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Words of the day: Gratitude, evolution, doubt.

Makes for a very interesting pot of stew that continues to simmer in my head lately. Some days there’s too much doubt, other times, gratitude takes over, but no matter which word comes to the surface, evolution is the base, and quietly continues to boil away.

Putting yourself out there, believing that this is meant to be, believing in the process, sharing your personal story, hoping how I feel about Gemma Raffo’s purpose and the mission really comes across in the Kickstarter campaign, there’s so many things in a day that can trigger these moments of doubt.

Fortunately, gratitude prevails...

I’m grateful for my past, it has made me who I am today, it has inspired me to create pieces that will speak to others who may be in need, keeping loved ones connected, even if in the most difficult and challenging of times. It has taught me that I am a survivor, it has given my girls the gift of a strong mother who will teach by example to be fearless and independent, it has given me my true love, Anthony.

I am grateful for the present, it reminds me to breathe, to be happy with the process now-not when…, it surrounds me with people who love and support me, it gives me a business opportunity I have dreamed about for years, it gives me opportunity to learn, it gives me a connection to people and their stories, it gives me the ability to help others and to help myself and heal, it teaches me be driven, and to work hard and stay the course.

I am grateful for the future, it gives me hope and teaches me that the events, situations, hurt, happiness, love, pain, depression, thrill, connection, family, friends, strangers, processes and systems, are meant to help you get to where you are supposed to be in this life.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melodie Beattie

Years ago, Anthony carved the original coin concept from wax and we had these cast in Bronze.  I loved them but they weren't quite what I was looking for.  After Anthony started working with Shire Post on his projects we knew the direction to take the coin.  Check out the photo below to see the originals and thanks again for supporting The Passing Coin


Looking Back...

It’s been an interesting couple of days, and just feeling grateful we have received the support from so many, I can’t thank you all enough.

I sit and stare at the campaign (seems like all day), and just look at the coin. It’s really something to see an idea, actually more than an idea but a mission that came to me many years ago finally come to life, it’s pretty surreal. Years ago, I remember desperately searching for something that would keep my girls and I connected when we were apart. I wanted it to be something tangible, something I could kiss when we said goodbye, something the girls could hold onto when they were sad or scared, and know that I am right there with them. I wanted it to represent my unwavering love, our strength, hope, and the bond that could never be broken between us . I really never could find anything that spoke to me. I did buy St. Christopher medal necklaces for all three of us, sold in little surf shops around here, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but still, it was a connection.

I decided we would make our own bracelets made of string and plastic beads that could spell out “I love you” along with our names (check out the photos below).  We wore those bracelets for almost a year until eventually, little by little, the string broke and fell off. I still have all of our bracelets and medals, and they are a constant reminder to me of just how far we have come.

The bracelets, the St. Christopher medal necklaces, and now, the Passing Coin, reminds me that life isn’t perfect, and challenges will arise, big and small. It reminds me that through those difficult times, I needed something constant to hold onto and to communicate a message of love and strength to my girls. It assured me that all will be well, and is why it is so important that I continue to carry on, stay the course, work hard, and continue to believe in this mission of mine.

Thanks again!

The Big Day.....

Life is pretty interesting, especially the older you become.  It's strange to look back and see how and why things unfolded in your life the way they did- the whys and why not, the good and bad times, all of it that got you to this very moment...and it's even crazier when something that you believed in and dreamed of becoming, actually becomes.  Today marks that day, the day the Passing Coin is shared on Kickstarter.

I never thought this day would come, but it's finally here and I am so grateful.  No matter what happens, the Passing Coin will always be incredibly meaningful to me. It speaks to me and tells me that justice prevails, nobody can tear me apart from my chickens, life is full of good and hope, dark eventually turns to light, true love exists, and this too shall pass. 

Happy 75th birthday to my mom-Maria, another root planted under my olive branch.