of a kind: a spirited giveaway.

May 12, 2014

of a kind giveaway Blame it on my impending motherhood and a greater-than-usual sense that I need to be tapping into my inner Earth Mother and gathering bits of wisdom from the universe, but lately I’ve been looking for little signs of strength everywhere. When a new Reading My Tea Leaves sponsor, Of A Kind, approached me about hosting a May giveaway, I knew I wanted to share with my readers a talisman of sorts.

A pyramidal lapis pendant the color of the night sky seemed just about perfect.

Of course, if you’re not digging the talisman angle, just think of it as a rad little necklace that you can flaunt equally well with a plain white tee or your slinkiest, silkiest dress that needs a fierce pint-sized accessory.

In either case, to one lucky reader, we’re giving away an Elizabeth Knight Lapis Spirit Pendant. One of just 40 that were made, I like to think of the lucky winner as entering into a kind of secret society of lapis-wearing beauties.
of a kind giveaway For one of you sweet readers, number 24 of 40 pendants made.
of a kind giveaway Handmade in Brooklyn, the necklace is made from a pyramid-shaped blue lapis stone in 14-karat-gold-plated brass setting on a 14-karat-gold-plated brass chain.  of a kind giveaway The pendant measures ½ inch by ½ inch and the chain is 24 inches long. of a kind giveaway To enter the giveaway, subscribe to the Of a Kind Newsletter through this unique link (one of my favorite weekly reads), and leave a comment below, complete with your contact information and a note about how you’ve been harnessing a little extra strength these days.

The giveaway will close at 5:00 pm EST on Friday, May 16 and a randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday. Open to US readers, only. UPDATE: Thanks for entering! The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Lauren C.!

Bonne chance, mes amis.

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211 Comments

  • Reply Alex Hubbard May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Oh that's such a beautiful necklace! My birthday is this week, so that'd be a nice little present! Ever since the Boston Marathon, I've been struggling to get back into a regular exercise routine, but I've really been buckling down lately to get myself back into it; it takes a lot of mental strength!

    alexandria.hubbard@gmail.com

  • Reply Mary May 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Meditation and guided yoga nidra on yogaglo.com have been helping me!

  • Reply Joan May 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This necklace has a hip, slightly witchy vibe. I've been gathering up strength from long runs, leisurely bike rides to work, and really strong coffee.

  • Reply Aubrey Jernigan May 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I just got through my last set of finals and graduated with my BS in biology. Took a lot of discipline (and coffee), but I finished and am so excited! This necklace would be a great grad gift!

  • Reply Amanda May 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I've been forcing myself to go to bed early.

  • Reply Linda May 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    such a beautiful little necklace! recently i've been trying to get back into running — it's physically hard but mentally so rewarding!

  • Reply DontBlameTheKids May 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Beautiful necklace! I just spent Mother's Day with my girls, my ex, and my MIL–because my MIL deserves that kind of day for being so awesome. Yes, it was hard. Worth it.

  • Reply Sarah Spitz May 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    That is so very beautiful! I'm german-Egyptian and this looks very much like a pyramid (did I spell that right? Not my native language…)! Beautiful!

    Love from Germany and something sweet:
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/05/something-sweetmarble-cake.html

    Bambi

  • Reply Linda Zimmerman May 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    gorgeous necklace – a simple elegance.

  • Reply Erin-Elizabeth May 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This is definitely a very unique and special piece! I recently was given the opportunity to take on a promotion at work, technically my first real management role. A wonderful but scary opportunity because up until now I hadn't thought myself qualified for something like that. I gather my strength by faking it. I imagine the role and the person I need to be for this position and the rest has been falling into place. To contact me, my email is erinxelizabeth@live.com

  • Reply Kathy Locke May 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I have been harnessing strength from my family who have been so supportive of me going to school for the last four years, working full time, and doing freelance work. I finally graduated this weekend and I couldn't have done it without them! (And lots of coffee!) katwoo@yahoo.com

  • Reply Alliya Lovestrand May 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Stunning necklace! Weekly yoga and meditation have given me so much strength lately. It is helping clear my mind so I can find meaning in all parts of life.

    alliyaclovestrand@gmail.com

  • Reply DancingGrapes May 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I've been digging – out my dirt basement, a fire pit, and into the work that needs to be done before vacation. Thanks for the giveaway! rohdenburg.k@gmail.com

  • Reply andwontonmakesthree May 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful necklace! Lapis holds a special place in my heart, and when I need a little extra strength I have one or two special talismans I like to wear, along with some quiet time for reflection and a hug and a kiss from my babies.

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    A little me-time every morning (usually with a cup of tea). kandersen at gmail

  • Reply emily @ cabin fervor May 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous necklace! I've been needing a little extra strength these past few weeks, and I find that spending time in prayer/meditation, physical exertion (like running and yard work) and soaking up the spring sunshine make me feel stronger to tackle what's ahead.

  • Reply Jess Salter May 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I've been spending time outside, trying to soak up the sun that has FINALLY graced us with its presence. It is rejuvenating.

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I am unfortunately not a US resident to take part in the competition, but still may indicate that it should read 'bonne chance'.

    • Reply Erin May 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      oh, la chance to have a proofreader! thanks for edit!

  • Reply Kate Frank May 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    This necklace is gorgeous! I love how starry-night the stone looks. I've been setting my alarm an hour earlier (which is easier because the sun's been rising earlier, too) and stealing as many minutes as I can to get grounded before my day starts. That time helps me feel strong.

  • Reply ariana May 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    This is so gorgeous. I wear very minimal jewelery on a daily basis, but I think it makes it all the more special when I acquire a piece like this. Lately, I've been focusing my energy into a daily yoga practice that leaves my whole body and spirit feeling strengthened and renewed. It makes such a difference! My contact is: bonjourariana@gmail.com.

  • Reply Kathryn T May 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous necklace! Harnessing a little extra strength through spring walks with my husband in the park and long-distance chats with my family. kathryntip@gmail.com

  • Reply Jennifer May 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This is lovely. Wish I had the extra strength to share, but I'm one exhausted momma.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    What a beautiful necklace! As a soon-to-be mama of two I've been soaking up the book reading time and snuggles with my 18-month old before his competition arrives this summer!

