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    SPARK Blog — Inspiration

    This is your moment: Appreciate the little moments.

    As we continue to celebrate the launch of our new Fall Collection of Motivate Wraps, we focus on all the moments you collected throughout your lives. Every moment counts, and adventure and growth lie within all the steps we take to make those moments happen. All of these moments have their place in your life. Even the bad moments, the setbacks that frustrate us...they're important moments, too. Today, we're going to talk about the small moments. Tiffany is here to tell you that they matter, too. Consider them your "B-roll." Let her explain:

    Sunday, September 17, 2017: It was a bright, unseasonably warm fall morning that would have simply blended in with the rest of them except for one small detail—I was training for my first marathon and this was day one. I laced up, planned my course, got my adrenaline pumping, and set out on what would prove to be an absolutely gut-wrenching, exhausting, slightly embarrassing four miles. But I did it. No excuses, I just went out and gave it everything I could.

    Friday, December 22, 2017: It was week 14 of my 16-week training program and a massive snow storm was scheduled to hit on Sunday, the day I was scheduled to run my longest run ever—20 miles. In an effort to avoid the snow storm, I decided to capitalize on the comparatively warm (36 degrees) weather and took a half-day off work to get my miles in. My husband had the day off, so we found a new course, dropped water, loaded our belts with nutrition and took off. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun on a training run than I did on this one. Oh, I was in pain, but this seemingly small moment has been etched into my brain forever.

    Sunday, January 7th, 2018: I crossed the finish line of my first marathon at the most magical place on earth, but none of it would have been possible without the moments leading up to it. Believe me, there were good days, plenty of bad days, days when 14 miles felt like 6 and 4 felt more like 20. The medal I earned for that big moment was so much more than the 4.5 hours I spent running around Disney property.

    Do you remember your greatest moments? How about the ones that got you there? Every little adventure (or mis-adventure) that paved the way for you to achieve your moment? So often we only focus on achieving the big moments that we forget to appreciate the little ones each and every day.

    As a result of our social media-driven culture, many people only see our highlight reels—the moments that represent the pinnacle of our days, months, and years of hard work that build up to a single moment that everyone sees. I challenge you to think about your “B-roll” (the supporting footage intercut with the main shot). You should rejoice in the big moments, but also take time to reflect on all of the little moments that got you there: the people that helped you, the training runs that you fought through, the late nights you spent working on a project, the moments that inspired you to go for it.

    As we move into fall, a time for reflection, I invite you to consider your path this year. How are those goals coming that you set in January? Have you achieved your moment? Are you on track? Have you failed at something this year? Have you succeeded? Honestly, I hope you’ve done both because the experiences build you to your moment. If you’re not where you thought you would be right now, you have the power to change your path and achieve your moment. Maybe your goal has changed—and that’s okay. Every single moment has a place in your story. You just have to go for it.

    Just remember to be kind to yourself as you reflect and re-focus your energy this fall. And please remember: your moment doesn’t always have to be a finish line—it can be the little moments in between that affirm why we do what we do; moments that challenge us to grow. Appreciate every single moment because each and every one of them is uniquely yours.

    We want to see your "B-roll." Follow @momentumjewelry (and Tiffany, too) on Instagram and tag your photos with #momentumjewelry so we can celebrate your little moments. (We'll celebrate your big moments, too!) Need inspiration? Shop our new fall collection. 

    This is your moment: Learn to embrace the setbacks.

    Right now, we are celebrating you and all of your moments. We believe that now is the time for you to focus on all of the things you want to achieve, and our new collection of Motivate Wraps was designed to keep you inspired. In fact, we believe that it's never a bad time to embrace your moments. Even when the journey toward those moments is filled with setbacks. Back in January, Kelli from Run Happy Eat Happy shared her 2018 goals on our blog. Today, she's back with an update—and a message for you about overcoming setbacks:

    I like to think that I am tough, that I am brave and that I can overcome any challenge that is put in my way. I find myself driven by overcoming challenges, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t also find myself in doubt. Especially when it comes to marathon training. Am I capable of achieving my goal time? Am I getting injured? Should I choose a slower goal time? Those are just a few of the many questions running through my mind during a typical marathon training cycle. Reflecting on this now, I realize that I have never really, fully embraced the amazing journey that I am on so that starts here.

