Monday, January 16, 2012

Choose Joy

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Erin Prais-Hintz giveaway bracelet that I won had the word joy spelled out on three charms.  A few months back I emailed Erin that I wanted her to make a charm for me.  We started discussing via email what I wanted as far as the color and what words of encouragement I wanted.  Erin was busy with a show and the holidays.  I emailed her to say let's wait until things slow down.  I am in no hurry.  I know I want a charm that says "Dream Big"  but now I am going to need to place an order for another, "Choose Joy".

At the time of my win I loved the word joy spelled out on the bracelet but since then it has come to mean so much more.  I was on Pinterest when I came across a leather bracelet with buttons attached. Interesting how a piece of handmade jewelry and getting to know the designer can have such an impact on your life.  It is soooo much more than just jewelry.  I click to check it out and spent and hour and 1/2 reading the blog of the beautiful young lady that created the bracelet. Her name is Ashley. Her blog is  Ashley is battling cancer.  I was particular interested in her battle with cancer because Anita (mentioned in a previous post) was in her last days of her fight with colon and liver cancer.  As I read about this amazing woman and her beautiful attitude in the midst of so much adversity I realized my JOY bracelet from Erin Prais-Hintz was just the beginning of this what this word JOY would come to mean to me, now added to it is "Choose Joy".  I won't attempt to recap Ashley's post on "Choose Joy" will be much better reading the real deal

If you decide to take a few minutes or and hour or so to read Ashley's blog you will certainly be inspired and changed by the experience of getting to know this amazing woman.    And remember "Choose Joy"!

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