Friday, April 24, 2009

Jewelry Giveaway! *Updated with Winner!*

And the winner, comment #15 drawn by random.org, is So Bella Creations who said, "I would choose the butterfly charm and have my daughter's name engraved on it."

Congrats!

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Back in the late 80's, did you own an ID bracelet? Or did you buy one for your high school boyfriend?

(Yep, I did. A gold chain-link one that I had engraved at Things Remembered. I'm sure I bought it whilst wearing copious amounts of Aqua Net in my high hair with a Swatch watch around my wrist. And Pony sneakers.)

I was totally unaware that Things Remembered was still around!

Well, they are.

And they have a new Charm Story line - a one-of-a-kind collection of more than 50 exclusive silver-plated engraveable charms!

Things Remembered was kind enough to let me pick out something from this new line. First of all, how cute is their packaging?

This is what I chose:

It's the Starter Charm Bracelet with three Crystal Star Charms. And the back of each star is engraved with a boyz' name and their birthdate!

Guess what?

Things Remembered has offered to let me do a giveaway! Winner will received either the bracelet or necklace (your choice), along with one charm and engraving (again, your choice)! It's a $50 value!

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment below with which charm you like best and/or how you would have your charm engraved. (For 1 chance to win.)

2. Follow Things Remembered on Twitter. (To receive an additional chance to win. Make sure you come back here and leave another comment telling me you've done so!)

3. Follow my main blog! (It's on the left sidebar. This is for a THIRD chance to win. Make sure you come back here and leave another comment telling me you've done so!)

4. Follow this review/giveaway blog! (It's on the right sidebar. Make sure you come back here and leave another comment telling me you've done so!)

So that's 4 chances to win!

What are you waiting for? Winner will be drawn May 1st.

Monday, April 20, 2009

10 - 10 - 10 *Updated with Winner!*

*Comment #7 (drawn by random.org) was the winner - so congrats to Mom Forever and Ever!

How do you broach the task of making huDge decisions in your life?

Do you make a list of pros and cons? Do you talk it out with anyone who will listen? Do you stress eat? (*raising hand*)

Suzy Welch (wife of Jack) and regular columnist in Oprah's magazine, has come up with a "life-transforming idea". Her process is amazingly direct.

You simply ask yourself: What are the consequences of my decision in 10 minutes? In 10 months? And in 10 years?

(The 10s don't have to be literal though. The first 10 basically means Right Now; the second 10 should be the Foreseeable Future; and the third 10 stands for your Far Off Future. So technically, it could really be 7 days, 6 months and 2 years. Or 4 days, 3 months and 5 years. You know what I mean.)

The author states that the 10-10-10 process also aids in the identification of one's value system and set of beliefs and that "along with identifying our values, one of the great advantages of 10-10-10 is that the process often reveals to us how and why" our values may shift.

But (and this was my favorite part of the book), you don't have to wait for a 10-10-10 worthy dilemma to discover your own set of values. In the book, Welch provides her own Deep Questions for consideration:

Regarding your legacy: What would make you cry at your 70th birthday?

Regarding your character: What do you want people to say about you when you're not in the room?

And regarding your lifestyle: What do you love about the way your parents live, and what do you hate?

Intrigued? Do you have a dilemma or a Major Decision that could be explored further with the 10-10-10 method? Want to know more?

I'm giving away a copy of 10-10-10! To enter, leave me a comment with your answer to one of the above Deep Questions (you can link to your blog if you want to write your answer in a blog post - these questions are good blog fodder, aren't they?) and I will pick a winner at random on Friday, April 24 (which also happens to be my 10-year anniversary!)

Good luck!