I had no idea pinwheels have been around for such a long time...dating back to 400 B.C.! They are often used in Chinese New Year celebrations, as a wish and hope that all have good luck and fortune. I wanted to create a piece of jewelry that was a different type of charm than what most people see time and time again. In my research I came across the pinwheel, which means to "turn one's luck around". If you aren't new to my website, you will recall that the pinwheel isn't new. However, it has been designed differently than before. The new design I've created is what I've always envisioned. Before it wasn't possible for this creation to come to life, mainly because I was working in silver and the cost of my labor would have exceeded multiple times over how much the piece itself would have been worth. This reborn design, the revamped website and brand, in many ways is a testament to the exciting changes that will occur in the future.
In the spirit of contemplating the meaning of the pinwheel, and overcoming challenges, I have added below some inspiring quotes I've come across. Perhaps they will encourage you when life throws a curveball your way:
It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities. - Eric Hoffer
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. - Henry Ford
The people who succeed aren't the ones who avoid failure, they're the ones who learn how to respond to failure with optimism. - Darrin Donnelly
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments. - Henry Ward Beecher
What matters most is not what our obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure. - Ryan Holiday
I don't run away from a challenge because I'm afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot. - Natalie Comaneci
Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- is all an opportunity for me to rise. - Kobe Bryant
As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people. - Joseph B. Wirthlin
The most beautiful people I've known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. - Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Obstacles are opportunities in disguise. - Deepak Chopra
If you haven't picked up The Devaluing of Jewelry and the "Walmart Mentality" you can do so here. I hope you find it educational.