Inspiration: It’s Not Who You Are That Holds You Back Gold Typography

It's not who you are that holds you back gold typography quote by Chic StealsThis week’s typography quote couldn’t be truer – that often, it’s your own pigenholing of yourself that keeps you from change.

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.

-Denis Waitley

Said by Psychology of Winning author and motivational speaker Denis Waitley.

Who do you think you are not? And what can you do to think that you ARE?

Have a wonderful start to the week!

Inspiration – Live Each Day Typography

Live each day as if it were your last gold typography

Live each day as if it were your last.

A good friend of mine very suddenly passed away recently.

I was heartbroken, as she had such a zest for life. Every photo of her on Facebook she is grinning from ear to ear, or laughing. Not a serious or sad face among them, hugging her kids, her husband. I’ve known her for 10 years. We were in the same baby group together when I lived in Hawaii. Our sons had been the best of friends since they were 6 weeks old.

She was sick for a long time, and she always lived each day to its fullest, perhaps knowing how limited her time here was.

To Y., you will always be in my heart. You have left us this inspiration as your gift.


Inspiration – Make the Amazing Happen

Make the Amazing Happen gold typography quote by Chic Steals

Make the amazing happen.

I don’t know who said this inspirational quote, but I do know it can help provide that push when you need it. And we all are capable of making the amazing happen.

Advice for life.


Inspiration: Blaze Your Own Trail

Blaze Your Own Trail gold typography inspirational quote

Blaze your own trail.


Though in part attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson,who wrote “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”…this phrase is sometimes challenging to fully embrace. But as inspiration for living, I’ve finally come to realize:

Truer words could not have been said.

May your trail always be bold and ablaze with furious amazement.


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Hi friends!

To start 2016 off with a bang, I’m looking at stocking up for many projects on the horizon. (It’s going to be a huge year in many ways!!) Here are a couple of my favorite projects for the New Year (with [affiliate] links to the beads you need):

1. J. Crew Beaded Rose Bracelet

Such an elegant little bracelet, you could make it (and the similar necklace) using this brass link bracelet as the base, these Rose Quartz Gemstone Cabochon drops as the petals, and these rhinestones as the centers.

2. ModCloth How’s the Feather Up There? Necklace

A pretty and delicate layered necklace with feather charms, you could make this using these Electroplate Glass Bead Strands and these Tibetan Antique Gold Feather Pendants.

3. Anthropologie Valence Drops

These refined gemstone earrings could be DIY’d in a similar method to these DIY Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings that I made, and using these supplies: Mixed Acrylic Rhinestone Montee Beads, Brass Lever Back Hoop Earrings, Glass Rhinestone Montee Beads, and clear PVC vinyl.

4. Free People Luxe Triple Necklace

Another layered necklace, this could be made with the Black Agate Bullet Big Pendant, Howlite Round Gemstone Bead Chain, Tibetan Style Latin Cross, Natural Black Rutilated Quartz Beads.

5. Pearl and Chain Spike Choker Necklace

Last time I worked with PandaHall I created this tutorial using their Non-Magnetic Hematite Rectangle BeadsSilver Color Aluminum Twisted Curb Chain, 6mm White Glass Imitation Pearl Beads, and Aluminum Twisted Curb Chain. See the full DIY tutorial here.

Hope these ideas prove inspirational to you!

What’s on your to-do list for fabulous jewelry this year? Do tell!


Inspire: Discover Your Why Quote

Discover Your WHY gold typography quote

“Discover Your WHY”

So many people ask me how I’ve been blogging so long (8 years this month now!) and how I’ve been able to keep motivated for so long and consistently (er…mostly) kept up with posting, week in and week out, for many, many weeks (and months…and years…)

My answer is: I’ve discovered my WHY.

I can’t stress how important this is to every endeavor you may undertake in life. (I’m not sure of the attribution for this inspirational quote, but the words are so singularly important I’ve chosen to share this here.)

No matter what, if you are putting time, energy, and passion into it…you must have a WHY.

An overwhelming, underlying reason for WHY you do it.

And WHY you must keep going with it, even if energy, time, and passion fail. A greater conviction. A higher moral calling. Something to get you through thick and thin, through the dark days of uncertainty and self-doubt.

I find sometimes the best thing to do when my passion or focus flags…is to ask myself WHY. WHY do I blog? WHY do I put time into it? What do I get out of it?

And whatever answer I have…ask WHY again. Keep asking WHY until I reach the core reason – and that is what I must hold on to when motivation flags or I begin to doubt.

This is a great tool for discovering (or re-discovering!) your purpose, or getting in touch with your passion, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to continue a creative endeavor long-term.

Discover your WHY – and you can keep going until that WHY changes. May it buoy your wings…