We all go through transformations many times in our lives. Some are easier to accept, others make us feel like our world will never be right side up again. You feel lost, alone, scared....hurt, rejected, devastated. The process of transforming makes you face yourself. Really look at who you are...who you really want to be. It is painful. It is hard work. It is life changing.
I struggled for months in a fog during a transformation. Trying to understand who I was and what I wanted to change. And the why. Facing my issues, struggling with roadblocks along the way.
But I did it. I came out of the gray mist and into the light. I believe in myself again. I like myself. I learned to love myself for the first time.
Today I embrace my dreams. I am making them my life. I am LIVING. My "soul" purpose is to live a joyful life. To LOVE. It seems so simple...yet it is something I work on everyday to maintain and pursue.
I will transform again. Probably many more times. I am no longer scared at that idea but know I will face my fears head on. I know I am capable. I will be able to overcome whatever comes my way and SHINE.
What does this have to do with jewelry? Well, EVERYTHING. Every project starts out as just parts, bits, metal and stones. The potential sits waiting to be unleashed. I TRANSFORM these parts into something beautiful. A treasure for someone to wear and cherish. Metal gets cut, hammered, bent, torqued...even torched beyond recognition. But it is all done with the intent of transforming into something wonderful.
Jewelry is personal. It has HUGE emotions attached to it, underlying meanings. It celebrates milestones. Symbolizes love. Is passed down through generations. Holds memories. It empowers. It expresses. A tiny adornment means so much more than the sum of its parts. I am humbled and grateful that I get to make these treasures that hold so much meaning for you.
Some of you I get to meet in person, learn a little bit about you. Others I don't. Either way, know my heart and soul go into each piece. I am forever grateful that you chose me to create your treasures. Thank you from my whole heart.
Peace and love. Always.
Metalsmithing maven and mind behind Renee Ford Metals. I make the plain look interesting with fire, hammers & cool tools.