30 January 2013

10 things I learned about myself while I was away

Getting back into the swing of things has been a bit...shall we say...difficult?

Please forgive my sporadic, even off topic blogging. Sometimes my mind is going in so many directions I can't even follow it. I have boots to talk about. New products I love to share. And so many cool "ask Lisa" questions I don't know where to begin. But it is my blog, I suppose I could write about pouring cement if I wanted to. {where did that come from?}

However, I did a lot of reflecting in the endless airport waiting, and flying - have I mentioned what a pain cross country flying is? Reflecting = thinking. Don't worry, I didn't hurt myself!

Anyway, I thought I would give you the top ten things I learned about myself in the last 2 weeks. If you're on...if not...have a great day! {{insert smiley face here!}}
  1. 1. When I walk down a sidewalk, even if it's for miles, I avoid cracks - as if I'm still 7 years old. You know, "don't step on the crack, you'll break your mother's back". I know...weird!
  2. 2. I could so easily be a vegetarian.
  3. 3. I am a lot taller than other people. A lot. Maybe even giant sized. At least it feels like it.
  4. 4. Just because you are self-taught in a certain area, does not mean your skill set is inferior, nor should you feel that way. This is a mantra I need to put on auto repeat in my head.
  5. 5. It is very important to me to make people serving me feel "happy". Whether it be at Starbucks, or checking out at Walgreens. I found myself going out of my way to make them smile.
  6. 6. I CAN go to a restaurant all by myself. THIS is a very big deal. I wouldn't even eat in college unless I had someone to eat with. #truestory
  7. 7. I am far more adventurous when I am with someone else else. Otherwise I tend to play it on the safe side.
  8. 8. I am still intimidated walking into a room or classroom of new people. Will I ever "grow out" of this?
  9. 9. I LOVE being in a city. I love the sights, the sounds, the hustle, the bustle. LOVE it!
  10. 10. I truly love metal. The more I learn the more my fascination grows. It's not just the making of the jewelry, but the manipulation of the metal that inspires me. I love what it can do, I even love the way it smells.
  11. 11. There is no place like home. I know this makes my list have eleven things...but it is MY list on MY blog, and I can do what I there! :)

p.s. look at this cool ring I made!
Have you learned anything new about yourself lately? Tell me!

and, it really is good to be home!



  1. That thing about being self taught? There was a study done, recently, in my area of expertise (IT stuff - I'm self taught, btw) and it's the opinion of those who conducted the study that "homegrown coders" (people who have taught themselves how to program computers) are BETTER than those who come out of college having learned their programming skills in school.

    FYI :)

  2. I like a lot of these and love you! Self discovery is good. I am learning I like routine or a schedule. I can be flexibile but sometimes it makes me squirm thru the rest of the week trying to make up where I went askew. I am learning things about negative thoughts during a long run--I am working on finding positive in every step. Now if the weather would cooperate with my running schedule.

  3. I am self-taught with photography and I would have it no other way. I notice I am more open to new things and taking risks. Works great when you are creating. I know the family is glad to have you home!

  4. Oh my gosh..#5...that is soooo me. We are pleasers, always trying to brighten someone's day. Hoping to see you again at SNAP to catch your sunny rays.

  5. Lisa, I've been following your blog for a while now and want to let you know how much I admire you. It takes a lot of courage, tenacity, etc. to go to a class in a far away city for 2 weeks, much less Alan Revere. I can identify with a lot of the items on your list (except being tall-I'm not). I too am a jewelry maker/metalsmith and completely self taught. I can't even imagine what it would be like to walk into that classroom. BTW, it's a very cool ring.


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