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Inspirational Jewelry Giveaway!

 

I am going to recap yesterday’s race tomorrow (it went really well though!); I have something more important (a giveaway!) to discuss with you today.

A year ago today I talked about a spin class that I took way back on November 17, 2001.

I remember that 8:00 am spin class because it was the Saturday morning of my wedding day.

By now you probably realize that I am divorced.

I never wanted a divorce or dreamed I would be a single mother but life doesn’t always go the way we plan it.

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What’s so interesting with each year that passes since my wedding is how weird it all seems.

Like okay, I got married thirteen years ago today.

In some ways it seems like it was yesterday, as if thirteen years of life have not occurred in between.

In some ways it seems like someone else’s life entirely, most certainly not mine.

And in some ways, I recall it as my own but feel as though it was a good 25 years ago or like a time frame similar to when I played with Barbie dolls and watched Saturday morning cartoons during sleepovers with my friends while eating Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast.

I have grown up so much since November 17, 2001 and most definitely since going through the emotional challenges and logistics of a grueling divorce process.

And although I have really smiled and laughed my way through it all because that is my nature, I can’t say that it was always easy.

But you know what? I really like how things have turned out and where I am right now.

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Life works out in some really interesting ways, doesn’t it?

Even when you think that your life is completely unfair, when you wonder what you did in a past life to deserve today’s circumstances, when you feel stuck and at a crossroads…you just have to keep moving.

And as you keep moving, you repeat to yourself, everything happens for a reason.

A reason you may never fully understand, a reason you may come to understand one day (most likely when it doesn’t even matter anymore) and that things will eventually work out the way that they should.

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Of course I am making it sound simple. It’s not simple. But you need to believe in yourself and in the process.

You have to trust that time really does heal everything and that you, yes even you, can do really hard things.

The other day I was in the mall where I spotted a wall full of inspirational quotes.

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As you can already tell, I love this kind of stuff.

I always appreciated a good inspirational quote (check my pinterest quotes board!) and love the fact that designers are now incorporating the sayings into household items and jewelry.

I actually received two inspirational/motivational bracelets among the goodies from the Meet and Tweet.

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I want to offer both of these bracelets in a giveaway today because I feel as though someone else could really benefit from being reminded to Move Forward or that they have Purpose.

The first bracelet is from  Erica Sara Designs.

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She also makes the cutest runner charms and sayings – I want one for my key chain I think!

The second bracelet is from Fierce Forward For Life.

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I love that it comes with an associated inspirational notecard to further explain the message.

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It seems so silly but reading those words when you need them most just might be what gets you through a rough training run or difficult patch in life.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on today’s post answering one of the questions below.

I will randomly pick and announce two winners on Friday!

Giveaway open to residents of the United States and Canada.

I am offering this giveaway on my own; the companies associated with the bracelets have not sponsored this post in any way and the links provided to their sites come from the goodness of my heart.

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Would you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Did you run a race over the weekend? How did it go?

Do you enjoy reading quotes and ecards too?

Best thing you ate all weekend?

 

 

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  • Andrea November 17, 2014, 5:44 am

    I love this post!! The quote “Sometimes you just gotta look back at your past and smile at how far you’ve gotten,” is so true! Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day and forget to realize how many great things we have accomplished. I would say I am an optimist! I really try to see the good in people and in situations- just makes for a better day!
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma November 17, 2014, 6:17 am

    I love reading quotes for inspiration. I consider myself a realistic optimist. And sometimes you have to MAKE good things happen for you!
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  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner November 17, 2014, 6:39 am

    I love inspirational quotes! I actually get a running quote everyday from Runners World and the ones I really like I keep in my inbox so I can look at them from time to time. My mom also gets an inspirational quote everyday and emails the good ones to me. It is awesome how a simple saying can hold such power and remind you what is important in life. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine November 17, 2014, 7:54 am

    I think that in general I am an optimist but in the moment when Im stressed out I can be pretty pessimistic. I absolutely agree that everything happens for a reason. I know that you are a million times stronger for going through what you went through. As you know I also love motivational quotes! Best thing I ate this weekend was Thanksgiving dinner!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:47 pm

      I can’t wait for Thanksgiving side dishes (they are my dinner since I don’t eat the turkey lol).

  • Frank November 17, 2014, 7:57 am

    I am definitely an optimist, with occasional lapses, in my personal life. I am leaning a little pessimistic at the moment with regard to the world in general.

    Ran a race on Veteran’s Day so no weekend racing. PR training and effort, 20mph wind timing (21:03 5K) Happy not satisfied . . .

    I mostly like the short, direct quotes as opposed to the warm and fuzzy. I’ll take the warm and fuzzy when offered face-to-face, up close and personal 🙂

    For better or worse, Fridays left-over roasted root vegetable medley over spelt was the highlight for me. Saturdays Seafood Misto at La Focaccia in Levittown sounded promising but was uninspired.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:46 pm

      I don’t think I have been to that La Focaccia but I think there is one closer to me (haven’t been there either, if it’s even the same owners).

