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    #emPOWERed Women Empower Women

    Here at Momentum, we smile pretty big when our products go out into the world and make a difference. Search #momentumjewelry on Instagram and you'll get picture after picture of our Motivate Wraps inspiring people to rise above the challenges they face. It's an honor to be a part of those journeys, and in some cases, it's our pleasure to partner with those individuals. Today, we'd like to share Rachel Goldman and Michele Gordon's story with you.

    Rachel is a clinical psychologist in New York City and a devoted Momentum Ambassador. She recently partnered with Michele Gordan, creator of Cardio Sweat Party, to create #emPOWERed, an event series and femme community that celebrates the strength of women. When Rachel and Michele presented their event to us and asked for our participation, our answer was a very big "yes."

    Influenced in part by the #metoo movement, #emPOWERed events provide women with the support they need to feel confident. It's an effort to stop women from holding back, because now is the time for women to live their lives as powerfully as they can. So at every #emPOWEREDevent, women come together to celebrate each other through a Cardio Sweat Party class with Michele, and group chats about self-care—but #emPOWERed is quickly turning into so much more. 

    #emPOWERed is now a community of like-minded women who are out in the world doing big things. And yet, they are still making time to do what energizes them and feeds their soul. And that, essentially, is the essence of what we here at Momentum see our followers doing, too.

    Rachel says, "I have seen firsthand the power of women, the power of support, and the power of women in numbers. Together, we can do anything." And we firmly believe in that statement.

    At the start of each event, Rachel and Michelle encourage their participants to make a new friend. Michelle explains that "you never know who you'll meet, and who will understand whatever it is that you're going through...empowered women empower women and we all need support." 

    Another way one can feel inspired and empowered: Daily reminders that create the motivation to continue. And that's our specialty, because when the motivation is on your wrist, it becomes easier to harness inspiration throughout one's day.

    Remember, together...we can do anything. 

    To see what our community is doing with their Motivate Wraps, be sure to follow #momentumjewelry on Instagram. And if you need more inspiration on your wrist, be sure to shop our collection of Motivate Wraps!

    Team Sparkle is running #Boston4Rett...and we want to help!

    Every year, thousands of runners toe the line at the Boston Marathon. This iconic race excites everyone, most especially the participants. Some do it to enjoy the glory of an amazing accomplishment, others do it to check off a bucket list race. And then, some runners participate to raise awareness for the charity of their choice—and that's exactly what all seven members of Team Sparkle are doing.

    Team Sparkle is running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness for Rett Syndrome, a terrible disease that traps close to half a million girls in their bodies, leaving them unable to speak, walk or even use their hands. Team Sparkle is running because the girls that suffer from Rett Syndrome cannot. 

    Someday, that could change. With awareness comes research and development in the fight against this disease. Team Sparkle is hoping to raise money as well, and that's where we come in to help: This year, Momentum will donate 25% of the sales of our BOSTON STRONG motivate wrap and foot note to Team Sparkle's fundraiser for Rett Syndrome.  Hurry, while supplies last!

    This partnership is important, and we are already proud of Carlee, Kristen, Kellie, Jolie, Elise, Carrie and Allison for putting in the time and effort it will take to cross that finish line. 

    If you or someone you know is running the Boston Marathon this year, then you need this wrist wrap. If you know someone with Rett Syndrome, then you need this wrist wrap. If you want to help us help Team Sparkle support the efforts to find a cure for Rett Syndrome, then you need this motivate wrap. 

    Order yours today! 

    Follow #TeamSparkle and Momentum on Instagram to keep up with this BOSTON STRONG journey. For more information on Rett Syndrome, or to make additional donations, please visit girlpower2cure.org!

    ZOOMA Gains Momentum and Inspiration Flows

    Have you ever participated in a race series designed exclusively for women? If so, you know that these running events are different in the best way possible. From the starting line through every mile and deep into the after party—the inspiration flows freely. That's why we decided to partner with ZOOMA Women's Race Series.

    ZOOMA believes in creating a community of support. Goals, dreams and aspirations come alive when like-minded individuals help each other out. This, of course, is our philosophy as well—and that's why we joined the ZOOMA team of sponsors. We firmly believe in the power of encouragement and this race series delivers. ZOOMA race weekends are always filled with fun and an incredible amount support as female athletes come together and celebrate each other.

    The 2018 events kick off in Texas on March 10. Sign up for a half marathon, relay, 10K or 5K and you'll get a weekend of activities and events planned to appeal to the female athlete. 

    Sarah Ratzlaff, Director of Events for ZOOMA, says that "ZOOMA races are incredibly fun to run, but there is always a party following the race with massages, mimosas, shopping, live music and more." Add a Welcome Party, Sunrise Yoga and an excellent swag bag, and a ZOOMA race weekend can easily become your next best girls' weekend.

    In addition to the Texas event, other locations include Annapolis, Great Lakes, Cape Cod and Florida. For information on each of these weekends, or to sign up, we encourage you to visit the ZOOMA website. We're already getting excited for all of your awesome race pictures! And we'll be at each event, either at the expo or on the race course (going live on social media, of course). 

    For any and all things ZOOMA + Momentum, be sure to tag yourself with #ZOOMArun and #MomentumJewelry so we can #sharethespark.

    Guest Post: You are inspiring someone, it's true.

