Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blog Carnival: July 2010

"So what is a Blog Carnival you ask?”
It is a group of EtsyMetal members who write an article on the same topic on the first Monday of each month.

July Topic:
"If I couldn't make jewelry, what would I be doing instead?"
("If I wasn't making jewelry, what would I want to do instead?")

I noticed there was the word "couldn't" in there. So this would probably mean I was broken in some way and I don't think this was the exercise intended. So I will think, "If I wasn't making jewelry, what would I want to do instead?"
Ok, so if I had to make a career change now for whatever reason, it would depend on the reason, but lets say its a midlife job/passion change? Well after walking away from my computer just now to think a bit, I've thought about what I was interested in before I started creating jewelry. I was very interested in Graphic Arts. I think ultimately I just want to be a designer. Of what? I do not know. But the fun addicting part to me is coming up with the ideas. When I was around 12 I wanted to use my art to get into possibly the advertising or product development aspect, I was young but thought this might be a way to love what I did for a living. I felt so much pressure and had no idea what I really wanted to do when I grew up, it was actually a really hard place for me to be at and was a big internal battle... Then instead of getting the guidance I should have I became a teenager, everything as I knew it flipped-upside-down-inside-out-and-all-around and here I am now, here I am thinking and reminiscing about where my life might of gone, and where it still can!

I always say half seriously that I would have fully devoted my life to the humane treatment of animals. I feel that my life has taken many turns which did not lead me down that path, but I know in my heart it is something that brings up an emotion that rips my soul out. I think for me it is about all the unnecessary suffering and pain caused by the greed of some humans. I eat meat, I wear leather. I am just as lazy as the next person. I am not perfect by any means. But it still hurts. So I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite, this exercise was the simple question and if I could start over (or had to) I could probably sacrifice my life for this cause.....

Thanks for reading, and please do not comment and debate about animal rights and write any negativity in my post, it will be deleted. I am not writing to open any can of worms on the subject, thanks.
Also please see more blog carnival entries from my fellow EtsyMetal team members below!


  1. Really lovely. I think we are all designers at heart, aren't we? Maybe sitting at a computer would get boring, aren't we so lucky we can still sit at a bench!! :) PS, I'd love to help you with your knitting!!!

  2. yes designers for sure, I would be at a loss if i couldnt be creative.... why live?

    and regarding knitting, sure when ya comin over?

    tee hee.....

  3. What a great post this is. Sometimes we feel like we're the only ones in the struggle and we (I) mourn for the lost time, the misdirection, the wandering lost and we pine for what could have been even though we never lost the deep desire to create beautiful from raw. Sadly our bodies and our brains don't last long enough to explore in every direction yet we manage to leave an impression somewhere that lasts forever. You will never realize the depth of impression you've left on me in sharing your process.

    Lovely words and insight, V :: lynn

  4. I love your spirit Victoria Takahashi :)