all of those good things in one, glam, but sophisticated package.
Confession time, I mean Original Sin ain’t my business name for no reason! I’m not a super fan of cake. Please, don’t be upset—I definitely do my part to consume cake, in its various forms and preferably Chocolate or Carrot to be specific (although I had this out-of-this-world Ricotta Cake at a tiny restaurant in Milan, Italy that I could most likely eat every day, twice a day). At some point in my life, my most amazing Mom started baking me Peach Pies for my Birthdays. Peaches are readily available in August, and I happen to be a SUPER Fan of peaches. Like, I used to walk a mile and a half each way to a store in middle school to buy one enormous peach that I would eat the mile and a half back to our house kind of super fan. No better way to spend a day than searching for, finding, and consuming a peach that’s the size of a softball or toddler’s soccer ball. I have studied the peach pit, the different levels of fuzz, the different flesh colors of the peach (I know that part sounds freaky, but the white vs yellow peach is an important question). Did I mention this was such a cheap pastime. I mean, even if my softball size peach was two dollars, it was still hours worth of entertainment for a really low cost.
Peach Pies are now synonymous with Birthdays as far as me and mine are concerned. Carrot cakes are a good back up plan, and I’ve baked myself cheesecakes (but are they really cheese “cakes” or is it a misnomer???), but Peach Pies are the perfect Birthday accompaniment (IMO, in my opinion).
What else to do to celebrate a Birthday, my Birthday?
Well, this year, my Birthday is a Wednesday. Wednesdays are work days normally and I’ll be working. Don’t worry, Jewelry Fans, being an adult comes with certain privileges and responsibilities. Responsibilities: work, even on your Birthday, pay bills when they are due, not when you feel like paying them, ensuring your kids, dogs, cats, house and husband are clean, fed (if required) and have the tools they need to be successful; Privileges: choose what car I drive, where I go on vacation and what profession I’m in. I think I hit the jackpot with that last one. I really did choose to be a full time, professional Art Jeweler and roam the country spreading connection, one wire at a time to Jewelry Fans just like you. This Wednesday (my aforementioned Birth Day) I’ll take a nice lunch break and go for a swim, soak up some of the seasonal sun while I still can, then come back inside and finish out the day’s work. My husband will grill me something, I’ll drink some wine and Voila! The Birthday will be over. Whew!
But there’s something I’m forgetting?? I can feel it on the tip of my tongue.
You see, Jewelry Fans, my first Mini Collection is LAUNCHING!!! Over the next couple of days, various OSJ Groups will have early access to the collection launch. First, the Patrons I’m celebrating my Halfsies Anniversary, then Original Sin Jewelry’s Private Facebook Patron Club (Click here to be taken to the page where you can Request to Join), next the Email Patron Club and then they’ll be released to the general public (which, honestly, right now, could be not a big deal, but as my Connections Grow, it WILL be a Big Deal.). Make sure you’re in the FB Patron Club or on the Email Patron Club (scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up!) for Early Access. After all, we aren’t getting any younger and getting a head start on anything is an advantage we shouldn’t let slip through our fingers!
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Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. At my house, the end of every argument is ended and put to rest, FOREVER, with a Hug. Sometimes, when thoughts and emotions are too much to tame and explain, we just say, “Can we Hug it out?” Sometimes, it takes some real arguing to get there, and other times it’s fast tracked. Now, you gotta know, it’s perfectly acceptable for either party to say “No.” It hurts a little, mostly a lot, but it’s about respecting someone's boundaries and allowing them the space to decide when they want to move on.