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Smiles for my dad November 1, 2016

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A family filled with love.

I’m so blessed to have amazing people surrounding me in love, especially my mom who has been my biggest protector and supporter since I was born. Yet, there is always a glaring hole in my support system that I can’t help but think of and miss daily. This is a tricky time of year for my family. As we prepare to celebrate the holidays, we know that in years past we also would be celebrating my dad’s birthday. No matter how many years pass without him, the ache of missing him never truly dulls. So today, if you could bear with me, I thought I’d share a few stories about an awesome man.

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My dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow, less than a year after my bone cancer diagnosis. If my cancer diagnosis was shocking to me, his was devastating. Here was this young man, not quite 50, the foundation of our family, the strong father given three months to live. Thankfully, my determined mother and stubborn father told the doctors that was unacceptable and searched out new treatment alternatives. Since I was still in treatment, for a few weeks my mom would visit me on one floor of the hospital, then head upstairs to see my dad. Yes, she is forever a heroine in my story.

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I fought my own guilt with his diagnosis for a long time. Several times after my diagnosis, he would hold my hand and whisper a prayer. I once asked him what he prayed for and he responded that he offered to take my cancer away. I was very upset and angry at him for even hinting at that. Cancer was terrible. My chemo treatments slammed my body and kicked my butt. I couldn’t imagine wishing this disease on anyone, let alone one of my beloved family members. So when my dad was diagnosed shortly after I received very promising health results, I admittedly was pretty shaken. My logical brain knew that my brave, strong dad couldn’t will my cancer from my body into his but….my wounded heart questioned it for a long time.

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A great example of love.

The day before his 50th birthday, he was at the hospital recovering from his first stem cell transplant. He told the doctor that all he wanted was to spend his birthday at home with his family. So you can imagine his joy when the doctor walked in the next day and announced he was discharging my dad. What a happy day for all of us! Little did we know that we would only celebrate a few more birthdays with him. But that day, we felt blessed.

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I’m grateful for a childhood filled with love and laughter. My parents created a wonderful home that welcomed everyone, and we often had friends and family stopping in. My sisters and I would even come home to find friends hanging out or playing basketball with our dad! I loved watching my parents together. They weren’t perfect, and I could tell when they were driving each other crazy, but they loved and really respected each other. Not everyone believed in their relationship at the beginning, not even my mom! She turned down his date invitations numerous times before finally saying yes (thankfully!). He said he remained persistent because he just knew that she was the one. He felt a connection that he couldn’t ignore. My parents always made me believe in love. Any time I start to doubt the power of love, I think of them. I am so blessed to have such examples of two people overcoming obstacles for love. It gives me great hope for my future.

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I can’t hear Michael Jackson’s Thriller without thinking of my dad and my best friend’s dad acting like zombies while chasing all of us squealing girls! Pick a song by John Denver, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, ABBA, Kenny Rogers, The Carpenters and Neil Diamond, and my sisters and I can probably sing every word….and maybe even have a dance for it.

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When I wanted to ride horses at nine years old, my mom agreed (I had a truly stellar sales pitch) but my dad was hesitant. I’m sure money for riding lessons was a concern, but he admitted his greater concern was that I would get hurt. My mom enrolled me in lessons and, shortly after, he became one of my biggest fans. While they had neither the time nor money to devote to my obsession, both of my parents often took turns driving me to the barn after work, helping groom the horse and watch my lessons. My dad was at the barn once when I was thrown off by a particularly feisty horse (that I loved to ride). He was in the arena as fast as my trainer. As I stood and brushed myself off, he held the reins of the bridle. “You ok?” he asked. When I acknowledged I was, he handed me the reins, gave me a leg up into the saddle, looked at the horse and sternly said, “Don’t dump my daughter again.” And that horse never did. While my mom was the ‘go to’ parent with questions and concerns during college, I always knew when it was time for me to go home for a visit because my dad would suddenly call to check in, make sure I was happy, of course studying, no boys were bothering me and remind me how proud he was of my goals.

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Pictures capture the special memories.

