Finding inspiration in something you wear.

by Melissa on August 30, 2013

It’s Friday…and it’s my birthday!

THE BIG 31!

Though a small part of me wants to say that this year hasn’t lived up to my expectations, for many obvious and not-so-obvious reasons, a large part of me knows that this year has actually brought me many blessings. One more year with my family. One more year of visits from my best friend. One more year of educating myself. One more year of miles (even with my wonderful husband!). One more year of happiness, forgiveness, laughter, love, and inspiration.

Which brings me to something important…something I want more of this year…inspiration.

Finding it and providing it.

For some, it takes something profound to inspire them. For others, even the small things inspire them. Me? I usually fall into that second category. I’ve been known to tear up at some of the simplest things, and while it can be pretty silly, I’m happy being that way. I’ll take easy tears over a mile-high wall any day.

On a daily basis, I find inspiration in the people around whom I surround myself. I find it in their strength. In their ability to let their guard down. In their ability to drive through obstacles that are placed in front of them. I even find inspiration in the little things, like this small token that showed up on my doorstep 30 days ago.

Great things come in small packages

As a gift, The Silver Maple sent me a custom-made necklace using words that inspire me.

Let’s see how well you know me…

what words did I choose?

The first of these words just exudes “strength” to me. It’s a word that comes naturally to some and no so much to others (like me). It’s a word that makes my heart feel fuller for the simple fact that it is the one thing I thought I could not do and is the one thing I proved to myself I could conquer.

The last word is where I hit my (so far) ultimate high. It represents the fact that I not only conquered that first word, but that I didn’t stop. I kept on. I pushed. I cried happy and not-so-happy tears. I gave up, and I stood back up. I prayed.

And I made it.

The second word is a word I plan to make my daily mantra this year. It’s the word that has gotten me to every goal I have ever set for myself. It represents the strength of my will and the power of my heart. It’s why I don’t judge myself for how fast or how slow I am. Why I don’t judge myself if I get it all wrong. It represents one of the traits I love most about myself, because no matter what anyone else says or how hard anyone else judges me, it’s the one part of me that just gets fueled even more.

This year, things will be different. I’ll think my mantra. I’ll whisper it. Scream it even, but most of all…

I will live it.

I will live it with all that I have. I will welcome life’s downs with open arms and slap a big, fat success in its face. I will welcome change even if I fear it. I will leave behind that of which brings me down and holds me back. I will embrace the skin I’m in, and I will live presently and with passion every day.

I will live it. I am unstoppable.

Silver Maple Running Jewelry

From their website:

Personalized, handcrafted, fitness-inspired jewelry made to celebrate you. Jewelry is so much more meaningful when it’s personalized. Our jewelry is made with high quality sterling silver and copper, hand-stamped with love and personalized any way you wish. Celebrate your accomplishments with us. We’d love to help you create the perfect keepsake.

A huge thank you to Diana of The Silver Maple for being so giving. The craftsmanship on the necklace is absolutely beautiful, and I would, and do, recommend the jewelry to everyone I know. When a company goes above and beyond expectations, especially when gifting a stranger a token of their work, it speaks volumes of its mission and the character of its representatives. (For proof, read about The Silver Maple crew here.)

If you haven’t checked them out, please do. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook

The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not compensated for this post.

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Did you guess the right words? ;)

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Sophie @ life's philosophie August 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

Those necklaces are beautiful! I think once I (hopefully) complete my first marathon, I’m going to get one made. I love the words your chose!
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Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now August 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

I love the necklace :) I may need to get one of my own soon!
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Jenny @ simply be me August 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

So pretty and happy birthday!
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Ilene August 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I love your choice! And I love your passion for life and all that you do. As you face a new birthday year, I face a time filled with lots and lots of new and a gorgeous opportunity to design a new future for myself. I’m going to let your fire inspire me right now. Happy birthday my friend. xo
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Diana August 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Melissa!!! Thank you so much for the glowing review. I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration :)
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cherylann August 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm

very nice…I would put air-water-earth or something to that effect as I love open water swimming, trail running and mountain biking.

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Stephanie@nowirun.com August 31, 2013 at 12:24 am

What a beautiful necklace! I’ve been to the website quite a few times and love the jewelry she makes. :)
Happy 31st Birthday! You’re entering the 30s and I’m making my way out (I turned 38 this year). I hope you had a wonderful day and that your year is everything you hope it will be and more!
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Carly @ Fine Fit Day August 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

It’s so pretty!! I guessed ‘run’ and ‘half marathon’ – although 13.1 fits so much better ;) – and i love that you chose ‘persevere’. Very apt.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday and were spoiled by your lovely family. xo
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Sara September 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

OOOOOOHHHH! I turned 31 on August 30 too!! Happy belated Birthday! Love this!!
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