Meaningful Jewellery

I recently read that one in eleven of us are on some medication for depression. This article was written by a person who had been dealing with depression himself and who was told that the reason for his depression was low serotonin production in the brain. So he was given medication to help with that. And the medication worked…but then after a while, his depression came back and so they upped the dosage and for a short time, it worked but again, the depression came back…and so this treadmill went. Eventually he set off to do some major research himself and discovered that between 65 and 80% of people on antidepressants are depressed again within a year.  His research showed that low serotonin was actually NOT the cause of depression but lack of fulfilment and a lack of connection was.

Further into his research he discovered that an extensive gallop poll was conducted and it turns out many are working all their lives in jobs they don’t like. Most of the depressed and anxious people he knew, he realized, are in the 87% who don’t like their work.

“If you are depressed and anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despair is for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs – for deep connection, to the things that really matter in life.”

The article is here for those who want to read it

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/07/is-everything-you-think-you-know-about-depression-wrong-johann-hari-lost-connections

Very few of us love our jobs. And that’s because we are generally either in the wrong line of work or we are working with people who we don’t like. That’s why my brother gave up working for a boss he didn’t get on with. He was an accountant for a private school and he was stressed and depressed but couldn’t just quit because of financial obligations. Eventually he found a job he loved with people he really liked…in a hardware store close to where he lived…and he absolutely loved it. Sure, he took a cut in pay, but it was worth it for the feeling that he had whenever he woke up, that feeling of simple joy, looking forward to going to work. I used to work in the car trade as a finance manager and I hated it. Now I make jewellery and teach it, I write books and blogs and also do social media management for businesses I love. I don’t earn the money I used to in sales and finance positions but I LOVE my work and I wake up looking forward to each and every day.

With that in mind, I created this polymer clay prayer wheel. Have a look what it says on the wheel. Trust Rumi, the greatest poet of all time, to say it just right!

Polymer clay prayer wheel

I love meaningful jewellery. It touches my heart and reminds me what matters.

Tonja Lenderman from Tonja’s Treasures created the custom stamp for me. I made a word doc with a lot of sayings I like to the specs that Tonja gave me. This is teeny tiny writing and perfect for polymer  and silver clay projects. You can contact her via her Facebook page…  https://www.facebook.com/tonjastreasures/

 

For those who like to follow my house-sitting escapades, you’ll find some pics below of the beautiful place in Pullenvale, near Brisbane I stayed in for two weeks. Sitting there in the early morning, working on my clay pieces, I felt blessed to be among the trees. I spotted so much wildlife too. There were bush turkeys and peacocks, kookaburras and bats, kangaroos and deer…all just roaming around freely. Just the perfect setting for us creatives!

 

 

 

 

 

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