With all of this talk about your Word for 2014 — and of my own searching for a word that I felt could fit, soul-deep, within my hopes for this new calendar year, I thought I’d order a bracelet for myself. The bracelet is imprinted with the word emerge, lowercase, in a handsome typewriter font. (Why “emerge”? That will have to wait for another, more in-depth piece, I’m afraid.) I was soon asked where I’d acquired this beautiful bracelet… which inspired me to reach out to the maker and artist, Julie of Redhorses, to ask if she’d be interested in a giveaway.

And she was. If you’re interested in acquiring a slender, silver bracelet engraved with your Word (and mine has a secret message to myself engraved on the inside, as well), check out these rules for the giveaway:

  • To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with a link to one of your favorite posts from the archives, as well as a few words as to why that piece spoke to you in particular. As a part of my emergence in 2014, I’m interested in expanding my vision for what my writing will look like in this space, and your feedback is invaluable in helping me to understand the future of that body of work.
  • This giveaway is open to international readers. Amazing, I know.
  • The deadline for entries is January 31st at 3pm PT.

More about Julie and her shop:

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I am the eternal optimist.  I believe in the power of love. I get teary when I think about how beautiful the world is, and mournful when I think of people’s suffering. Do you ever have those times when you’re just sitting there, and suddenly you have a moment where you realize how awesome everything is? My daughter and I call them bursts of happiness.

I also love bursts of creativity. Making jewelry is such a wonderful way to express myself, and to share my love of life and its wonderful gifts with others. I am always knitting something. I went through a clay phase. I just found my quilling from when I was a little girl – wow! I have a wonderful family (husband and two amazing kids), two cats, a dog and a horse.  I live in Ann Arbor, born and raised.

Having experienced how overwhelming it can be to have a family member with a mental illness, I have a passion for building awareness and education about mental illness. (Julie)


Good luck, & with deep gratitude,