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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

 

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I have a bit of a confession to make. There are days when I don’t wear makeup, don’t style my hair, don’t put on anything besides the same tshirt and jeans I’ve been rocking for two days. There; I said it. This doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t care about what I see in the mirror before I leave the house. My secret? I adorn myself properly. A messy ballerina bun or a hat, some cute sandals and a well decorated arm of jewelry are all I need to transform my look from “Mom who doesn’t care” to “Unaffected lady with children.” (This might well be all in my imagination but I’m sticking with it!)

My search for the essential bangle is never-ending. In the sometimes over-saturated market of jewelry, it can be overwhelming to try and find those pieces that speak to you not only with their wearability but also with their chic and easy sophistication. I felt like I hit pay dirt when I stumbled across Leather Wraps. These gorgeously crafted leather bangles with gold and silver accents are the perfect adornment to take an ordinary day and make it extraordinary. Offered in a variety of colors, you can mix and match or stack as many or as few as you like. Personally, I’m torn between the Gold and the Yellow. There is just something about the idea of sunshine living on my wrist that just makes me smile. Maybe I’ll even add some lip gloss.

Leather Wraps is giving away one set of 8 bangles with double gold or silver tube accents (in the winner’s choice of any color available in the shop) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Tuesday, May 22nd.  Comments now closed…good luck!

What advice would you give to yourself 5 years ago?

Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, May 28th, to see if you’ve won!

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  1. 1
    Angelique says:

    Five years ago, in January, my mother died of cancer. I’d want that wounded and angry woman to know that feeling her grief is a good thing and anything she needs to do to do that is okay–draw your heart out girl, get messy with paint, take winding walks to nowhere. And the important insight I could give her is this: You endure. You still feel that pain, sometimes as sharply as when the Hospice nurse called you, but you also feel joy, you also find delight in your life. Which is exactly as your mother would have wanted it.

  2. 2
    Nicole says:

    I would tell myself that life is too precious and beautiful to let stress and negative people bring you down.

  3. 3
    Adele says:

    I would tell myself to write things down! I so wish I had some of my most amazing memories in writing. Oh and to stop plucking my eyebrows so thin! Ha. 

  4. 4
    heather f says:

    what a lovely bracelet! eeek. 5 years ago I should have told my best friend to “dump that turkey” ; )

  5. 5
    Jodi says:

    I would tell myself to just go ahead and move to Brooklyn now.

  6. 6
    Trisha says:

    5 years ago I would have told myself to get out there and enjoy being single, because it’s not going to last too much longer! 

  7. 7
    Juliet Farmer says:

    Five years ago I would have told myself to keep up the good work. :)

  8. 8
    Luisa says:

    The advice I would have given myself 5 years ago is its going to be alright if you just hold on to your faith.

  9. 9
    Rinny says:

    I’d have told myself: Stop planning out your future and start living it. Let yourself be spontaneous.

  10. 10
    Terra says:

    accept yourself and enjoy life more!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 11
    Emma says:

    “Don’t apply to go to Athens for a whole year – it will be a gigantic waste of time, you will get sick from heavy metal poisoning, and you will be incredibly lonely for the entire time you are there.”

    Of course, had I not gone to Athens, I would not have realized how much my now-husband means to me and thus we may not be married by now – so I am glad I went anyway!

  12. 12
    Sarah says:

    Make big plans, dream big, and then go for it. It will be so worth it.

  13. 13
    amelie says:

    it’s going to all work out.  my sense of self-worth has just blossomed in five years; i love myself, i take so much better care of myself, and i know when i need social time and when i crave alone-time.  age is a gift.

  14. 14
    Bobbie says:

    Relax and let go…

  15. 15
    Lauren says:

    Five years ago, I was 24, just finished grad school (with a master’s in creative writing, so not the best degree to get a job in a recession), and had ended a two-year relationship with the guy I thought I was moving with to DC. I was at a crossroads, to say the least. The advice I would give to myself is “Keep going.” Of course, I did just that and life has worked out so far. I’m marrying my best friend (in 11 days!) and starting the path to a great career in social work. I didn’t know what good decisions to make or bad choices to avoid and, still, I ended up where I wanted to be. All I had to do was put one foot in front of the other no matter what life threw at me, and I’m happy I did.