  • Reply Danielle E. Alvarez May 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Absolutely stunning.

    As I make yet another jump into another unknown, I've been looking towards the example of strong women around me. Whether they realize it or not, my daring loved ones are endlessly inspiring.

  • Reply Kate Todd May 12, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful! Just BEING outside (NYC winter was horrid, no?) and soaking up sun, actually doing pilates/drinking water, and taking small steps to do things that scare me.

  • Reply Keri May 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    With 3 little boys and a rough teaching semester, I'm harnessing new energy via our beach time (currently on vacation). Nothing like the smell of the sea and the feel of the sand in your toes to ease all worries. 🙂

    kiwibrooks(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Reply rachael May 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    A beautiful necklace. I've been preparing myself for a summer in a new place, new people, and new adventures. Would love the chance to win!

    rachael.parks@gmail.com

  • Reply Bethany May 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    That necklace is fierce! These days I'm having to gather strength in a couple different ways. Reaching my one year anniversary with my bf hasn't been easy as the last couple weeks was fraught with arguments about the future and emotions that had been held back that came tumbling through. Also having to deal with what appears to be gallbladder pain means a whole weekend of unbelievable cramping and no easy way of relief. The support of my family is what gets me through it all.

    bethster88@comcast.net

  • Reply Alison May 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This necklace is a beauty! I would definitely use it's energy to help me get through training for another half-marathon, summer school and work.

    alison.s.wong@gmail.com

  • Reply ashlyc May 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I would love that!!! ashlycochran@gmail.com

  • Reply rhymeswithyes May 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Simply gorgeous. I have been practicing some good old radical self-love during finals week—treating myself with respect and care!

    jessiect1@gmail.com

  • Reply Josie May 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    So beautiful! It would be perfect for my sister-in-law's wedding next month! josiedelap at gmail.com

  • Reply chris May 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Beautiful lapiz! Fresh spring air and budding trees always gives me extra strength. christinaebarber@gmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I could use a little more strength nowadays. 🙂

    While working full time, going back to school full time, being the "world's best mom" (per my mother's day card), and trying to be the best lover I can be to my other half I'm finding strength in reminding myself I am only human. No matter how much I try to be more.

    Kissing my little boy everynight and realising I'm able to impact something so vital to my existance helps boost my inner strength greatly.
    It's amazing what one person can obtain in a lifetime.

    http://www.sunraysandsnowflakes.blogspot.com
    ariellefindley@gmail.com
    google.com/+ArielleFindley

  • Reply Lola May 12, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Just lovely! I am currently finishing a draft of my first book and promised myself a small token of celebration at the end…this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing your blog with us, it's been a wonderful place to visit 🙂
    melissa.ann.bergstrom@gmail.com

  • Reply Elizabeth Lease May 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I just finished planning a wedding and getting married, and finished with finals for the semester. I've definetly been harnessing some extra strength to get through all the chaos, and now am focusing on taking some "me" time. jane.lane.08@gmail.com

  • Reply Molly Reese-Lerner May 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love that blue – so vibrant! The spring always rejuvenates me, and I've been drawing strength from the cherry and magnolia trees blossoming around Brooklyn. mollyreeselerner [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    What a beautiful necklace! Two of my best friends are moving away from me this month. One across the country and one across the world! As happy as I am for their new adventures, I'm going to have a little empty place in my life when they go. So, I'm spending as much time with them as I can and building up the strength to miss them.

    mahalliaward@gmail.com

  • Reply sk May 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful necklace. I signed up for the newsletter– looks interesting! I am actually deeply in need of some strength these days– dealing with self-image issues surrounding lack of time to exercise (my little girl will be two in August and I'd love to be back to pre-pregnancy weight by then, but the scale seems to be going in the wrong direction)!

  • Reply jenny May 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    So pretty! I'm a sucker for a secret society. 🙂

    Lately I've been focused on building literal, physical strength. I've been hooking a trailer to the back of my bike and hauling my little one all around our suburb, I've been hiking (serious hiking, not cute-clothes hiking) almost every weekend, doing push ups and crunches whenever I have 10 spare minutes. It is HARD. I don't think I've ever been this athletically active in my whole life. But all totally worth it.

    jenniferaugusta(at)gmail.com

  • Reply Alex May 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    My lovely man that I want to spend the rest of my life with surprised me with a visit from his mother and grandmother over this weekend and they complimented me on my character, my hard work, my love for myself, and for their son/grandson, and called me honey with tears in their eyes when they left. Not having many positive female role models in my life, it made me feel proud and confident; like I could take on the world. acekb1@gmail.com

  • Reply Katie Does Adventure May 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Lately, I've been gaining strength from myself. That sounds strange, but it makes sense if I explain that I recently chose a different path than my family and friends expected of me. I’ve overcome all the fears that once prevented me from doing what I wanted: the fear of not having a lot of money, the fear of not having a career that impresses new acquaintances, the fear of disappointing others, and, most profoundly, the fear of having to rely on myself. As I’ve faced each one down, I’ve learned that these fears no longer have a hold over me and that while I once feared being unhappy, I am happier now than I have ever been before.

    katiet2011 at gmail dot com

  • Reply mary lynn May 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I've been harnessing strength by staying grounded in truth-telling. The occasional lavender bath is helping as well 🙂
    mlschwalbach@gmail.com

  • Reply Roopali May 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I have been harnessing strength through walking in nature and being in silence for periods of times each day – this includes not speaking, but also no background noise either. This is tremendously rejuvenating for me and helps to clear my mind of thought clutter.

    roopalibh@hotmail.com

  • Reply Emily May 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I recently moved to a new house in a great neighborhood with lots of trees and lovely running routes. Its been so rejuvenating to be in such a peaceful environment after living for 9 months in a loft apartment in the middle of the city with really noisy traffic and upstairs neighbors clomping around at all hours of the night. emily.dupraz@gmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I gather strength from my dog Sadie. She is a happy go lucky Golden Retriever and seems to find joy in life each and every day. Our hikes and daily walks are therapeutic and much needed with my crazy schedule and life. No matter what kind of day I have at work, she always comes wagging as soon as I enter the house. Cheers to the simple things in life:)
    ~Jen D

    jmdillow77@yahoo.com

  • Reply sheepystitious May 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    My husband and I have been going through trying times lately, and we draw strength upon each other. No matter what comes our way, I know that we have each other.