    I ran two marathons earlier this year and I can admit that neither race was my moment. Through that journey, I trained hard, overcame one injury and was ultimately happy with the outcomes. Deep down, I knew that I could do bette—that I could be better.

    I knew that training for the California International Marathon could be the answer that I was looking for. I was not planning on running a third marathon this year—in fact, I was feeling pretty burned out after the other two. I just had a feeling that this could be my moment for the year, so I signed up right away. Unfortunately, I immediately began to doubt that initial feeling as things seemed to be piling up around me.

    I learned that my mom needed surgery to hopefully rule out cancer. I was also learning to deal with more stress and less sleep at home with our new puppy. I also stumbled upon my second injury of the year. Training for this next marathon was starting to become the least of my worries and my excitement was quickly fading away.

    Luckily, I remembered this one thing that my yoga teacher always said:  “ignite your fire within." It always inspired me. I knew that I had the courage within me to overcome the stress and mental setbacks that I was experiencing. I just needed to find it. There are many things in life that we can’t control and sometimes we need to stop worrying about those things and accept them for what they are. Of course, I would still worry from time to time, but once I began to accept my setbacks, I found that my excitement to embrace my journey, and life in general, never faded and was always there within me.

    I am currently still in the process of this amazing journey that I am on, accepting my setbacks and embracing my moment. One of my favorite Motivate Wraps describes this perfectly: “adventure awaits.”

    ...and I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store for me!

    And we can't either! One of the things we love so much about our #momentumjewelry community is that each one of you is constantly pushing toward adventure, and ultimately having moments...multiple moments...that "ignite the fire within" you to keep moving. And ultimately, inspiring others. So remember, setbacks spring you forward. Embrace them. Remember your "why" and add moment after moment to your awesome list of memories. 

    Need an extra dose of motivation? Shop the new collection of Motivate Wraps HERE

    Guest Post: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

    Many thanks to Neal Donald Walsch for a classic quote that speaks to many. Comfort zones exist, and getting outside them makes magic happen. We love seeing our Ambassadors push beyond their own comfort zones to achieve their biggest dreams, or to experience life from a different perspective. Today, Janelle is sharing her story with you, too:

    Most people consider it crazy. Spending 36 hours in a van while running a 200-mile relay race. No sleep. No showers. Six sweaty women, plus a sweaty driver. Sound miserable? Actually, it was the event of a lifetime.

    Last year, a member of our run club was diagnosed with cancer. She has remained so incredibly strong and positive through her journey and treatments, and six women from our club decided to dedicated their Ragnar Relay to her. Struggling to each run 30 miles over the course of two days with no sleep would be nothing compared to what she would be battling over the next year.  When they asked me to be their driver, I immediately agreed.

    We decided our team name would be "All Kinds of Strong" (although, it should have been called "All Kinds of Crazy"). We drove our 12-person van to Lancaster to begin the race on Friday morning at 5:00am, and we finished in the Pocono Mountains on Saturday around dinner time. Between the lack of sleep and constant running, our team battled GI distress the entire time. We survived on whatever we could get down—peanut butter and jelly, pasta salad, soft pretzels and Coke. Let me tell you, Coke was our savior! None of us are soda drinkers, but there is something so satisfying in a Coke that somehow settles your stomach.

    These ladies ran up and down hills all through the night with few complaints. We each had our "moments," but they were short-lived and the remainder of the moments were filled with laughing and singing. We stopped for afternoon ice cream and midnight coffee. They suffered through exposed runs in the blazing sun and through death marches up an incline that could be walked faster than it could be run. They got lost on the course multiple times and we received multiple bear sighting alerts. I ended up running about 15 miles to keep a few of them company on the hills and in the middle of the night. Those hills were no joke! I'm so proud of these six women for pushing themselves, and also for winning their division!

    For anyone that knows me, I need my sleep and I can only sleep in a bed. My family and good friends were shocked that I even considered joining in this (foolish) adventure. You know what? Sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone. That's where the magic happens. 

