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    How to Have #aBetterBlackFriday (GIVEAWAY)

    Today is Black Friday. People everywhere are flocking to stores that promise super sales on must-have products, giving everyone hope that Holiday shopping could be completed in just one day. If this day is important to you, we salute you for tackling the crowds—but we here at Momentum are choosing #aBetterBlackFriday. We are choosing to #optoutside.

    Now, this isn't about boycotting commercialism. Instead, we feel it's more about slowing down and enjoying what life has to offer you. Specifically, the people and places around you. Grab those people and #optoutside. Explore nature, not the nearest shopping mall. Even if it's just for half a day. Or even two hours.

    Here are more ways to have #aBetterBlackFriday:

    • Go for a walk, run or just sit in the sun.
    • Enjoy the sun, the sand or even the snow.
    • Find a playground with your kids, or turn it into your gym for the day.
    • Sit on your porch, and just watch the world around you.
    • Go for a swim, then play in the sand.

    Really, it's about getting out into nature in a way that tunes you into the life you live with the people you love. We think that's important. 

    ...and we want to see how you do it. Snap a picture and tag @momentumjewelry on Instagram with #aBetterBlackFriday and #optoutside. Or comment on our #aBetterBlackFriday Facebook post. We'll pick two winners. Each will receive the Motivate Wrap of their choice and a Hydroflask 10 oz. Rocks Tumbler. 

    We truly can't wait to see what you do.

    Now go, have #aBetterBlackFriday.

    You are fearless. You are powerful. You are worthy. #beYOUtiful

    Oh, #beYOUtiful! You have blown us away with your true selves. Our #beYOUtiful campaign stresses the importance of overcoming self doubt, of listening to your innermost power girl and changing her conversation so that it remains positive and encouraging at all times. We believe that each one of you is a fearless, powerful and worthy individual—and through this campaign, we see that you believe that as well. 

    We see your beauty, we read your signs, and we encourage you to keep encouraging others to believe that they are #beYOUtiful, too. If you haven't read them yet, we encourage you to pour a delicious cup of coffee or tea and read through each one of our #beYOUtiful blog posts from the past few days. You will love what some of our amazing  Ambassadors have to say:

    "I am powerful, so are you." by Amanda Stewart

    "You have unlimited power." by Blair Harter

    "I am important (and so are you)." by Ashley Behnken-Sura

    "Take back your power." by Molly Egan

    "Step into your power." by Nina Caballero

    "I am worthy." by Rachel McCluskey

    "What does it mean to be fearless?" by Jenny Schatzle

    "You are worthy of self-care." by Jess Parker

    I am powerful. So are you. #beYOUtiful

    We kicked off our annual #beYOUtiful campaign yesterday, featuring a discounted collection of Motivate Wraps. We also introduced a set of limited edition "I am..." Motivate Wraps, designed to remind you that you are #beYOUtiful. And powerful. Over the course of the campaign, we'll be featuring inspirational blog posts from some of our Ambassadors, starting with Amanda Stewart:

    I am very committed to my identity as a runner.

    It's my go-to answer to:

    "What do you do for fun?" Run.

    "How do you stay fit?" Run.

    "How do you make friends?" Run.

    "How do you practice self care?" Run.

    For the last ten years, I've been a runner. It's my go-to fun fact. I'm almost always training for my next race. I'm proud of the fact that I've run seven full marathons and one ultra marathon. I'm proud of the fact that I can run very, very slow for a long time.

    Running is also something I share with my Grandma, who inspires me every day to be stronger and work harder than everyone else expects me to.

    So it means a lot to me, but at some point, I started to realize that there might be more to fitness and strength than running. What if there was more to me than my identity as a runner? 

    I decided to join a Crossfit gym to find out. 

    What if part of me wasn't challenged by running long distances anymore? I set a goal of being able to do pull-ups unassisted. But what's left of me if I'm not a long, slow distance runner?

    Answer: That same, powerful woman. 

    I ran an ultra marathon in the Summer of 2017 and it broke me. It left me stripped and angsty and, truth be told, I'm still trying to get back on my feet. I'm still trying to lace up my shoes because I want to, not because I have to. And yet, when I think back to my first marathon in 2014, I think about how empowered I felt. It was a huge accomplishment and it was truly the first time that I ever felt that I was capable of achieving whatever I set my mind to. It was the first time in my life that I celebrated my body instead of hating it. It was the first time that I made decisions for me, and not for anyone else. 

    I could go on and on with all of the lessons that running has taught me. Running kicked off a fitness journey for me that made me feel powerful and empowered at the same time. Powerful as a woman, empowered as someone who can tackle anything she sets her mind to.

    ...and my Motivate Wraps have been there along this journey as additional reminders of my self worth, my sense of adventure, my persistence and my love of coffee. And now, I am so thankful for the reminder that I am powerful.  

    We are all powerful. It's time for all of us to unleash the power within.

    Join us as we celebrate #beYOUtiful you. It's time for us all to realize that we are more than what we look like, what we do or who we know. We are strong, powerful and amazing women. We are more than what society says we are, and we are proving that to society a little more every day. 

    Be sure to shop our newest Motivate Wraps. Download your free #beYOUtiful poster, and show the world what you are. Share your images on Instagram—tag @momentumjewelry, #momentumjewelry and #beYOUtiful so we can celebrate with you.

