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Giveaway :: Britta Ambauen

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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I have one ring I wear every day. That’s it. The rest of my jewelry sits in a drawer, waiting for me. Do you do this as well? Do you find yourself stripped down the the essentials, unable to feel authentic while adorned? It is a passing phase, as are most. And it is usually in this time that I find myself seeking pieces that resonate with me deeply, that make me feel beautiful just by looking at them. Sometimes all it takes is finding the new right piece to feel like your authentic self again. That’s why our journey this month into all things we heart has been a study in accessories. It seems the perfect way to celebrate our unique natures.

Britta Ambauen is another personal favorite, friends. Ambauen is an inspirational artist who followed her heart and her creative calling when she quit her advertising job to start her own jewelry line. Her passion shows in each piece and I am not exaggerating when I tell you this is the kind of jewelry that speaks. From the gorgeous Labradorite necklace symbolizing power to this stunning Wrap Ring, Ambauen creates a simple sophistication that is deceiving in its effortlessness. This kind of inspired creativity cannot be taught friends. It can however, be yours. (And mine.)  Is it possible to have too many beautiful options with which to adorn ourselves? No. The answer is no.

Britta Ambauen is giving away one Wrap Bangle in silver to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, February 27th.
Please visit Britta Ambauen and tell us: When was the last time you were proud of yourself (and for what)?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, March 4th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Kate B says:

    For the past 4 years, I have been in a job that is not the right fit for me. Every time I think “I should find something else,” I get intimidated by how hard job-hunting has been in the past and chicken out. Finally, a few weeks ago, there was an incident that caused me to realize that the only way my situation is going to change is if I change it FOR myself. I’m taking myself and my talents seriously, starting with building a portfolio site of my graphic design work, so it’s ready to go when I spot jobs I want to apply for. I’ve still got a ways to go, but taking major steps toward fixing what is making me unhappy made me extremely proud of myself this week.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    recently i cut ties to my (literally) crazy family. i often felt like i was trying to save a drowning person, and they keep clinging to me and trying to drag me down with them. now i feel free! 

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    Jenni says:

    Right now, I am proud everyday. I graduate with my Masters Degree in a few short weeks and each day as I work toward my final project I feel proud of how far I have come. I am also back into a gym routine after 2 years of not following one, and that feeling of a good workout gives me a nice little boost of pride at having worked hard :)

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    jane says:

    being a student in results-crazy singapore, i was proud of myself for finally being able to look at failure and still take it positively. i don’t want to be my own source of stress anymore, and i don’t want to have to conform to society’s standards of “success”. being able to accept failure with a sense of peace is an accomplishment that i’m glad i can finally claim. but it doesn’t mean i’m going to stop working hard, just that i’ll be doing it with a new attitude!

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    heather f says:

    our 2 year old grandson has moved in with us and pretty much turned our home upside down! I’m a neat freak and I’m proud that I have been able to set that aside and enjoy this amazing little boy

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    Gali says:

    I’m proud of myself for finally finishing my PhD (got everything approved last Friday!) because I felt for a long time that it was never going to happen. It’s the longest time I spent working on the same project, usually I last a few months before I lose interest, here I managed to go about four years. 

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    Brittany K says:

    i’m proud of myself for moving to new york city, being promoted and rocking on my student loans!

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    Satya says:

    Our son was born 15 weeks early.  Since his birth and through his NICU stay, I have been there with him.  The easiest and hardest decision I ever made was to resign from my job and stay home to care for him for the first few years.  He’s helped me understand what is really important in life and his smiles make me do proud of all the work I’ve done to support him.

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    Emily B says:

    About 6 years ago I graduated with my Masters in Comparative Literature and I really wanted to go on to get a PhD. Well, I fell in love, got married, and for the last 3 years I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, which I love (I mean, I really really love it), but I also miss the academic stimulation of a university setting. A few months weeks ago, I got an email call for papers for an academic conference. I had read this amazing book that fit into the topic of the conference, so I took the plunge and wrote a submission and it was accepted! I presented my paper as an independent scholar and I was so proud of myself for opening myself up to something I had been away from for a long time. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to write a good paper anymore, but I have to say, I rocked it. I wrote a rocking paper, wore my power suit and I rocked the conference. I’m glad I felt open to something that frightened me and also proud that I can still pursue my passions even though I’m in a different season of life.

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    Tiffany says:

    What an inspiration to read all of the comments! All of you have done some amazing things in your lives and should be proud! :) My most recent proud moment was also a sad one. My husband and I had decided it was time to put our doggie down (she was battling cancer) and I really did not want to be there for the procedure. But I pushed myself outside of my comfort to be there for the puppy and for my husband. It was a terrible thing to go through but it strengthened the tie between my husband and I to go through it together.