    These six women are some of my favorite people, and I would do anything for them. And we would all do anything for our run club family, especially when one is sick and in need. When one struggles, we all struggle and rise up to support each other.

    That right there is my favorite thing about the running community. 

    We want to know: What is your favorite thing about the running community? If you have a story, pitch it to blog@designesthatmoveyou.com, and be sure to tag @momentumjewelry on Instagram. We love hearing about your adventures, and we love seeing our Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes in action. 

    Guest Post: Be wild.

    We live in a society that is so technologically based that we often forget our humble beginnings in nature. The birds, flowers, bees and trees are beautiful, wonderful things that we zoom by with our heads down in our phones. Sophie of TWexplore is here to remind you that getting out into the wild is something we all need to do a little bit more of. Read her story:

    Our family of three just completed a "30 days wild" challenge. No, I don't mean 30 days of non-stop parties. We immersed ourselves in nature and our world with the goal of knowing our place as living beings, waking up to rain and sunshine, noticing animals and stopping to listen to the birds and smell the roses.

    When we think of "wild" or "wilderness," we imagine remote and empty places and as a wildlife biologist, I've spent a good bit of my time in them. But guess what, the wild is everywhere.

    So why did I decide to take part in the yearly "30 days wild" challenge that is run by the Wildlife Society (UK) every June? I had a couple of reasons:

    1) In 2011, I moved with my then 4 year-old daughter from our native tropical island and reinvented myself as a translator and language teacher living in Wales, UK. It meant that my girl got less daily exposure to nature.

    2) One of the most important roles of parents is to share their knowledge and experiences with the next generation. I realized that I had a lot to share in the "wild" department and took this opportunity to start my sharing journey.

    3) I believe being wild is one of the greatest qualities we can have. To me, it ultimately means being responsible for ourselves and having the knowledge that will enable us to function and be self-reliant in the world we live in. I wanted to start my daughter on this journey.

    So, what do you do when you have 30 days ahead of you and have pledged to do a random act of wildness on every single one of them? Here are some of the main actions we incorporated into our lives:

    Experience: The first step to being wild is getting in touch with our senses. Every day, one of us ran to school with my daughter. We ran or walked along the coast, in forests and meadows. On other days, we swam and suffered in the sea, rode our bikes and took our shoes off during our runs to better experience the Earth.

    Acknowledge and Reflect: Part of being human is knowing our roots and where we come from. We resisted some of the traditions that made our societies. We let our lawn grow into a wild meadow (the bees and sparrows loved it). Then, on the 23rd of June, we used hand tools to cut the hay (the blackbirds and wood pigeons much prefer it now). I showed my daughter how to read the landscape and understand where people influenced it and shared some of my favorite books on wilderness.

    Learn and Transmit: I showed my daughter different ways of becoming independent. I taught her fundamental things, like navigating in the natural world with a map and compass or by paying attention to the world around her. I taught her which plants are good to eat, which ones will harm you and which ones might heal you. We used our 1-mile walk to school to talk about the world and she had the space and time to ask questions such as "do predators eat sick and weak animals?" or "why do people have different color hair?". We even got to talk about the basics of scientific nomenclature.

    Be Self-Reliant: Another important aspect of being wild is understanding the difference between wild and domestic animals. The answer is self-reliance. Domestic animals rely on us to meet their basic needs, and while animals only rely on themselves. We fostered self-reliance in our transports. Us adults ran to the pool and back (6 miles) for our swim training. I taught my daughter to cook from scratch, from ingredients her grandmother would recognize and also to pick and cook wild food. We had several DIY creative sessions, so much more soul goes into handmade objects and jewelry.

    Be Aware: Wild beings are so aware of their environment. We, on the other hand, tend to go on autopilot most of the time. Over 30 days, we cultivated awareness of our environment. We used all of our sense by listening to where sounds come from (useful if you're orienteering in thick mist), discovering habits of our local seals and birds so that we may see them more easily and (of course) noticing that stopping to smell the roses on the way to school makes us happy.