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Strength = springtime gardening! saraveglahn (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply kerry May 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I need some added strength for upcoming job interviews! kerrykurtz89@gmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I could definitely use some more emotional and mental strength these days in the form of a thicker skin and the will to keep putting myself out there. This necklace is so pretty. sonya.n.stephens@gmail.com

  • Reply Fey May 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I have been harnessing extra strength by having more "me time" lately. Also, being spring there's so much beauty in nature and that alone gives me so much energy.

    fequs-shop (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Reply Irina May 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Spring has sprung in New York City at last, and I've been making a serious effort to make the most out of every single nice day we've had so far!
    irina@missirina.com

  • Reply catie May 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    such a pretty piece, that necklace!
    i've been conserving/harnessing strength by sleeping a little later in the morning.
    late nights and a flexible schedule make it impossible to resist.
    fivetenfifteen (at) yahoo

  • Reply Kelsey Jane May 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    The necklace is beautiful! I've been harnessing a little extra strength these days through yoga and deep breathing. Calms my mind and re-directs my energy. Would love to harness a little more with this necklace 🙂 kelseyjodonnell@gmail.com

  • Reply Erin May 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    What a lovely necklace!
    After a rather bleak winter, I've begun to harness more energy by joining new fitness classes- barre classes and hot yoga. It's amazing how pushing yourself in physically and mentally challenging ways is actually more invigorating than not pushing yourself! berrie7 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Reply Unknown May 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    hi there! I'd love a little symbol of strength as I prepare to take my licensing exams in june!

  • Reply Tracey May 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Just stunning! I have been harnessing strength by eating huge amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables that we have been growing.

  • Reply Kelly May 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Oooh my favorite shade of blue. I'm probably going to need to harnass more strength, as the next week will include my entire family coming together for my sister's graduation, which hasn't happened since my own.

  • Reply cj May 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I've just taken a gigantic leap into a new relationship with someone so similar to me, its uncanny! Its frightening to intuitively understand what he's thinking, but has the potential to be hugely rewarding. I like wearing little talismans, I draw strength from jewellery given to me by family members and also one special piece I bought for myself. Sometimes rubbing a little stone around your neck can help muster up some much-needed strength.

  • Reply Christine May 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I'm in the middle of a yoga teacher training, which has been asking so much of me in terms of physical strength and mental toughness! Would love this necklace as a little reward for sticking it out and graduating in a few weeks.

    cestchristineblog@gmail.com

  • Reply MelDom May 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Gardening all weekend will do the trick. wwaallddoo@gmail.com

  • Reply Anna Kristina Scherling May 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Time with good friends to remember that I'm not alone facing my challenges! annakristina28 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • Reply Erica S May 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I've needed all the extra strength I can get after a long winter (both climate-wise and emotionally). My latest way to harness some strength is by taking long walks down The Highline during rainstorms – it's eerily quiet, devoid of people, and is just a fantastic place for an introvert to recharge herself 🙂

    ejs2734 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Kelly Wilkinson May 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Lately I've been finding strength by reminding myself daily with an image or an old letter/email/text of something or from someone for whom I'm truly grateful. It really helps to keep fresh in my mind all of those wonderful things (not to mention wonderful people) we tend to forget about when in times of struggle. wilkinsonkellya@gmail.com

  • Reply Susan May 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Gorgeous necklace!! Harnessing a little energy directly from the beautiful sunshine – and actually exercising a little, too – but loving the feeling of it all!!

    smboyd99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    we are in the final weeks leading up to a big cross country move and the last few weeks have really drained me, what with packing, preparing to leave my job, and the normal physical toll of having an infant. we took the weekend to recharge with family visiting some of the local sights we are going to miss when we leave. I'm actually more physically tired, but the mental recharge was very much needed! Jessica jhuester (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply emily witt May 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    emilyewitt@gmail.com

    harnessing a little extra energy from morning smoothies, long walks around my flowering berkeley neighborhood with my over-energetic dog, and spring cleaning/organizing utilizing some of your life in a tiny apartment tips and tricks.

  • Reply Elizabeth McMurtry May 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    An incredible Talisman! I'd be thrilled to wear such a bad-ass piece of jewelry…
    Lately we are harnessing strength in our house by embracing risk, instead of running from it. A challenge to be sure but a good one to take on.
    Thanks for hosting such an exciting giveaway! Elizabeth McMurtry (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply jean marc lazo May 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    jmlazord@gmail.com
    An awesome necklace!! My sister will be enchanted wearing it!
    Energy is within all of us and around all of us. I've been tapping on their source by practicing walking meditation at the beach and lunching with families and friends!!
    Hope that this helps!!

  • Reply Kate May 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    This is gorgeous! I am in the final weeks of planning my wedding and although it is a small affair it is requiring me to harness a little extra energy because weddings, even small weddings, require a lot of effort and time to plan! kmcletchie (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Vanessa Marie May 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I love everything Of a Kind does but I really love their link email! Every week I find out about cool stuff 🙂

    I've been harnessing some extra strength by getting back into my running routine. I fall off it every winter and when the sun comes out again I start back up.

  • Reply Liz May 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Lovely necklace! And I signed up for a newsletter, I had no idea they had one.
    I have recently began studying and practicing meditation, and it is wonderful and calming each day to me.

