It was two weeks ago, a Monday with attitude. I was stressed over nursing school. I was beyond frustrated with how my images were turning up grainy when I loaded them to web. There had to be some resizing formula I knew I just had to be missing. I was so mad at my Mac that I was ready to give up photography just because the computer was garbaging my pictures. I drove home from EMU grouchy. Not grouchy like Oscar. Or a bear. Or heck, even a toddler at naptime. No indeed, much, much grouchier. I was at point of having a complete crying breakdown, calling my poor boyfriend—“Hunter,” sniff sniff, “you don’t understand I NEED a puppy!!” I’m ashamed to admit I indulged in some wailing slash whining at this point. I thought the only thing I wanted in life was an Australian Sheppard. NEED. I needed a puppy. Everything with school and the blog was going wrong. A puppy would fix that. Snuffling, I walked inside my house. I dug around in the mail and found a package from Dogeared Jewelry. At this point the Jiminy Cricket voice of my conscience was saying, “Rebecca Sterling, what did you do? Did you put something in that online cart? Shame on you. It was supposed to be just looking, no buying.” As I opened the package I found a lovely note from Nick and Sarah wishing me the best with this new business.
The note reads:
Pearls of Success
From humble beginnings as a rough grain of sand, the pearl slowly grows into an object of beauty and simplicity. Symbolic of honesty, integrity, prosperity and wisdom. Pearls represent the best within us. Let your necklace be a daily reminder to open doors, make trails, and allow your best to shine. Enjoy and Believe!
The quote immediately pulled me out of my pity party and reminded me of my focus for the business. I felt so inspired and refreshed—reminded that humble beginnings can blossom into beautiful masterpieces. BUT the most important part of the moment: I was pulled out of my wallowing to realize I have amazing friends here if I just open my eyes and heart. Blessed. I am so grateful to be blessed with amazing and encouraging friends and family. Starting this business is a huge blessing also. I appreciate so much everyone who is interested and following my blog and taking the time to look through my ramblings and pictures. Thanks and love!
Sarah, thank you so much. A hundred times over. For the thoughtful gift. But more importantly for being there for me. I’m so happy to have you in my life! Love you!