  • Carm November 17, 2014, 8:02 am

    Yes, I do enjoy reading e-cards and inspirational quotes. Sometimes they just give you that boost to keep going.
    Enjoy your day!

  • Shannon November 17, 2014, 8:20 am

    I love quotes. I have a board of a bunch on my wall in my room!
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 17, 2014, 8:42 am

    I’m definitely a glass half full kind of girl, which is actually something that only happened in recent years. When I was younger, I was pretty pessimistic and only saw things in blacks and greys. Now, though? Ain’t no one got time to waste on negativity. I’m a firm believer that the energy you put out there is the energy you get back, and I’m all about the positive. That and, after going through some hard times, you really realize how much there is to be grateful for in normal everyday life.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:45 pm

      So true. I can’t stand when people get down about nonsense when they have so much to be grateful for.

  • natasha November 17, 2014, 8:55 am

    I finally found a Stokes purple sweet potato….bright purple inside and out and it was amazing!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:44 pm

      I haven’t had a purple sweet potato in a while. They are always good but I get confused with the color!

  • Lauren November 17, 2014, 10:01 am

    Best thing I ate all weekend were these roasted balsalmic brussel sprouts with candied bacon pieces. SO GOOD.

  • jill conyers November 17, 2014, 10:08 am

    I’m a happily recovered pessimist. Changing my perspective on life is in the Top 5 of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
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  • Jen November 17, 2014, 11:38 am

    Would you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? – optimist!!!

    Did you run a race over the weekend? How did it go? – nope, but a happy 10mi on the TM!

    Do you enjoy reading quotes and ecards too? -sure do

    Best thing you ate all weekend? – beef and pepper stir fry

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:43 pm

      I better start having lots of happy treadmill runs with the looks of the frigid weather coming my way!

  • heather November 17, 2014, 12:31 pm

    The best thing I had to eat over the weekend was a BIG country breakfast with eggs, hashbrowns, bacon and toast with real butter.

  • Angie Jerde November 17, 2014, 3:35 pm

    I try my hardest to stay optimistic as much as I can but at times that does fail me and I have my moments. Inspirational quotes do help me to maintain my optimism though and give me insight to have a better outlook on life and everyday struggles.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 17, 2014, 5:42 pm

      I think it’s safe to say we all have our moments which is completely normal. I always say, tomorrow is a new day when it happens to me.

  • Hayley November 17, 2014, 9:53 pm

    I love love love reading quotes! I loved all the ones on your post!! =]

  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating November 17, 2014, 10:36 pm

    I’m much more of an optimist now but it hasn’t always been that way. I was negative Nancy for so many years but now I try to remain hopeful and happy, to try to see the light in every situation because life is too short to dwell on the negative for longer than 3.5 seconds. 🙂 In my opinion anyways! I love inspirational quotes so these jewelry pieces are quite lovely
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  • Austin Denman November 18, 2014, 12:36 am

    I think of my self as an optimist, because in this world if you really try to be one, you can actually see things in a different light. The best thing I ate all weekend, especially since fall has finally arrived, is pumpkin cheesecake, the best of all pumpkins and the best of all cakes; put some cool-whip on the top and it is perfect.

  • Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. November 18, 2014, 7:38 am

    I used to be very negative – and I’ve changed that a bit over the years. I am definitely more optimistic now. I think if I let all the negative things get at me (especially all my job related stuff), I would be a not happy person! So – I try to look at the bright side of things.

    I think this helped me in the marathon with all the potty breaks. I went into the race with no specific goals other than to finish and have a great time. I ended up making one too many bathroom stops (I was going to make many anyways – thank you ‘Aunt Flow’ for showing up to the party) and therefore was 40 minutes slower than I thought I would be. I figured I would be around 5 hours based on training times, but soon it was looking like 5:45-5:50. BUT – I didn’t let it bug me and surprise, I negative split the second half by over 5 minutes and finished happy. YAY!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 18, 2014, 9:43 am

      The job stuff is a tough one – even I have had trouble balancing those negative feelings when it came to certain times at certain jobs. But we can’t let it take over our lives or change who we are! Bright side is always best when possible…And OMG, you know that I cannot run a race with aunt flow, right? I learned the hard way- dropped out in the middle of the Fitness Magazine half and will never run another race again at that time of the month.

  • Hilary November 18, 2014, 8:52 am

    I did run a race this past weekend! It was the Hot Chocolate 5K. It went great! I ran with a friend so I tried to run at their pace but I ended up taking off and was excited about my time and placement! It wasn’t even that cold too!
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  • Renee @ Bendiful Blog November 19, 2014, 11:16 am

    I would say I’m an optimist with pessimistic tendencies. It’s complicated.

  • Kristin November 19, 2014, 12:41 pm

    The best thing I ate this weekend would have to be a new recipe i tried – pumpkin crisp, hot and gooey straight from the over – yummmmm