Where the End of Self Meets the Pavement.

He does direct your path…Can You Hear Him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There have been days where I have hit the proverbial, “bottom” in my life. That place that you are just done, on empty, broke down on the side of the road, in the middle of a snow storm, at dusk, with no coat. Where the end of self meets pavement is what I call this!

Life is full of changes isn’t it? It is always changing, and I wasn’t always the best with change. However, maybe the acceptance of change is something that comes with age, Like, “yeah, I have seen this before” kinda wisdom that only comes with experience. I truly don’t know. So much easier to bend with change than let it break you.

What I do know for sure is this…WHATEVER storm you are going through, (fill in the blank here-job, cancer, relationships, no purpose ) YOU NEED TO NAME THAT STORM, pick up yourself, dust yourself off…and WALK Out of that storm!!!

YOU keep going, surround yourself with people that lift you up, support you, encourage you, and not naysayers. Naysayers are going to keep you broke down on the side of the road taunting you saying, “told you to fuel up,” “I told you, you aren’t going to make it.”

WHICH DO YOU WANT TO BE?

~Michelle Dahlia

Looking For Inspiration. Creative Block?

The other day, I was just in a bit of a creative lull. Sort of like, “Writer’s Block, for the writer. So, I perused around on the world wide web…looking for a few blogs that would get my creative bum in gear.

Here are a few really inspirational blogs that were fun to  https://thinksimplenow.com/  https://possibilitychange.com/

After about an hour of reading and perusing I had to run to Hobby Lobby to get a pack of blank Thank you cards.  They were bustling with all sorts of stocking new merchandise, and I literally got lost with their NEW home decor! https://www.hobbylobby.com/

After All the Inspiration, and with the Thank you cards in hand, I headed back to work! I got back to the studio, sat directly down at the jewelers bench and  made five new pieces of jewelry!  After My trip to Hobby Lobby, I have started re-arranging furniture…and wall space to make room for a few of their Lovely Wall Decor!

 

 

Sometimes you just need to be inspired by new things and new places, walk away, get some perspective, take a break!

So, next time you have a “creative lull” go and get Inspired! As for me, i can’t wait for the next “creative lull” to go to Hobby Lobby for re-decorating! I’ll update pictures of that soon!

Happy Inspiration!

~Michelle Dahlia

Jewelry For Your Journey, Wherever Your Road Takes You.

Alright, today is pretty Awesome! We decided that the time was now, and  launched our business into full throttle mode!  It seems like it is an “overnight” decision, but it has been months and years in the making and it has arrived!

DahliaLaneBoutique.com Our Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been working extremely hard in the past few weeks with our FAITH COLLECTION, NATURE COLLECTION, and adding to our Fine Jewelry and Custom Jewelry line.  All of our Jewelry can be found on Dahlia Lane Boutique, https://dahlialaneboutique.com/

DahliaLaneBoutique presents “BE BRAVE” by Michelle Dahlia Designs.

This Sterling Silver Bracelet with brass stamped words, “BE BRAVE” is made to make you smile! We all need reminded to BE BRAVE!  Whether, you are fighting the car pool line, have that big interview, starting that New Business, or going through a storm! You Have Got This!

This past week we were so inspired to make a few inspirational pieces that are very close to our hearts!

“BE BRAVE” by Michelle Dahlia Designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, we just wanted to share this little part of our journey with you!  Wishing you a VERY BLESSED day in this amazing and Powerful Season!

If this blog post finds you going through a storm, know that YOU can get through it, KNOW that all storms end, KNOW that YOU are BRAVE!!!!

~By Michelle Dahlia <3

 

A Girl Has Got To Eat. Pressure Cooker Extraordinaire!

I was truly never taught how to cook. I had a Grandmother who made hot dogs, jello, tuna fish sandwiches and potato salad. That is all I recall ever learning to make. Somehow, the women in my family did not get that “cooking gene” so I started my early adult-hood out much the same…mostly called “take-out.”

Sometime in my early thirties met a man who loves food, and was immediately like “ut oh!” So, I decided to figure this whole “cooking thing” out!

That is pretty much when it all began, cause quite frankly A GIRL HAS GOTTA EAT, and The Way to a Man’s Heart….Right? I’m sure all the liberal woman movement feminists of the world would chase me down but….

I adore cooking, and quite frankly LOVE to dote over my man!

For Christmas 2017 he picked me up a PRESSURE COOKER! Now working full-time weird schedule corporate job, along with my full-time Jewelry Business on the side there just wasn’t a lot of time to cook!

WHERE HAS THIS PRESSURE COOKER BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE???

