Identity ~ August Blog-o-phere Think tank group blog

August’s topic:  “How do you Define your self?”


How do I define myself? … How much time do we have?? And ask me again next  month. The answer may change. Which is ok – because it’s good to learn/grow/change/expand….

I guess defining oneself is linked to who I see myself as. My own personal Identity. What makes me unique from every one else out there…. I am not one thing… I am many. And even many things that may at first glance appear in opposition to each other — not a hypocrite. But vastly open minded.


Me…. First & foremost… I am just *me*. Every thing/idea/trait/preference that combines to single out my unique oneness that makes me different from every other person. I value and appreciate all that I am, all that makes me Me…. I typically don’t choose labels. And not one, because all the parts matter. I am not JUST any one part of them. I am all, more of one in one moment, and more of another a different given day…. So how can I identify? I’m me. Me…. 

So; A few of the parts that build the whole me my self….


Maker: I love – and NEED to create. I work with my hands, build from nothing, to something. I thrive in 3D mediums… I choose the identity of Maker for these reasons. I like to make things 


Creative: I work hard to see with fresh eyes. See as I interpret all things; and not be swayed by preconceived notions…. Therefor I try to think the same. Creatively. As I imagine things, as I want to explore things, not just assuming 1+2 = 3. 


Animal Lover: I respect and value all animal lives. I do my upmost best to respect them as beings who also inhabit out earth. I hurt when I see them treated unjustly.. and when treated merely as an object to mine for our own selfish use. So many other choices….. 


Cat Lady. [potentially crazy.] – love my little feline family more than words can express; and can’t imagine not having them with me – letting them choose me as I choose them, to care for and protect; enjoying their company. 


Competitor: I am driven to do my best. Often my competitive spirit is simply within myself – challenging me to always to my personal best.. and to continue to do better. It might sneak out though from time to time when confronted with the opportunity to challenge myself against another… Historically though, I have found this is an excellent practice to increase my own level of skill – not to be better than someone else, but in a drive to keep up / catch up / surpass someone better than myself at something.


Ambitious: goes hand in hand with competitive. I like to improve, learn, grow. 


Intuitive: Listening to the gut feelings & intuition of any given environment… these senses make me more aware, more attentive, more in touch with following the correct course of action for my self. 


Intelligent: Well. I think I’m pretty smart. 😛 So I’ll just leave it at that!


Geeky: I love technology. Science. The futuristic edge of what we have and are creating. Love interacting with computers, sci fi, futuristic fantasy…. 


Independent: I am a someone who thrives on my own company, and having the skills to do what I need to without requiring help. The kind of soul who enjoys a 2 week road trip alone. 


Inquisitive: I enjoy exploring. Whether it be a new topic, new technology, new games or new places. I want to learn about it, find out the secrets, and interesting things. Dig deeper and discover what others may not bother to. 

Modern: goes with loving the technology of our future. Not being confined in my thinking bot outdated thoughts and rules. Keeping an open mind about ideas, experiences, places, designs…


Sporty/ Outdoorsy: I like to play outside. Ski, Hike, Bike, Walk, Climb, Explore…. I love settling in, and noticing the pure quiet, then the forest sounds, and the filtering in of the smell of spruce after a rain. Bare feet to the earth, soaking in natures vibes……. recharging


(I read this article recently , and while it somewhat revolves around dating – it is an interesting and thoughtful read…. which lead me to the topic, since it made me think🙂

Dr NerdLove


Please visit this month’s other group members:

Marie Bell

Diana Bell


*So what is this new “blog-o-Sphere” thing?
I formed a group of friends who blog  [I’ve titled it the ” Blog-o-sphere think tank” Group.] ; from all different areas of life, to do a ‘once a month’ ‘blog circle’, or ‘blog carnival’ type thing, if you will. Anyway, we get together once a month, and all write about the same topic, and hopefully we all post at the same time, on the 20th of each month.  I personally find it interesting to read everyone’s thoughts on an idea or topic. It’s fun, light, and gets your mind going. Everyone has a different ideas; so you might learn something, or open your eyes to new ideas . In any case, it’s fun!!!  I hope you’ll visit all the blogs and have a read!


Perfection ~ July Blog-o-phere Think tank group blog

July’s topic:  “What are you good at?” (and how did you get that way?)


