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Trust the Process

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When life gets overwhelming, it's important to take time to slow down. It's important to trust the process. It takes time to manifest your dreams. They say "Rome wasn't built in a day" to symbolize that the greatest achievements do not come to fruition right away. DO NOT GIVE UP. When life is already slow, take the time to absorb the moment. Take the time to nurture your trust in the universe, God, Mother Earth, CHI - whatever you choose to call the force behind this crazy beautiful life.



Inspiration

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Found this great poster the other day - I hung it across from our bed so that it's the first thing I see when I wake up! ��


Blue Lace Agate

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately I've created a couple Blue Lace Agate beauties in silver, the following is one of them!






This one in the picture was a custom order based off of a similar creation I made. I ended up ordering a handful of these earth and sky stones to experiment with in different styles. This is the one I just listed tonight!






It is made with gold-filled wire and chain. :)

You can purchase this creation https://www.etsy.com/listing/294390213/long-blue-lace-agate-pendant-necklace" target="_blank">~HERE~


And feel free to message me if you would like one of the loose pieces to be used in a custom order!

Custom Tanzanite Bracelet

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 17, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

FIrst I want to "WOW" you with the final product of this creation. It was ordered by one of my return customers as a present for her mother!





This design is so fun to make! I've done two for this lady so far, one Aventurine power piece and one that was made in honor of her love for the show Sailor Moon. I would post pictures of those here as well, however my computer is currently being worked on and I don't have the tiles available at the moment. At a later date I will. I can't half-ass this; I need to show you the large, full quality image. :)


I ordered a piece of Tanzanite that turned out to be WAY larger than I had intended. I communicated with my customer and we decided to cut it down to a smaller size that her mother would like. I broke out my lapidary skills, and first I split the piece (Top Left.) Both chunks were still a little large, so I picked the niecest/cleanest one and started chipping pieces off with a hammer (Top Right.) I continued as directed by my customer until I arrived at the final piece in the bottom picture!




The next step was wirewrapping the Tanzanite, which I did very delicately. The texture is much like glass, so I had to take care with the wire to make sure I wasn't chipping the edges as I went. I did also sand down some of the sharper parts for safety reasons.

After that I started on the chain! I start with only wire to make the connectors and build the chain from scratch. It takes a lot of time and attention, but after the first few I get in a groove. I measure along the entire way to make sure the bracelet is the length requested by the customer. These particular beads are genuine Blue Sapphire.





After the chain is made, I added the tulip charms requested by the customer. I used open link connecting loops and place them in specific areas to complete the design. The following picture is the almost completed piece. I ended up added another set of tulips closer to the Tanzanite, simply because it looked much more concise that way. I created the clasp loop by hand out of wire, and then after the whole design was made I used small amounts (tiny dots) of strong glue in precise areas to better hold the handmade chain over time. On wirewraps I don't usually use any glue, but at specific times when I feel it is necessary or someone asks I am not opposed to doing so.






You can scroll back up to the top of this entry to remind yourself of the finished product! This style of design is available as a custom order, if you are interested please feel free to contact me through the website or Etsy store.

For those who would like more information on these stones, here are the metaphyscial properties I have researched:


Tanzanite

~Exploration of psychic powers

~Considered a “Stone of magic”

~Opens third eye and prevents inner knowing from becoming too overwhelming

~Useful for interpreting emotional experiences

~Strengthen immune system and strengthen vitality

~Energy of happiness and relief from worry

~Allows one to more easily speak heart’s true

~Most effective for linking Heart to Third Eye chakra

~Heightens spiritual growth


 

Blue Sapphire

~A protective crystal

~Aid for those seeking spiritual truth

~Assists one with self-discipline

~Love, commitment, and fidelity; traditionally popular for wedding rings

~Symbolizes wise and honest leadership

~Soothes insomnia, releases depression, and leads to feelings of lightness

~Brings calm and focus to the mind

~A good stone for those influenced by the opinions of others and helps one to be secure in their own opinions

~Helps one reach a better understanding of themselves and their intentions

~Useful in encouraging one to follow their dreams

 





Thank you for tuning in and joining me for this process! Please feel free to leave comments or questions below. :)

Loving Comes in Many Forms

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 17, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It's not our job to change people, it's our job to love them as they are. The beauty of unconditional love is that none of us our perfect, and should be loved accordingly. Live and let live.



Back when I was committed to my marriage, one of the deciding factors of me leaving was realizing how out of my control my entire life was. Here I was, taking care of the baby and the home, striving to find some kind of stability in my life. Both myself and our child truly needed it. I just wanted to go a single day without a crisis, without a lie, without a fight: and this seemed nearly impossible. When I asked my husband to leave for a few days, even taking care of everything in the household myself, I felt more at peace and got more done than I had in a long time. It was then that I realized how much I craved that stability, that foundation for daily life.

It was at this time that I also remembered what it is like to truly love. It's not about trying to change someone. If I wanted to give my husband the best chance to live his own life, the best chance to find himself and his passions, I needed to let go and let him. I couldn't impose my "family oriented" desires on him, or my desire for stability. I had to realize that loving him and myself meant letting everything go. Nar-Anon had helped me tremendously by planting the seeds that I needed to focus on myself and my life, what is under my control, and leave it at that. I could not have the stability, the relationship, the family, the boundaries I wanted in my marraige. And I could not imposed my will on my husband - even if I did, it would not work any more than temporarily. I started to recognize that I did not actually want him to change, I wanted him to find his way in his own time. In the meantime, I also needed certain things and boundaries. I needed a stable home, I needed emotional support, I needed safety, I needed honesty; and as each of these boundaries were crossed in unison, I began to form a plan of how I could accomplish these goals and enforce these boundaries. To this day I have no contact with him, because a couple of my boundaries include "I will not allow myself to be lied to, manipulated, or around someone who is high." These limits he's proven time and time again that I can not trust him to honor. What I hope my husband realizes, that me leaving was for him as well. It was painfully obvious, and he even stated, that it would be easier for him to get better if we were not around. I hope he sees our absence as a blessing in disguise, because it has the potential to be.

