I have many new items, very exciting!
A little about the artisan in me.
I hardly remember when I learned to make jewelry. I remember being very small and wandering into my dad’s jewelry studio. I’d ask him what he was doing. “Making jewelry,” he’d say. Eventually he started giving me little things to do, and bit by bit I learned.
But, that is what I had always done, and I wanted a “real” job, a grown up job. Besides he sold his jewelry wholesale so that means someone else made the profit and someone else had the fun of seeing the happy customer and mostly it just a lot of work.
So I went to school and I found something I loved and felt passionate about and I got that “real” job.
For the last three years I have been living my dream. Working for The Planning Center was great. I got to be involved in the best planning projects in Utah. We were right in the thick of everything. It is possible there were efforts out there that we weren’t involved in, but it is hard to imagine. We were the kings of Bunker Hill. The “Center of all Planning.” It was great.
But for some reason, it wasn’t enough.
So, in December 2010 I opened Street Bauble on Etsy, and I began making and selling jewelry for myself.
It started small, just a way to earn a little extra cash. But it was fun. This time I wasn’t making jewelry for someone else to sell. This time I got to make the profit and I got to hear the positive feedback from customers. And my little business grew, even though I hardly had any time to devote to it; it grew and grew.
So now here I am.
The Planning Center Utah office is closed. A victim of the economy, Utah politics and bad timing.
And now I am a full time artisan and small business owner. And I am excited. It is exciting to grow my business on purpose. It is exciting to get to build jewelry in the daytime. It is exciting to take what I learned in the business world and apply it to MY business.
I still care about sustainability and planning. Even though my LinkedIn profile says Owner of Street Bauble Jewelry doesn’t mean I am not still a planner at heart. It is still in me. But now, maybe I have time to write about it.
I am not a risk taker. Not really. Generally I am very calculated. The big risks I have taken in my life only happened out of sheer will power in a moment of desperation. . That is why I loved this blog post. Maybe by taking mini-risks we train ourselves to take big risks when we must.
Read if you dare.
You get Bike and Build.
You get cool people riding across the country building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
You get stuff done.
This is one of those moments when I wish I was young and free again.
Not everyone can say they rode their bike across the United States during the summer, and even fewer can say they did that and helped build 10 houses in the process. But 270 young adults from all across the country are taking part in Bike and Build’s cross-country bicycle trips, which benefit affordable housing groups. One of eight groups was in Orem on Tuesday helping to build a twin home for Habitat for Humanity.
The 32 riders and builders have been traveling from Charleston, S.C., since May 26. They have crossed through Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Utah and have yet to make their way through Idaho and Oregon, eventually ending in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Aug. 11. Throughout the journey, the group has stopped where it has been able to help local affordable housing organizations build homes. The young adults also participated in a housing blitz in Colorado Springs, Colo., where a large portion of the proceeds from the trip went to fund an entire home.
Bike and Build was organized in 2001, with the first ride taking place in 2002. The goal of Bike and Build is to promote awareness of the need for and importance of affordable housing in communities throughout the country. Bike and Build has contributed more than $2.5 million to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by the young adults who are introduced to the affordable housing cause and are given service opportunities through the program.
Jeremy Story is from Augusta, Ga., and he is a Bike and Build route leader for the South Carolina 2011 team. Story got involved after hearing about the program from a friend of a friend. Each group member must raise $4,000, perform 10 hours of sweat equity labor and ride 500 miles on a bike.
“The hardest challenge is raising the $4,000,” Story said. “I was able to receive help from businesses, family members and civic organizations.”
Once everything was organized, all 32 young adults made their way to Charleston, S.C., on May 23. Their trip started on May 26.
“A typical day begins about 6 a.m.,” Story said. “We get up, pack up, eat our breakfast and complete our assigned chores. We try to be on the road between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Riders can ride as fast or as slow as they want. We usually have one lunch stop and try to arrive at our host site at about 4 p.m. If riders get in early they can explore the town. Our dinner is from 6 to 7 p.m., and then everyone is free until curfew, which is 11 p.m.”
The group stayed with the Seventh-day Adventist Church during a stop in Provo and Orem. It has also stayed in various community centers, campgrounds and churches across the country.
Johnson has a greater appreciation for the state of Utah because of his experience in the program.
“I have been able to see Utah from new eyes,” he said. “We live in a truly beautiful and amazing state. I have seen things here that I don’t ever see when I ride in a car. Seeing my home on a bike has been a completely new experience. And to be able to participate in a cause that I care about and is very near and dear to my heart has been amazing.”
The riders and builders have had many positive experiences throughout their travels, but the experience has not come without challenges.
One of the female route leaders, Christina Genco, died on June 6 when she was struck by an SUV in Rainsville, Ala. The group members spent a few days regrouping, participating in therapy, attending the funeral and supporting Christina’s family before being bused to Arkansas to finish their route.
“No one went home after Christina died,” Tully said. “I think the experience made everyone want to stay even more. We have all grown closer together as the summer has gone on. It has also made me see that being a leader is an opportunity to give back. And there is joy in giving.”
The group will finish its route with a 15-mile ride from San Jose to Santa Cruz where it will celebrate with family and friends on the beach.
“We started this experience by having all the riders put their back tire into the Atlantic Ocean in Charleston,” Story said. “We will finish by putting all of our front tires into the Pacific Ocean in California.
To follow the riders on their route or if you are interested in joining a Bike and Build trip and would like more information, visit the organization’s website at www.bikeandbuild.org.
Very clever Provo.
This is great. I love it.
An easy, cheap, fun way to get public input and drive redevelopment.
For the next two or three weeks residents are invited to participate in the “I Wish This Was” campaign, sponsored by the Utah County Association of Realtors in conjunction with Provo city.
“‘I Wish This Was’ is an inventive way to get feedback from those passing by, and the stickers are an easy tool for people to voice what they want and where they want it,” Nichols said.
Corey Norman, deputy mayor, is excited about the possibilities and ideas that can be shared by all ages. “This is where social media meets bricks and mortar,” he said.
Real Estate Association member Taylor Oldroyd said, “It’s the ‘American Idol’ of real estate development. It allows the public to express their opinion. Hopefully it’s a win/win for everyone.”
As it turns out, even 10 seconds in the microwave is too long for a little plastic cup of caramel. Believe me, I know. So, someday when I get cancer, and I am shouting at the universe, “WHY ME!?!” you can remind me about the plastic disguised as caramel that I spooned all over my sweet potato pie.
Sharing this video for purely selfish reasons. Doesn’t have anything to do with planning, with the environment, with sustainability. It is just a human emotion beautifully drawn and portrayed through dance. I don’t really care whether you fall in love with it, like I did. I don’t care if you feel a need to watch it over and over and over, as I do. I am just putting it here so I can find it again, on a day when I need it to lift my spirits.