Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patience or Giving Up?

My mailbox has been full daily, but missing the one thing I'm waiting for- scholarship news from Richmont. All week I've come home on my lunch hour, just to see, just to check and make sure if I've received any sort of notification from this school I so desire to attend, but can't unless the Lord provides big time. Several times I've thought about picking up the phone, just to call and see where they are at in the whole process and if I maybe just didn't get my letter-- I know they have the right address! I also know that they probably know my name at this point as many times throughout the application process I had to call for direction. Fear that they will be annoyed at my calling to check up on the status of scholarships has kept me from doing so, when I could probably just already know. BUT, there's something about the mystery of not knowing & trusting that it all really is in His hands & that I don't call the shots that also keeps me from picking up the phone.

I have been in the not-knowing process since November- that's eight months of praying about applying, scrounging up an application fee, preparing all the crazy paperwork for the app, paying for GRE scores to be sent, waiting til after their Christmas break to see if my application and all materials had been received- having to get one of my references to re-submit their recommendation- then the waiting through to March, when I received the acceptance letter, which also included info about paying them lots of money for a confirmation deposit that is non-refundable by mid-July.

How can I make this decision, not knowing what the cost is going to be? I stare at the blinking cursor, feeling the same way about other decisions in my life at this point- how can I decide? Which way do YOU want for me, Lord? What things are things I've come up with on my own that are total distractions from what Your plan is?

Friday, June 24, 2011

tapping my foot impatiently...

So, I would personally consider mid-June to be over, and I would personally consider Richmont slow in keeping their promise to inform students of their scholarship statuses prior to the July 15 deadline for the confirmation deposit. I am SO ready to know something about the coming months of my life! Come on! Hurry up! Are we there yet?! Am I going to be well on my way to being a licensed professional counselor this fall or will the next step of life look different? Who knows!

On another note, prayers that I will endure the waiting well would be greatly appreciated. Don't pray for patience vaguely. Tried that once and it was disastrous! This is not a joke!

Anyway, glad I have some fun things on the weekender schedule so I can be a little distracted from the not knowing. It's a Ladie's Weekend for sure! Tonight: dinner with some girls & dessert & movie @ the house! Tomorrow night: some of the ladies from Christ Church are traveling up to Blue Ridge for a Drive-in Movie!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Get Excited...ND Jewelry now on Etsy!

So, I've been a busy little bee working online trying to figure out 1. How in the world to navigate selling on Etsy, and 2. how to publish my listings...but
Finally, victory is mine! Hop on over to the store to check out my listings. This is where I will be selling (as well as in-person if ya know me...) from here on out! I'll still try to keep things fresh on the blog & Facebook page, and informing my faithful followers of deals and steals when they're available, but I am so excited about the Etsy Store, you can find me by clicking "store", or by searching NicoleDJewelry on their site!  Hop on over & give it a gander! There are thousands of other sellers as well... you just might find you something pretty!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Ok, so I have to confess... it is now officially "mid-June" and I am ridiculously, anxiously awaiting to hear back from Richmont about scholarships. I also have to confess, I don't think it's gonna happen. Not that I don't think I did a great job on my applications, I just have that feeling like maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up- maybe there's something else around the corner...

I also have to confess that I think it is sad that my generation grew up being told to dream as big as we could, and we made it through college, only to graduate into such a failing economy. I have so many sweet, dear friends who are talented beyond belief, who are working crappy jobs, barely getting by. Oh wait, that's me too...

I have to confess that this world does not satisfy me, and I am not impressed to sit behind this desk so that I can do what? Pay bills, eat, and do it all again? I confess that life is empty apart from Christ being in it, and there is no joy to be found in what I do, if not to the glory of God.

I confess that I forget those truths sometimes.

I confess that I want to live wildly, madly, passionately- oh that HE would awaken me to find true LIFE and LOVE in HIM that would not rely on my circumstances...

Feels good to confess.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Earrings...

"Dangly Diva" Earrings SOLD

"Oasis" Set

Entire set, bracelet, earrings, & ring $30.00

Earrings Only $12.00

Bracelet Only $12.00

Ring only $10.00
Can be sold separately, as a partial set (2 items for $20), or as the full set for $30!


Another Cracked Glass Item: "Cinderella" Ring $10.00

"Pearlific" Ring $10.00

"Pink Pizazz" Ring $10.00

(the wiring here is gold) "Jazzy" Ring $10.00

"Oasis" Ring $10.00 (on silver wiring & part of a set!)

Business Cards!

As promised, here's a peek at my new business cards, as well as some new pieces...

Cracked Glass Bracelet & Fabulous Business Cards

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Coming Soon...

This weekend I got away to do some reflecting on life... and some jewelry! New to ND Jewelry, RINGS! Get excited! This week's been a little busy so I haven't had the chance to get out and do the photography, but I am so excited about these rings & they are super-light and super-cute! I can't wait to share them with you!

The LORD bless and keep you & may His face shine upon you. I pray you feel His unmerited grace on you today!