Q. Hi Jordan,
I am writing to you because I really love some of the stuff you post and I need some help on something. I want to buy myself a gift – possibly a piece of jewelry. It can be simple or ornate but I am looking for something somewhat unique.
Last March, I began the long and arduous journey of getting sober. I went through a really rough time last winter that left me destitute – no boyfriend, friends, or place to live. My drinking and partying had been out of control for a number of years and I finally couldn’t do it anymore. For the past year, I have lived my life differently…Every day, I have woken up and remembered to be kind to myself, to choose better people in my life, to help friends, to tell people I love them, and to do things out of self-love.
These are silly everyday things that most people don’t have to think about but to me, they have changed my life…I have amazing friends, a studio apartment in my name, people in my life who love me, coworkers who respect me, family who supports me, and most of all – myself. I have become the person I always wanted to be.
So that being said, I want to buy something special for my year anniversary. Something I can wear that will remind me of everything I have been through but also expresses gratitude and self-love. A small reminder to live my life humbly and with kindness.
Any thoughts or suggestions on websites to look at for something of this nature? I would like to keep the price under $200.
Thank you so much for your time!
A. Hi there,
First, let me offer you a very heartfelt congratulations; what enormous strength it must have taken for you to get yourself to where you are now. I would be honored to help you pick something out.
My first thought was a coin necklace to evoke the coins that AA hands out to mark milestones. A few options:
First, this Lost Treasure Necklace (Silver with Diamonds; $180) – perhaps you could ask the designer if she could customize it with a single diamond to symbolize your year of sobriety?
I also love the simplicity of this gold coin with a single diamond ($185).
If silver’s more your style, this shop has gorgeous “twig rings” with different gemstones (and there are lots of options under $200). From left: White Sapphire Twig ($185); Yellow Sapphire Twig ($185)
And a few more ideas:
French Scroll Pendant ($160) engraved with the words “Be True To Yourself.”
Wings & Halo Pendant in silver and bronze ($165).
My personal favorite: the “Life Without Limits” Pendant ($75), engraved with a quote from Virgil: “Fortune favors the brave.”
All the best to you,
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