Life Lately – 9/29/16 (concerning jewelry, generous sisters, and being present.)

Ahoy! It’s been a while. (Again.)

This fall is off to a fantastic start, I am falling further in love with metalsmithing (aka: jewelry making) and have been crafting stackable rings and cuffs like a fiend in preparation for the ladies bazaar in November. It will be my first experience selling my work, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Additionally I have begun to experiment with incorporating my own native Tlingit designs into my work, so that’s a dream come true. It’s a tad nerve wracking, admittedly, it’s hard to know where to start, especially when dwelling in the rich shadow of so many amazing Tlingit artists, who are MOUNTAINS more qualified to be representing such a beautiful culture than I am. However, recently I decided to overcome this feeling. It’s about time I incorporate personal pride in my heritage into my artwork, and everyone has to start somewhere…right?

All in all I’ve been moving forward, and during such a time of repetitive seasons (school, work, school, work…) It’s amazing to be able to craft tangible moments of “Wow, I could really do this.”

Oh, and I have other classes too.

Just kidding, I am also truly enjoying Printmaking and Art History. I will admit that my  Printmaking professor and I don’t see eye to eye, but I’m hoping this is simply a mutual misunderstanding that will ease with time. If not, this season will be an exercise in getting along with opposites, even if your opposite tends to roll her eyes at her students. (Honestly?? Come on. We are all adults here.)

Anyway, It’s wonderful to be able to spend the entirety of my Tuesdays and Thursdays in the arts complex. No History 100? No Math 111? YES. *Jumps for joy* Also, Only 9 credits, you ask? Yes, I will most definitely be a five year senior, but LORD it feels good to be working. I made the decision to work through college this semester (hence the smaller academic load) and landed a job at the Old Navy, conveniently located a short (but soon to be bitter, bitter cold) walk from my place of residence. Im focusing on moving forward both academically and practically this year, and I am confident in that decision.

Did I mention I live off campus?? Thank merciful providence for that. Mary (my sister) was generous enough to encourage me to live with her and her equally generous husband for the year, and I couldn’t be happier. I have a room to myself and a rent free stay, but don’t worry, I’m doing my best to buy my share of groceries. Also, it’s so magnificent to have my own space again. As a decidedly introverted individual, sharing my space with another person is a challenge for me. Now, here I am, in a lovely, light grey (Mary, why is everything grey??) room with my very own actual bed, writing desk, record player and homey touches.

   (Christmas lights for days…)

And with that, I will readily admit that my everyday college life is not the most glamorous or adventurous topic for a blog entry. But alas, currently I have only dreams of far off places, and plans to study abroad (Scotland? Ireland? Norway??) perhaps this year or the next. For now, I have decided that I must be present and mindful of where I am. I’ve realized, due to the events of my college career so far, that I have a difficult time being present, settling in. In the past three academic years I have studied three different places. Yes. Polly, I think its time for you to settle the heck down. 

Being present. That is my goal for this year.

Thank you for reading, I think that’s all for now. A magnificent, lovely day to you. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a good cup of coffee/tea with your internet meandering. *sip*





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