For 10 years I’d sat working from my Moray home feeling lonely with very few friends. After a particularly bleak winter I knew this had to change so I joined a silversmithing class. Week 1: I questioned if I’d ever create something beautiful, because I struggled with the most basic techniques. If I’m not good at something straight away I tend to quit. Week 2: Another student shocked me by asking me to have coffee before the next class. That night I wept, because someone wanted to be MY friend! Week 3: I started to create the star pendant as I heard my Spirit Guide repeating “you are a star, time to shine your light”. The necklace evolved and even though I loved the star, I knew there was something missing. It took another new friend to help me see that the missing part was LOVE. I felt my own heart swell as I made new connections and I poured that into my creation. Little did I know when I took this photo of the finished piece that all my sense of pride and love for this new passion would be reflected back at me. Look at me shine!