I do have to thank my husband for a myriad of lessons that I learned, and a newfound strength. When else would I have attended Nar-Anon if not for unknowingly marrying someone on the path to being a full on drug addict? This in itself, this foundation for spiritual belief, literally saved my life. It helped me to gain back control over myself by letting go of everything else and learn how to do better in ALL of my relationships. I've met someone I've been enjoying spending time with greatly, and the lessons that I have learned have allowed me to love him as he is and not what I think he should be. If I had met him before my marriage, honestly my level of understanding him as a person  and patience for our differences would not be the same. I guess this is where the phrase "everything happens for a reason" comes into play - and this I truly believe. I now live in a place where I feel fully supported with my son, who is now a year and a half old. I'm continuing to grow my business and working with my Mom for hers on the side. Despite how dark times had gotten while I was with my husband, in several periods throughout our relationship, I can't say I regret having made those choices. I know, in my deepest heart, that I tried my hardest to make it work - but that's the thing, it was never up to me. I made the choices, and took the actions, and kept to my commitments. Until I realized I had overextended my efforts, and the rest was not my choice to make. While I do feel judged for my actions at times, especially by my in-laws who have not asked for my own side of the story, it matters not to me very much because I know that I have done my best. And I know the things I need to do to continue doing my best.

I trust that life has it's plan, and is acting it out as it should. I also trust that each of us is living our own path in a way that speaks to our heart - whether or not I agree with the path is not of importance. I'll simply continue to try to understand and offer compassion to those around me, while also sticking to what feels right in my heart.



This image I took merely blocks from where I currently live. Every time I walk by it, it evokes some kind of though process. The one I am writing about here is one of them!




It's ok to be Human.

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm feeling like I want to offer up an apology to all my friends, and anyone whose gotten the grand image that I'm one of those mythical people that has it together all the time. I have such wonderful friends and people who follow me here, I get messages of gratitude at times that truly fill my heart up and inspire me to keep sharing parts of my life. I share a lot of positive things because, life is hard and we can all use them in. I share them because I can also use them. I'm human - I get sad, angry, and I am still overcoming traumatic experiences. Sometimes I feel it coming on that I just need to let something out - sometimes I recognize it and write it down like I just did, and sometimes I'm not so graceful and don't even realize what I'm feeling until it's already passed. I feel like it's really important say though, that it's all ok. It's okay to take time to feel all of your emotions. It's okay to be human. It's okay to love yourself enough to be honest about what you need and when. It's okay to recognize that healing takes time, but you do not have to stop living your life while it's happening. The world doesn't stop spinning, the sun keeps rising and falling. And all that matters is taking the days one at a time, doing what feels right in your heart, and being with the people you love. You don't have to perfect, or 100% to do these things. There will be days where you can take on the world, and there will be days you'll want lay down and watch it go by. It's all okay, it's all part of our experience.  :)


You are doing your best!

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have, even you! <3


Love

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 12, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The feeling of love, in both its pain and glory, is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences I've ever had the pleasure of having :)


A Growing Passion

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I never thought of myself as "good" at running. I used to be an awesome soccer player, I played for 13 years - but not because I was a good runner. I made up for it; I could dribble and yo-yo around you until your head spun, and then proceed to assist the other players in scoring goals while you figured out which way was up. I was never fast though and my endurance was pretty low.

 

When I decided I wanted a new outlet, something that would help me meditate and something that made me feel good - I chose to run. It made me feel like I was going somewhere, and I could listen to my favorite music uninterrupted while I was doing it. I started by myself, and when that wasn't often enough for me I started taking Phoenix for daily runs in the stroller. I figured, some outside time for him and I get an arm workout too! Now about 90% of days we go. I don't keep track of distance, or pace etc. I do it because it feels good to me and that's what matters. This has led me to being in better shape than I was before I was even pregnant, and I'm a year and half postpartum.

 

For the first time I actually do feel "good" at running ��

 

And of course, I'm very grateful for the work I put in both there and with yoga to reach my level of fitness. As you can see, I'm not perfect. I have surgery scars from having stomach surgery and an abundance of mama stripes from growing that little person right there. These things make me who I am though, and are worth being proud of. Without either my commitment to health would be far less, and I choose to keep striving everyday to progress not only for me but for that babe as well!



To Be Compassionate

Posted by elenahuerta10 on February 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This is true. Valentine's Day Eve I came home and was very sick. I felt like my stomach was on fire and about to burst. I went into the bathroom because I thought my stomach was going to empty itself and instead of it bursting forth with its contents, I burst into tears. I cried for a while with all these thoughts of the people I know and care about, a lot of the sadness I could feel from them was bursting out of me. I began to calm down as I found my mind repeating over and over "I just want to see you happy, I just want to see you happy". And post incident I was incredibly drained, but the emotion and pain had been released. It's amazing, the things we feel. I knew all this was trying to come forth, and I wasn't taking the time to let it until partially debilitated by the buildup. The floodgates opened in the silence of my own self and everything was healed.



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