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    Jessica says:

    I just found out I was accepted to my top choice PhD program.

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    ren says:

    i’m pretty proud of myself today! i finally earned a long fought for title at work, that changes everything. yay!

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    Virginia says:

    I know it is a bit silly and not anything big, but I have gotten really bad at setting things aside to do later. Lately, I have been trying to tackle things right away and not wait until the last minute. It really brings a sense of relief to do it right then and there.

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    Tiffany A. says:

    I am so proud of the type of mother I have become… Four months ago I had our first baby and my little 4 month angel is such a gift. I am so proud of myself when I look how strong I was while I was pregnant, during delivery, breastfeeding, and just all the late nights! 

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    Laura says:

    Proud to have finally picked up a watercolour paint brush again.  With a father who is an artist full time, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you have very big shoes to fill and to put of what you know you really would love to pursue.  But recently I remembered, the great artists Henri Matisse once said, “creativity takes courage” and so taking courage in hand, I’ve once again regained the journey that maybe started when I was two sitting by my fathers studio table, and am starting to forge my own path forward…where that will lead – who can say, but I am proud to have taken the first steps on that journey!  The wrap bracelet reminded me as an only child, that you’re born into your family for a reason and that there are special gifts, talents or things handed down from your parents – that for me it was a passion for painting, one that I will always be grateful for…xx (thanks for the reminder! xx)

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    Nikki says:

    Yesterday, for finishing our taxes for the year!  I dread it and it is hours of work, especially since we are self-employed, but what a relief to be through it all and everything properly taken care of!! Plus, my husband is an artist and I am an artsy-craftsy homemaker and neither of us were business majors in college (fine arts and sociology, respectively) so I’ve learned to do all of the accounting and bookkeeping on my own–and the government doesn’t care if you have good intentions, you have to do it right! It makes me proud of us to be self-sustaining, self-motivated, and to do it right!

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    Emma says:

    It has been a while – probably when managing to stay on the road during a rather horrible drive down a mountain in the middle of a storm over Christmas break.

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    Jennifer says:

    I run a small business and we had a 20% increase in sales last year. Hard to do, but the result of a lot of hard work. I’m proud of myself and the people who work for (with) me. We kicked ass last year!

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    Kellie says:

    Today! I started a new job recently and had to dive into a busy day and be bold doing work that I’m sometimes not entirely confident in. I’m confident that I didn’t shy away but went after what I want and believed in what I can do.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

      I work in a 4**** restaurant and last week a homeless gentleman came in to see if he could buy a cup of coffee in a togo cup and showed me a handfull of change…..I invited him to come sit down and I’d get him a cup. He said no thank you he’d wait in the entry, “I don’t smell good and don’t have the right clothes and I’ve NEVER been in such a beautiful place……”  to make a long story short, I made him come in and sit at a table and I bought him lunch……he was so beautiful and gracious…….and I was happy,truly happy for having the honor and pleasure of serving this man

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    Today I was stressed out and was about to yell at my daughter, but I was able to stop myself before it came out of my mouth. I took a deep breath and it took me about 3 seconds to get over it!

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    Alexis S. says:

    I realized today that a year ago, I was entirely out of shape and had really terrible eating habits. Now, I have developed a more balanced lifestyle and my fitness level is so much butter. I’m entirely proud of myself for taking the time to really care for my body.

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    Alexis S. says:

    Better, not butter ;-)

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    Rinny says:

    I’ve not been to the gym in over a month because of a million and one reasons. I decided to jump and get back into the swing of things but I knew I’d have to take it slowly. There’s one element I’m particularly not that great at and I struggle to do it every class: the dreaded side plank. I’m pretty girly but can be strong and tough when no one’s watching. I got to the side plank in the circuit workout and decided to throw myself into it and really give it that extra degree. And, it worked – my instructor came over and said my form was great and it was the best she’d ever seen me do and to keep up the good work. I was so proud that I challenged myself to push to that extra degree of work.

    Now…if only I can find a sparkly gym top.

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    Courtney J says:

    The last time I was truly proud of myself was passing the CBEST test…It’s a state test every educator has to pass in order to become a teacher (or substitute teacher). I wasn’t sure if I would pass the math section, because you cannot use a calculator (and I don’t remember being taught much in math in high school WITHOUT using the calculator!). The test is on reading, writing, and math…Some people choose to take one section at a time, and I decided to do all 3 sections in one day. The test took about 4 hours…I studied, bought several books, and did practice tests. I even retaught myself some math stuff just in case it would appear on the test.

