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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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One of the greatest gifts we give ourselves as humans is the chance to heal and grow. No matter the situation, we here at the BSP are firm believers that there is a bright side to everything under the sun and that the ways in which we find those bright sides defines our journey. It is always inspiring to find individuals who seek to do this every day and who tread lightly on this earth, spreading sunshine with every step. One of the greatest joys in this site is having the honor of sharing some of these individuals with you.

Amanda Uber Trentham’s love of fine jewelry grew out of sad circumstances. Upon her beloved grandmother’s passing, Amanda inherited a wealth of fine jewelry. While some of the pieces were broken or damaged, she knew it deserved more of a life than just sitting in a drawer. Uber-Trentham learned fine jewelry making in order to utilize these pieces and LilahV was born. The current collection, The Moderne Line, is chock full of rare 1920’s German glass beads and handpainted gold. The Little Vintage Necklace in White Water Drop is a personal favorite, although I would be hardpressed to admit to not loving any of these pieces. Pure beauty out of growth and healing, this is what LilahV represents. You can too, just by wearing it.

LilahV is giving away one Retro Orange Bracelet with rare glass beads to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 24th.
Please visit LilahV and tell us: What adversity in your life have you turned into a strength?

Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, September 30th, to see if you’ve won!

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    heather f says:

    I don’t really feel like I have had too much adversity in my life. I try hard to do the right thing always and I feel like it has made me a calmer less anxious person.

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    Trisha says:

    Ending a 5 year relationship with a person who everyone (myself included) thought I was going to marry. I moved across country by myself and discovered just how much I could do on my own. 

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    Kate B says:

    This sounds so lame, and I know it’s not a capital-A Adversity situation, but I have a real problem with shyness and introversion (those are actually not the same, btw!). I recently quit my admin job so I could strike out as a freelance graphic designer, and I find myself struggling with my two big issues all of the time in my new career. The idea of a networking event positively floors me with fear, but I know that making connections is important to earning new clients. Reaching out and asking someone for something is supremely tough, but if I don’t ask, they won’t have a chance to say “yes.” Only because I truly love designing can I push through my hang-ups and put my business first, but it’s an ongoing struggle.

    (PS, your pieces are simply stunning, I love the softly geometric nature of them. Please consider setting more of them in silver! I’m a lady who doesn’t wear yellow gold and there are so many independent jewelers I’d love to support that simply don’t offer silver or white-gold options. Should I win this bracelet, it’s going DIRECTLY to a friend of mine who it’d be perfect for, though I’ll probably gaze at it lovingly for 10 minutes and wish it were silver-toned so I could keep it for myself! Also, I appreciate that you donate a percentage of your proceeds to charity!)

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i was diagnosed with breast cancer when i was 30, and spent the following year enduring multiple surgeries, six months of chemo and a month and a half of radiation. i overcame that adversity, made it through to the other side, and 10+ years later, here i am alive and well! 

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    sam says:

    My husband of 20 years abruptly left myself and three children in the Fall of 2009 and there has been literally no contact with him since then. I have been a stay-at-home Mom all those years and still am as I have yet to find a job. I have found strength through my children, family and friends. And also in myself as I have had to learn many new things!! 

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    Maddie says:

    My Father died of a heart attack when I was 16.  It was a very hard time for me at that point in my life and I used it as an opportunity to educate myself and my family on health.  I began reading tons of books on healthy food and how to be healthy spiritually, emotionally and physically.  Rather than give in to depression my mom and I bonded through farmer’s markets, cooking and long walks in the park,  I went on to study more about health at school and continue to pursue it through my career. 

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    noor says:

    All throughout my life the trials and tribulations has given me the strength to face the future 🙂

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have some pretty severe social anxiety and it holds me back from a lot of things. Instead of feeling sorry for myself or guilty about my social “failures” I now realize that some people just need peace to find themselves and the beauty in their surroundings. I look at things with an objective eye, have found my imagination and creativity and also have grown an intense love for reading all because of my introversion. It may not seem like an obvious strength but years of discovering and fulfilling my needs has made me a happier person.

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    Marilyn says:

    I don’t consider it an adversity, but I realized the career I studied and worked in for about 8 years is not what I want to do. I quit my job and I’m figuring out what my real passion is – One of the reasons I love this blog! 

    Amanda’s jewelry is gorgeous. I’m envious of those like her who have found their calling. I’m still listening. 🙂

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    ren says:

    adversity is a difficult thing to define. we all face it, but we all quantify and qualify it differently. sometimes adversity is not being able to afford dinner out, sometimes it’s not being able to afford dinner at all. my adversities have been mild by comparision, but they have shaped me into the stronger, smarter person i am now. and those that i face in the future will continue to do so.

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    Anna L says:

    When I was younger, I was extremely shy.  Because of cultural pressures to do well in school, everyone can find me in the library with my books.  It was difficult for me to make friends growing up, and I was bullied a lot.  But with time, I’m not sure if I outgrew it or found something that really inspired and motivated me.  As I entered college, I felt like I was still growing into my skin.  I soon found friends that were supportive, and I really broke out of my shell.  I’m about to graduate this year, and will be entering Higher Education programs where I will be assisting undergraduate students with their goals and their self-finding journeys.  I can’t wait to share my stories and learn more about others!

