**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED! THANK YOU TO ALL FOR ENTERING!!**
Hello and happy GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY GIVEAWAY!!!
I’m so excited to announce today’s giveaway for a TON of reasons. The most important reason is that I had to delay this giveaway from last week, so it feels GREAT to finally spread the vintage giveaway love to you all thanks to help from sponsor & vintage seller Gypsum Moon.
The reason I delayed the giveaway from last week is because my schedule has become oh-so-busy-and-blessed that my normal priorities have been replaced with a few new ones. As you’ll read in my gratefulness story below, there is a LOT going on in the personal world of Sammy Davis Vintage!
I’m particularly excited to announce this giveaway because sponsor Gypsum Moon has been NOTHING short of 110% inspiring when it comes to spreading vintage fashion love. Owner & founder Cynthia is a busy mother of 3 on top of being a vintage fashion expert on three different platforms (Etsy, Ebay & ArtFire) as well as a blogger and Facebook fanatic!
I hope you all take time to say “hello” to her today and thank her for this generosity. I coordinate these giveaways not only to give readers a chance to experience a vintage fashion giveaway, but also to say “thanks” to vintage sellers who work to spread vintage joy into your closets, too.
Fashion week is over, vintage lovers … but the fall season is JUST BEGINNING! Keep reading after the jump to learn how you can win this oh-so-fall-and-fabulous prize pack pictured above, and for a quick story on how I’m finding STRENGTH in my suffering as the growth of Sammy Davis Vintage continues to blossom and evolve!
I think that with every season comes change. I know he wasn’t singing about “these times” but rather the times of the revolutionary ’60s, but Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are ‘a Changin’ “ comes to mind when I muse on this shift in season and consciousness of newness that has replaced the old.
Thanks for entering today’s Gratefulness Friday Giveaway and as always, SPREADING VINTAGE LOVE! Which no matter the season, always stands true!
Let’s declare a love for the season and the change it brings in both SELF and STYLE, vintage lovers!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR … FINDING STRENGTH IN THE SUFFERING!
Today I wanted to write about my tears, but not from a point of view that was looking for sympathy … but rather one that was looking to share my vulnerability so that you could be inspired to embrace the strength that comes with your suffering.
I’m blessed to have a naturally sunny, optimistic disposition which is conveyed in how I digitally, verbally and visually communicate. While you can read my blog posts, Facebook posts and Tweets as well as hear and see me speak positively about vintage fashion on YouTube .. the one thing that is closed off between ALL of us is our thoughts.
Our thoughts are the most valuable for of communication because it is the communication between our mind and our hearts. When we communicate positively to ourselves with our minds, our hearts feel joy and strength and this love for ourselves is thereby presented naturally to others.
When we are speaking negatively to ourselves, our hearts are sad. And when our hearts are sad, all we can think of is ourselves … and in those times of negative self reflection, we fail to see the beauty and love in those who are around us in the moment. In simpler terms: Speaking negatively to ourselves makes us selfish.
Like you,I have many days of selfish suffering. I call them “breakdowns” because a bunch of negative thoughts will ball themselves up into a knot that gets so big in my mind, that I must literally “sob out the suffering” to untie those knots and break my heart free of these selfish chains.
I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience — a few days of balled up emotional vulnerability falls apart at the drop of a pin, and you find yourself quite literally crying “over spilled milk,” which is exactly what happened to me yesterday. Only it was almond milk instead!
Yesterday I experienced a breakdown of suffering after a carton of almond milk spilled its entire contents in my fridge, and after my roommate cleaned it up for me and he left for work, I found myself sobbing over the fact that I’d lost a carton of milk and “everything I wanted control over in my life couldn’t happen at the moment.”
This statement above is so true for all of us. Do you ever find yourself “suffering” for the “sake of suffering” because your mind has decided to tell its heart that what it’s doing right then is WRONG? That you need to have “more control” over the wants and needs you’ve decided for your life, and that if those desires aren’t met that you are failing and as a result, unhappy?
This is how my mind speaks to my heart sometimes. And then, when spilled milk gets spilled — or whatever other small, relatively inconsequential scenario occurs — those small voices gain momentum and become a shouting match within.
So while yesterday morning was a mix of spilled milk and spilled tears, it was also a mix of suffering-turned-strength. And what I’ve realized from these “breakdowns” is that each one leaves me stronger, and that these hard times of communication to myself is actually teaching my inner voices to be easy, loving and kind to my heart so that I forget the “me, me, me focused” wants and remember that what matters most is the positive self I communicate to others because I’m inspired by the love I have for my life within.
Perhaps you too have had hard times these past few weeks — new circumstances in your life pulling you in every direction and you’re really not sure what’s the “right path anymore.” This is how I feel, and what yesterday showed me is that the best path — no matter where it leads — is the loving one. That is where we find our strength, and how we overcome our suffering so that we may continue to shine our light to others.
Vintage lovers and gratefulness goddesses, thank you for reading this story and sharing your inspiring moments of suffering-turned-strength in the comments below!
WIN THIS ’60s-INSPIRED VINTAGE PRIZE PACK!
(1) pleated skirt and (1) matching long-sleeved top (both are a size medium)
Outfit dates from the 1980s. Plaid design of shades of brown with a touch of green and navy. The top has an ascot necktie.
(1) pair of French cuff links (perfect for top cuffs, see picture above!)
(1 pair) 1980s Hush Puppy soft brown heels with toe bows (Size 7.5 wide)
(1) 1960s home decorating hardcover book from Better Homes & Gardens (for vintage decorating inspiration!)
(1) 1960s Royal Haeger “shell” ceramic ashtray in shades of cream and bronzy gold. Very Mad Men!
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY #14
For a chance to win the entire vintage fashion prize packed listed above valued at $100, you must enter between today Friday, September 16th and by midnight on Monday, September 19th.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 21st.
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
**Describe how a tough time in your life actually made you stronger. What were the circumstances, and what have you learned in hindsight? **
OTHER IMPORTANT RULES
**Entrants/Winners must be legal U.S. residents of the lower 48 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) and at least 18 years old as of September 16th, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
SUPPORT VINTAGE SELLERS!
Sammy Davis Vintage Gratefulness Friday Giveaways are made possible thanks to the generous donations of online vintage sellers.
To spread vintage love, I host these giveaways to not only introduce one lucky winner to the world of vintage, but to introduce all of you to an online seller with other vintage finds that you may want to give a happy home.
This week’s sponsor is GYPSUM MOON! Please give her Etsy shop a look, and let her know that Sammy Davis Vintage sent you!
Also, feel free to fan the Gypsum Moon fanpage on Facebook!
Please support the Gratefulness Giveaway sponsors by visiting their online shops and saying hello!
Thank you for supporting vintage sellers to spread vintage love!
HAPPY ENTERING & GOOD LUCK!!!!