Once upon a time so very long ago… it was my mission to be my/the very best at Ballet skiing. I competed, and I worked hard. How did I get good? I worked my ass off. Every. Single. Day…… I lived it. I breathed it in, and out; all the time. I thought about it. I visualized it. I dreamed it. I trained. And I kept it my sole focus at the cost of all else… for many years…. But things change. It never became an Olympic Sport, so I made a [heartbreaking] choice to move on…

freestyle flip_1

Ballet (Freestyle) skiing

Then… I found Metalsmithing. My next real & true passion… and my desire to be my personal best at it. (Now to be fair I am still working on this daily, and know that skills continue to evolve and refine, and I will never be my best, I will simply continue to get better, every day. ) Here…. I took classes, studied with True Respected Masters in the field,  got a bonafide school certificate… and keep learning all the time, reading, devouring new ideas, techniques, expressions of that which I want to create……

side view in all it's glory

multiverse taxidermy eye pendant

But now… in my pursuit of that, my learning has spread into Computer Aided Design. 3D design. At this I am learning! I want to be Excellent, so I can realize my ideas with this tool, in a way my hands might not… and bring it in to my designs by casting my 3D prints in to metal/ or milling my designs from metal, for jewellery…. And how will I make this happen? Classes, courses, Online tutorials… and practice, practice practice. Play with the software, until creating in it is an extension of reaching with my fingertips to shape  my vision in to being.

Early prototype for a custom block to hold my stamps, designed specific to the tools I have - diameter, length, height, etc.

3D CAD design practice

And finally and always… I am good – REALLY good, at loving  and caring for these creatures. (and the ones who came before; the ones who will come after). I choose to treat them with respect, and compassion. Honoring their boundaries, and doing my best to fill their needs – physical and emotional. They are “rescues”; all in their own ways, and need special attention beyond your average creature. I adore them, they are so very special. I can not imagine a life without them, even with their extra problems, and needs. They are mine, and I am theirs. It’s a gift to be able to connect on such a depth with other living beings.

the felines 💛💚💙💜💗❤️


Please visit this month’s other group members:

Marie Bell

Diana Bell

Robyn Hawk


*So what is this new “blog-o-Sphere” thing?
I formed a group of friends who blog  [I’ve titled it the ” Blog-o-sphere think tank” Group.] ; from all different areas of life, to do a ‘once a month’ ‘blog circle’, or ‘blog carnival’ type thing, if you will. Anyway, we get together once a month, and all write about the same topic, and hopefully we all post at the same time, on the 20th of each month.  I personally find it interesting to read everyone’s thoughts on an idea or topic. It’s fun, light, and gets your mind going. Everyone has a different ideas; so you might learn something, or open your eyes to new ideas . In any case, it’s fun!!!  I hope you’ll visit all the blogs and have a read!


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Featured: the mountain of Taxidermy Eyeball Rings! …… New “very-not-in-a-box” jewellery creations coming extremely soon to my website! Follow here on my blog, facebook, or instagram to see!

Please Visit this month’s WDYDWYD replies:

Marie Bell

Kathleen Krucoff


What Is “Why Do you Do What You Do?” All About?

It started  with a kid doing a school assignment: To interview someone from a community service agency. He looked in the Yellow Pages, dialed a number, and asked the person on the other end ” Why do you do what you do?”… and the receiver felt compelled to answer…. and it grew into this beautiful, interesting, amazing movement.

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Learning ~ June Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank Group Blog

June’s topic:  “If you could learn anything, what would it be?”


Well;….. let’s start with the list of things I am working on learning/improving on/mastering; all of which I REALLY desire to be so much better at! :

Banjo....

  • fiddle
  • banjo
  • 3D cad-cam design
  • engraving
  • Xbox controller mastery

Things to work towards:

  • creative writing
  • languages
  • chess
  • knitting (have the needles, wool and books!)
  • coding

😀


Please visit this month’s other group members:

Marie Bell

Kathleen Krucoff

Diana Bell


*So what is this new “blog-o-Sphere” thing?
I formed a group of friends who blog  [I’ve titled it the ” Blog-o-sphere think tank” Group.] ; from all different areas of life, to do a ‘once a month’ ‘blog circle’, or ‘blog carnival’ type thing, if you will. Anyway, we get together once a month, and all write about the same topic, and hopefully we all post at the same time, on the 20th of each month.  I personally find it interesting to read everyone’s thoughts on an idea or topic. It’s fun, light, and gets your mind going. Everyone has a different ideas; so you might learn something, or open your eyes to new ideas . In any case, it’s fun!!!  I hope you’ll visit all the blogs and have a read!


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Do it for the love.


Please Visit this month’s WDYDWYD replies:

Marie Bell

Kathleen Krucoff


What Is “Why Do you Do What You Do?” All About?

It started  with a kid doing a school assignment: To interview someone from a community service agency. He looked in the Yellow Pages, dialed a number, and asked the person on the other end ” Why do you do what you do?”… and the receiver felt compelled to answer…. and it grew into this beautiful, interesting, amazing movement.

Visit the WDYDWYD Community., Website or WDYDWYD FB page