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    Valerie C. says:

    I lost my mom at a young age and it was not easy. I try to teach my children the lessons I learned from her. She was so smart and loving 🙂

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    Elizabeth says:

    Being a single mom!  (Against my will!)  I went back to school and am in the process of getting a degree in motherhood studies.  I’ve started a single mother support group, am writing letters to politicians and advocating for social change around the poverty single mothers experience.  
    I found myself in this crisis.  One day, when I was trying to pray I would have enough money, I found I couldn’t beg the universe for money for just me – I knew there were other people who needed more help than me.  Since then, I’ve found the way I always wanted to live.  I have a purpose. 

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    Brittany K says:

    i would say losing people. between family and friends, you can never fully be “over it” but getting to a place where you know they are with you and forever in your heart has meant a lot to me. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I had two miscarriages, almost three, trying to have a baby. I said almost three because I thought I lost that one too since I was bleeding. I had gone to my OB and she said sorry it had no heartbeat. She said it will expel itself. Really heartbroken when I got home because it was during Christmas too. But guess what he LIVED. Everyday I see him and am just in awe of life. I mourn the loss of my other two but very grateful everyday of how lucky I am to have my children. They truly give me strength and hope.

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    cindy says:

    My dad, an all around active and physically fit guy, suddenly came down with a grave and rare heart condition. Through his struggles, I came to truly appreciate all that our bodies are capable of. Every time I get to go for a walk or a run or a swim or a bike ride now, I never take it for granted and do it in honor of all of those out there who wish they could be enjoying the simple pleasures that were taken away from them. 

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    Sparrow says:

    At the beginning of the summer, my husband had to go away for AirForce training for 9 weeks. We’ve never been apart that long. I know many families are separated for more time than that, but with 2 little boys and the exhaustion of new pregnancy, I felt overwhelmed at the prospect of being alone. So, I decided to spend the time with family to build those relationships. So off the kids and I went on a whirlwind tour of the country, visiting our relatives and basking in the glow of family. Although I missed my husband terribly, those months are a precious gift to me of memories and bonds forged with our loved ones.

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    megan says:

    I’m partially deaf in one ear. It has certainly made me a better listener!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I’ve always weighed more than I should – now I am healthy and feel great – persistence pays off and never give in to the doubters!!

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    Nikki says:

    My biggest adversary is an intense FEAR and the anxiety it produces nearly cripples me from being able to function.  It’s almost as if my mind can’t turn off and it exhausts me.  Years ago I learned that instead of focusing on trying not to think about what is frightening me, I let the situation run through to it’s conclusion and all of the details and every outcome, and then try to mentally and tangibly  prepare for as many contingencies as possible.  Learning to have to deal with this fear has ended up helping me to become very decidedly prepared, extremely thorough, and highly conscientious in dealing with everyday life and the future.  It’s also made me become acutely articulate because I can’t just say “I’m scared. Don’t do that. We have to have ____.” without being able to explain WHY and then what I’m worried could happen.  It has also helped me to be able to express my love for those that matter to me because I am VERY AWARE that anything could happen.  I still wish I could turn my mind off from thinking so hard and having so much fear, but dealing with it has made me a better wife, mother, daughter & friend.

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    Peyton Daniels says:

    An adversity in my life was being turned away by my parents, because I was gay. Having to move out, and in with my sister, and having to put myself through college was hard, but it really taught me to be independent. It made me successful because it taught me to “grow up” and support myself, instead of being the spoiled person I was. It was the push into adulthood that I needed. Even though what my parents did wasn’t so nice, I decided that I needed to look at the situation in any positive light that I could.

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    Connie says:

    I’m my own worst enemy – a natural pessimist, always looking at the glass half-full. I choose to channel my negative energy into having back-up plans, be extra prepared. Oddly enough planning for the worst allows me to hope for the best. Even when things don’t work out I invariably roll with life’s ups-and-downs.

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    Jan Stanfill says:

    I was exceptionally tall early in my life. I received a lot of teasing. My lovely grandmother always told me to stand tall.  I have followed her advice and now I believe my height gives me great joy. 

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    Tiffany says:

    This is a tough question! I had to ponder it a bit because I’ve had lost loved ones, illness, career challenges, a broken heart…but the one that keeps nagging at me is my ginormous boobs. Yup, some might say they are super duper awesome, but for me they have always been a pain in the neck..and back. I have NEVER thought of myself as athletic. In grade school I thought up all sorts of excuses to get out of gym. My boobs embarrassed me, they held me back. Even as an adult I’ve tried losing weight just so I can get rid of some boob! (It didn’t work). Well, this year I got tired of all of it and started to run. I found myself the best sports bra I could find and I got out there and ran. At first I couldn’t even run a mile without walking and being really winded. But I kept truckin’ and now I’m on my way to training for a half marathon! I’ve never felt so good! Thank goodness I got over the whole boob thing right? Turns out I could have just taken them with me this whole time!