Once we were both diagnosed with our cancers, we shared a lot of random conversations about life, the challenges of cancer, his hopes for my sisters’ and my futures, and the trips and adventures he wanted to take with my mom. Towards the end of his life, when he accepted his approaching death before any of us, he reminded me that his fight would not be over if he wasn’t here because he would live on in my mom, sisters, me, our kids.

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I often pause in the day to think of him, wondering if he would be proud of the woman I am today. I would like to think so. I would give anything to have one more talk with him, one more opportunity to hear his fatherly advice in that gruff, no-nonsense voice.

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I’ve thought much about my dad recently, of the advice or direction he might give me at this juncture in my life. I have not made the best decisions in the past, sometimes ignoring my gut and my heart, things he always advised against doing. I’m sure he shook his head as I made those decisions. Yet I’m also sure he waited at this juncture, because he always had faith in me to find my way. He believed that of my sisters and me all through our lives.

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A few lessons that my sweet dad taught me during our time together:

  • Do not take life for granted.
  • Don’t ignore what’s in front of you, even if it’s not what society tells you should do or who you should love.
  • Be loyal and kind to others. But don’t let someone take advantage of that loyalty and kindness.
  • Don’t sit idle waiting for life. Take chances, trust your gut.
  • Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Just try to learn from those mistakes. And know that what someone else may think is a mistake, may be exactly what you were supposed to do/learn.
  • You are owed nothing so work hard for what you want. Do not quit on yourself or your goals.
  • Help those who need it because we all have something and some time to give.
  • Laugh, dance and enjoy life.
  • Do not wait to tell someone how you feel about them because the moment may never come again.
  • Offer a smile to others. A few days before my dad died, he told me that my kindness and smile will change the world. Maybe it’s not that easy to change the world, but then again, a smile is one of the easiest (and free!) things we can share with others.
 

41 reasons to love life September 12, 2016

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Birthdays have always been kind of a big deal in my family. My parents made sure every new year was celebrated, particularly the ‘big days’ of turning 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, etc. When I was diagnosed with cancer at 21, birthdays took on a very special meaning and milestone for me, and my family. I recall spending my 22nd birthday in the hospital, sick from chemo and disappointed and frustrated to be sick on my birthday, yet my parents made sure to throw me a small party with family and my nurses packed into my hospital room so I could feel joy and love. It was awesome. Since that day, I welcome and celebrate every birthday. I’m so grateful to be alive!

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Love my family so much!

Many moments and people stick out over the years that have helped make life grand. And while I certainly could fill a few pages with the challenges, hurt, sadness, losses and failures that I’ve faced in life, all of those moments and emotions helped shape me into the person that I am today. I’m okay with that woman. I feel great joy in knowing what I have overcome to be here in this place.

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So on my birthday, I wanted to share 41 items (in no particular order) that are my reminders of what makes life so awesome for me, in the hopes of spreading some optimism and love to each of you. And if you really want to help me celebrate this special day, I ask you to share a smile or act of kindness with someone you encounter today.

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1. Being alive.

2. Feeling content in the moment.

3. Amazingly loving and supportive parents.

4-9. My nieces and nephews who I love like my own children and make me smile daily.

10-12. My sisters and brother in law who always have my back.

13. Fabulous friends who love and support me for me.

14. Giving back to the cancer community that saved me physically, mentally and emotionally many times during and after cancer treatment.

15. Walking, dancing, hiking and more on my own two legs after bone cancer.

16. Waking up every day with strength, courage, optimism and freedom to enjoy life.

17. Riding a bike.

18. Hiking in the woods.

19. Camping under the stars.

20. Dancing in Zumba, my kitchen and anywhere!

21. Loving and trusting my body’s strength (strong enough to survive cancer) and

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Staying strong to stay healthy – and have fun!

abilities to be active. When I get frustrated at what I can no longer do because of cancer, it reminds me of all that I can.

22. The comfort of a strong hug.

23. Excitement of seeing someone special.

24. The beauty of a horse and the true peace these animals bring to me.

25. Fresh, bright flowers that bring cheer to the day.

26. Happiness of appreciating simple things in life.

27. A good book.

28. Opportunities to emerge myself in new adventures that create great memories.

29. Learning and trying new activities.

30. Working with other cancer survivors and volunteers to make positive change in the fight against cancer and helping others.

