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Life distracted

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If I were to tell you one thing about myself, it would be this: I am a terrible multitasker.  Of course, I can if I have to, but to be honest, I don’t do it well.   The older I get the more I’ve learned to embrace this single tasking mindset.  Over the years, I realized that most things that I do, need all my attention and it’s not easily divided.

It’s amazing how busy our lives are.  It seems so hard to escape the hurriedness. Tending to needs, caring for our family, jobs,  friends, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring and on and on; and those are things we do for others! Usually, we haven’t even begun to care for ourselves.

Life is busy. But I’m not talking about busy, I’m talking about distracted.

Because in all those moments of busy, we’re offered moments to relate and enjoy and connect. We get to experience smiles and hurt and laughs and tears and REAL life.

 

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We live in a time where we are constantly “connecting”. Devices that connect us with the rest of the world in one click or finger swipe.

But I’ve found for myself, that the more I “connect” in a social media world, the more I actually disconnect with the real, LIVE people right in front of me.

 

It’s about to get real:

How many times have I found myself absorbed in emails to find my kid has been talking to me and I never heard a word.  Or how about my husband and I sitting in a room to never say a thing but just stare at our phones (ouch).  Ever been on the receiving end? When someone chooses their phone over you? Guilty.

I know, I know, it’s not all bad!

But it is the idea of creating boundaries for myself.

Being true to the people around me, being intentional in how I spend my time and being present and fully experiencing the moment at hand. I’m still learning to exercise these boundaries. That family time and work time do not belong in the same time slot. That my time is better spent reading stories to my kids than mindless scrolling online updates. That silence between partners can be dangerous territory.

A couple years ago I began this journey of intention. I fail, I learn, I keep going. I think a lot of us deal with distraction. Maybe you can relate to my story or perhaps just fill in the blank with what keeps you from being present. It’s your story, but perhaps we share the commonality of wanting to actively engage in our lives.

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I made this as a reminder to myself. Reminders are good, sometimes annoying, but they keep us accountable and committed.

I’m far from having this thing figured out. I certainly do NOT have my days scheduled into nice and tidy categories. There is busyness and there are distractions. But there is absolutely a shift when you begin to acknowledge choices and choose well.

  What about you, have been caught in life distracted?

-LEW

 

 

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Happy Birthday! Lew’s Jewelry is 10!

Wow, you guys, I can’t believe this little business has hit double digits! Lew’s Jewelry is 10 years old and boy, has she grown. What was once beaded necklaces, scrabble tiles, dominoes and wire wrapped, little pendants is now this ever evolving metal work production ; change has been the theme of this business. I am so glad I’ve stuck with it!

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Can I tell you what the secret is though? I’m by no means well known, I don’t have juried accomplishments, I struggle with the whole Internet and branding side of things and Google analytics? I can literally think of a hundred other things I’d rather do! But what has made this a satsfiying and productive venture is YOU. Customers and friends who purchased from me in the very beginning, who have stuck with me over the years, who have come to shop at my festival booths, who have spread the word about  Lew’s Jewelry to other friends, family members and coworkers. YOU have been what has kept this process running!

A walk down memory lane..

Who can forget scrabble tile EVERYTHING :)
Who can forget scrabble tile EVERYTHING 🙂
Domino necklaces were a big deal!
Domino necklaces were a big deal!

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Upcycled Silverware
Upcycled Silverware
One of my first copper rings.
One of my first copper rings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trials in enameling.
Trials in enameling.

 

I have thought about giving up dozens of times and doubted myself hundreds, but having an opportunity to find what I love to do and get better at my craft, has made me incredibly grateful!

This piece is from last year, a beautiful greent topaz set in 14K Gold and Sterling band.
This piece is from last year, a beautiful greent topaz set in 14K Gold and Sterling band.

A birthday like this is worth celebrating. Longevity, no matter how many hundreds, or thousands or millions of dollars a small business brings in, is a big deal.  Large corporations have long dominated the scene and with each day that goes by, a small business that is still in business is a wonderful victory. Small businesses are passionate about their merchandise, they know it inside and out and when you invest in their products, you are investing in so much more than JUST their product. Small business revenue is far reaching into your local economy and more often than not, you are getting quality and workmanship that far surpasses big box stores.

Simple Arrow ring in Sterling.
Simple Arrow ring in Sterling.
Brand New! I think my style is best described as coastal, minamalist, boho. This turquosie is a stunner!
Brand New! I think my style is best described as coastal, minamalist, boho. This turquosie is a stunner!

So cheers to Lew’s Jewelry and cheers to every other small business, handcrafted artist, local shop, passionate entrepreneur or business community. Keep plugging away, keep spreading the word, keep doing what you do best!

-Lew

P.S. The BEST part about this is that I’m having a giveaway to celebrate! Every week for the month of May, make sure to check Lew’s Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win a sweet piece of jewelry. Plus you can find these birthstone necklace on sale this week at the Etsy shop! <3

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