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Although most of my friends think I'm just a science nerd that gets the geeky jokes in The Big Bang Theory, has a chemistry degree, and now studies medicine, there is a creative part of me that I've forgotten about for quite some time. I used to love to walk through the craft fairs in small towns outside of my city at harvest time and admire the handmade goods vendors had meticulously displayed with pride. I enjoyed making jewelry from kits and learning from books how to weave bracelets and beaded necklaces with string and wire. I loved to put words to music and I would write songs to remember important dates like when Jacques Cartier discovered Canada, the year of Confederation, and to recall Bible verses from memory. I also had a passion for creative writing, and I can recall the surprise on my high school English teacher’s face when I told him I was going to pursue a Science degree in University, not an English major as he had ho…

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Although most of my friends think I'm just a science nerd that gets the geeky jokes in The Big Bang Theory, has a chemistry degree, and now studies medicine, there is a creative part of me that I've forgotten about for quite some time. I used to love to walk through the craft fairs in small towns outside of my city at harvest time and admire the handmade goods vendors had meticulously displayed with pride. I enjoyed making jewelry from kits and learning from books how to weave bracelets and beaded necklaces with string and wire. I loved to put words to music and I would write songs to remember important dates like when Jacques Cartier discovered Canada, the year of Confederation, and to recall Bible verses from memory. I also had a passion for creative writing, and I can recall the surprise on my high school English teacher’s face when I told him I was going to pursue a Science degree in University, not an English major as he had hoped. As I entered University life, it was as if the creativity I had nurtured in my school years was slowly being removed from me to make room for chemical equations, laboratory data, and integrals. But hints of my artistic spark still popped up once in awhile. I was given an invitation to join the English department from my University on account of my writing skills and I excelled at my Sign Language and Spanish classes. But I continued to push these talents aside to purse my dream of becoming a doctor. I replaced whimsy with logic, passion with deductive reasoning, and creative writing with rote memorization. Oh, I would still sneak in some time to flip through the stunning photography of friend’s weddings and dream of becoming a photojournalist, sang at my Church, and enjoyed decorating my apartment, but it wasn’t until my second year of medical school and, after my engagement, that I realized how much I especially loved the artistic aspects of planning a wedding. For hours I would pour over decoration ideas at the knot.com and flip through Martha Stewart magazines for inspiration. Since my future-husband and I were poor students, we had to be money savvy for our wedding spending and I decided to make beaded necklaces and bracelets for my bridesmaids and to join my efforts with my maid of honour to create hair accessories for the bridesmaids and myself. After the wedding, I put my nose to the grindstone and began the most gruelling part of my education called clerkship…the unpaid, sleep deprived medical internship that required me to be up for 28 hours or more at a time, do physical exams on hallucinating patients, and stand in an operating theatre for 6 hours just to name a few. Through this exhausting time, I experienced some of the darkest hours of my life, but from it came the rebirth of my creative spirit and the beginning of The Refurbished Ruby. Through collecting pieces of old and vintage jewelry that have been tossed aside and upcycling them into ‘modern artifacts’ as Michael Margolis so eloquently puts it, I am rediscovering who I am. I find great joy from pouring meaning back into unloved pieces by reviving them into new, inspired, ‘Refurbished Rubies’ if you will. Upcycling is also a way to be good to this beautiful earth that God gave us. I’m not a tree hugger but I have learned that our environment is delicate and we should be good stewards of it by making little changes where we can. This is why I try to do my part to use recyclable packaging and 100% recycled paper for my business cards. I am learning to find balance for myself and for the environment. I’m learning to be good to myself, cultivate my artistic talents, and be good to the earth…now what’s not to love about that?!

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