Stay Hopeful Stay Humble

I came home to the most beautiful and meaningful present I’ve received in quite some time. Maybe ever! My beautiful and thoughtful friend Maija sent me a “lokai” bracelet. On it, there is a black bead that holds mud from The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. This signifies the difficult moments you experience throughout life and reminds you to stay hopeful even at life’s lowest moments. It also has a white bead that carries water from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth. This bead signifies life’s highest moments. It’s those times when you’re feeling on top of the world, that it’s important to stay humble.

Secretly (or maybe not so secretly, who knows) I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time mentally lately. I’ve been feeling like this journey is never ending; like I’ll never get back to my life, get back to my normal. So after a long day at work, coming home to find this on the table was the most wonderful thing I could have ever asked for and just what I needed. It made me feel so loved and so lucky. Because I am lucky. Yes, I am going through something difficult, but so does everybody in life. What’s important is that you remain positive and remember that things will get better. Hope is an invaluable feeling and this bracelet will be a daily reminder to be just that, hopeful and humble. 

Thank you to my beautiful Mai Tie, I am so lucky to have you in my life. 

Lots of love & light,




7 thoughts on “Stay Hopeful Stay Humble

  1. I love that your gift came just when you needed it!
    LOVE knows our hearts. Holding you in my heart in love and prayer.

  2. What a truly meaningful gift, not only for its symbolism but also for its inspiration. It moved you, and reading your story of this thoughtful gift has moved me. It is the mountains of friends and their blessings that provide true meaning in life. Blessings and prayers are sent your way.

  3. So I have really been thinking about a question you asked a while ago about careers and a possible change for you. As you may remember I started my business career in corporate training and development then moved on to real estate. Going into teaching was a far reaching after thought for me. But Jess, I can tell you it was the most rewarding career. It really took me by surprise how much I loved working with high school students. I went into teaching at the age of 31 with two babies thinking I was only going to stay for ten years then I wanted to return to corporate life. As you know, that did not happen, I stayed for 25 years. I loved every minute I spent in the classroom and every student that sat in my class. It was not an easy job, my family can tell you that. I worked a lot at home, but I always wanted to create an excitement for my students.

    I think you would be a superb Marketing and Business teacher and of course a DECA advisor. High school kids need someone who cares for them as people first then someone who is excited about marketing and can teach them what is happening in the world of business. I know in NH there is alternative programs that lead to a teaching certificate, not sure if MA has similar programs.

    That’s it, I just wanted to give you my two cents. Love the bracelet – it is so true. Chin up and stay in the day. Love you – Ms J

    • Aww thanks Mrs. J! I do sometimes think about teaching but who knows. What I do know is I’m soooo glad you changed career choices and decided to become a teacher because I literally wouldn’t be where I am today without you popping into my life!!! Hope you’re well and loving retirement! Love you!!!

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