I made two sparkly crisscross bracelets at Natalie's house last night.
And this afternoon I sat in on a class at my favorite local bead shop, On the Rocks, and made an intricate chain mail bracelet.
It's really true: I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up.
I love teaching piano. I love writing. And I love beading.
Thank goodness I don't HAVE to decide. I really CAN do it all.
Just not all at once.
But where my beading is concerned, I have been trying to figure out some ways I can give back. I want to donate a portion of the profits from my Etsy store to a charitable organization, preferably something related to beading that empowers women and/or helps children. I became quite excited when I learned about Soul of Somanya, an organization which endeavors to develop sustainable employment opportunities in the field of bead work for disadvantaged youth with limited job prospects. I intend to find out more about this group, and who knows? Maybe I will travel to Africa on their behalf one day.
And then I found out about Beading to Beat Autism. You must watch this video; it will bring tears to your eyes.
I signed up for the 30-day challenge on the spot; when my kit gets here, I am going to need a lot of help assembling and selling 300 bracelets. So if any of you want to help in any way, whether it's beading or buying - I am thinking party here, who's in? - please comment and let me know.
Michala reminded me how each and every one of us - whether big or small - can me a huge difference in this world. We just have to find our calling. Every day I believe I get a little bit closer to finding mine. Thank you for being a part of my journey.