    You are #beYOUtiful.

    Today is the day: It's time for you to reclaim the beauty and power that is YOU. Join us as we launch our #beYOUtiful campaign. By recognizing your own gifts, beauty and strength, you ultimately let your unique light shine through. That light represents your potential, and it leads you toward all of your dreams. 

    When you push back against a world that compares, that passes value judgements and measures you against an "ideal" standard—you impact the people around you and ultimately make the world just a little bit better. 

    When you work to create a supportive community that encourages others to recognize and value their own unique beauty, when you educate others on what healthy actually is and how it can look different from person to person—you empower the people around you and remind every single person that every body is beautiful.

    When you celebrate every body, every level of activity, and the achievement of every individual's own goals—you acknowledge that progress is more important than perfection, and that it's also an individual concept.

    When we are authentic and true to ourselves, we are beautiful. When we celebrate others, we are beautiful. 

    Together, we become powerful. 

    And we are always, absolutely always enough. 

    Join us as we celebrate being #beYOUtiful. Remember who you are, and share that with the world. Select #beYOUtiful Motivate Wraps are on sale for $15/each, or you can shop our newest "I am..." collection:

    We'll be featuring each of these inspirational Motivate Wraps in blog posts from our Ambassadors over these next few days. 

    To join the movement, download your free #beYOUtiful poster. Upload a picture to Instagram and tag @momentumjewelry using #beYOUtiful and #momentumjewelry. 

    Let's work together to show the world that we are all, every one of us, #beYOUtiful and powerful.

    This is your moment: You can choose it wisely.

    Every once in a while, we choose a goal or shoot for a dream—and things don't go as we've planned. That, I hope you know, is absolutely OK. Life has a way of throwing curveballs, and choosing the right moments to chase (and knowing when to shift gears) is all part of the adventure that awaits you. This is why we've centered our new Fall Collection of Motivate Wraps around this theme. That now is your time, no matter what, to collect the moments you so deserve. Today on the blog, our last in the series of guest posts focused on your moments, is Katherine with a few words about choosing your moment wisely:

    At the beginning of 2018, I took on the challenge of marathon training for the first time. As anyone who’s trained for one knows, it completely and utterly changes and consumes your life. And with each run I’ve gone on, I’ve found myself focusing on one thing and one thing only—Boston. So when I think about my “moment,” BQing this year was going to be it.

    The problem is that nobody tells you that you may have to adjust your moment. Through all of the positive affirmations and the pump up quotes and the “you can push through anything” looping through your brain to keep you going, there’s no warning that your moment, the one you’ve centered 24 weeks of training around, may need some tweaking.

    I had signed up for two marathons this year. The first would be my very first marathon ever, Colfax, and the second would be Chicago. My plan was to run Colfax in around 4 hours, and then shave off the extra half hour for Chicago. This BQ would be my moment.

    After 24 weeks of training, the big day finally came. It was time for my first marathon. I wasn’t sure if this would be an utter failure or if I’d surprise myself by running a BQ. Long story short, Colfax didn’t go as planned. As pacers began passing me every other mile, I quickly watched my moment of a BQ slip away, and I cried as I crossed the finish line at 4:38.03. 

    I should’ve felt proud, but I couldn’t shake that I needed to shave an hour off my marathon time for Chicago in just three months. A BQ was not mine, and Colfax was not my moment.

    Fast forward a month to the start of my training for Chicago. I was more determined than ever to hit my BQ. Challenged with 3 months to speed up, I was chomping at the bit to make this moment happen. But somewhere along the way, things started to go haywire. I was struggling with IT Band Friction Syndrome, which is a complicated way to say certain muscles weren’t firing in my leg, and my knee cap was rubbing against my IT Band.

    But I was still fighting to make this race happen.

    When I wrote the initial draft of this post for Momentum just a few weeks ago, I had every intention of making Chicago my moment. BQ or no BQ, I was choosing Chicago as my moment. I was going to focus on “fighting to get to Chicago, to get through Chicago, and then stuffing my face with all the pizza.” Except last Thursday, I dropped out of Chicago. I gave it the good fight, but my body was not going to make it through. I played it smart, not selfish. And with that, I chose to switch my moment from Chicago to my comeback.

    If anything, all of this has shown me one thing—you need to choose your moment. My Colfax time was far from a BQ. My knee is in pain. I’ve had to drop out of running multiple races, including Chicago. But with each one of these heartbreaks, I’ve picked myself up, adjusted, and I’ve chosen to discover new moments within the wreckage of my original goals.

    So I challenge you to choose your moment...want it more than anything. Your moment is going to come when you make the conscious choice to accept it into your life, and then push forward to make it happen. The path to your moment may take twists and turns and flips and flops and alley-oops and spirals, but it’s up to you to choose to make sure you get there. And I hope you fight like hell to get there.

    ...and we'll fight with you, too. We're so proud of Katherine and her ability to recognize that a new moment was needed, and that you never have to really give up on a moment. Setbacks happen, and if you choose to adjust, we believe you'll find the ability to choose wisely your next great moment. And that's why we created the new Fall Collection of Motivate Wraps. Because everyone needs their own cheerleader, and we're ready to be yours. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, and tag #momentumjewelry so we can see your moments.