Remember that really annoying but wise saying that your mum would tell you as a kid?… “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today” As a kid you would think, but I’ve got weeks before I need to hand in that assignment or revise for that test, I can do it later! Well frequently, that later never comes and you end up in a last minute panic. This week I came to appreciate that advice a little bit more as I got myself into a last minute situation. When you’re trying to fit jewellery making into the rest of your life time is precious and if you happen to have a spare minute to get something done, you should do it, immediately! Last night I had dinner with a friend for her birthday. As some of you may know, I like to make the effort to specially make a new piece of jewellery to give to friends on their birthdays. A few weeks ago I thought about what she’d like and how I could use some nice chinese amazonite rectangles I have to make a bracelet, but for some unknown reason (maybe I wanted to watch a TV show or randomly surf the net, I can’t even remember) I decided to “do it later”. Of course “later” never came and what with the Easter weekend, hanging out with my nephews and going to the bead show I forgot altogether. When I got into work yesterday I realised firstly it was her birthday and I would be seeing her for dinner that night and secondly I hadn’t made her gift or even bought a card. I wanted to kick myself, hard!! Annoyed that I’d not even managing to remember before I left for work that morning (I could have taken a pair of earrings from my collection), I reluctantly I took myself to the one local place I knew I could get a last minute gift – Accessorize! Whilst I’m not adverse to going there check out the latest jewellery trends or buy bargain items that I can transform into new and wonderful pieces, it literally pained me to buy a necklace and earring set that they then wrapped in tissue paper ( the same kind I use to gift wrap at home!) before taking from my unyielding hands the money that I could have used to buy more beads for my stash!! In an attempt not to appear too bitter, it was entirely my own fault after all, I smiled, thanked the assistant and made a swift exit. So my lesson has been officially learnt, when I have the time I will not put off a task until “later” as no good will come of it. In fact I’m free tonight and it’s never to early to get started on stuff for Christmas!!! 🙂
Until next time.