I am writing something totally different than I normally write. I am writing on the word HOPE. We heard a lot about it in the campaign over the course of the last two years. It almost seems overused. What does it really mean to each person and their personal journey. Be it art, design, writing or in my case making beautiful jewelry that people may want to wear.

In the struggle of our lives there are many ups and downs. Many times that we want to give up, but we hang in there. Why? Because we have hope, and that gives us the courage to bounce back—not t0 get down on ourselves and those around us.

Hope has always carried me through in my 20 year career as a graphic designer. There is no reason why it shouldn’t also be a grounding mantra in my art making experiences. I have to remember, that when I feel like packing it in because I am running out of money…as soon as I sit down at my workbench and pick up my saw or at my computer designing a new pattern for a bead…I feel like everything is going to be okay. That is why I am going to hang on. Because I love to create. I love to use my hands. That is why I do what I do.

I hope that you too will hang on to your dreams in these difficult economic times—because whatever it is that you do, it matters to someone out there even if it is only for yourself right now. Keep creating!!


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