  16. 16
    Maruša says:

    go easy on yourself, everything will work out just fine. and aim higher, you can do it! :)

  17. 17
    ona says:

    Make the same mistakes – but only sooner!

  18. 18
    sam says:

    Five years ago I would have told myself to go back to school so that when my husband of 22 years decided to leave me and the kids two years later I would have been able to find a job. I have been a stay at home mom since my first child was born 21 years ago.

  19. 19
    Hanna says:

    Be more outgoing. Choose a major and take the classes for it. Do more internships/lab work.

  20. 20
    ren says:

    there are a lot of things i wish i could tell myself five years ago, but probably the most important is “don’t worry, you’ve got this.” 

  21. 21
    Ruth Tillman says:

    Five years ago I was going through a separation from my 13 year marriage and getting to know myself again. I would tell myself to keep my head high and fight for who I am and who I want to be.

  22. 22
    Aleta says:

    “You are a beautiful person! Don’t forget it!”

  23. 23
    Stephanie says:

    Five years ago, I would have told myself to be more open and loving towards the people I met, to be more pro-active in seeking out knowledge, and to take in as much as I could of everything around me. =)

  24. 24
    Stephanie says:

    5 years ago, I would have told myself – no matter what happens, you’ll figure it out.

  25. 25
    Courtney says:

    Be patient. Remind yourself that we’re always where we need to be and doing what we need to do.

  26. 26
    kim g says:

    Take photos…lots and lots of them… Live in the moment, slow down enjoy..apologize when wrong……..Because looking ahead,  5 years doesn’t seem like such a longtime. But your life WILL change..babies will be born, children will grow, and  a loved one will pass away..  5 years….5 months and even  5 minutes …..will be, what you will wish for back…. :-)  

  27. 27
    Suzi C says:

    5 years ago I would’ve been 16. 

    I had just left school, was working full time and living with my family friends (couldn’t live with either of my parents) and was a really angry person. I was slowly ‘getting there’ but felt the need to meet men and do stupid things, just to feel like someone needed/wanted me. 

    If I knew that 5 years from then, I would have a 20 month old daughter… I would have made things very different..

    So I would say to my 16 year old self; relax. Your PCOS and Endometriosis are not going to stop you having babies- despite what the doctors say. Your operations will all go well, and you will meet some amazing people in the next few years, because of your health. Keep working- your horrid boss is going to quit soon and your anxiety will fade. Get your drivers licence- be gentle with your dad when he’s trying to teach you how to drive. Yes- move home with your dad, go ahead, but please be kind. Be kind to yourself, the piercing holes will close over and that’s fine but please don’t get that tattoo. Let the black hair dye fade out- do it now! Spend more time with your grandparents- they will both be gone within months of eachother, in a few years… Ask grandad about his amazing life he has spent in rivers fishing for Salmon (Rakaia, NZ). Ask grandma to teach you her cooking; she was, afterall, a home-ec teacher at your high school. Keep your cool with your mother- her MS makes her say silly things but she never means it. . . Hold onto the books from your childhood, in a few years you will regret giving them away. Hold on. It gets SO much better… Just slow down. Take photos.. Read more. You are beautiful.

    Well, that feels better! :)

  28. 28
    Linnea says:

    Don’t be afraid of your mistakes, embrace them. I have grown so much from my mistakes and don’t regret making a single one. I wish that I had known how much they have helped me in my current life, professional and personal. 

  29. 29
    Jessica says:

    Stop fighting with your mom, and lean to understand the way she expresses love.

  30. 30
    Faye Wood says:

    I would tell myself 5 years ago that life isn’t meant to be this hard. It’s short and you only get one shot, so walk away from those people who make you feel miserable, once you have done being happy is actually quite easy!

  31. 31
    jane says:

    5 years ago, i was 14 going on 15, still an idealistic school kid concerned only with grades. i would tell her to not let success get to her head, but not let failure do the same. in life it’s not what we achieve (or fail to achieve) that defines us, but how we handle our circumstances and move on that builds us up and makes us stronger. so continue staying strong and looking forward! even if times are hard (my grandpa’s health isn’t very good now) just keep moving on :)

  32. 32
    melanie says:

    Just enjoy the moment. Also, the baby won’t have time to wear all those clothes, and she’s going to be a baby who spits up on everything, so don’t worry about it so much! Everything is going to be fine!

