Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It took a life of work to know. . . .

When I first started writing, one of the first things I was taught was to write with someone in mind. (as in the audience)  Though at the time I thought that was quite obvious and easy, I learned quickly that it is not.  But over Christmas I learned a valuable lesson.

A friend of mine and I were chatting online just weeks before Christmas.  I asked her what she wanted for Christmas but she insisted that I didn't need to get her anything. I laughed and told her that I wasn't planning on 'Getting' her anything, but I was going to make it. She laughed understandingly because she knew I was talking about Jewelry.  She said thank you and told me that if I was going to make her a necklace that she would like a Black and White one. Because I do Beading and have access to unlimited beads I thought 'No problem!' So I come into work the next day and I start looking for a great combo of black and white beads. I found the perfect beads that totally screamed her name! While making her necklace I thought 'Why is it that I just made this beautiful piece of jewelry that I could sale for $75 and I know she's going to love it, yet when I make jewelry to sale it never does?". . .it then hit me! I had made the necklace with someone in mind rather than designing a necklace for fun and making it to sale.

That night I went to bed with a whole new realization. . . Writing with someone in mind is writing a story that people read the same sort of thing I do , people that have similar qualities and so forth are going to like! It was an amazing epiphany! But not only that. . .I realized another great lesson.

The 'why me?'. . .
Everyone's said it at least once! And everyone's heard the phrase 'Everything happens for a reason.' But that night I learned just why me! Since I was 14 (maybe even younger)  I wondered, 'Why me? why do I have to work at a rock shop and be home schooled instead of growing up like a regular kid? Why me? why couldn't I got to school and mess around like other kids? And I found my answer.

I got to work at a rock shop because it was the only way for me to become who I am today. If I had gone to public school and messed around like other kids than I wouldn't be nearly as mature as I am now. I wouldn't be a writer, I wouldn't be as smart, I wouldn't be going to writers conferences rather than football games and pool parties and such. So now I don't ask 'Why me?" I say 'Thanks for choosing me! Thanks to my Heavenly Father for preparing me for my future! Thank you for making me realize just why it was me.'!


  1. That is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing that -

  2. Handmade gifts are the most cherished:)