31. Watching the sun set and knowing a new tomorrow, filled with new possibilities, is on the horizon.

32. Smile-invoking memories of moments with family and friends.

33. The promise of a loving, fun, supportive friendship/relationship.

34. Laughter, the kind that makes your stomach hurt.

35. Music that strums to your soul.

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Appreciating every day and excited for tomorrow!

36. Quiet time alone to reflect on blessings.

37. Facing fears, sadness, frustrations and challenges with optimism, smiles and hope.

38. Being loved.

39. Falling in love.

40. Confidence in yourself and your decisions.

41. The exciting anticipation of what’s to come – the people who will join you, new adventures to experience, and days filled with love, laughter and good health.

 

5 things learned from seeing Elizabeth Gilbert April 4, 2016

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HHG_BigmagicbookWhen I learned that Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the very popular Eat, Pray, Love book, was coming to metro Detroit for a seminar, I quickly bought tickets. I enjoyed her memoir about traveling to Italy, India and Indonesia to find herself after a divorce and ‘life meltdown.’ I follow her on Facebook and other social media, enjoying her quirky, inspirational, funny posts and articles.

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Elizabeth’s newest book, Big Magic, was the focus of this seminar. The book focuses on “creative living beyond fear” and is divided into six sections to help readers discover creativity, positivity and more.

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I attended with two of my girlfriends, and several hundred other metro Detroiters. The seminar was at Renaissance Unity in Warren. It’s a beautiful church with very welcoming people. The event kicked off with a spirited performance by their choir, which brought most of the crowd to their feet to dance and clap. Elizabeth seems as I expected her – funny, quirky, focused and kind. She infused jokes, emotion, inspiration and more in her talk.

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The seminar took an unexpected twist…instead of Elizabeth sharing her motivation and tips the entire time, she shared pieces of the ideas from Big Magic and had us focus on ourselves by writing and sharing. She broke the time into six segments (from the book): Fear/courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, divinity. For each topic she shared some thoughts and ideas, then had us write a letter to ourselves from that topic (ex: Dear Heather, I am your fear; Dear Heather, I am the principal giving you permission to….). After a few minutes of writing, we partnered with someone we didn’t know to discuss our ideas (my first partner said that sharing with a stranger was her biggest fear of the day!). It was certainly unexpected to focus so much on myself and then to swap seats to leave my friends to talk with strangers. But it worked. I enjoyed meeting some nice, thoughtful women and making myself pause to dig deep inside of myself.

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I purchased Big Magic and look forward to reading more on these topic areas. I thought I’d inspire you today with a few key items I took away from the seminar:

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  1. We need all of these areas (courage/fear, persistence, etc.) to live a full life. And we need to listen to our emotions. For instance, we don’t want to be paralyzed by fear, however, that emotion has also benefited us at times. Maybe our fear caused us to not walk down that dark street alone, preventing an attack. Maybe we listened to our fear tell us something wasn’t right with our body and our persistence with the doctor led to an early cancer diagnosis. Each of these emotions benefits us. Think of all the times your persistence paid off or the times you were inspired by enchantment to be creative.
  2. Believe in yourself and be kind to yourself. When she discussed the ideas of trust and persistence, I was struck by how important it is to trust yourself and believe in your abilities. No one can take those ideas from you unless you let them.
  3. Ditch the clutter in your life, your mind and anywhere else. Give yourself permission to say no and focus your wants and needs. Let go of what (or who) is dragging you down and preventing you from achieving your happiness.
  4. Everyone is curious in life and everyone has a creative bone! We make decisions more strongly based on being curious than fearful so embrace your curiosity! So many people comment that they don’t have a creative bone in their body. Elizabeth suggested swapping creative with curious so if you say, “I don’t have a curious bone in my body,” it doesn’t make sense because we all are curious. I love this idea, don’t you?
  5. Embrace the unexpected. Life doesn’t always go the way we planned; heck, the day or hour doesn’t always go as planned. Be flexible, learn to trust yourself and embrace the magic of the moment.
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She left us with some great questions to ponder – what are you willing to give up to have the life you claim you want? If not now, when?

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So I will also leave you with two questions. What do you want in life? What do you need to do to achieve that moment, goal, life?