  33. 33
    Tiffany says:

    I would tell myself not to get so caught up in the moment of my immediate situation that I can’t see the bigger picture. Sometimes we have to embrace the challenging times because its what makes us stronger!!!

  34. 34
    Christie says:

    i would’ve told myself to just get up and travel more. now that i have a baby, simple things become a tad more difficult to do.

  35. 35
    Beverly says:

    I would’ve told myself to RELAX. Five years ago I was in such a rush to grow up and get on with my life. I was graduating college a year early, working, and hurrying through every day that I forgot how to just relax and enjoy being young. I missed some precious moments with friends who I barely keep in touch with anymore. I missed not having to worry about money or bills. I missed being carefree and vibrant, with all the energy in the world and all the world in front of me. Not to say that I wasted everything, I just think that five years ago I had learned how to slow down. I’ve learned to now, so better late than never, right?

  36. 36
    Stephanie C says:

    I would tell myself to take advantage of career fairs and apply to internship programs throughout college. As a recent graduate, a part of me feels a bit sad that I am unemployed this summer! Although after reading everyone else’s advice…. maybe I should stop being so regretful and just live in the moment :p

  37. 37
    Jac says:

    Attention! The world you feel oh so comfortable in is about to get rocked upside down. What you had planned and the path you were on will change drastically but that’s ok. Relax and understand you can’t control the future and imposing “what ifs” on yourself won’t actually help or change anything. Just keep pushing forward pursuing what you love, and remember you are surrounded by amazing friends and family who are there to support you through it all.

  38. 38
    Ana M says:

    Be patient. Live in the moment. Don’t settle for anything less than what you deserve :)

  39. 39
    megdwyer says:

    Don’t forget to have kids!

  40. 40
    Sarah P says:

    5 years ago I would have given myself the advice that I can survive on my own. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to go through a messy divorce filed by my then husband. Since then I’ve learned (somewhat the hard way) that I don’t have to have anyone else to depend on because I can take care of myself & my kids & do a pretty darn good job too!

  41. 41
    katherine w says:

    I’d tell myself, basically, that people are people. Regardless of discrepancies in age or life circumstances, you can ALWAYS find something in common with another person. I’ve let myself feel inferior because of credentials I don’t have or experiences I lack, but I’m finally starting to learn that if I adopt a positive attitude and a perspective of “we are all on the same team,” it usually turns out to be true. 

  42. 42

    I’d love to go back in time 5 years ago; there’s so much more I do! For the girl-woman I was then, I’d tell her:

    “Be still. Don’t be so angry. Enjoy where you are – you will miss these days, these quiet, green days of England (yes, even with the constant cold and rain). Love your husband more. Go slow on the Bounty.” :-)

    I miss her. 

  43. 43
    Alexis says:

    I would tell myself to slow down, take it easy and don’t feel like you need to do it all.

  44. 44
    Jennifer says:

    I wish that 5 years ago I believed I deserved better than what I was getting.

  45. 45

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  46. 46
    Meg T says:

    Listen up childless one! Go on more dates with your husband NOW, like tonight!! Adding three little ones to the mix doesn’t make it any easier to get a little face time with the one you love.

  47. 47
    Loretta says:

    Be yourself. Enjoy life and don’t take yourself too seriously.

  48. 48
    Natalie says:

    The same advice that I can give to myself today: continue to put one foot in front of another, and you will come out of this a stronger person.  You just have to keep breathing.

  49. 49
    Lubaska says:

    Dont worry, be happy. Dont be sad and try to enjoy life more. Dont loose any hour in unreal expectation …

  50. 50
    Rosy says:

    I would have said to myself “Life is not going to be easy for you, you will loose your job, times will get hard, some people will let you down and some people will give you bad advices… The only thing you can do is keep all your selfconfidence together and smile because you are stronger than you can imagine and you will get through.”
    It is the same thing that my husband said to me 5 years ago.
    It was so hard to believe… I went through that bad period of my life but if I listened to that words I would have lived happier and with less stress…