Giveaway :: Gramercy Eight

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


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There are times when life’s greatest joys come from the darkest of places. Times when love prevails, through despair. These are the times worth celebrating, worth honoring. I like to look at the dark spaces in my past as the fuel which created the joy in my present life. I do not carry the dark with me, rather, I use it to remember the light. After all, the bright side only exists in relation to the shadows, right?

Rebecca Lewis fell from three stories and “found herself with a new titanium spine and a new outlook on life. A motto was born: Beauty from Tragedy.” Gramercy Eight is that beauty. A designer by trade, Lewis began crafting jewelry during her recovery as a way to stay creative and focused and engaged. Her line is full of raw, natural elements and metal. She brings a warm and earthy perspective to her work and you can see the healing in each piece she creates. This Secret Message Custom Bangle is the absolute perfect gift for that person in your life that needs a reminder kept close to the skin. Even if that person is you. Gramercy Eight is the beauty, indeed. It should also be noted that today marks the 18 month anniversary of Lewis’ accident. Please join me in celebrating her recovery with beauty and love (and jewelry).

Gramercy Eight is giving away Ring Stack created exclusively for The Bright Side Project! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, September 4th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Gramercy Eight and tell us: What is the greatest life lesson you have learned to date?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 9th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    be yourself! it’s really your only option. 😉

  2. 2
    Jen says:

    do not worry about what other people think regarding your thoughts, actions and dreams. that is a complete waste. just let go and keep moving. 

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    jane says:

    i don’t think i have enough life experience to share something truly groundbreaking, but what i’ve learnt so far is that true success isn’t defined but what the world deems it to be. i’m still a student, but for too long i’ve pinned my own hopes and dreams on academic success, but now in the midst of my undergraduate studies i find that at times, such a pursuit feels so… meaningless. it used to upset me greatly when i didn’t perform up to par, but thank God for helping me to see the bigger issues that are out there, the lives of others who have so much less but are much more contented. i’m still learning to let go of these things, still learning to love others more, but i think i’m a lot happier now 🙂

  4. 4
    lauren says:

    the people you love are not going to be in your life forever. take the time to visit with them, spoil them, and tell them how much they mean to you. tomorrow is not guaranteed.

  5. 5
    Nikki says:

    That things don’t turn out the way you plan.  It’s good to have a plan and to be moving forward and working towards a goal, a dream, an idea, but the truth is nothing ever turns out exactly as expected (in fact their are more surprises & changes than anyone can even come close to accounting for).  Having control is an illusion and really our response to what is happening is the only thing we can truly control.  After years of resistance to this idea, I am now learning to deal with change and life’s variations with grace and to enjoy the beauty of the moment and situation even though it’s not what I was planning and working towards.  I first experienced this at 22 when I got pregnant with Isaac (which appropriately means “God laughs”) because he was not what I had planned for my life at that time, AT ALL.  Now 15 years later (I’m clearly not a fast learner–or at least I am stubborn about trying to be in charge of my life and all) I am trying to really understand how to flow with life instead of battling the current.

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    Tiffany says:

    Being a perfectionist, I’ve learned that not everything needs to be perfect. There’s a time and a place for things to be perfect, and when everything goes wrong, have a backup plan.

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    Kendra Cardin says:

    Firstly, I just want to send my love to Rebecca and I hope you have more good days than bad with your body and mind! I just turned 26 on August 9 and I’ve dealt with chronic pain in my back for half my life due to a spinal anomaly. I don’t know what complications have arisen do to your accident but I know that physical challenges can put you through the ringer both in body and in mind. I try to focus on simply knowing myself deeply. I want to be able to channel my strengths when I need them and sit with my weaknesses when they come to light. I want to learn how to be my greatest source of comfort through all the storms of my life. The greatest lesson I will learn in this life is one that I will have to relearn over and over again as I hopefully change and grow and evolve. It’s funny, but I realize now that I am more comforted by a never ending pursuit than any one lesson I could learn in life.

  8. 8
    Emily says:

    To not fret over the past or be anxious about the future, but to live in the moment and enjoy the present.

  9. 9
    ren says:

    “be yourself” is going to be posted here again and again, but it’s with good reason. and that means being true to your values, your hopes, your dreams and you choice in shoes.

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    Seek adventure. We live on this round thing that in the scheme of things, is less than a pinprick, yet relative to our small, short lives, is full of beauty. We should see as much of this little pinprick we call earth as possible because we only get one chance.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    That there is nothing more important than your family and friends. Cherish them always. Things are just things, you can’t take it with you. Family and friends will be there for you to support you and love you through tough times.

  12. 12
    Ali says:

    That there is no time line for grief. I’ve had two miscarriages in the past two years and I’m still grieving those losses even though the rest of the world has moved on. It has really opened my eyes to how we treat people that have/are experiencing loss…

  13. 13
    cindy says:

    Do it now. Don’t wait, because you truly never know what tomorrow holds.

