August 8, 2015 (original post here)
We all have a story to tell and sometimes we let tangible things tell the story for us. Some get tattoos, others jewelry, keepsakes, etc. I choose to tell my story through my bracelets and blog. Every up and every down and everything in between, I want to tell the story through my bracelets.
Alex and Ani bracelets are simple and classic. Each bracelet they sell is a symbol. Symbol of friendship, hope, triumph, etc. I love how simple and classic each of the bracelets are. The first bracelet I got was my birthstone (rose zircon). I normally don’t like my birth stone since straight pink isn’t really my thing, but against the gold, it looked beautiful. I love the fact that I’m an October baby. October fills me with so much happiness because it’s the main Fall month, Halloween, candy. and it’s close to Christmas (another favorite month). I love everything about October and I love the fact that I get to celebrate my birthday too!
My second bracelet was a special one that I debated getting. It’s a little cap with a small tag that says “2015.” Graduating college was the number one thing that I wanted to cross off my list of things to do. So finally being able to say that I graduated makes me proud. When I look at this bangle, I think about all the ups and downs I faced while going through school and all the amazing things that had happened. I used to question whether moving was the right thing for me to do, and I know that it was. I was able to accomplish more than I could’ve ever imagined.
The third bracelet I got was fairly recent. I’ve been struggling with being optimistic when it came finding a job and starting my career. I kept thinking that I’m not good enough to work for these companies and that maybe all I’ll ever be is a sales associate. I picked up the bracelet with a small pendant on it that says, “What’s for you will not pass you.” It helps to remind me that we all have a path in this life and when the right opportunity comes around, I’ll be there to open the door.
The very last bracelet I have, I actually won in a contest. It’s one of Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design bracelets. I love these bracelets because proceeds go to the different organizations. This particular bracelet is called Arrows of Friendship for Best Buddies. Best Buddies holds a special place in my heart in terms of organizations because my sister is a part of it. She’s a special ed student and for as long as I can remember, she had never really been friends with “normal” kids her age. She was always surrounded by either teachers/aids and other special ed kids. Best Buddies gave her the opportunity to have friends that are “normal,” and it gives “normal” kids the opportunity to realize that these special ed kids are just like them, they just have different challenges. I love how this organization bridges the gap and brings to worlds together. I love the fact that my sister doesn’t have to deal with the stares of others, instead she knows those kids and says hi to them in the halls.
My bracelets tell a story of me. My struggles, my hopes, and my happiness. Whenever I get asked about my bangles, I’m not afraid to tell people of the things that I’ve been through. I believe having these things are great ways to remind yourself of just how far you’ve come and how much you can accomplish. I think we sometimes forget just how amazing and strong we can be. I think we forget that we can overcome so much more than we think we can.
What do you use to tell your story? Do you paint, draw, get tattoos, write? I’d love to know!!