So, Here is the Deal-io, At least once a week, I will be posting a New Recipe, along with pictures, Cook Time and meal cost! (We are pretty frugal!)

oh, and the Pressure Cooker is NOT just for cooking dinners, actually bakes dessert!!

Chat soon!

 

 

 

222 Word Daily Journal for 365 Days. End Goal? Featured Artisan In Sundance Catalog!

 Time. It is an interesting commodity, and truly cannot be bought or sold. We do make choices on what and where we give our time away though, don’t we? You don’t get a refund on “wasted” time. Here is another interesting thought, everyBody gets the same twenty-four hours in a day. This little bit of wisdom is from https://tubofcash.com Tim S. Kim, an Immigrant Millionaire who has a great Blog! Changed my life, you should for sure check it out!  https://www.tubofcash.com

Yesterday, I decided my dream client for my NEW SEASON of Jewelry Business! https://www.sundancecatalog.com But, how do I get there? What makes anyone an “expert?”

To be considered an “expert” in something: word has it that it equates to The 10,000 Hour Rule — closely associated with pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell   The principle holds that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. (this is courtesy of “google.com”.)

So, I have come to a reasonable conclusion that I have truly traded potential for comfort and greatness for mediocrity. Yikes and AHA…

Today I begin my daily journal of 222words, for the next 365 days.

My goal: To be featured Artisan in https://www.sundancecatalog.com

How?: Scare the crap out of myself and leave Comfort zone, What is the worst that could happen? If you have nothing to lose, Nothing.

~Michelle Dahlia

 

Stepping Into Assignment: Notes From a Jeweler

These leaves symbolize growth and establishment!  Today I feel and know that I am stepping into an assignment. It is the stuff of destiny, and a season that I knew would come when I was ready.(TRUTH: When the good Lord made me ready because it is HIS timing not mine)  I was reminded today of a memory of when I was seven years old. Our Assignment was “What I want to be when I grow Up.”

I had drew a picture of me, with the words, “I will be an Artist like my Grandpa.” That was of course before the world, friends and family slowly talk you out of your destiny, and unfortunately you let them.

Yesterday at “work” there was a moment where I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, “I QUIT” and walk out. It is a heavy place, and a very difficult industry with  inexperienced people running it.  So, I went to eat lunch alone in my car and prayed.

Grace to get through the day and seriously only the Grace of God could sustain me. Thank you Lord!!

On today, I will embrace that “I am an Artist, like my Grandpa,” and stay in Joy 🙂

 

The “9-5” job quickly became a Dead End, So, here I go full steam ahead to BUILD my Business!

~Michelle Dahlia

 

 

 

Is it Monday Already?

 Normally I would have been bummed as the alarm went off this morning for the “Monday!” However, on this Monday I had the day off! Working for a company where the schedule is all over the place, with rarely two days off together leaves a bit to be desired.  Sometimes though, we actually get to find out what our schedule is more than a week in advance. (You know like the rest of almost all other companies!)

So, as a way of documenting the positive things that happen so I can look back at this over a year from now and say, WOW…Look how far I have come!! Here are a few things that are really positive about this corporate gig!

#1. My work buddy brings in gummy bears for the junk food drawer.

#2. There are a multitude of reports and memos, everyday, morning reports, invoice reports, updated reports, and about every week or so Corporate comes up with yet another change that completely disqualifies you from a promotion, raise of any kind. More “write up” underlying or blatant passive aggressive corporate non-sense that some executive bi-polar decided would make the bottom of the pyramid more productive. ALWAYS something to read!

Dear Future me, January 29th, 2018 was the day you decided to leave this dead end job, YOU are worth more!!

love me

Hello world!

 

Well, Hello Beautiful!

In this new year of 2018, I made a plan to start a blog. Here it is, “Ta Da!” I had contemplated telling a little bit about the back-story of who I am, and how I got here? It is difficult to know where to start! The year was 1978, when…NOPE, this is not that kindof blog. Let me tell you friend, where I have been is not near as important as where I am going, and TRUTH moment, there is not a single thing I can do about days gone by!

So, WHAT is this blog going to be about? Pretty much Jewelry and Cooking, my two favorite pass times! Which is why this Blog is named, “Jewels” for Jewelry and “Julia” after the late Julia Child cook extraordinaire!

A welcomed project to help me escape the tedious and dreadful corporate America deadend job that I let consume the fifty hours of daylight during the week.

I write this in here so that after the first 365 days I can reference this and see how far I have come in my career. Like I stated above, where I have been is not near as important as where I am going! God Willing, a year from now I can look back and see with different perspective, that only time brings.

~Michelle Dahlia