Year of Jewelry 2015 Week 1: Talisman

Haouli Makahiki Hou!  (Happy New Year!)  If you follow me on Instagram (@simplyleilanijewelry), you already know I spent the holidays in Hawaii.  It was a great time, but it's also nice to be back in Virginia Beach... This year I decided to participate in a project called Year of Jewelry (YOJ).  Essentially, jewelry artists are encouraged to finish and post one piece of jewelry per week for 52 weeks.  There are themes for every week, but they're really suggestions to get you started if you're having trouble getting started.  Good thing, as I'm actually starting a week behind, jet lag is killing me and my youngest decided she wanted to have a play date today.  The little ones interrupted me about every 5 minutes.  I burned through my first bezel attempt and accidentally stamped a letter 90 degrees off on the first back plate, so I really made this piece 1.5 times.  :)

The featured stone is kyanite, which purportedly opens all chakras, enhances psychic abilities, encourages fair treatment of others and helps you to communicate clearly, among other things.  Personally, I don't believe that inanimate objects give you particular traits; however, I do think that jewelry can serve as a reminder to focus on the things you wish to work on, and that can bring about change.  As the theme for the week was talisman, I decided to hand stamp an inspirational quote on the back plate.  I chose a lyric from Van Morrison's song, "Into the Mystic."  I thought it complemented kyanite's symbolic meaning.  For those who are unfamiliar with the song, the lyric goes: 

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic

When I sat down to write this, I thought it was ironic that this is what I created today.  My self-appointed mantra for 2015 was supposed to be FOCUS.  Rather than keep spinning all the plates, I wanted to focus on one task at a time to wrap up a bunch of unfinished projects I just couldn't finish in 2014.  After having some time to reflect upon this piece, I realized that some of the changes ahead of us will happen no matter how I prepare for them and others don't really need to be achieved in the timeline I originally imagined.  In the long run, I will serve and be better served by focusing on meaningful relationships, not abstract concepts of achievement.  As a result, I will likely do fewer shows this year.

What are you working toward in 2015?