Beads for Days

The 100 Day Project is going well! I'm enjoying painting and find it somewhat therapeutic. I think during a somewhat free weekend morning, I'll sit down and start stringing the beads into necklaces, but for now, they sit on my office desk on wooden skewers.

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I should probably figure out a better lighting situation for taking photos of the beads. Then again, this is supposed to be a fun project that doesn't take up too much time. Maybe at the end!

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My friend Laura posted about the 100 Day Project about a month ago. I was immediately intrigued by the concept! Read the post here: "100 Day Project."

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I thought a lot about what to do for this project. I considered some things involving a computer, but let's be honest. I use a computer 100% of the time for my job and 90% of the time for freelancing. There was no way I could handle looking at the screen for this. After considering doing more handmade type experiments, doodling random patterns, and illustration recipes, I landed on painting wooden beads! There were a lot of good tutorials on the internet, and I felt it was something that wouldn't take up too much of my time, still allowing for creativity and spontaneousness. I just hope I don't get into a solid color rut. Don't let me!

#100DaysOfPaintedBeads

So I went to the craft store and searched online. I found some beads I really liked, some enjoyable paint colors, and then I dug up some old paintbrushes in my art supplies from college. And, drumroll...here is my first day!

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Check out that silver metallic paint! I will still need to seal these. I bought both matte and glossy finishes. Like I said, the possibilities are endless! I chose the #100DaysOfPaintedBeads to keep track of my project. Follow along on Instagram! I might post groupings of beads every few days, as to not annoy my Insta friends. :)

Being Confident

Being content in life seems like such a challenge. Someone always has better hair, a better job, clearer skin, a cuter house, a better house, a more trendy instagram feed, etc.

The greatest struggle for me recently is patience. Patience for the things in me that need refined and pruned. Patience for paying off debt. Patience for buying a house and having a fun yard with a garden. Patience that I will become more patient. (ha)

Just a quick, after work selfie yesterday. Makeup free, and hair that air-dried overnight. 

Just a quick, after work selfie yesterday. Makeup free, and hair that air-dried overnight. 

I am excited for a few things in the coming months. Blogging again–starting with this vulnerable and honest post. The #the100DaysProject, which I will share about on Monday, when it actually starts. Then for this month, I've decided to go makeup free (I'm allowing myself mascara and lip stuff for few special events...maybe some concealer...) and natural, air-dried hair. Why? I want to embrace me, where I'm at, even with the flaws. I think it is important. I've gotten sucked into the comparing game over the past few months, with design, homes, looks, outfits, and more. It's rough, let me tell you. Comparing isn't a fun place to be.

I want to focus on my heart first and foremost. After that? Being creative, being strong, being confident, and being content–in no particular order. Now, let me go read Psalms.