it wasn't always like that. as a girl, i remember picking out just the perfect pop beads. i wore bangles and long necklaces, a turquoise ring, and my dad's old watch around my ankle (not all at once). :) it was fun to pick out just the right pieces to coordinate with whatever i was wearing that day. after college, i cut my hair short and had my ears pierced. handmade sundance earrings and a tiny gifted necklace that read, "dream" became my uniform. i had a swatch with a stretchy band that could be pushed up on my arm during the repetitive hand washing involved with my nursing jobs.
and then i had a newborn, and my watch caught at her hair as i laid her down...and woke her up. no more watch. no necklace was safe from that tiny, strong grip. i needed glasses and grew my hair, and somehow that seemed to be all the accessorizing i needed or wanted around my face. later i wore a necklace with words i wanted to hold close to my heart and mind...but eventually...i kind of stopped accessorizing much at all.
today, my daily accessorizing involves my wedding rings, my glasses, and this little ring.
i don't give myself a whole lot of credit for teaching my girls (homeschool). maybe i should, but that's not my point today. :) when jo was graduating from high school, i found her this perfect ring. to me it symbolizes the fact that today is a new day with all new possibility...the Son is risen...and is always with us. i loved that it was made by an independent designer. and then i thought...this is my graduation too. i've done a good job of educating my daughter... and i deserve a celebration too. so i bought myself one too (in silver) and wear it every day. i like that jo + i wear almost the same ring and look forward to doing the same with julia when she graduates.
if i feel like it, i might wear a bracelet in the summer months. i might wear a small necklace instead. but right now, i feel that going mostly unaccessorized does not feel incomplete. it is just the personal statement i want to make. simple, natural and minimal.
do you find yourself accessorizing differently over time? what are your favorite accessories? do they have special meaning? i'd love to hear!