  • Reply Leah May 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Gorgeous. I'm gaining strength from finally being able to go on long walks outdoors in NYC. And reading novels in the sun instead of watching Netflix 🙂 So glad the winter is behind us! leah.selim [at] gmail.com

  • Reply Charlotte Gjedsted May 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I will be harnessing any and all extra energy from the universe to close out my first year as a teacher, in addition to planning my summer wedding. What a lovely, beautiful necklace.
    cgjedsted at gmail dot com.

  • Reply Danielle F May 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    What a lovely necklace…with a bunch of huge changes coming up, I could use the extra energy as I have been lacking!!

  • Reply cartreena May 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    such a luscious stone and setting – i've stayed energized for my studies and wedding planning with bike rides (and yelling into the wind) and prayer – not to mention the support of my fiance, friends and family (kburleigh@gmail.com).

    ps – all the best to your last weeks of pregnancy!

  • Reply Lydia DeWolf May 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    That is stunning! I try to keep up my strength by taking time every day to make some art and get plenty of sleep!

  • Reply Celia May 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I am so in love with this necklace! That blue is just the perfect shade. This month has already been crazy–the hubs and I were going nuts looking for a new apartment, even putting a deposit down on a place…and now we've decided we're staying put in our 300 sq ft place instead because we decided it wasn't worth the trouble. What has been calming me is an open window in the evenings and getting rid of a ton of things I don't need (books mostly, eep!). It's really satisfying.

  • Reply Hanna K. May 12, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I've been into wearing turquoise necklaces lately. Necklaces have definitely been giving me the little extra boost I need.

  • Reply Emma May 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This week is finals for me and I've been harnessing my focus and mental strength to get me through the next five days! I have to believe that I have all the information I need kicking around somewhere in my skull 🙂
    emma.love530@gmail.com

  • Reply Amanda May 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    i've been getting back into my favorite barre classes! awhitver(at)live.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Found: some inner strength after a hike with my man and our baby. Thank you so much for introducing this eye-catching pendant in the most entrancing shade of blue…

  • Reply Archana | My SoCal'd Life May 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I've been getting up a little earlier to squeeze in a workout. If I don't do it first thing, I never fit in in!

  • Reply Elizabeth Bishop May 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    yoga & acupuncture, but stones work well too! elizbish (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Buccaneers and Ball Gowns May 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Roller derby. Lots of exercise and it is almost impossible not to feel like a badass when you are doing it. Those two things together boost strength and self-confidence!

  • Reply chopsuey May 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Breathing, exercise and to-do lists! katannaschwarz (at) gmail

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Yoga and bike riding! simonw@kenyon.edu

  • Reply lizzie dekraai May 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Ah what a gorgeous necklace. I locked my SI joint doing power squats too hard, so
    I've been harnessing my strength with some lighter yoga poses, deep breaths, and nothing makes me feel stronger than a glass of Pinot noir 😉
    Edekraai@yahoo.com

  • Reply Sonya W. May 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    so lovely, Of A Kind always has the most beautiful wares. between trying to pay my bills and saving up for a wedding, I've had to get a second serving job. spending all day everyday on my feet serving tables is rough, but I've been trying to preserve myself by letting myself enjoy every second I have off to either read, take a shower, bake, whatever, instead of feeling guilty for not doing something work-related. it's been nice.

  • Reply JennieLynn May 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    My heart is telling me it really really wants this talisman for its prettiness and added boost of protection and strength. I'm in my second to last semester of graduate school, and I feel worn bone-thin. I've been in the horrible habit the last few weeks of looking at my ever growing to-do list with a feeling of hopelessness, not believing that everything will be wrapped in time for the different deadlines. However…I was walking out of my little neighborhood grocery store 3 spring evenings ago and literally stopped dead in my tracks with the following realizations – It's May and I am walking comfortably into a spring breeze without a coat (after the record setting winter we had this year in Minnesota, going coatless IS something to rest thankfully in); I am carrying a bag with ingredients to bake my favorite cookies; I am about to get into a car that runs reliably and that is going to take me home to my husband; I am almost done with a degree that will help me reach and love others, advocate for education and literacy, and work in a space that is near and dear to my heart (master's in library & information science)… I haven't looked at my to-do list since without feeling thankful for it and my life.

  • Reply Christine Jessamine May 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I have had alot of energy lately to get the house all clean and ready for my baby to arrive. christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  • Reply larissa May 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Love this necklace! And I'm a big fan of Tulsi Tea Sweet Rose tea when in need of a little pick-me-up — it's both stress relieving and energizing. In the summer, it's perfect for iced tea, too. I highly recommend it! lariss.walker (at) gmail

  • Reply Erin May 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    oh my goodness that necklace is beautiful! I've been seeking inner strength for the motivation to bike more – just did a 20 mile ride yesterday and it felt fabulous! and of course this gorgeous weather is certainly encouraging!

  • Reply Clean May 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    The warmer weather and more consistent sunshine have totally been making it easier to feel more energized lately. I get outside and soak up some Vitamin D as often as possible! cpross23 at yahoo dot com

  • Reply Rebecca May 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This is a beautiful post with a generous giveaway. This weekend I competed in a 13 mile obstacle course for charity with work colleagues – something I was unsure of doing (feeling a bit unsettled in my job) and hadn't trained for. It's incredible what teamwork and the human spirit can achieve!

  • Reply Emily Veys May 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    This really resonates with me. I just got laid off from my job and I am asking the universe for a new direction! I am harnessing all the inner strength I have – so a little talisman to remind me of the strength we share with each other is most welcome! Contact is emilyveys at Gmail dot com

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I've been harnessing strength by reaching out to my girlfriends that all live on the west coast, while I'm here in the Midwest. Our friendships mean the world to me and in many ways, have only grown stronger since I moved away. I don't know what I would do without them!
    -Bailey Lininger, Birmingham, MI

    Bailey.lininger@gmail.com

  • Reply Heather Andreotti May 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I've been harnessing extra strength this week by wearing a amethyst necklace but it sure would be nice to switch it up! Finals week is always a killer 🙂

  • Reply Jenn May 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Acupuncture and soaking up every moment with family when I was back East this weekend. This is a beautiful piece and thanks for highlighting this beautiful company

