Kickstarting change

Here on WMC we like to highlight real women making real changes.  Today’s post is from Geni Tunstall, a friend of Tracy’s who has ‘kickstarted’ a project with her daughter.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to share their journey of personal change, please contact either Tracy at tracy@womenmakingchanges.net or Kel at kelwilson@womenmakingchanges.net.  Your change doesn’t have to be big.  Even a little change can make a world of difference to someone else in the form of inspiration.

When Tracy asked me to write a guest post for this blog, I jumped at the chance.  I love reading this blog because the ideas here resonate for me.  Creating change in my own life and doing something I love to do every day is so important.  Reading this blog inspires me to keep moving forward – it is an affirmation that I am moving in the right direction.

I work in a corporate setting as an attorney, drafting contracts, so the work I do on a day-to-day basis is pretty dry stuff.  For awhile now, I felt like I was suffocating from the monotony and desperately needed to make some changes in my life.  I have always enjoyed creative projects but realized that I hadn’t been making time because I was too caught up in work.  There was no balance in my life.

Over the last year or so, I’ve started, little by little, adding more creativity back into my life.  When a co-worker’s baby shower was being planned, I decided to crochet a baby blanket for her.  Then, I made a sock monkey to give as well.  Of course, my kids wanted to join in with many of my projects.  Suddenly, life was much more enjoyable as I was rediscovering who I really am.  Hanging out with my kids making stuff was exactly what was missing from my life!

My son suggested that we make a steampunk project and I thought the style was pretty cool.  I learned to make hats just so that I could make a steampunk top hat.  For one of my steampunk projects, I bought some watch gears and other watch parts.  Just messing around recently, I made a monkey face from some of the parts.  Pleased with it, I added a jump ring and turned it into a necklace.  My 13-year old daughter Chloe was inspired to make her own animal necklace (an owl) and a project was born.  We began looking for animal shapes in all the watch pieces.  There was no stopping us!

an example of the pendants Geni and Chloe make

I had heard about the KickStarter website through a couple of friends who had done projects on it, so I suggested we try it.  Chloe was game, despite being a bit skeptical about whether anyone would back our project.  We really had no idea what to expect, but figured it would be pretty cool if a couple of people bought a necklace or two.  We have been surprised and delighted by the outpouring of support for our little project. (You can view Geni and Chloe’s Kickstarter page here.)

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

I am so grateful for all of the support we’ve gotten from friends, family, and complete strangers.  I love being creative with my kids and this project has proven to be a great vehicle for that.  Adding creativity back into my life was exactly what I needed to regain a sense of balance and purpose.  Each day that I spend doing and creating makes me feel happier and more fulfilled.  It is a welcome change in what had become a boring routine.  I don’t know where all of this change will ultimately lead, but I can feel more change brewing as I keep moving toward living a more creative life.  I am excited about embracing whatever changes life has in store for me!

I’m glad Geni shared how she’s been creating change in her life, bit by bit. I really like how she thought a little out of the box to address the financial aspect of making a change a bigger part of your life. So often money becomes an excuse to put things off–but Geni turned this into a challenge that ended up connecting her with a community of supporters as well!

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Tracy Richardson

I'm a writer, jewelry artist, web designer, and homeschooling mother of two. My mission? To help people create spaces for their stories and truths.

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2 Responses to Kickstarting change

  1. Carol says:

    Way to go, Geni! I love reading success stories. I feel the same way about this blog. :)

  2. [...] I want to congratulate our reader Geni (who guest posted last week)–she and her daughter reached their stretch goal for their Kickstarter project, Mechanical [...]

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