One of my all time favorite Brene Quotes. Ugh she has such a great gift for expressing an idea in a way we can understand simply. But enough Goddess worship....
I'm all about the story. Particularly in my work with women I've discovered often the biggest challenge is allowing the strong, funny, intelligent women I work with own those qualities and finally be the leading lady of their own story.
There's always gonna be someone out there who doesn't get it. Who would do it differently. Let them. Let them rock their own game. It'll never be your game. Never your story. You don't owe explanations, apologies, or edits to your own story. You are enough.
Recently I was out to dinner with a good friend and I noticed a cool ring on her index finger so I complemented her and asked if she'd gotten it on her recent vacation. She said no it wasn't a souvenir and started to trail off....
She laughed nervously and shared that it was her "anxiety ring". She began spinning the beads around with her thumb to show me. She explained it was something to fidget with when she was having anxiety, and stated it had been especially helpful at work. I wasn't sure if it was just a cool ring she had found that she called her anxiety ring or if this was an actual thing out there and I'd never heard of it.
Either way I didn't ask, most likely because the bread arrived and I dug right in, but you better believe I went right home and pulled up Etsy (my favorite place to find jewelry) and typed into search "anxiety rings". Suddenly my feed was full. Apparently other people thought this was as genius as I did. I immediately starting making a mental list of all the people I wanted to tell about the anxiety rings: friends, family, colleagues, and clients.
I "favorited" one of the rings that I thought I might order to give it a try. I was delighted to see the next day the owner of the Etsy shop messaged me thanking me for liking the ring and informed me about a current sale. This is good customer service I thought. I told her I knew a bunch of people I thought they'd be great for and asked if it would be OK to write a blog and link to the rings.
Jackie did one better and set up a special coupon code for people I sent her way. I'm giving this code out to friends and family, posting here; heck- I might even make confetti out of it and start tossing it around!
I know I'm constantly fidgeting with my own rings, often dropping them on the floor in the middle of talking to people, or incessantly opening and closing the clasp on my watch. It's always helped keep me focused and grounded to have something to fidget with. What I like about these rings is they can stay right on your hand and you can spin the beads. But if you're not as open as my friend, all anyone needs to know is that it's a ring. The fact that they're hand made by a woman looking to help other women is just icing on the cake.
The sterling silver option is practical and classic
But I'm also a sucker for the green beads....
Head over to Jackie's Handmade Crafts and do some shopping. Use the code MOLLYSBLOG at checkout and get 20% off through July. Get a little retail therapy in and let me know how you like your new bling :)
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