Giveaway :: Miriam Designs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


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Here at the BSP, we often find ourselves overwhelmed with inspiration when we learn about our contributors and the good things they do with their work. In fact, the stories behind the products is one of the reasons we love what we do here. Our community is full of amazing individuals pursuing their passion and their creativity and there are quite a few of them who bring even more to the table.

Gracie Moakler met a woman at a grocery store who told her a story about drug abuse and addiction that turned into a tale about redemption. Moakler was so inspired, she went home and created a hand-stamped piece of jewelry for her. Her passion was ignited. As time went on, she met other women from similar circumstances who wanted to learn how to make jewelry and Miriam Designs was born. These are hand-crafted pieces that are born of hope, and beauty, and redemption. It is art with purpose. In Moakler’s words:

Little did I know how much I would learn from working alongside them… like how to laugh until it hurts, to allow hope to conquer my fear, and to experience the healing that comes through a community that loves unconditionally.

That, my friends, is what community is all about.

Miriam Designs is giving away one Turquoise Drop Necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, March 19th. *Contest open to US residents only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Miriam Designs and tell us: What are you proudest of yourself for?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, March 25th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    Finding the strength to leave an emotionally abusive relationship, even though it meant moving to a new city with nothing lined up, just an offer of a couch for three weeks. 

  2. 2
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i kicked breast cancer’s @ss! 

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    Nikki says:

    Helping another woman learn how to physically and emotionally care for her newborn baby.  Supporting her in leaving an unhealthy relationship and opening herself up to a different life.  Showing her how to repair communication with her own family.  Loving her even when she was scared and mean and angry, nurturing the baby, helping him to feel secure and loved too.  Having the the courage to testify, even at the expense of my personal safety and peace of mind–this all started as a mother’s helper job and it ended up being so much more.  I am thankful have been in a position to personally make a difference in somebody’s life and proud of following through when it would have been so easy to say “it’s none of my business” and not pick up the tentative signs of need that she first displayed.

  4. 4
    Kim Henrichs says:

    I am proudest of myself for surviving a battle-scarred emotional divorce and coming out a stronger person on the other side…

  5. 5
    megan says:

    Six months ago, I returned to this country with no job, no home, and no money. I struggled for months to regain a sense of normalcy. As I sit in my new apartment with a somewhat healthy bank account (considering the circumstances), I am proud of how far I’ve come. 

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    Regan says:

    My proudest moment was finishing my phD. I’d list all motivation & really didn’t care about it anymore, but the great satisfaction & pride I saw in the faces if my loved ones was what moved me to finish. 

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    Anne H says:

    I am most proud of raising two strong and amazing daughters who are kind and smart and full of drive. Last week they helped me shave my head because I am losing my hair to chemo. We laughed and shaved a mohawk and made a bad situation fun. I am so proud of these incredible young women!

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    Samantha S says:

    Moving across the country for grad school, leaving all friends and family, and surviving entirely on my own dime; and learning to speak up in seminar.

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    Lynda Del says:

    I am most proud of having the courage to leave a relationship which I had been detrimentally codependent for fear of being alone. I have convinced myself that I am more deserving and learned to put myself first.

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    Monica Borge says:

    I am most proud of being able to wake up everyday and look at myself in the mirror and not be completely disgusted. Owning up to having an eating problem was one thing but overcoming it is a whole other mountain that warms my heart and makes me happy. Also, I promote a healthy and clean lifestyle; women need to know what is good for their bodies.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I learned in the past three years how to ask for help. This was a very difficult lesson for me to learn and I learned it directly through the long difficult birth processes with my two sons (42 and 38 hours).

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m proud that I chose to believe.  I’m proud that when my husband abandoned me jobless and with an infant, I chose to see it as something beautiful – that I embraced the gift of having a daughter who needed me.  It has not been easy.  Four years later and I’m starting to taste the first morsel of peace and happiness.  But boy howdy, I am glad I didn’t give up or not fight for the life we have now.  🙂

  13. 13

    I am proud of my degrees, graduate school was such an internal struggle for me.

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    Tania Julian says:

    I’m proud of coming to this country by myself, making a life for myself doing what I love and having my own little family here. Although it has been hard not having the support of loved ones from home and not being able to see them much I must continue to do my best. Fortunately I made some awesome friends who are just like family.

  15. 15
    Jennifer says:

    I’m proudest that I took the time to find Mr. right. 

  16. 16

    Actively challenging myself regularly!

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    KHBride says:

    I’ve actually thought about this a lot. I volunteer and run a suicide bereavement group (people that have lost someone to suicide). I do a lot of suicide prevention outreach work and helping others is something I am very proud of. 

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    Veronica says:

    I proudest of myself for accepting my failures. I do a lot of auditions, and when I don’t get a part I want, instead of being angry and resentfull that I didn’t get the part, I think about how good the person who did get it must be.

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    Sparrow says:

    I struggle with anxiety about losing my children or husband or others hurting them and every day I have to choose again and again to trust people and let others in. 

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    Renee A. says:

    I am so proud of myself for learning to stand up for myself and not always saying yes to people when I wanted to say no just so I wouldn’t hurt their feelings or not have people dislike me. I find that I am much happier with myself for speaking up and doing what I want to do, not what others want me to do…I am living my own life so I get to do what I please with it, nobody else.  🙂

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    Joann says:

    I am proud of myself for working hard toward my dreams, never giving up searching for work when I felt odds were against me, and always being honest and on time. So far 2014 has been a productive and fulfilling year, and I hope for much more to come.

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    cindy says:

    I am proudest of myself for trying every day to support my children in who they are and allowing them to find out who that is without mine or anyone else’s preconceived notions of who they should be. Who knew this would be so hard? 🙂

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    c says:

    I’ve survived stalking, moving countries, leaving my family and moving to another state. The pain of childbirth has been forgotten, but I’m getting through everyday. And that is something I remind myself to be proud of.

  24. 24
    Jessica says:

    Getting my PhD. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, emotionally, spiritually, physically. And I can’t believe I’ve had the strength and drive to get this far.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    For loosing 40 pounds and keeping it off so I am more healthy for my family

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