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Giveaway :: RitaYma Jewelry

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Summertime is all about the accessory. I, for one, tend to dress as simply as possible when the weather heats up and I express myself through jewelry (and hats). Finding new artists and designers and sharing them with you is one way we honor our mission of spreading sunshine near and far. It truly is a joy to see beauty travel so far.

Rita Colimon is an artist whose journey started at a very young age. When Colimon was 11 years old, she took a jewelry making class and her passion was born. With a bold aesthetic, RitaYma Jewelry features handcrafted pieces that speak of modern design and joyful expression. These are the types of pieces you wear when you want to be reminded to be the best version of yourself. What better way to accessorize yourself this summer than with that kind of affirmation, yes?

RitaYma Jewelry is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! (My favorite is above!) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, August 6th.
Please visit RitaYma Jewelry and tell us: What is the first piece of jewelry you remember wearing?
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Sunshine Post :: RitaYma Jewelry

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Rita from RitaYma Jewelry.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

I’ve been happily experimenting and creating things since I was 11 years old, I love the process. I enjoy making things that stand out albeit subtly or boldly that are organic, practical and modern.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I’ve always enjoyed using my hands to create and make beautiful things and it really makes me happy when someone is delighted with a creation that I handcrafted for them personally.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

The ocean, the beach.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Go to the gym, take a walk by the water, think about jewelry that I would like to make.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My wonderful, supportive, loving family and friends.

 

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Giveaway :: YouHambo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  ::  Written by:

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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of The Bright Side Project is the opportunity to learn about people and companies that are working hard to make our world a brighter place. It brings a feeling of pure joy to share these brands with you and help them with their causes. We, really, are just the middlemen sharing their goodness and we are more than happy to bask in their rays. Today’s contributor is yet another brand that brings the idea of community to another level.

YouHambo is an online marketplace showcasing artisan wares from around the globe. Michael Rexford and Jeff and Anna Beiderman collaborated to create a business that honored fair trade practices and social awareness while still providing consumers with something beautifully crafted. As their mission states:

YouHambo was inspired both by our love of travel, and by a wish to give back — to help those less fortunate and to protect the world we share. We have three guiding principles 1) the world is a better place, and we are better citizens of that world, when have a deep understanding of all the different people living in it, 2) education is the key to giving people opportunities to improve their lives and 3) this planet belongs to all of us, and we all have a duty to protect it.

The carefully curated YouHambo shop is full of fantastic finds such as (my new obsession) Turkish Towels and the Ecuadoran Anything Bag. But don’t be limited by my desires. Journey through YouHambo and find your own travel inspiration. And let it take you somwhere.

YouHambo is giving away one Turkish Beach Towel AND a set of three Luggage tags to THREE winners! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 5th.
Please visit YouHambo and tell us: Who is the most generous person you know? How (and what) do they share with others?
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Sunshine Post :: YouHambo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Michael, Anna, and Jeff from YouHambo.

 

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Michael Rexford and my dear friends, Jeff and Anna Biederman, and I have recently started a Los Angeles-based online marketplace, named YouHambo, Ltd.–a play on the Zulu word “uhambo,” which means “journey.” YouHambo is intended to promote traveling to see the world’s wonders while selling travel-related products and gifts that highlight the beautiful creations of the world’s artisans and craftspeople, but are made in a socially and environmentally gentle way and/or respect fair-trade principles.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

As I grow older, I become increasingly conscious of how short my time on Earth is. There is a saying that I once heard, “Life is too short to drink bad wine,” which, in a humorous way, encapsulates a resonant philosophy that, with as little time as we have with this life, we had better make it count, and personal fulfillment and contentment are vitally important. From time to time I assess how my “big picture” is emerging and what changes I would make to improve my chances of making that ideal “big picture” a reality. While Jeff and I are entertainment lawyers, and Anna is a stay-at-home mom, we love traveling and learning, and we wanted to make that love a bigger part of our lives and share it with others.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

So many places. First and foremost, the faces and voices of my 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Their faces have made me cry before and the sound of their voices is beautiful beyond description. And as a life-long musician, a song can evoke emotions and inspiration like nothing else can.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

It’s the dreary days, and all of the feelings that they bring, that make one appreciate sunny days. The sun always seems to break through before too long, and with that cycle comes perspective. For me, music always brings sunshine, whether it’s sunny music that takes me out of the dreariness or dreary music that allows me to more fully experience the day. Music can take a person anywhere.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Health (physical, mental and spiritual), happiness, family, friends and a sense of humor. And as awkward as it may be to say, I, as a lawyer, am acutely aware of the power of language, and I therefore highly value the words of others that serve to capture an important sentiment, philosophy, etc. One of my favorites is this: “After all is said and done, more will be said than done.” Society is full of planners, but it is those who are putting their plans into action who bring added value to our world.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Easing Back In

Monday, July 28, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

Hi friends! We hope you had a lovely and restful summer break. In the spirit of honoring the “break” I wanted to take a deep breath for today’s Lemonade Stand and just sit in the long days and warm nights. I’m sharing a favorite piece from Mary Oliver that never fails to get me motivated to embrace life as much as possible. I hope it does the same for you.

 

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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Mary Oliver

 

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Weekly Wisdom :: e.e. cummings

Sunday, July 27, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Amber Tamblyn

Friday, July 25, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hi friends. We sure hope you had a wonderful week basking in summer! Here is an excerpt from the commencement speech given by Amber Tamblyn to the 2014 graduating class of Chapman University that has inspired me beyond belief. I hope it does the same for you. You can read the full speech here: http://therumpus.net/2014/06/chapman-commencement-speech-shed-that-skin/

 

“When you want to run away from it all, shed that skin. When you want to float in your own darkness until you feel you might drown, shed that skin. When you want to turn your world upside down and see what falls out of it, shed that skin. When you want to tell someone “no” but haven’t figured out how to yet, shed that skin. When it’s time to enforce boundaries between you and the “you” that thinks you’re not good enough, shed that skin. When you want to wear fluorescent pink hot pants to the mall because, look at you, you’re amazing! Shed that skin that prevents you from wearing that skin. Have that revelation, and then have it again, and again, and again.”

 

 

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: Summer Break

Monday, July 21, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

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Hi friends! It’s that time of year, friends. Time for sleepaway camp, tropical vacations, stay-cations, longer nights. Here at the BSP, we are all about balance and finding the right mixture of work and play and that means honoring the fact that everyone needs a vacation now and then. This week, we’ll be taking our ‘Summer Break’ and we’ll be back Friday with another Fresh Squeezed Friday dose for you and all will resume next week! See you then! (And don’t forget sunscreen!)

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Weekly Wisdom :: Rumi

Sunday, July 20, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Kacy Catanzaro

Friday, July 18, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hello, friends! Do any of you watch America Ninja Warrior? It’s basically a sports competition/obstacle course based on the Japanese series Sasuke. My family and I have been obsessed with this show at times. Yet, we no longer have cable so it is one of the shows that has fallen off my radar. UNTIL, Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama. For those who don’t know, Mt. Midoriyama is the name of the final challenge – a course so fierce that most don’t finish. It is amazing to watch people use their focus, determination, strength, and sheer will to compete. It is inspiring (especially when you learn the backstories of the competitors.) Here is Kacy’s run…prepare to be inspired!

 

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