**THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ENTERING! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED!**
Hello and happy GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!
It’s a hot one in NYC today — a high of 100 degrees!! — so I have to jumpstart this post with a bit of gratefulness for air conditioning today! If you’re experiencing a similar heat wave in your part of the world, please stay hydrated & healthy!
The Northeast heat wave isn’t the only bit of hot news I have for you today — I’m excited to announce that this week’s Gratefulness Friday giveaway is the HOTTEST batch of vintage yet!
It’s a massive prize pack thanks to sponsor Mutha Love Vintage [gotta love that name!] including not one, but TWO vintage necklaces … not one, but TWO vintage belts … a vintage Lacoste sweater, a vintage slip and as a special bonus, a book on Vintage Style that’s even autographed by the author!
Woah! Can I enter my own giveaway?!
The last giveaway with Peg & Amber was a hot, hot, HOT success! I know this week’s will be too, thanks to vintage lovers like you who connect not only with the style of your outer self, but that of your inner self, too, by sharing your personal stories of gratefulness here. And for that reason alone, I am so grateful for YOU!
Keep reading after the jump to read this week’s Gratefulness Friday story from me, and to learn how to enter to win this week’s Mutha Love Vintage prize pack of mutha MASSIVE proportions!
One of my goals with founding this brand was to create a COMMUNITY, and thanks to your passions and time spent sharing them on Sammy Davis Vintage, that dream has become a reality!
As you’ll soon be reading in today’s gratefulness story, I am grateful for my principles to help me “stay on the path” of what I believe is good and true. And you, vintage lovers, are good & true individuals in my life.
Can’t wait for one of you vintage lovers to win this MUTHA LOAD of a vintage prize pack!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR … DECLARING MY PRINCIPLES
We have such great opportunity to do good in our lives. The opportunity to take steps forward toward success; to strive for the betterment of our lives and that of others; to work toward wonderful, beautiful creation during our time on this planet is truly boundless.
But in our lives we have many choices, or “forks in the road,” as some may say. Being only 25 years old, I am both old and young — young, because my energy can carry me forward in so many ways. Old, because I have experienced the “experimentation” of the teens & college years and am finally settling into the “Sammy” I am and who I wish to be for my lifetime ahead.
These choices in our lives — whether you are 15, 25, 50 or 75 years old — can be tough decisions to make if we have not evaluated and found the solid, steady wisdom in determining our principles.
I recently looked at my bookshelf for a new book to read. Instead, my eyes gravitated to an old one: A copy of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
I first read this book during my first summer out of college. I was working full time as a web assistant in the digital magazine world. It was my first “10 to 7” job [these are the working hours in NYC!] and for the first extended period of time ever, I was living, breathing and working in a highly structured environment of multi-tasking and pressure to prioritize.
Covey’s book shed some insight then on how to mange my time to not only get the right things done first, but to strike a balance in both life & work.
Three years later Covey’s book is resonating with me differently. He writes on how in life, we will ALWAYS have many choices to make on how to delegate our time. There will always be more work to do. There will always be more people to see. There will always be more REST to get!
So how can we “decide to decide” when it seems that there is pressure to just do … everything?!
We can decide on how to delegate our time, how to give our love and how to essentially live our lives to their highest potential by recognizing, realizing and then ACTUALIZING our principles.
The proper definition of “principle” is cluttered with technical terms. In living terms, a principle is a personal statement to ourselves declaring what is most important to our happiness which contributes to a healthy & harmonious life.
Thanks to Covey’s inspiration, I took some time to write my “I will” principles. I’m calling them such because by preceding the principle’s declaration with”I will,” I am setting myself up mentally to have and meet my goals.
When we take time every few months to write out our principles [because principles can change as we grow & evolve] we are “stockpiling” these statements in our subconsciousness so that when the many forks in the road present themselves in our lives, we have a steadfast understanding of self to make the best decision for us … with no regrets, because we know inside that we are “standing by our principles.”
Today I encourage you to begin thinking about YOUR principles. Take a few minutes to write what is important to you. I wrote a few of my “I will” statements below to give you inspiration.
“I will be the love I wish to receive.”
“I will welcome change and constructive criticism.”
“I will see abundance in every opportunity.”
“I will receive with welcome & let go with grace.”
“I will promote others first.”
“I will listen before speaking.”
“I will see my life as one of service.”
“I will appreciate what I have.”
“I will love myself fully.”
“I will celebrate kindness.”
“I will sympathize with pain brought against me.”
The most important principle, I truly believe, is to welcome change — even that which we did not want in our lives.
Because when we let go of that urge to “control,” and instead evaluate every moment of choice as it comes with the present mindset of how to act with influence from our principles, we need not fret that change is BAD. The “chains” we see in change are freed. Instead, we see change as liberating … as an opportunity to love of ourselves and are always-evolving lives.
Change is moving forward, and change embraced with our principles in mind will keep us on the right path as we move forward in our beautiful, perfect lives.
Thank you everyone for reading this week’s Gratefulness Friday story!
THIS VINTAGE PRIZE PACK FROM MUTHA LOVE VINTAGE INCLUDES …
This massive MUTHA LOAD of a vintage prize pack is thanks to giveaway sponsor Mutha Love Vintage on Ebay!
She put together a beautiful gift of vintage love for one lucky giveaway winner to receive!
(1) Izod Lacoste Sweater + (1) ’80s Gold Snake Belt
(2) Glass Bead Necklaces
(1) Vanity Fair Pink Lace Slip
(1) ’60s Beaded Belt
(1) Book on Vintage Style!
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY #11
For a chance to win the entire vintage fashion prize packed listed above valued at $50, you must enter between today [Friday, July 22nd] and by midnight on Monday, July 25th.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, July 27th .
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
**Describe one of your personal principles and how it contributes to your happiness!**
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 July 22nd, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
SPECIAL THANKS TO GIVEAWAY SPONSOR MUTHA LOVE VINTAGE
STAND OUT / BE YOURSELF / SAVE THE PLANET / BUY VINTAGE
Sammy Davis Vintage Gratefulness Friday Giveaways are made possible thanks to the generous donations of online vintage sellers.
Mutha Love Vintage is an online Ebay store. Pieces are found from the closets of “Southern Belles and transplanted Northern Yanks,” as the founder of Mutha Love Vintage said to me recently in an email!
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.
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!!!!