  • Reply Mary Beth May 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I'm harnessing all the strength I can because I'm finally ready to begin the journey to motherhood. Who knows if it will happen naturally, but I'm gathering all the strength I can for whatever shape my journey takes. The pendant is gorgeous! Contact: brightsycamore@gmail.com

  • Reply Teresa May 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Such a pretty necklace, I love it! Contact: mychromaticabstraction@gmail.com

  • Reply A.J. May 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Such a lovely necklace! I've added morning yoga (and extra sleep) to cope with my busy bee medical school clerkship, it certainly makes waking up at 4 am a little more pleasant 🙂 thoroughbred15@hotmail.com

  • Reply Lauren Bailey May 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Beautiful necklace. I could use some extra strength these days, as I graduate with my masters degree this week. The search for a job and jumping feet first into a new adventure, unsure of where it will lead, is exciting, yet frightening. Harnessing my inner strength in this new time has been focus as I attempt to take a new step. And hope that it all works out. (lurbailey@gmail.com)

  • Reply Faith May 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    That necklace is such a beauty! How I'm harnessing strength lately is spending more time outside and less on my computer. I just finished the most difficult semester of my graduate studies and I never realized how easy it is for me to stop taking care of my mind and body when I'm super stressed. frkellermeye@bsu.edu

  • Reply Melanie Silver May 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I feel this cold winter sapped me of most of my inner strength (I am originally from CA)- so I am basking in the new sunshine and warmth to regain mine. I also planted a vegetable garden on my windowsill and watching the plants thrive (and thinking of future dinners to cook!) has definitely recharged me. msilverzz9(at)gmail.com

  • Reply tiffhusbandit May 12, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Planning my wedding for this August, doing a spring semester at university for my nursing degree and looking after my two massive dogs while my fiance works out of town has been calling on all forms of strength. My prescription: running, coffee, fresh flowers and of course- puppy therapy.
    tiffanyhusband@hotmail.com

  • Reply Hanna Freedlund May 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    So gorgeous. I've been exploring crunchy living and getting more in touch with my body – letting it heal itself and maintain itself, washing my face with oil and my hair with food. Recently I've been growing herbs and making infusions and jellies, anything I can do with my hands.

    hanna.freedlund@gmail.com

  • Reply Annalyn May 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Lovely! I've been harnessing extra strength by taking some time for myself and running a few miles every week. annalyn.c.s@gmail.com

  • Reply Shila May 13, 2014 at 12:01 am

    What a gorgeous amulet indeed. I've been staying strong and harnessing strength by counting my blessings and practicing gratitude!

  • Reply Amy May 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful pendant! I've been gathering my strength as a new mom by sleeping whenever I can, enjoying wonderful snuggles everyday, and asking my husband to take a turn so I can steal a moment for myself every now and then.

  • Reply Kelsey Mahler May 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Wow, this necklace is gorgeous!
    I've been drawing strength from my amazing partner, and more time spent outside with him. I'm trying to stay positive during this surprise snow flurry in Colorado, because I know summer is close!

  • Reply KathyL May 13, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Love the deep blue color of the lapis. Carving out time for myself is how I regain balance and the energy to carry on. It might be a yoga class, some web surfing or a pedicure.

  • Reply Hello. My name is Allison. May 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    This necklace is stunning! I've been learning to draw, planting pretty things, watching the birds, feeding the squirrels, taking long walks in the woods, and laughing bawdily with friends. All necessary. All healing.

  • Reply Katie May 13, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Absolutely lovely!

    These warm spring days in NYC have been giving me a ton of strength lately. I definitely struggled this winter and this sunshine is making me feel like a new person!

    katiebassham@gmail.com

  • Reply sarahbethdunning May 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Strength these days is: being still long enough to realize the world does not rest on me. No, despite what the day may bring, the world indeed still rests on shoulders stronger than my own. Stressful moments flee and I'm able to be more present, more strong, when I simply let go – and take the day one deep breath at a time. Strength is knowing that though you must inhale, you must also exhale, and let the world around you collect whatever deposits you let out. You must depend outside yourself.

    sarah.b.dunning@gmail.com

  • Reply Karen - Quilts...etc. May 13, 2014 at 1:09 am

    love the necklace – signed up for the newsletter – I gain strength in my medical problems by keeping a positive attitude and making hand quilted quilts – quilting keeps my stress level lower than it would be otherwise!

  • Reply arielle May 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I'm getting strength through long walks hanging out with my growing poppyseed (who we'll meet in October!)

  • Reply Angela May 13, 2014 at 2:15 am

    For some reason 24/40 feels like such a lucky, well-rounded number. Finding strength these days by remembering to breathe and enjoy the good things that herald summer — juicy watermelons, warm breezes, and all the more excuses for eating ice cream!

  • Reply Lauren C. May 13, 2014 at 2:25 am

    I am also pregnant and struggling through the tail-end of my first trimester. I am so ready to put the days of non-stop nausea behind me and begin to feel a little more grounded in this pregnancy. To give myself strength, I've been reminding myself to take it slow, rest, and let my body do what it needs to do.

    latcannon@gmail.com

  • Reply rose May 13, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I love the necklace! I've been making more meals at home. Erosewolf@gmail.com

  • Reply Jill May 13, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Get myself up before the sun, even if it's just to sit in bed with my dog has been my subtle strength lately. Gorgeous pieces!
    stejill@gmail.com

  • Reply als5565 May 13, 2014 at 3:30 am

    What a beautiful necklace! I'm going through some big changes in my life right now; I've been gathering strength through yoga and long walks with my dog!