    All of these things are simple, but surely "live simply" is one of the most fulfilling things in life. And where to now? We're planning more wild discoveries this Summer with over a month living in our tent, exploring and fulfilling our desire to be wild. 

    How are you living on the wild side of things? Be sure to show us on Instagram by tagging @momentumjewelry and #momentumjewelry in your very best photos! We can't wait to see your wild side!

    Guest Post: When Strangers Become Friends

    This story! Challenges accepted, new friendships created, and at the heart of it all...one of our Motivate Wraps. We couldn't be more honored to be a part of this running story from Kathryn of The Dean Routine:

    It was a muggy Monday morning on July 4th, 2016 when the women of the Wild Bruce Chase team triumphantly approached the Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail in Niagara Falls, ON. We had travelled over 900km from Tobermory to reach this destination and set a new women's relay Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Bruce Trail. The enthusiastic cheers and flowing tears embodied the challenge, emotions and lifelong connections that occured during those four days, 1 hour and 39 minutes.

    And this was only the beginning...

    When the Wild Bruce Chase first started, many of us were strangers that shared a love of running and trails. Over those four days spent together on the Bruce Trail, we faced an actual bear sighting, pouring rain, vomiting, twisted ankles, getting lost, sleep deprivation, unimproved roads and moments of doubt. These obstacles caused us to bond like family and we knew we had formed a team for life. 

    After our first successful FKT, we continued to support one another and celebrated each other's running and non-running accomplishments. It wasn’t long before we craved another team adventure. 

    Next stop was the Rideau Trail, a 387km long trail that travels between Ottawa to Kingston. We started in Ottawa on Canada Day in 2017. The Rideau Trail brought on unique challenges that we did not experience with the Bruce Trail, including unmaintained and unmarked trails, significant flooding and trekking through areas with high tick populations. We accommodated, adapted and persevered to set the first women's FKT on the Rideau Trail in 34 hours, 40 minutes.

    You would think we would be satisfied... 

    Next up was our Winter FKT on the Grand Valley Trail, a 275km long trail that goes from the shores of Lake Erie to a literal pinnacle in Alton, ON. Everything about this FKT was demanding. Winter weather in southern Ontario is unpredictable at best. We ultimately finished in 29 hours and 21 minutes, awarding us with the first ever all women’s winter FKT in Ontario.

    This is a bit of background on our Wild Bruce Chase team, what we enjoy doing and what we have accomplished, but the biggest question that we often get is “WHY?”

    Why would you want to go through bear country at night? Why would you want to wade through flooded rivers and trek through snow and mud for fun? Why would you commit so much time to preparing and planning for an unofficial record?

    The best way to provide clarification on the why behind out FKTs was to have our teammates say it in their own words: 

    “Joining Wild Bruce Chase for another FKT attempt is a very special adventure for me. It’s an incredible experience to be surrounded by strong, diverse, and supportive women. Our crew works so hard to help each and every one of us run our hearts out and it’s amazing to share a collective goal. To be surrounded by great team spirit is simply special.”

    “A girl can't have too many adventures lined up!”

    “Because I love to run...I especially love to run trails and I have found a special group of strong women who love do it, too. When you find a group of wild women and they ask you to join them on a wild adventure...the answer is always yes!” 

    These statements express that our FKTs are so much more than just running. These FKTs represent teamwork, adventure and the power of women supporting one another. 

    So we are at it again... 

    Starting on Friday, June 29th, we will be attempting our fourth FKT on the Ganaraska Trail at the Wild Bruce Chase. We will be travelling over 590km over three days, beginning in Port Hope, ON. This attempt will have an extra meaningful end as the FKT will be completed on a section that intersects with the Bruce Trail, where our story first began. Momentum Jewelry has been a huge supporter since we first came together as a team and will be coming along for the ride again. We use a shared Motivate Wrap as our baton for when we transition from one runner to the next. Due to the relay style of our FKTs, there are often times where we are out on the trail alone, but a glance down at our wrist reminds us that our team is always together. 

    Every single step of the way.

    To keep track of this story, follow Wild Bruce Chase on Instagram. If you have a special story that involves a Motivate Wraps, reach out to blog@designsthatmoveyou.com.