I’ve been crazy busy with freelance assignments and I needed a break because I’m working more hours now than I ever did as a corporate employee. Which is all-consuming and why I don’t blog nearly as regularly as I used to. After 10-12 hours of writing and editing for clients, I’m all out of words!
But it’s awesome to be doing what I love with complete freedom over what I do and how I structure my time. I work with the clients I want to work with, and I’m free of corporate nonsense like KPIs, performance reviews, development plans, and stupid lingo like, “lean-in” and “reach out.” If I suck, I don’t get the next job. If a client sucks, I don’t take their next job. Every job has to be my best. It’s a good arrangement.
Anyway, I decided to treat myself to a luxury cruise because I wasn’t in an expense-sparing mood, and I wasn’t disappointed. I spent nearly two weeks at sea with unlimited Hendrick’s and tonic, room service, afternoon tea, hours of promenading, live classical music, endless free time, and a full moon.
When I booked, I said that I was celebrating a special occasion… “a break from bullshit!” And they deliver a cake and a “Congratulations” to my stateroom on the first night… lol!
I put down my camera this time and experienced everything with my eyes. I feel a tinge of regret over not photographing the double rainbow as the ship sailed away from the misty St. Petersburg skyline, but standing on the promenade deck sipping a martini completely in the moment was well worth the missed photo-op, even though I wish I could’ve posted a photo so you could see how much the scene looked like futuristic film set.
A French Antique 1920s Art Deco Diamond Ring
It’s been awhile since I’ve added a sparkly thing to my antique and vintage jewellery collection. A 1.25+ carat old cut diamond, preferably in an Art Deco setting has always been on my wishlist, and I finally found it!
My yet-to-be-named antique Art Deco diamond ring is from the 1920s, which is my favorite jewelry era. It’s French, which I can tell because the hallmark is on the outside of the shank, and it’s set with a whacking great big 1.50-carat old cut diamond surrounded by a hexagonal halo of more old cut diamonds, all in platinum with a beautiful handmade openwork gallery.
It goes perfectly with this pair of earrings I had made a couple of years ago!
Big Dreams Pay Off
Yesterday was my one year anniversary of deciding to go freelance. I’d dreamed of it for years and I’d agonized over actually going for it, but now I can’t imagine my life any other way.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
~ Henry David Thoreau
That’s one of my favorite quotes and it’s guided me in so many difficult choices over the years. I’m often asked how I managed to move abroad, start over and build the life I’ve built, and that quote pretty much sums it up. Well that… and sheer chutzpah. It never actually occurs to me that I won’t get what I want, so I just figure out what it is that I want, and go for it.
Dream big or go home…
What a beautiful blog post. I love reading about happiness, and achievement. We get one life, it’s an amazing gift to be living your dreams. By the way, this ring is beyond beautiful. Just stunning.
Your blog post is what happiness is all about. Simple things that make everything worth while. I love your ring, its so beautiful. I wish you much more happiness!
dana vento (@danavento) says
It is so nice to hear you put the camera down and enjoyed the moment, the time you had, and the cruise. Your ring is gorgeous, may you wear it in health!
What a beautiful blog post! Thank you for sharing that there are smaller joys in life as well, and it only takes us to take a moment to appreciate them all. I really love the way you’ve included apt images in the blog too, and your blog is a genuine joy to read!
I feel you – putting our camera/phone down for a moment of rest can really create a whole different experience. That ring is amazing. So much character and beauty
Yes…sometimes putting the camera down is so hard but so good!! Gorgeous ring!
I can’t even imagine being at sea for 2 weeks. Wow! And that ring is stunning!!
OMG that ring is gorgeous!
Felicita Moncada says
It is always so nice to disconnect. We got to enjoy a 7-day cruise without the kids this past July and it was EVERYTHING we ever wanted.
aly mashrah says
This was such a beautiful read. I absolutely love that ring. I bet it looks even more beautiful in person! I love that antique style it’s something so different than your average ring. So sweet!
Lovely to catch up on your life Sage! Opie looks as handsome as ever.
Sending good thoughts.
Thanks, Tracey… for stopping by and letting me know that you did :)