Hello and happy GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!
Woah, I know. ANOTHER gratefulness Friday?! I’ve had such great feedback from your comments to answer the giveaway question to enter and support from online vintage sellers who want to sponsor these giveaways. It’s hard to stop doing what you do when you know that people enjoy it — which is exactly why Gratefulness Friday may become a weekly occurring component of this site!
Last week’s giveaway with the Krickett’s Jewel asked the question, “Describe a moment you cried tears of joy.” I was nervous posing this question, because I wasn’t sure how you would respond to it. Was it too personal a question? Did you have a moment to remember when you cried tears of joy? Was it a question which took away the “positive” spin of Gratefulness Friday?!
So many insecurities ran through my mind as I pushed “publish.” But a quiet voice within told me that this was the right question to ask that week. And I’m happy to share that the quiet voice of wisdom within was CORRECT!
I can’t thank you all enough for leaving such thought-provoking responses to last week’s question! So without further ado, keep reading after the jump to learn how you can win the AMAZING vintage prize pack shown above thanks to giveaway sponsor Slapsy Maxi Vintage, and to learn what question I ask next to inspire your thoughts and feelings of gratefulness for all that you have and all that you are this week.
I wanted to share a few of my favorite responses from last week before launching into this week’s Gratefulness Friday Giveaway. Every single response was meaningful and thought provoking — these comments are something I’d like to package into a book someday, like “Chicken Soup for the Vintage Soul!”
I cried tears of joy when my son first told another child that, no, he didn’t have daddy… but he has a Mommy, a NiNi, a PopPop, an Uncle…etc… At two years old, he understood – without ever having had it explained to him. My heart grew three sizes that day, and I’ve been so proud of him, ever since. <3 <3 <3
Thank you to everyone for sharing their gratefulness and for spreading vintage love!
These giveaways are organized as a means to say thanks for all that you do for Sammy Davis Vintage. THANK YOU!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR … YOUR STORY!
I live in an area of New York City that not many people would be interested in moving to. It’s an area called Spanish Harlem, located approximately between 103rd street and 120th between Pleasant Ave on the east and Park Avenue toward Central Harlem.
20 years ago, NO ONE would have wanted to live here. Imagine every bad thing stereotypical about NYC — drug lords, guns, violence, burnt out buildings, dirt, grime, graffiti … that was the Spanish Harlem of yesterday.
Today’s Spanish Harlem is a (yes, Spanish!) community of strong family values and a growing presence as the “next big neighborhood” of NYC. The evidence is in the new stores and cafes opening, as well as a handful of luxury apartment buildings near completion just waiting for a gentrifying population to make their home.
Now, the thing about living in Spanish Harlem — and NY, in general — is that while you can be surrounded by people at all times, unless one of you reaches out to connect, you can go about your day literally wordless and without communication to others.
Recently I’ve decided that I want my day to be full of stories. Not Sammy — not Sammy’s thoughts, or Sammy’s desires, or Sammy’s needs — but the stories of others whom I am blessed to encounter throughout my day.
I heard a very strong statement last night that inspired me to write today’s Gratefulness Friday post: “Every one of us has a story.”
We so often get caught in the stories of ourselves. What are going to do today? How are we going to get our lunch? When is our work day going to be over? What are we going to put on our Facebook? (<—- so guilty of this!)
Our minds scream “ME ME ME ME” and we miss out on all the wonderful stories and connections right in front of us with OTHERS.
I live on the 4th floor of a walk up apartment building. The apartment building has about 300 people living in it. Want to know how many people living in my building I have made connection with?
Four. Out of more than 300 people, and after living in this building for 3 years, I know about 4 people.
I know! I’m embarrassed and surprised at this fact myself, which I recognized just now writing this post.
But the reason behind this stat: I do know the “stories” of these 4 people. Instead of letting them know pass by with just a simple “hello, how are you?” we stop to talk. We stop to share information about our day, about the neighborhood, about OUR STORIES.
My relationship with my next-door-neighbor Anne is a perfect example of this.
Anne is 68 years old. From the outside, she seems like just an old woman who moves slow and likes to poke her nose in your business (we can all relate to this!)
But instead of letting my judgement get the best of me, about two years ago I befriended Anne. And the more we talked, the more I learned (and she shared) about her amazing, inspiring life & its STORY.
Anne has lived in Harlem since she was born. So, all of those drug busts … street violence … you name it, she saw it (and lived it). Even more amazing than that, Anne has lived in her current apartment for 38 years. She takes care of her daughter’s children (her grandchildren) AND she runs the a neighborhood non profit which provides support for tenants rights in East Harlem, especially those of the underserviced and under represented minority groups.
For a few months — before I STOPPED to connect with Anne and allow both of us to open our **stories** to one another — I thought Anne was just another old lady. I hate to say it like that, but that’s the phrase which entered my mind.
But now I know that Anne is an inspiration. She is a hard worker. She has a huge heart. And she is a reminder to me of what great things we can do in our lives, no matter our age and no matter our socioeconomic situation.
I’m so proud of Anne and her story. I love that I can share her story with you — a black woman born and raised in Harlem who lobbies on behalf of a non profit to support quality of living for those around her. Wow. Talk about selflessness.
Today, as you encounter the people in your day-to-day life, think about their STORY. I love examining the faces of people on the subway and thinking of all the great things they’ve done, and what is to come in their lives.
We all have stories. We all have success. We all possess inspiration when we share these stories with each other.
Prompt someone to share their story with you today. I promise you’ll feel fulfilled, and I promise you’ll want to share that story with another person, as well.
Thank YOU for your story!
THIS VINTAGE PRIZE PACK INCLUDES ….
Slapsy Maxi & Timeless Treasures Boutique WOWED me with this vintage prize pack! That’s why I’m calling it the “HUGE” prize because it includes such an array of vintage goodies that will find a happy home with one of you!
It includes ..
Includes … (1) late ’50s hat
Includes … (1) late ’50s gloves
Includes … (1) ’80s enamel bracelet
Includes … (1) ’60s scarf
Includes … (1) ’60s vintage book, Ada Dallas by Wirt Williams which you may remember from the movie!
Includes … (1) ’80s necklace
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY #8
For a chance to win the entire vintage fashion prize packed listed above valued at $50, you must enter between today [Friday, June 10th] and by midnight on Monday, June 13th.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, June 8th.
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
**Share a moment of pride & personal accomplishment — YOUR story!**
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 June 10th, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
SPECIAL THANKS TO SLAPSY MAXI VINTAGE
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.
Please support the Gratefulness Giveaway sponsors by visiting their online shops and saying hello!
**This week’s sponsor is Slapsy Maxi Vintage. The curator of Slapsy Maxi, Dawn, sells vintage on Etsy and on Ebay.**
PLUS! For over two decades, Dawn has also been the proprietor of Timeless Treasures, a vintage boutique in Wisconsin!
TIMELESS TREASURES BOUTIQUE
Timeless Treasures is on Facebook — say hi!
VISIT TIMELESS TREASURES IN WISCONSIN!
Thank you for supporting vintage sellers to spread vintage love!
HAPPY ENTERING & GOOD LUCK!!!!