    Here at Momentum, inspiration is our thing. It's why we assembled a team of Ambassadors. They are true masters of inspiration, and they spread our message with every Motivate Wrap they wear...and share with others! Sometimes they know how inspiring they are, sometimes they don't even realize it. It is, after all, totally possible to inspire someone without even trying to. We'll let one of our Ambassadors, Tera Busker, explain this to you:

    I was recently scrolling through Instagram and an image of a quote caught my eye. It said "Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring."  As I looked at it, I couldn't help but wonder how many people I've inspired without even realizing it. Think about it! And then, think about how many times you've stepped outside of your own comfort zone, tried something new or pushed yourself to be better because of what you saw another person do.

    The power of being able to knowingly motivate someone with your words and actions is an incredible gift, but when you do it without even realizing it—that's a blessing. By just being you, you've made an impact on another person.

    A few years ago, someone made an impact on me and I"ll never forget it. I was running a half marathon that I swore I'd never run again. All of my experiences with this particular race were awful, but there I was again...running it for the 4th time and questioning everything.

    It was a cold, Spring day and the weather was less than desirable. The race was on a muddy gravel trail, and there was nothing to look at but the path in front of me (and an occasional cow). It was a small race with an out-and-back course. I hit the halfway mark and was done. Completely done. I was over the cold, rain, mud and lack of scenery. I was basically running alone and my shoes were ruined. I literally wanted to cry. Then I picked my head up and saw the ponytail.

    I was so excited to see another runner, so I picked up the pace a bit to catch up with her. As I got closer, it felt like her ponytail was hypnotizing me, and I was able to relax into a good pace. She eventually started to pull away from me, but I was determined to keep up, so I picked up the pace. 

    She pulled away again, and we settled into what felt like a game of cat and mouse. The harder I tried to catch up with her, the faster she ran until we reached the final stretch of the race and were side-by-side. We looked at each other and sprinted to the finish.

    After the finish, I collected myself and approached her. Before I could say anything, she said to me: "That was an amazing race. Thank you so much for pushing me! I could hear you behind me and I tried so hard to stay ahead of you, but you kept coming for me. And to finish right next to you—that was awesome!"

    And here I thought she was inspiring me! I thanked her for the race, and then we had a brief chat. She had been hoping for a PR that day, but wasn't into the race. But once we started running "together," she got her spark back—and so did I.

    Here's the takeaway: There are days when the things you do seem effortless and bring you incredible joy. And there are days when those things feel like a chore and you question everything—but that's when you must be strong because those are the days where you might find yourself inspiring someone to be strong, too.

    If you like to inspire others, we'd like you to consider joining our team of Ambassadors. Applications will be opened on January 19th and 20th! CLICK HERE to fill one out. 

    Guest Post: Swap "I am Sorry" with "Thank You" and Change Everything

    As you continue to dive into 2018, we hope you'll consider this one major change to your approach: Instead of saying "I am sorry," consider the effects of a simple "thank you" instead. We'll let Katie Heck of Raising Heck tell you more:

    As a busy mom of twin boys, I am always sorry for something—being late or in the way, or forgetting something important. While a sincere apology definitely has its place, I found myself wondering how often I was apologizing for not living up to what I perceived someone’s expectations of me were. As women, we are bombarded with images and opinions of what the “ideal” mother, sister and friend should look like. This creates too many situations in which we are simply apologizing for being ourselves.

    I finally asked myself: What if I replaced "I am sorry" with "thank you" in my everyday conversations?

    It's not as crazy as it sounds! Think of the last time you ran with a friend that was faster than you. Did you apologize for not keeping up? Why didn't you just thank your friend for running at your pace? Doing so would have switched the narrative in your head from negative (I cannot run as fast) to positive (I have amazing friends that run with me). I recently tried this when I ran a race with a friend that definitely outpaces me.

    Had I apologized to her for not being fast, that feeling of inadequacy would have followed me for every mile. It would have ruined the fun and made my friend feel bad for running faster. Instead, I thanked her for having fun with me, which made the race an adventure we both shared with the same attitude—a positive one.

    This switch in paradigm does not just apply to working out. Constantly apologizing at work can make your coworkers think that there is really something wrong with you. If someone catches an error you make, thank them for it! This swaps the negative feelings associated with making a mistake, to positive feelings that come when you allow someone to help you. By increasing someone else’s value instead of decreasing your own, you make yourself someone that others will look forward to working with.

    Limiting how often you make apologies will also increase your friends' perception of how genuine you are. Limiting apologies for trivial things will make necessary apologies a lot more meaningful. We always tell our kids to apologize “like they mean it” and they are a perfect example of this mantra. Children do not apologize for their inadequacies—no one has told them they are not good enough yet. Why don’t we believe in ourselves in this same way?

    It has been a few weeks since I've made this switch, and I find that I have a better perception of myself. By looking for reasons to thank my friends, I am more aware of the amazing group of people that surround me. I am focusing on our strengths rather that my weaknesses. This is such a little change, but has shifted  my perception and spreads  gratitude instead of negativity.

    ...and who doesn't want that? We think this advice is great, and we hope you'll apply it to the situations in your own life. Together, we can work to spread positivity. That's what we're about this year. Are you? Show us on Instagram! Tag @momentumjewelry in your posts, use #momentumjewelry and #sharethespark so we can keep up with your adventures.