  • Reply Hannah May 13, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I'm a teacher so the end of the year rush is overwhelming! I've been finding extra strength these days by listening to The Writer's Almanac every night as I fall asleep. Garrison Keilor's voice is so soothing and it helps calm my mind so I can be well rested to tackle the next day. Seriously, if you have trouble sleeping I swear it will help!
    lynch.hannah@gmail.com

  • Reply Dylann Stubblefield May 13, 2014 at 4:30 am

    My due date for our first little girl is tomorrow, so my thoughts have only been on saving up the strength I have now for the labor to come. And she is keeping me waiting and guessing, hoping she makes an arrival soon!
    dylannstubblefield@gmail.com

  • Reply Mahdi Martin May 13, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I've been harnessing my strength by stretching and working out almost every day. I started my fitness journey last September, and I have just 10 more pounds until I weigh what I did in high school. I've been feeling very powerful lately.

    mahditanoshi@gmail.com

  • Reply Aya May 13, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Oh gosh I love lapis, and have been looking at this one in particular. Please pick me!

    After a winter of being sick, I'm able to exercise again. Every bit of progress is an elation and I feel like I'm heading back to my (new) old self.
    aya.costantino@gmail.com

  • Reply Lexie May 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I have just survived a year of broken bones, across state moves, being homeless and losing my Mom and Brother to cancer. I have been gathering strength from my friends who are my rock in hard times. Throughout my friends and prayer to Buddha have got me through. I adore this beautiful and strong feminine necklace. I think it would help me gather strength to go on to begin to heal my body, spirit and mind to begin anew. Thank you for this fabulous opportunity . I will send you my email as I do not print it publicly.

  • Reply aub May 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    after losing a cousin today and watching her struggle over the past few days medically i've been fortunate enough to harness a a great deal of extra strength by being surrounded by family & open & honest with myself about how truly sad and overwhelming losing a loved one can be. i love you & miss you stephie.

    aubreylane(at)gmail(dot) com

  • Reply Natalie May 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I just embarked on a long distance relationship after having already lived with my boyfriend for one year. I'm finding strength and aversion in my family and friends nearby. I can't tell you how much I love this necklace!

    My contact info: Natalie.elking@gmail.com

  • Reply Ame' Karoly May 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I've so been needing strength this last couple of years. It's been one challenge after another since moving abroad on my own, and only my faith has seen me through. A streak of stubbornness helps too. Little reminders of strength always make me smile. I would love to win the necklace, but I know whoever does will be the one who needs it.

    My contact info: amekaroly@hotmail.com

  • Reply mwahl May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I am a mom to three lively little boys. I harness much needed strength by spending a few moments by myself in the very early morning either with a quick run or a quiet cup of coffee. That necklace is just beautiful! mmckenziem@hotmail.com

  • Reply Sherri May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Beautiful piece of jewelry, a lovely addition to any woman's need for a bit of enlightenment! Seeking peace, joy and best of all love, in His word, His words are living water to me and keep me sane. Sherri ~edenmarket@icloud.com

  • Reply Cinder May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    As the sole caregiver to my aging mother, I can use all the strength I can get. I am learning how to meditate, I can't live without yoga and I'm taking a two day break this weekend. That's a beautiful necklace. I have always loved lapis.
    cw33stone at aol dot com

  • Reply Jen May 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Less coffee, more 3 mile runs in late spring weather. Jrmcraft at gmail . com

  • Reply Stephanie Abdon May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    surrounding myself with people who encourage and support rather than drain my resources

    scgrits at gmail….

  • Reply Kathryn Farwell May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    morning runs and great playlists! walking to and from work (rather than subway) helps my state of mind as well 🙂

    kefarwell@gmail.com

  • Reply Lexie May 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I have been harnessing my inner strength by making realistic plans for the future and trying to discern what I can and cannot control. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! anfrensley at gmail dot com.

  • Reply Sophia May 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Lately, I've been trying to sit down while my daughter naps instead of rushing around to "get things done." I think it takes strength to not be "productive" sometimes. It's going well, but it's taken practice.
    sguglietti@gmail.com

  • Reply Heather May 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Oh it's simply beautiful! And thanks for sharing Of a Kind with us. I've been finding extra strength in the sunshine that's beginning to reappear in Seattle lately. The whole city is in a good mood when the sun is out!

  • Reply eleisa May 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    what a lovely piece. signed up and entered

    excited ♥

  • Reply Raeface May 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely! rachel.malis@gmail.com and yoga helps me with everything!

  • Reply Kathryn May 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    That is lovely. I have always loved lapis. Yoga and sleep help me out these days! feastings at gmail dot com.

  • Reply e r i k a May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Bikram is my new thing right now! — kranzer-at-gmail

  • Reply Kate May 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I've been sleeping as much as my body wants lately, which is apparently a ridiculous 11 hours/night. It's luxurious and I feel so restored!
    katibop@gmail.com

  • Reply SarahE May 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I've been harnessing strength by trying to really get into a meditation routine. I'm nearly finished my certification class to be a yoga instructor, so I need to find my zen 🙂

    saraherdlen at gmail.com

  • Reply wanda May 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    beautiful give-a-way, thank you, and continue to pull upon all positive/mother/earth energy for upcoming labor and birth–it is a journey unlike any other. I'm in a different stage of life now and trying to reset my intentions by going over a couple goals for the day each morning when I wake. Sounds so simple…and sometimes that is what I need. again, best.

  • Reply marenellingboe May 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I've been harnessing extra strength by absorbing all of the vitamin d i can with this lovely spring weather!

  • Reply KJ May 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    By lots and lots of sleep!

  • Reply JM May 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Sunday yoga! My boyfriend and I both run our own small businesses and lately we've been getting home late and waking up early and generally running ourselves ragged. We recently started attending yoga at the Hindu center near our house on Sunday mornings. It's a perfect way to relax, reset and take a much needed breather before starting the new week.

  • Reply Patricia May 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I've been getting stronger with a little more mindful thinking to guide my actions throughout the day. That means, not getting bogged down in negative thinking, making healthier dietary choices, and sweating once a day!

  • Reply Meridith Moore May 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Reminds me of the pool at Hearst Castle!

  • Reply Peggy May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Watching my little garden grow from seeds. Really sweet and amazing.

  • Reply e.t.t. May 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Beautiful necklace. Harnessing inner strength in your last quarter of graduate school isn't an easy thing to do, but interviewing thoughtful, knowledgable theatre artists is helping me to stay focused and excited. Phone calls home are pretty helpful too.* Contact info: (email) stackett@me.com

    *Especially when your Mama is on the other line spouting words of wisdom like, "eyes on the prize" and "you've come this far, I know you can make it the rest of the way."