 

7 tips to kick those winter blues February 4, 2016

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If you’re like me, February is about the time of year that I start to get stir crazy in the house and dream of warm, crisp Michigan spring weather when I can start hiking, biking and hanging out on the deck. Although Michigan residents have been VERY fortunate that Mother Nature has looked kindly on us this winter. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been able to go on walks in January without worrying about the snow/ice. So nice! But it’s still dark outside and often dreary without sunshine.

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So if you’re feeling a little restless as we wait for spring, here are some ideas to beat the winter blues.

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Stock up on good reading material. Whether you like books, magazines, brochures or newsletters, it’s a perfect time make some tea (coffee, beer, wine?) and relax on the couch with some reading material. Winter is my favorite time of year to read books (okay, in truth, ANY time of year is a favorite to read but I do love curling up with a good book and cup of tea in the winter!) because it’s often cold, wet and blah outside – what better time to escape to another world in a good fiction book?

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puzzle HHPut together a puzzle. I used to put together puzzle after puzzle when I was younger and especially during chemo when I had way too much time on my hands feeling icky and blah. I like the challenge of matching pieces to create a cool image. It’s been so long since I put together a puzzle (other than small ones with my nieces and nephew!) that I decided to do just that this winter (see image). I forgot how relaxing it can be to work on one!

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Exercise. You all know I’m a fan of exercise and staying healthy. I find exercising so helpful for me to kick any stress, anxiety or blue moods. Zumba is my favorite cardio but I’ve also recently been regularly practicing yoga, which helps me focus on calmness as well my balance and strength. If the weather is a little too yuck to get outside, I love to dance to my Wii Dance Party and Zumba Fitness video games. You really can sweat and burn calories to these games!

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Make crafts. I love being creative so have been trying my hand at some craft projects (stay tuned for some upcoming blog posts on these!), including making soy candles, dryer balls and more. If being too crafty intimidates you, consider something less intense but just as creative and relaxing. Did you like to color as a child? Me too! And I love to color still as an adult! ‘Adult’ coloring books are popular right now (um, no, adult coloring books aren’t R-rated books but more detailed in the designs). However, I still enjoy good ‘ol fashion children’s coloring books, especially when sitting down with my nieces and nephew. I mean, who doesn’t love a My Little Pony coloring book?

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Hang out with friends and family. Being alone all the time while stuck indoors can be boring and depressing for anyone (I’m a fan of quiet, alone time once in a while but we all need people around us at times). Call up the friends and family who make you happy and can share laughs and good times together.

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Get outside! If you’ve read even a few previous entries on this blog, you know I’m a lover of the outdoors and nature. Fresh air, the sounds of nature, sunshine (don’t forget sunscreen!), and being active are fabulous things to beat the moody blues.

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Check out local indoor adventures. Winter is a perfect time to explore local indoor attractions! Visit your local museum, nature center, aquarium and library. Many of these places also have special exhibits, classes and programs for all ages.

 

The adventures in my favorite childhood books March 25, 2015

BooksI love books. I love the feel and smell of the paper. I love the adventures I can find within the pages, hidden stories waiting to be discovered and new characters to meet. I get overwhelmed at times in libraries and book stores (although some of my favorite places) because there are so many choices, so many pages to flip through. Even now that I own a Kindle, I feel a rush of excitement when I get an email notifying me that my library book is available for download (the free Overdrive app connects me to my local library for lending).

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I was a book nut as a child too. Reading was my favorite escape from the craziness around me – school, teenage drama, boy crushes, family, friends and more. As a very shy child, reading allowed me to slip into other worlds where I could picture myself brave, outgoing and confident. I still find books to be an escape for my adult life at times, which is probably why I enjoy fiction books. I like mysteries, romance, political thrillers, historical fiction, chic lit and more.

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You may be aware that March is National Reading Month, which is a perfect excuse to read as much as you can (if you ever need an excuse, which I don’t!). I was very honored to be asked to be a mystery reader for my nephew’s Kindergarten class last week. I had to provide five clues for the students to guess who the reader was (my nephew said he guessed me after two clues. I guess “I love horses” gave it away!) and bring one of my favorite children’s books to read. I have a lot of favorites but ended up with Curious George goes camping because I do love taking my nieces and nephew hiking in the woods. In honor of National Reading Month, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books from my childhood.

