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Thirty-Day Challenge

By Pam Asberry

I never had a sister but I am blessed to have the best sister-in-law ever. We both love my brother and we both love making jewelry. Our schedules don’t make it easy for us to get together, but since I don’t teach on Friday afternoons she sometimes comes over to my house after she gets off work and we spend a few hours together beading–or at least talking about beading. It was on one such Friday that, frustrated by our lack of accomplishment on the MANY projects we have piled up waiting for us, we came up with the “Thing A Day Challenge.” The goal was simple: each of us would create one piece of jewelry every day for the next thirty days and post a picture on Facebook.

Well, today is Day 26 of the challenge and we are still going strong. I am just competitive enough to put together at least a simple pair of earrings if the busy-ness of a day prevents me from coming up with something more elaborate. I have used up supplies I have had sitting around so long I can’t remember why I bought them, tried new projects that have been on the back burner for ages, added several new items to my Etsy store, and gotten great support and encouragement from people on Facebook, SeDonna’s friends as well as my own.

After the thirty days is over, I intend to continue my “daily practice” of beading. And I am thinking about what other areas of my life might be transformed by a thirty-day challenge. What about you? Grab a partner and go for it!


Laura Russell - March 14, 2013 - 3:03 am

What a fabulous practice. Congrats on 26 days.

Mary Preston - March 14, 2013 - 3:46 am

I have actually just set myself a challenge. A friend has asked for baby booties to give as gifts to all the new bubs born to the Kindie parents. I did leave her with a supply, but there have been a lot of new siblings arrive apparently.

So, no matter what, I am determined to make at least one full bootie per day. I’m on track so far. We are going into Winter, so we will have toasty warm baby feet around here.

BabyBeachBlues - March 14, 2013 - 6:40 am

Oh wow, what a great idea! Etsy is so great My store has been sitting empty. What a fabulous idea, and what a great friend (family) to have so much fun with. Talk about motivation. I need to do this 30 day creativity challenge & get my store back up and running! Heading over to etsy to check out your store. :)

Linsey Lanier - March 14, 2013 - 7:51 am

Pam, you really created each of those lovely things in one DAY??? I’m impressed. You are talented. I hope you sell a bunch, too. :)

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 9:10 am

26 days down, 4 to go. The hardest part is deciding what to make every day! I have accumulated quite a stash of supplies over the years! ;-)

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 9:11 am

Mary, that is a wonderful challenge! I knit too but not very well; it would take me at least a week to make a baby bootie! Good for you!

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 9:12 am

Even if you don’t know anyone else who makes jewelry, Beachbabyblues, you could set up a challenge with a friend who does something else creative. Thank you for visiting my store! :-)

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 9:13 am

Each individual piece took less than an hour to put together, Linsey; like everything else (writing!) it’s a matter of putting one’s behind in the chair and setting to work. And THAT’s the lesson I really need to take away from all of this-and get back to writing!

Marilyn Baron - March 14, 2013 - 11:16 am

Congratulations,Pam and Mary for your accomplishments. I guess a 30-day writing challenge could accomplish the same thing. My daughter loves to make jewelry and crafts, which is totally unrelated to her profession. My sister is very creative and can paint or make anything. The only thing I can do is write. But I admire what you do. Maybe you can give a character in your fiction that ability and combine two of your loves.

Sandra Elzie - March 14, 2013 - 12:11 pm

I’ve often wished I had the talent to do crafty things. Alas, like Marilyn, I seem to only have creativity in writing. Now, give me a picture of…say, a livingroom…and I can duplicate it, but not much on originality. (sigh)

Love the 30 day challenge aspect…that’s exactly what I need to get my house REALLY clean or my yard looking spiffy. (Or the next 30,000 words written?????)

Thanks for the inspiration…your jewelery is beautiful.

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Funny you should suggest that, Marilyn; one of my works in progress is called “The Wishing Box” and is about a jewelry artist. :-)

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Thank you so much, Sandy. Now that I have this practice in place, I’m going to do my best to keep it up and add something new for the next thirty days. 1000 words a day would be a really great goal!

Carol Burnside - March 14, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Ooh, are those danglies the earrings I ordered? I love that color combination. I am glad you engaged in this challenge because I’m finding new baubles for ME! :yes: :yes: :yes:

Carol Burnside - March 14, 2013 - 1:16 pm

:blush: Sorry, got caught up in the possibilities and forgot to answer your question. I agree – a 30-day writing challenge would be a good one to get in a regular habit. (Says she – ahem – who’s been over-indulging in crochet projects.)

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Yes, Carol, those are YOUR danglies! I love the green mix with the silver jump rings too! Now, let the 30-day writing challenge begin! I’m going to start Sunday, right after the Gin Ellis Critique Workshop at GRW. I know I’ll have LOTS to work on then! ;-)

Julee J. Adams - March 14, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Congratulations–I found in my research that any thing done over twenty days becomes a habit, as well as anything NOT done over 20 days becomes a broken habit. I’m trying not to automatically go on Facebook, check email, etc., when I get home, but to work on writing and/or organizing notes, but I’m still a work in progress. Keep up the good work!

Sia Huff - March 14, 2013 - 4:39 pm

How wonderful, Pam – and beautiful too. You’ve got the hard part down and I know you’ll finish out your 30 days. Creative challenges are awesome. I’m about ready for one. Writing, of course.

Thanks Julee, on the 20 day habit gage. A good thing to know.

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 8:57 pm

That would be a good habit for me to get into, Julee. I definitely get more writing done when I use Facebook as a reward. Thanks for the reminder!

Pam Asberry - March 14, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Thanks, Sia. Now, let’s both get to work on our writing! :-)

Hildie McQueen - March 14, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Love the idea of a challenge, it really gets one going! Love the jewelry, you do great work!

Pam Asberry - March 15, 2013 - 7:20 am

Thanks, Hildie! I sure enjoy doing it! :-)

Maxine - March 18, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Love you earrings, Pam. Good idea. I think I will give myself a 30-day challenge.

Pam Asberry - March 19, 2013 - 12:34 am

Is that a writing challenge, Maxine? Let me know how it goes!

Anna Doll - March 19, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Excellent way to keep the creative juices flowing…and good practice for writing, as well.

Pam Asberry - March 27, 2013 - 9:12 am

Excellent point, Anna! Thanks for stopping by!

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