  • Reply meg May 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I've been gaining strength by spending some much needed time away with my husband!

  • Reply Elizabeth B May 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    We are under contract on a house and I'm trying to find strength to live just a bit longer in this temporary unorganized unsettled space. Reminding myself to be thankful for a roof over our head! I'm finding strength in enjoying my new work out: Barre which has gotten me in better shape as well as more fresh juices, they give so much energy!
    Lovely giveaway!
    Elizabeth eliz.boyette@gmail.com

  • Reply Kate May 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    When I read the Dalai Lama's words of wisdom each night, I find strength. It helps me appreciate each moment for just what it is, rather than residing in past or future moments. katherineannkeating@gmail.com

  • Reply CP May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I'm getting up early to exercise in the mornings before work. (strwmn@gmail.com)

  • Reply Matilda Hankinson May 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I've been spending as much time outside as I can, before it gets too hot

  • Reply Bridget May 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I've been sick with never-ending vertigo as of late, so I've been trying to take things slow- listening to calming music and spending a lot of time outside. (beellebee@gmail.com)

  • Reply Diana Brito May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I have been making time for the important things. Laughing with my girlfriends. Cuddles with my 13 year old daughter (I am so blessed she still really likes me, and I adore her more and more every day). Napping, oh glorious napping. Cooking at home, because really I make better food than most places that deliver. And creating art, because it makes my soul soar.
    Diana from San Francisco

  • Reply Diana Brito May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I have been making time for the important things. Laughing with my girlfriends. Cuddles with my 13 year old daughter (I am so blessed she still really likes me, and I adore her more and more every day). Napping, oh glorious napping. Cooking at home, because really I make better food than most places that deliver. And creating art, because it makes my soul soar.
    Diana from San Francisco

  • Reply katherine woods May 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Lovely! I adore this piece and Ofakind!

  • Reply Sonia May 14, 2014 at 1:39 am

    These days I've been surrounding myself with the words of inspiring women. It's been helping me slowly, but surely, feel like I'm harnessing a tiny, beaten-up reserve of strength that's been hiding as of late. Remembering how strong the women I know and choose to surround myself with – in print, online, and in person – reminds me of what I could be capable of and bolsters me on.

    The necklace is truly stunning, as are these recent posts about your wee upcoming babe. Thank you for letting us join you, sincerely.

    (My contact info, just in case is soniavaillant@gmail.com)

  • Reply RJF May 14, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I loved this release, the beautiful color. I subscribed! and I am harnessing strength from the spring that has leapt out of the trees after a long, Midwestern winter. (doorsrach at gmail dot com)

  • Reply Lamisa May 14, 2014 at 2:14 am

    A return to regular exercise is helping me harness latent strength. lamisac at gmail dot com

  • Reply Amanda May 14, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I draw strength from my husband and his constant support that he gives me while I am going to nursing school and the large amounts of coffee that I consume each day.

    amanda.therese99 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Kate May 14, 2014 at 2:23 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! I have been making a conscious effort to journal three positive things everyday, no matter how stressful it gets.
    creativelykt@gmail.com

  • Reply Diana May 14, 2014 at 2:31 am

    What a gorgeous piece of jewelry! I've been trying to meditate & pray each day so that I can center myself before my day begins.

    joleystar{at}gmail{dot}com

  • Reply Lisa May 14, 2014 at 4:34 am

    have definitely given myself a mantra lately.

    meiping1515@hotmail.com

  • Reply Erin May 14, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I've been thoroughly embracing a morning coffee ritual with no guilt.

    poppyandsparrow at gmail dot com

  • Reply Lisa B. May 14, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I am a college teacher who has just finished the semester, and next week I'm going to China! I am gathering strength by doing a little bit each day to get my house in order before I go. I love your blog! Find me at lisa.bickmore@gmail.com . Thanks!

  • Reply DLS May 14, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Finding strength in my Mom's memory and the small but meaningful things that used to be taken for granted. (Eyes wide open). rollingmotion4@gmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful give-away! Meeting my sister at Brimfield Antique Show where we will spend time eating, shopping and laughing is a great way to re-energize for the everydayness of life. It's important for me to spend time with the people I love. Find me at kberkh0426@gmail.com. Thanks for a great give away. Kathy

  • Reply Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    What a beautiful necklace! I've been trying to maintain a regular running routine and internalize some personal mantras during a time of change. You can find me at amber(dot)gaster(at)gmail(dot)com.

  • Reply Kate May 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Strength comes through the poetry of Mary Oliver read over a cup of lemon-mint tea at sunset. I'm found at Ruiz.Katelyn@gmail.com

  • Reply SpiritPhoenix May 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I've just been trying to de-clutter and reorganize my life both physically and mentally . It's been helping.

    liberian_girl@hotmail.com

  • Reply Jamie May 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I've been drinking ginger tea when I would normally have my mid-afternoon "slump", it's really been helping me stay focused for the remainder of the work day.

  • Reply Shivani May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    oh gosh, I'm needing an extra talisman these days… currently just trying to remember to breathe, as I work full time, deal with some health issues and impending surgery, apply to med school, and look for a new place to live. notesneurons (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Paula May 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I've been meditating in the mornings (46 days in a row!) and love how it sets me up for a better day. paulasherbal [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Reply Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I love the contrast of the gold and the saturated blue. Gorgeous. I am trying to remember to take time for myself, no matter how crazy life seems as we head into summer. Long, quiet walks with the pup help me to center myself, both inside and out.

    ashleypfendler@gmail.com

  • Reply Morse Always Wins! May 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I've been trying to focus on new experiences instead of new things. Most recently it was swinging upside down on the flying trapeze. Trapeze School is based out of New York — you should try it post-bebe!

    ccdog9@gmail.com

  • Reply lntu May 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is beautiful!