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curiousgeorgeCurious George (Margaret and H.A. Rey) – The world’s most mischievous monkey easily steals the hearts and imaginations of children in this ongoing series. The little monkey has lots of adventures and is usually rescued by his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat. More than 30 million books have been sold throughout the world! The original authors were married, with Margaret the main writer and H.A. the illustrator. I’m glad that the series continues on after their deaths (thankfully the ghost writer keeps the style true to the original), ensuring other generations will know this timeless monkey.

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Berenstain Bears – Another married couple, Stan and Jan  Berenstain, brought this lovable bear family to children. This series is probably one of my absolute favorites. I love reading these books to my nieces and nephew, or any child willing to listen! As a child, I loved the adventures and stories in each book. As an adult, I love the lessons taught in the book and the value of family.

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Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner) – This series focuses on four children, two brothers and two sisters, who lose their parents, find their grandfather and end up in lots of adventures. I read the original 19 books when I was younger, but other authors have added to the series (Gertrude died in 1979). I still remember going to the library, so excited to find the next book in the series on the shelf (and sometimes disappointed if it wasn’t there).

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Sweet Valley High (Francine Pascal) – This series centered around identical twins, Jessica and Elizabeth, and the drama, events, friendships, crushes and more that occur during high school. In all, 152 books were written in the series, although I don’t think I read all of them! There was also a series published, Sweet Valley Twins, which was a prequel focusing on the girls in middle school.

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Baby-sitters Club (Ann M. Martin) – Baby-sitting was steady income for me during middle and high school years so this series appealed to me in middle school. The plots center on a group of young girls who form a business (‘The Baby-Sitters Club”) of baby-sitting. The various books focus on different issues the girls face in life and baby-sitting. The Baby-Sitters Club is one of the best-selling book series in history, selling more than 170 million copies worldwide!

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ohtheplacesyou'llgoDr. Seuss books – I liked the silliness of the subjects and learning fun words and rhymes in each book. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is still Oh, the places you’ll go! This book can apply to so may situations and serves as a great gift for graduates. I received a copy from my oncology team after my final chemotherapy treatment. It fit the situation so well. Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, is the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association – a day I fully support!

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The Saddle Club (Bonnie Bryant) – It’s probably no surprise this series falls onto my favorite books list since you’ve read about my love of horses in previous posts. I couldn’t put these books down once I started! The series follows the adventures of three young girls who ride at Pine Hollow Stables. Every book has a horse focus, although school, family, friendships and other topics are a focus at times. I actually just discovered there was a television series about these books, which I admit I’ve never seen.

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What were your favorite books during childhood?

 

When life brings you lemons… count your blessings February 27, 2015

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Don't worry about a thingYou may be wondering where I’ve been the past few weeks. I haven’t given up on blogging, nor forgotten about this blog and my faithful followers. Unfortunately Michigan’s winter got the best of me and I slipped and fell on an icy/snowy sidewalk. In my haste to protect my leg (with the titanium rod), I landed on my left wrist. And I clearly don’t do anything half-way…I broke it, resulting in surgery to insert a plate and screws. Yes, ouch. Needless to say, it’s been slow-moving for me as I adjust to a few weeks of limitations. Thankfully, I am right-handed but it’s still challenging, especially typing one-handed! So that explains my absence and I hope you accept my apologies and have patience. Because I have a lot of adventures to share and stories to write!

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I admit I have experienced many frustrations during this recovery. You may have noticed I like to be fairly independent so asking for assistance isn’t always easy (my husband has been an amazing help and support through this, anticipating what I may need before I ask!). I admittedly feel ashamed at moments for feeling frustrated. Because you and I know life can be so much worse than a broken wrist that brings short-term inconveniences. I know, however, I am an imperfect human. But in moments of sadness, frustration or pain, I take a deep breath and stop to count my blessings.

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Cheer the little victories. We take a lot for granted at some point in our lives. Even seemingly easy activities like folding laundry and drying your hair become challenging with one hand! I learned to wash my hair, under the bathtub faucet. I made dinner. I removed an old shower curtain (although Justin put the new one on!). I went to the grocery store by myself.

