Friday, March 25

Simple Twist Jewelry

While I hope that every time you visit "The Local Olive" you find some form of inspiration, today I'm hoping you'll find something a little different.  Today I'm going to kick off a series of posts that have been inspired by people pursuing their dreams.  

I find myself getting excited about the times in which we're living and growing into so-called adults.  We're amidst all kinds of revolutions - the "green" movement, the "food" movement, and I've noticed there's another kind of revolution that doesn't get talked about all that often.  I was listening to NPR recently (I know) about how we've become a generation of DIY'ers and entrepreneurs that are taking risks and making sacrifices to pursue something we feel passionate about.  Sure enough, every time I turn a corner I meet someone who is pursing their dream -whether it's starting a magazine, creating a line of jewelry, becoming a photographer, songwriter or entrepreneur...the list goes on and on.

I recently saw a quote that said "if you do what you love, people will fall in love with you."  So true!  When I meet someone who is doing something they love, they exude a certain kind of passion and joie de vivre that I find undeniably contagious.  And it doesn't matter if they're passionate about glue.  I find myself appreciating glue and wanting to learn everything there is about glue.  And somehow glue inspires me to pursue that "thing" that gives me an inexaustable kind of energy and excitement for life.  For me, it's cooking and writing.  

So, I want to share the story of a dear friend who inspires me daily to do what I love.  She recently went back to her jewelry-making roots to start her very own line of Simple Twist Jewelry.  I love that after pursuing a career in graphic design, she went back to something that she has always connected with.  Her story reminds us that in order to discover your passion, it's as easy as going back to what flows naturally in your life.  Kim's artistic revelation truly makes this world brighter, and it doesn't hurt that her jewelry is gorgeous, creative and completely original to boot!

Visit her site to inspire zest in your own life, because that's what it's all about, right?  Surround yourself with only those who encourage and support you, and you'll inevitably bring inspiration to those around you by just being you.  You'll be a happier person for it, I promise.

SO, what makes your heart skip a beat?         

photography by claudia kay photo    


  1. Oh my, it has been a while since I've last checked in! Looks like I have some catching up to do. And a cleanse??! I must read further and seriously consider!

    I think we are on the same page in life, girlie; which is why I've been absent blog-world. Doesn't spring just bring about the best perspective?! I am ALL about simplifying these days and surrounding myself with only good things, good people, good food, and good energy!
    Here, here!

    P.S. We ARE on the same page! I went and got myself a new sassy 'do, complete with bangs yesterday. You look adorable, as usual!

  2. Okay, it's decided. After reading further and discussion with the hubby, the cleansing will begin Monday. And it'll be over just in time for the Good Friday festivities and the mouth-watering Easter bread.

    Pray for me. Seriously.

  3. Love the necklace! ...and the ring.