A Life in Links

We spend a great deal of our time worrying about who we are, what we have done and how we can leave a mark after we leave.  I have always been a big fan of hand-me-down jewelry and other heirlooms.  I have a string of pearls from my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother.  I also have a string that I plan to pass down to my niece or daughter, whichever is applicable at the time.

After admiring a friends charm bracelet, I finally gave in to my desire and bought one.  As I’ve been building my bracelet with customized and individual charms that I’ve found from various places, I began thinking of the importance of such an item.  Why is this bracelet so important?

My answer… this piece of jewelry is my way of recording history into a simple object.  It is my way of celebrating my accomplishments and it is my way of being witnessed.  Every person that asks me about the bracelet is a witness to my life.  They are a witness to a little piece of who I am and what I have done while I was here.

I’ve only been collecting for a few months, but I am trying to catch up on everything I’ve wanted recorded.  It’s fun, searching what is available, and how each charm is something that is unique to me.  Some are custom made, others are mass produced, but each one has a small signature of mine.  It is truly a unique concept.

I have eight charms that have arrived so far, with four more on the way.

This is my November charm. Quite simple, I was born November 10, 1990.
This is my November charm. Quite simple, I was born November 10, 1990.
This is my Travel charm. I am planning to explore every corner of the world, and this is my inspiration to keep going.
This is my Travel charm. I am planning to explore every corner of the world, and this is my inspiration to keep going.
This is my Relationship charm. I have been in an amazing and rewarding relationship for three years with an incredible person. This is my way of remembering that every day..
This is my Relationship charm. I have been in an amazing and rewarding relationship for three years with an incredible person. This is my way of remembering that every day..
This was one of the biggest reasons I wanted a charm bracelet. This is the Pride charm. My brother serves in United States Airforce and is being deployed in 2013. I honor and respect him.
This was one of the biggest reasons I wanted a charm bracelet. This is the Pride charm. My brother serves in United States Airforce and is being deployed in 2013. I honor and respect him.
This is the Music charm. I have been a musician from the age of five. I sing primarily, but I also play the guitar. Music is my life.
This is the Music charm. I have been a musician from the age of five. I sing primarily, but I also play the guitar. Music is my life.
This is my Survivor charm. It is what it says. I have experienced and I have seen things that no one should have to. But I am stronger because of it.
This is my Survivor charm. It is what it says. I have experienced and I have seen things that no one should have to. But I am stronger because of it.
This is my Degree charm. I earned my first college degree at the age of 19, and I am working on my second.
This is my Degree charm. I earned my first college degree at the age of 19, and I am working on my second.
This is the Education charm. As of Friday, June 07, 2013, I completed my first year teaching.
This is the Education charm. As of Friday, June 07, 2013, I completed my first year teaching.

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