Mother's Day

The Most Beautiful Mother’s Day Gift

You won’t be surprised to learn that I usually get a lot more orders for my jewelry just before Mothers’ Day. But, here’s the twist: only a few of those extra orders are for my Mothers’ Day hearts engraved with their children’s names. The bulk of the extra orders are for my regular 12-step recovery jewelry items that celebrate sobriety anniversaries, another year of being clean and sober. Many people finally choose to get sober on Mothers’ Day! Surprising? That’s right: many people finally choose to get sober on Mothers’…

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Surprising Compassion Among Hummingbirds

My husband shot this video today in our home.  Wanted to share its beauty. This hummer got accidentally trapped in a window in our house. The other hummer kept hovering outside the glass, trying to help the trapped one. She just wouldn’t leave! Of course we rescued the trapped bird just after the video ends. The other bird was sitting from a tree not 10 feet away, watching anxiously the whole time. These are both adult females. The trapped bird is a little smaller than the outside bird, so she…

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The Importance of Sobriety/Clean Anniversaries

I recently overheard a comment from someone who said “Sobriety anniversary? Who would ever want to celebrate being sober?” And to that I replied, “Well, for someone who was destroying their lives with drugs or alcohol, being clean and sober every passing day just happens to be a big, freaking deal!” People outside AA, NA, CA, and other 12-step or recovery-related programs often do not understand the importance of the sobriety anniversary. Outsiders or Normies May Not Understand As an addict in recovery, I can speak for many people that…

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Sober Diva

A new design inspired by one of my customers.  He told me he likes calling his wife now 10 years sober, his “sober diva”.   Liked it so much, I decided to create a product.  The back can be customized. to include your personal message.  See this link for a product details:  

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Thich Nhat Hanh

From the inspiring word of Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned Zen master… We can start our day with the happiness of a smile and the aspiration to dedicate ourselves to the path of love and understanding. Waking up this morning I smile.  Twenty-four brand new hours are before me I wow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

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Inside My God Box

I have a secret. Actually, hundreds of secrets, hopes, fears, desires, wishes all written on little scrapes of paper I’ve collected throughout the years and stuffed into my God Box. This is my way of Letting Go, Letting God – surrendering them to my Higher Power. Instead of worrying, ruminating or obsessing over life, I write it down and Turn It Over. My first sponsor, over 13 years ago, had one. She thought everyone should have one. At first, I thought it was little childish until I went through some…

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It Works If You Work It

I’m always inspired by my customers and their stories. Getting and staying clean and sober is one of the most challenging things one can do.  It’s thrilling to get a repeat order one year later from the same customer.  Another year of sobriety!  What an amazing accomplishment! I was compelled to write about this because of Beverly who contacted me several years ago to buy a one-year anniversary dog tag for her son’s first year sobriety.  She told me how wrapped he had been in his disease, drinking up to…

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Principles Before Personalities

One of the tougher issues I have to deal with as an artist, person in recovery and micro-businesswoman is dealing with personalities. The vast majority of the feedback I get for my work is positive and supportive.  It makes me feel good to be of service, and people love what they have purchased for themselves or their loved ones. However, I get the rare comment that somebody really despises my work. Not straightforward criticism like that it’s just okay, or that they don’t really like this or that about a…

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