When I fall, I fall hard. It's been 5 days since I've posted in what was supposed to be a daily blog about joy. Five. Whole. Days. And they went by in such a blur. I know some parts of the day were great, peppered with moments of joy, while others were less great. And on those less-than-happy days I was always mindful that without challenges and setbacks, it's easy to take joy or joyful moments for granted. But I wasn't finding that special piece of joy about which to write until today.
If you attended F.I.T. with me and were in my Fashion Jewelry Design class, you may recall that I made a collection inspired by David Bowie and some of the utterly gorgeous clothing he wore on tour in the 1970s. David Bowie's Young Americans was the first album I owned and I listened to it over, and over and over... I was a lifelong fan, not just of his music, but of his artistry, his intellectual curiosity, and his grace. So, while it is with great sadness that he's no longer here to delight my ears with music he took with him, I feel immeasurable joy and gratitude for the artistic gifts he left for us to enjoy.
So it's back into the saddle I climb to continue talking about joy. It's always there: Sometimes it's just a little harder to find than others.
My name is Judi and I make sustainable fine jewelry. I wake up happy every day because I'm able to do what I love for a living.