Many of you know me, but not so many KNOW me, you know what I mean? Here's a cliff notes take on the Summer behind Summer Joy Silver:
I love to create. I have been creating “stuff” ever since I was a kid, and I've loved it. The unadulterated joy of seeing something I've made, that is finished, is hard to describe. I guess you could say I like to “create happy.”
I think everyone has devastation of some kind in their life, and we all have a choice as to what we want to do with it. I could go into having a stroke in my mid-twenties, reevaluation, philosophical internalization, but suffice it to say that I learned back then that time is my most valuable commodity. Once it's gone, it's gone.
I am a single mom to three amazzzzzing kids. Creators with strength and curiosity. Three unique personalities that, combined, kind of create a mini version of me (the good, the bad and the ugly, but 99% good, just sayin'). Everyday is fresh and exciting. The heavy discussions...the laughter and silliness...and watching them become their own little people with big thoughts and ideas and hopes and dreams. It's amazing. I do everything within my power not to miss it.
I homeschool them. Which means I need a gig where I'm home most of the time. Creating art with silver is a way to do that and still pay the bills. Think about it...they're young only once. Every moment is precious – I watch those moments slip away and tear up as they become sweet memories, collected only in my mind and in snapshots and videos.
My kids are my why. As for my how...I am surrounded by wonderful family and loyal friends who are incredibly supportive. I am surprised and humbled each day by the people who I have known almost all my life but rarely have an opportunity to speak to or interact with – by their support and belief in my skills and their appreciation for the beauty I create. I meet new people that I instantly connect with, whether in person, or on social media.
If you have purchased from me, know how humbling that is and has been for me. If you have taken my classes, know how much I have enjoyed pouring my knowledge into you. Above all, in all cases, know how thankful I am for your support, and what a blessing you are to me and my family. From the depths of my heart, thank you. THANK YOU.