  14. 14
    Celia says:

    Learn what to take seriously and what to let go.  My mom always says “tiene dos trabajos” which is a shortened version of a saying which basically says “if you get angry you have two jobs: getting angry and getting over it.”  Very few things in life are precious and important, and dwelling on the wrong things just wastes time and energy better spent elsewhere. 

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    madelyn says:

    Be yourself. Be True.  Trust God. Lean not on your own understanding – remember you are like the sparrow – everything in His Timing.

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    Elizabeth says:

    The greatest lesson I have learned (and continue to learn) is simply this: You don’t know. You don’t know about other people…don’t judge them. You don’t know about the future…don’t freak out and try to control it. You don’t know about yourself…you are a mystery. The whole world is a mystery!

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    sam says:

    Mistakes make memories.  This is what my grandfather told me when my first two children were 1 and 2 1/2 — it is so true!! And some mistakes are too funny not to laugh at.  Lately the life lesson has been Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On.  

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    Jan Stanfill says:

    You will never regret being nice to everyone all the time. I try to treat everyone I meet as though their hearts were breaking.  You never know what people are going through.

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    Cindy A. says:

    Forgiveness. Even if you never speak to the ones who hurt you again… forgive them. Move on with your life, be happy, and don’t let anger get in your way.

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    heather f says:

    Love the rings. I think I am learning that worry doesn’t accomplish anything and only robs joy from the day

  21. 21
    FAYE says:

    The most important thing I have learnt so far is that it is nice to be important, but it’s much more important to be nice!

    I’ve seen many people lose friends and alienate people whilst being ‘important’, but at the end of the day the richest people are those that are happy and have a loving family and friends around them, not those who have loads of money and a fancy title.

  22. 22
    Lauren M. says:

    I won’t pretend that it’s easy to keep this foremost in my mind in daily life in our crazy culture, but:

    “I make money, money doesn’t make me.”

    I grew up in a really affluent city, but raised by a single mother– it was difficult to watch my friends get the latest versions of every gadget, while we couldn’t always afford socks without holes. I took my first job at 14 (though I had been babysitting for a few years by that time), and I didn’t get to participate in a lot of extracurriculars because after school, it was time to go to work. But the school district was wonderful, and I got an education with exposure to great literature, music, science– things that really shaped and inspired me.

    I just graduated with a Master’s in an allied health field that allows me to help people every day… but I’ll probably never make all that much money doing it, especially given the student loans I had to take out (mom couldn’t save any money for school). It’s a practice, every day, being okay with what I have materially and being grateful for the advantages I’ve gained spiritually. Money doesn’t stay, but my knowledge and passion will.

  23. 23
    Trisha says:

    That it really doesn’t matter what other people think. Do what makes you happy. 

  24. 24
    Anna L says:

    How to handle the downs in a day and let them go. I used to feel torn down by the negative things that happened to me in a day, but now I know they are something to take in and let go. 

  25. 25
    Carolyn says:

    Judging people – even when you keep the judgments to yourself – helps neither them, nor you. Love and let live.

  26. 26
    Jac. says:

    My dad always tells me to stop worrying about the what-ifs and just go for it. Why worry problems and setbacks that will probably never happen and if one does well then you’re strong enough to face it head on.

  27. 27
    kristen h. says:

    Find someone who makes you laugh. A partner who makes you laugh will make life sweeter than you can imagine.

  28. 28
    Maddie says:

    “You’re an individual not a statistic” My Mantra that keeps me going.  I am a unique person and create my own path. 

  29. 29
    Emma L says:

    Be kind to yourself. Be kinder to others. Be the kindest to those who deserve it the least because they need it the most.

  30. 30
    Jennifer says:

    My dad unexpectedly died in January and it was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever gone through. The only consolation to me, my mom and my sisters were the stories people told us of the nice things my dad had done for them that we had never heard about – money he had given, bills he had paid, dinners he had bought. The lesson I learned from these stories was the importance of being kind, and being thoughtful and being grateful for all you’ve been given, as my dad was.

  31. 31
    HNR says:

    Wow Rebecca, I am really inspired by your perseverance – and your jewelry is gorgeous. Way to fight for your recovery and spread sunshine!! A life lesson for me…seeing the beauty in everyday moments, like a bird’s call or a butterfly flitting by. No matter what else is happening, these moments make life so amazing!

  32. 32
    Danielle Aikens says:

    Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something or that you’ll never be good enough. Instead, use that as motivation to try harder to achieve your goals. Don’t let fear run your life. Take risks. Don’t follow your heart. Lead it. 

  33. 33
    Jill says:

    To forgive and forget. Life is too short to hold grudges.

