Pay It Forward – A New Journey

Love - And Pay It Forward

I feel like I’m embarking on another new journey. Not sure where this is going exactly. But I’m kind of excited about it.

I opened my Etsy shop 4 years ago – all this time it’s sat barren. Ideas never making it out far enough to share with the world. Lately, I’ve been able to spend my hospital time working on a furry of hair clips that warrant Lil’Sophie many compliments. So I finally, finally, FINALLY… have a handful of these loaded on my site for sale.

However, I’m not excited about the hair clips.

It’s the idea of this ‘art party’, type thing that I’m going to host at my house – that has sparked a new kind of journey. It’s a ‘pay it forward‘ kind of event that I’m hoping I can host on a somewhat regular basis (in between hospital visits).  It’s too lengthy to type out, but it’s a cool way to make something for yourself to take home and make something for a stranger with an encouraging message to them.

My first guinea pig testing of this event will take place tomorrow night. I’m hosting a small focus group to get feedback throughout the art event so I can improve upon it. I feel very motivated in my spirit about this, and I haven’t felt that in a long time. I keep praying that it’s really something that God is encouraging me to do. That I’m not wasting frivolous time down another ‘crafty’ rabbit hole, which is my normal flighty nature. But this is the first time I’ve ever wanted to spend time sharing my knowledge of art media and use it to encourage people to create for other people. I have always steered clear of group art activities. Working on art is a time that I use to recharge and gain a spiritual connection with God. Others would be a distraction, forfeiting the opportunity for those precious moments. But I’m really feeling like it’s time. Time to share. Time to show. Time to allow others in. Time to pay it forward.

The item and media used will vary with each hosting based on interest, supplies, time, and a ‘leading’ to what’s next. Some possible events – pendants, bracelets, earrings, adult hair accessories, and canvas art.

Tomorrow night’s event will focus on necklace pendants, like the one above.

Let’s see where this goes….. WhEeEeEeeeee!!

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About Jenny Bagwill

You know those milestone moments in your life where the course you were going completely jolts you into reevaluating all you think or believe? Mine came in 2010 along with a precious baby girl. My healthy pregnancy, produced a baby with many internal defects unveiling themselves after birth like a stack of falling dominos. We lost track of her surgery count once we hit double digits. By the grace of God, our little fighter has survived an open heart surgery as well as a liver transplant along with a myriad of tests, blood work, and medical visits. She’s doing quite well, and we share her journey here: http://www.lilsophie.wordpress.com I hope you take the time to read about our girlie and possibly leave a word of encouragement. My milestone moment (that has continued over the last 2 years), presented many idle hospital hours where I used my time to make hair clips for our little girl who battled to live. It also crossed my path with numerous families in many heartbreaking situations. This is when I decided to use my creativity to do what I can to help others. I try to use my God-given talents to encourage and inspire others which you’ll see me blog about here. I also make a lot of custom pieces to raise awareness of illnesses, syndromes, and diseases that may hit close to home with you. As you’ll see my pieces often contain encouraging words – things hard to say to others in the midst of their dark place. You can view, shop, or place a custom order at here at my JeWeL 4U Etsy Shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewel4u And because our Lil’Sophie has had a liver transplant I always encourage others to consider registering to give the gift of life: http://www.organdonor.gov View all posts by Jenny Bagwill

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