    I've been trying to go to bed a little earlier, and have resolved to not go to bed to the glow of my iphone. Then I can wake up a bit earlier–I get ready without feeling rushed, make breakfast, and do some journaling and reading before my day starts.

    leanna.tu@gmail.com

  • Reply MPLSkb May 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I've been harnessing strength by snuggling my soft puppy! bergquistkf (at) gmail.com

  • Reply Jocelyn May 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    What a beautiful necklace! It just takes my breath away!

  • Reply lauren michele May 15, 2014 at 1:07 am

    i've been trying to make it to bed at a reasonable hour as i'm still at a stage with my baby that i have no idea when i'll be up again…

    laurenbeuckman (at) gmail dot com

  • Reply melanie herring May 15, 2014 at 2:05 am

    so stunning! as my schedule gets busier and more demanding, i'm making it a priority to create space in my life, both internally and externally. this small act of attention is supporting me in having the strength i need to get through my days.

    melanacious (at) gmail dot com

  • Reply Anonymous May 15, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I've been trying to get more sleep and stop stressing about the little things. I keep reminding myself of all things I'm grateful for, it makes the stressful things seem insignificant.

    stephanie.khoury91@gmail.com

  • Reply andie May 15, 2014 at 2:19 am

    yoga + lots of water 🙂

  • Reply Gretchen May 15, 2014 at 2:32 am

    The necklace is absolutely stunning! I'm outside every chance I get, enjoying the sun.
    ghpatrick1976@gmail.com

  • Reply Colleen May 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Lovely necklace! I harness extra strength by reminding myself that in the scheme of things, my problems are just tiny…that, and lots of deep breathing. Trying to be intentional about counting in on my inhales and nice long exhales. It helps!

  • Reply Vanessa May 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Every night for the past couple weeks I've made a ritual out of taking a bath. I got some lovely lavender bubble bath and I pair it with tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils and just take a little bit of time to be by myself, silent and still. The necklace is so lovely!

  • Reply Katie May 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    At five months pregnant, I get a little more worn out than usual – but I'm trying to stay strong with sleep, yoga, long walks, and plenty of water. What a beautiful necklace – thank you for the chance to win!

  • Reply sofia.romps May 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful. I could use a little extra strength as I continue trying to conceive. I received some not so great news from my doctor today so I could use a sign that I am meant to be a mother!

    sofia.romps.across@gmail.com

  • Reply vidalia May 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Every day is a battle sometimes. I have to find strength in the fact that my children are becoming wonderful people and I'm successfully raising them on my own. They are my strength.
    jmdezines at gmail dot com

  • Reply Anonymous May 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    What a stunning necklace! I garner strength from Christ, and not clinging to what others think of me. kerrypamperin at gmail

  • Reply Anonymous May 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Having my own little June baby growing inside is what gives me strength through these last four weeks of awaiting not only the arrival of our sweet Goodwyn girl, but of my husband who will be returning from an overseas deployment just in time for our girl's debut (if everything goes according to plan, of course). There have been many things that have given me strength throughout these nine months–the beautiful pink peonies on my window sill, for one– but my husband's constant support and the knowledge that our beautiful family will be together soon is what I cling to. Many blessings on your upcoming journey! dwyer.magdalen at gmail dot com

  • Reply Unknown May 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I recently had to relocate from Brooklyn back to my parents home in Phoenix, AZ for a major surgery. After a year of trying it out in the big city, I had to cut my time short to do a little recuperating around the people who love and care about me. Although I am extremely sad to leave the city I was starting to fall in love with, I know this time away will give me time to reflect and think about the reasons as to why I moved across the country in the first place. I am excited to get stronger every day and I can't wait to be back there again.
    alexgendreau at gmail dot com

  • Reply Whale of a life May 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This necklace is beautiful! My inner strength comes from prayer and relying on God and my family!
    ntleduke @ gmail . com

  • Reply cherre henderson May 16, 2014 at 2:01 am

    My job is stressful and very goal and deadline oriented. I get my strength from my family, it keeps me grounded and reminds me of how important my home life is. They always have my back 🙂 chereeh@msn.com

  • Reply Claire May 16, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Lovely blue things! I just moved across country but drinking lots of slow cups of coffee and walking around my old favorite places gave me strength to pack it all up and say goodbye. clairekilgore@gmail.com

  • Reply Anonymous May 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Transplanting seedlings outside and then letter Nature do the rest. Hurrah for growing things and warm air! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    nakwang{at}gmail.com

  • Reply Heidi May 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    beautiful! yoga. always yoga.

    heidimathea@gmail.com

  • Reply Heather May 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Recently found out we will not be able to naturally have a child after going through our second, and final [failed] round of IVF. I am finding strength in my relationship with my husband and finding strength and peace in the family that he and I have created together – child or no child. hredderson@gmail.com

  • Reply Kristen Rezey May 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Remembering to take time for myself is a bit hard in a small 1 bdrm with a 10 yo. (sometimes you feel like there is no place to go to be alone). Her bedtime is my time. 🙂

    WOW… They have some very beautifully crafted jewels. I would be honored to wear any of them.

    yezer21@yahoo.com

  • Reply Suzanne May 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    This is gorgeous! I would probably wear it every day!

    Garnering extra strength recently by reading prayers with my newborn before he goes down for his morning nap. It's a sweet, snuggly, encouraging time for us both. Also trying to take a shower daily during his morning nap–haha!!

    suz.nichols at gmail dot com

  • Reply maggie @ say yes to salad May 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Just signed up.

    The way I've been harnessing strength is… My mom passed away early this month. My (firstborn) son was not even 3 weeks old at the time. It's been a really rough month but I've been keeping my mom in mind and being the best mom I can be to keep her memory alive 🙂

    Would love this necklace to commemorate this time and give me some extra strength.

    magpie707 at gmail dot com

  • Reply Emily May 19, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Gorgeous! What a lovely giveaway – I adore Of A Kind. I signed up for the newsletter, too. I am going through a transitional period in my life, and I've had to stay strong in order to succeed. I'm loving where I'm at now and I'm glad I got over the hump!

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