  34. 34
    tiffany says:

    be kind. be generous. be selfless. be loving. be humble. work hard. live in the moment. don’t fear the unknown. be true to yourself. choose happiness. live the life you want.

    Last year my boyfriend past away due to complications from cystic fibrosis and I can honestly say that it was, and still is, the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. He was my best friend and the person I most admired in this world. He was my hero. He embodied all of the qualities i listed above, in addition to being incredibly brave. i miss him everyday.

  35. 35
    Allie says:

    As cheesy as it sounds, the most important thing I’ve learned is to be willing to work hard to follow your dreams and make a difference in the world 🙂

    -Allie @ LunaVida

  36. 36

    the best life lesson is going to a dorm school -high school. I have to live with a bunch of girls – which most of them hates me without any reason and always try to bully and trip me off whatever I do. This is a very good lesson to learn that life could be really a bitch sometimes. I have to maintain my study while defending myself-to cooperate with them no matter what (due to the daily chores) and learn how to stand up for myself.

    This is a very good thing because I’m a single child for 8 years, only thought to behave properly and study well, and doesn’t really know how to socialize-let alone to live with strangers. It was a hard lesson but now I can feel the benefit. Never giving up and always trusting yourself is the key. One of my little secret is keeping my confidence with pretty jewelries! My mom always bought me new ones from time to time since I’m a baby. Love your rib cage ring, btw 🙂

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    The hardest lesson I think is knowing that God does care…it’s a daily struggle to trust;

  38. 38
    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Life isn’t easy, but it is GRAND……

  39. 39
    Jasanna says:

    Life sure doesn’t make much sense without God. When you add God, it makes perfect sense!

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    sydney says:

    One day at a time. Everything is always better in the morning.

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    Sparrow says:

    To savor the season of life I am in. There’s no use in longing for another phase of life because you miss out on the one you are currently living. When I was single, I wanted so badly to find my life’s partner. But the things I could do when I was single! What adventures! Now that I’m married, I have two little boys that consume a lot of my time and don’t leave much time for other pursuits (reading, writing, creating), but I’m ok with that because there will be a time when they are gone from under my wing and I will long for them to be near me and loving me as they do constantly everyday.

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    Kristi says:

    Love is always the answer.

  43. 43
    Anna L says:

    The greatest life lesson I’ve learned is to continue to challenge yourself and not be afraid to fail. Failure is the first step to success!

  44. 44
    Charlene says:

    That no matter what your parents told you, you can’t actually achieve anything you want just by working hard

  45. 45
    Chelsea says:

    To find opportunity in every moment and every experience – good or bad.

    That’s the amazing thing I have learnt (the hard way!). That no matter how bad things may seem, opportunity is sitting there just waiting to be found, its just the matter of taking notice. And that success, joy and fulfillment can depend on asking yourself that simple little question: “Where is the opportunity in this moment/experience?” Because life never seems to work out exactly how you plan (and in long-view hindsight you are often glad it didn’t!), you cant control all your circumstances. But that’s the beauty of life. Once you start to ask and look, you will find opportunity is sitting there, waiting for you in every little moment of your day. Its a beautiful treasure to see. 🙂 xo

  46. 46
    Jenni says:

    To forgive myself. Sometimes in life we don’t make the smartest choices, but I have spent many years feeling regret for the past and not living in the present. That friend who you wish you had stayed in touch with, the family heirloom you clumsily drop on the kitchen floor, one too many glasses of wine at a get-together, Too many days spent on the couch and not enough at the gym, the books you always meant to read, the gooey pieces of cake that seem like a good idea at the time, clothes you bought on a whim that still sit in the closet with tags, all of the fights with your mother over trivial teenage matters… The list can go on forever…. but its in those moments that the real you is being shaped. Without the mistakes, the highlights wouldn’t shine quiet as bright. It’s easy to beat oneself up and harp upon the low points, but in doing so, you miss out on the great things that life has to offer. I’ve learned to try and learn from those mistakes and to forgive myself (as hard as it may be sometimes) for the mishaps that can threaten to haunt me.

  47. 47
    Cat says:

    be who you are, and dont worry about what other people think

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    Regan says:

    The most important life lesson I’ve learned so far is to not waste emotional energy on conflicts that aren’t worth it. I used to get upset about the smallest things, but once I realized that there’s not sense in getting worked up about things I can’t control, my life has become much more pleasant.

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    Brittany K says:

    to not waste time. things can happen in a matter of moments, and there is no point wasting time or dwelling on things you cant change. still a work in progress on my part, but live in the moment and make it count!

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    amanda uber says:

    Do nothing for a moment. I used to be a crisis solver – now I sit back and see if the situation will resolve itself before jumping in. Saves me a lot of anxiety!