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A little story from Amy – Kindness Always Wins

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I came undone this week … in the best way possible. My 12-year-old son, Bennet, just started running cross country. He had his second meet yesterday. There’s always so much excitement and nerves on race day. It’s exhilarating to watch him work through his emotions. Last week I missed the beginning of the race because they started it earlier than expected. I wasn’t about to have that happen again. I was there WELL AHEAD of start time and Bennet greeted me with a warm hug and introduced me to his coach. He was jittery, smiley, excited, goofy, and wanted it to start already!

When the gun sounded, I watched him take off in the pack of kids engulfed in a cloud of dirt as they pounded the ground with their eager feet. I chatted with a few friends as we waited and around the nine-minute mark, we started wondering when the first runner would show. Mario, Bennet’s best friend, was one of the first to cross the finish line. As the runners sprinted toward the end with angst and sheer determination, I cheered and hollered with tears in my eyes as if they were each mine.

As runner after runner came around the bend, I started to wonder where my Bennie was. Had he gotten off track? Had he fallen? At about the fourteen-minute mark I saw his bright yellow, same-as-when-I-went-there, Chico Junior High shirt. I started yelling with a crack in my voice and tears streaming down my face, “Go Bennie!” He crossed the line, did some cute dance and proceeded to the drink stand.

With sweat running down his cherry red face and a smile so wide I could hardly see his eyes, I approached him and asked him how it went. He said emphatically and joyfully, “GREAT!” Considering he had come in 7th in his age division last time, I was curious why this time was different but ever so gently I inquired, “Tell me more.” He went on to say that he was really pushing himself and about to start sprinting when a teammate fell down behind him. Without a second thought, he stopped, noticed he cut his leg, lifted him up, put his arm around his shoulder, and carried him off the path. He stayed until someone came to help him. It was only then that he felt he could continue the race.

He finished 49th. He said he didn’t care what position he came in, that it wasn’t about that for him.  He told me he would always do what he did today. For him it was simple, it was about helping a friend who needed help (by the way, he didn’t even know him). Pretty simple? I think not. I’d say that was a pretty profound gesture of human kindness.

In a time when it seems to be all about negativity and hate, Bennet showed an incredible amount of love, compassion and grace. I was so moved by his selfless act. I was proud, goodness sakes, YES, but it was more. I couldn’t stop thinking about what this seemingly simple gesture really meant.

I learned a great deal from this kind-hearted kid yesterday. He demonstrated that it’s not about winning in the traditional sense, it’s just not. He showed me that we don’t need to be first, second or even third to feel that we won the race. Winning isn’t about the medal or the trophy, it’s about how we live; what we do for others; how we propel love into our world and the world of others. He taught me it means more to step outside of our own interests (our ego) and step into love. And that’s exactly what he did. We need A LOT more of that in our world. What a triumphant day. What an incredible human. I am the real winner here. I won the lottery when I became his mom.

We want to spread love everywhere.
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National Coffee Day!

coffeeIt’s National Coffee Day! Words cannot espresso how much coffee beans to me! I love it a latte and it keeps me grounded daily.

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Honoring Suicide Awareness Month

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As Suicide Awareness Month nears its end, we’d like to honor the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide. We are all about celebrating survival and that’s why we’re bringing this important and powerful piece into our WARRIOR Line. We all struggle, some of us more than others. This piece is a reminder of universal struggle, victory and survival. Namaste.

From now until the end of the month, the My Story Isn’t Over mantra bangle is 20% off. No codes to enter, just visit our shop and enjoy.

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Mother’s Day Order Deadlines

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast! Check out our ordering deadlines below to be sure your Mama receives her wearable love on time! Check out AmyWaltz.com to order.

FedEx International:
April 22 – Normal Production + FedEx International
April 26 – RUSH Production + FedEx International

USPS Domestic:
April 25 – Normal Production + First Class Mail
April 27 – RUSH Production + First Class Mail

April 27 – Normal Production + Priority Mail
April 29 – RUSH Production + Priority Mail

FedEx Domestic:
April 26 – Normal Production + FedEx Supersaver (3-Day)
April 28 – RUSH Production + FedEx SuperSaver (3-Day)

April 27 – Normal Production + FedEx 2-Day
April 29 – RUSH Production + FedEx 2-Day

April 28 – Normal Production + FedEx Overnight
April 30 – RUSH Production + FedEx Overnight

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Happy Birthday, Ariele!

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Happy birthday to Ariele!!! We absolutely love this lady… She’s super talented and has created some of our best pieces, always going the extra mile and spending great energy making sure her designs are solid. Her creativity is really something to admire, she’s a hammering dynamo, super meticulous with amazing vision. We’re so lucky to have her on our team! She’s kind, beautiful, positive, hilarious, has epic taste in music and I just love her smile! Thank you for being part of our tribe, Ari! We love you!!!

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AWD Featured on the Etsy Blog!

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Today is a big day!!! We are thrilled to announce that today, Cyber Monday, Etsy is running a feature story on us! It’s an incredible honor to have been selected given the millions of jewelry companies on Etsy. We are so very humbled and we couldn’t be more excited to be showcased in this way. Take a peek! We will be featured on Etsy’s home page for 2-3 days! They’ve put together a great collection of photos of us working and a lovely interview (click HERE to go direct to the feature). Thanks for sharing in our excitement!! xo Amy

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Happy Birthday, Cassie!

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Happy birthday to lovely, wonderful CASSIE! We’re so happy to have her back with us this holiday season because boy-oh-boy, she’s a true dynamo!! We just love having her talented soul around in the studio… I mean… who could resist that smile?!? I hope your birthday is treating you like the goddess you are! LOVE!