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Cheery get well from friends!

Be thankful for the family and friends who support you. I learned a good lesson about people during chemo….sometimes the people you think will support you don’t show up while the people you don’t expect do. While this surgery wasn’t a life-threatening procedure, I have been so touched by those who have called, text, visited, sent flowers and more. Of course, who doesn’t love to be thought of with kindness and caring? Everyone leads a busy life nowadays, yet I agree more and more with my mom that it becomes a lame excuse and you should never too busy for those you care about.

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Recognize those in need. I am struck multiple times per day by how fortunate I am to be alive and fairly healthy, especially post-cancer. I have my two legs, which is not common with bone cancer. I say a prayer of thanks daily for my health and physical abilities, but there are additional moments that make me pause. There are many people worse off than me, this I recognize daily. This surgery recovery, despite a the pain and huge inconvenience,  is thankfully short-term. I think of the soldiers injured in battle, accident victims, cancer survivors and so many others facing long-term worse case scenarios. I am blessed to be raised by parents who believed in helping others. I try to help others every day, whether through kindness, donations, volunteering and more. We all have much to be grateful for so should all find time.

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Remember that the ability to love, laugh and appreciate life makes everything okay. It’s true that laughter is the best medicine. And feeling loved. I can’t tell you how much better I’ve felt the past few days after relaxing with my husband on the couch, laughing with my best friend during her visit, feeling hugs from my family, getting help from  my nieces and nephew (I made my 7-year-old niece’s day by asking her to zip my jacket!), phone calls with friends, getting a text from so many friends checking in on me. Of course the distractions deflect the pain and frustrations post-surgery but the love easily helps with the healing. Today I looked out the window and thought what a beautiful day – for despite the frigid temps and snow, the sun was shining brightly and two squirrels were chasing each other up and down a tree (their antics were quite amusing!).

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What blessings do you count? What makes you feel better during tough moments?

 

Why charm bracelets capture my attention January 20, 2015

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charmbraceletI’m a sucker for sentimental, romance, and anything that invokes positive emotions and memories. That may be why charm bracelets have always had an appeal to me. There are so many styles of bracelets and thousands of charms available. Each charm can hold a special meaning to the wearer, and even the purchaser if it’s a gift.

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One of my favorite bracelets was given to me by my two older nieces. The bracelet is more than 10 years old so they were little girls when I received it. The original charms they gave me were my initial H, “Aunt,” and a horse. Over time, I received several more charms from them and other family members. It’s a pretty bracelet, but it’s special because I still recall how excited they were when I opened the gift, how they had to point out each charm and why it was perfect for me. I still wear this bracelet, especially when I need a bit of luck and love surrounding me.

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PandorabraceletMy husband once again spoiled me with the purchase of a Pandora bracelet a few months ago as a present for opening my Etsy store, Be Happy Designs. We chose the first charms together – a horse for my love of the animal, a horseshoe for good luck and a beautiful silver flower with a blue sapphire representing my birthday and our anniversary month. For Christmas, my brother-in-law added a pretty charm with a blue butterfly (these always signify new life to me). I love these charms as they each mean something special to me. Pandora makes lots of other pretty charms that I know will add memories to my bracelet over time.

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Alex and Ani’s bangles are very popular now. I originally discovered this company because I wanted the Alpha Chi Omega bracelet to represent the sorority that brought me many fabulous girlfriends, fun times and happy memories. I’m still an active part of the local alumnae chapter so this present from my mom definitely is special.

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banglebraceletsI used to think I had to wait for others to buy me charms for birthdays or Christmas but then realized that was silly. Why wait when there are some cool charms?! I recently discovered Alex and Ani made a bracelet for the Kentucky Derby so I had to have it – love that it’s now part of my collection!

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I love wearing my charm bracelets and love when people ask me about each charm because every one has a story or memory it invokes. And I love seeing others’ bracelets. You can definitely learn facts about others by simply asking about their charms. Maybe that’s why I like this jewelry so much – another opportunity to engage with others in a happy way. And in today’s world, that’s always a positive thing!

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Do you have a charm bracelet? What is your favorite charm and why?

 

 

 
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