When I started training for the Twin Cities marathon in 2004, I joined my cousin Jeanne’s running group. Jeanne is what I call a “human magnet” – an authentic and wonderful woman who draws people to her with her joy, laughter and genuine enthusiasm. I’ve been fortunate to hang out with her and to meet the many people she’s met through the years. We still meet every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, hanging out and having fun. Many are still running marathons, most are running half marathons and 5ks. I’ve made some great friends ranging in age from 30s to 70s – all with one thing in common, we all enjoy getting out moving and staying active.
Linda and Jeanne met through the running community. Linda started her Beads2Treasure jewelry business in 2003 with a Beating Breast Cancer bracelet that she created to honor Jeanne as she was battling breast cancer. Over the years, Linda has created many more Bracelets for a Cause as beautiful reminders of support and care during difficult times. You can find out more about Linda’s very cool business at www.beads2treasure.com. Linda shows her light and creativity through the art she creates with her jewelry.
For the past few years, Linda, Jeanne and I have escaped for long weekends to run/race walk half marathons throughout the country – the usual criteria is warm, sunny destinations by the ocean if possible. Each year, Linda has made a special jewelry for us to remember the trip. The Shamrock Shuffle – an Irish-style green bracelet. Big Sur – a beautiful necklace with an inspiring quote. For our 2011 Fall Myrtle Beach trip – a necklace she stamped “Sole Sisters” – my new favorite of many favorites.
Linda’s creations are wonderful mementos and what I call “wearable art.” They are a constant reminder of the laughter and good times we have when we are in our “vacation-mode,” enjoying time away with friends and family. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could maintain our vacation attitude throughout the year? Hello Monday, it’s “vacation Kathie” here to report with the same light-heartedness and ease that I have when I’m on vacation.
As the Cast Light blog idea unfolded over the past six months, I thought it would be cool for Linda to create a Cast Light necklace as a daily reminder. After I changed my mind three times and three prototypes later, the Cast Light necklace and matching earrings are a reality. Email Linda if you are interested in a Cast Light necklace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we start a fresh new year, think about ways you can spend time with those people in your life who are your “Sole Sisters” (and brothers) – whether a weekend away, a night out to a movie or a simple phone call now and then – reconnect with those important people to you throughout the year.
Also, try to be in your vacation-mode as often as possible – approaching each day and the many circumstances and people we encounter with a fresh outlook and positive attitude.