    AND on the day of the test, there were probably over 90 people, about 20 per room…and in my room, there was this one lady who kept clearing her throat very loudly. It was very distracting and I was afraid I would make mistakes on my test because of the noises. Luckily I passed, and that was the first hurdle in going towards getting my teaching credential.

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    Heather N. says:

    Definitely when I first learned to ride a bike. I remember my dad and brother waving their hands around and yelling, “You can do it!” over and over – and finally I did it! I was SO proud of myself. 

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    sam says:

    Every time one of my children succeed at something. Their father up and left three years ago and has no contact with them at all. In that time I have managed to keep it all together and am proud of that!! Oldest (daughter) graduated from college one year early and is in a masters program overseas, oldest son graduated from high school and is a Sophomore in college and youngest son is a Sophomore in high school. 

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    Sydney says:

    The day I decided to go against the grain of society and move to South America – to not get a job but rather my heart to work with children in a foreign land. It was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done, not living up to the expectations of others. But I have never felt more proud, more inspired in my entire life.

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    Dana J. says:

    TODAY – I emptied my email inbox this morning!   Awesomeness!!!

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    brenda says:

    When reaching the ten year mark of loosing sixty five pounds and keeping it off.

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    Lydia says:

    I made a hundred percent on a test in my least favorite class!

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    Amzi says:

    Landing an internship right after freshman year, and it going really well, was a high point. :)

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    Alicia says:

    Just before Christmas I decided that enough was enough.  After over a year of depression I decided an excellent Christmas present to myself was to take control, admit that things were not working, and do something about it!  It was hard to admit to my family and friends that all was not well, but once I did, everyone was so supportive and loving.  I wish I had the change sooner!  However, I am so proud that I did, and today, I feel so much better.  

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    jackeline says:

    It was in December….I completed a 30 day hot yoga challenge.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Today I was an excellent parent. It doesn’t happen every day even though I try but when I see my son (who should be in the terrible twos) excel and treat other people with respect it makes me feel like I’m doing it right. And how many times do you see kids leave the toy store with out throwing a fit and screaming? Yes, I was a good mom today and I didn’t even have to buy him a toy to make it happen.

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    Vickie D. says:

    Thursday evening, I had a definite deadline to complete two comprehensive nursing (RN) assessments. Though pushed for time, a client’s daughter called me distraught about her mom blaming her for all of her own difficulties: growing older, numerous medical diagnoses, being in a rehab. center, etc. etc. etc.  I intently listened to her pouring her heart out to me for 1+ hours.  She was so appreciative being able to talk to someone who understood.  I feared my deadline would not be met and my job would be compromised.  So… I got up enough courage to ask  for help: an extension of the deadline. I had never asked for help before. Guess what?  I was able to get 2 more hours and   completed the task on time.  I felt proud of myself for prioritizing someone’s needs to be heard above my work load.  AND, it all worked out in the end.

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    Susan F says:

    Today !

     I am drinking sparkling water instead of my usual Martini or glass of wine and have been back on my Jenny Craig for 6 days 100%.  Hawaii with my kids and grandkids is keeping me motivated

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    echo says:

    I’ve begun learning a language on my own with the help of a book. It’s not a Romantic language (so it doesn’t share an alphabet with English), and it has been incredibly satisfying just to begin to hash out the sounds of the alphabet! It has been a long time since I encouraged that part of my brain.

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    kim g says:

    Just today when i didnt throttle my ex husband while he sat across  the table from me…being his charming self.. :) I am a work in progress..and today, I have grown…. :) :)

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    Suzi says:

    I don’t really think about myself too often as I’m a single parent. I suppose every day I keep me and my daughter alive and healthy; I’m proud…

    When I think about it…. I left school early with no quals, mucked around in different jobs… Then got pregnant (with endometriosis and pcos… God knows how!) and have been devoted to her. For years I’ve battled with depression and anxiety. Now I’m getting counselling, am on brilliant medication and have wonderful support. I feel a million dollars and its all been thanks to me. I want to be my best self, for Addi.

    I’m finally looking at a course to get me into work and today I enrolled Addi for preschool. She’s 2. I feel like I have found the end of the ball of string, of my life, finally. 

    I have grow, I’ve watered myself and found the sun…. Go me!

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    Erin says:

    I was super proud of myself last week when I found out I was pregnant! My husband and I haven’t been trying very long, but mommy-ing is the only thing I’ve never had any doubts about, my whole life, so it feels like an amazing accomplishment to finally be at the point in our lives where we’re ready for a baby, and to have gotten the job done so fast feels pretty great too! High five, self and hubby!