What’s Wrong with You? | The ZIZOZU 8

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Issue #4: What’s Wrong With Me?  

Nothing. Nothing is wrong. It was a week of learning about how folks handle their self-doubts, perceived flaws and spectacular failures. Next time you’re feeling down about yourself remember: you’re not alone. Figuratively or literally.
  1. MILLENNIAL. Maybe you’re one of them and according to Simon Sinek, here’s the way to handle it.
  2. GRIEF BRAIN. It’s a thing. But it’s temporary. And you’re not alone, many XIZOZU customers wear at least one medal honoring a lost loved one as a place to direct their love or a place to find strength and comfort.
  3. YOU’RE OUT OF BREATH. You’re doing it wrong. Or I was. Here’s how to breathe specifically to relax, quiet anxiety, and even fall back to sleep.
  4. IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. The traveling exhibit Mindful – exploring mental health through art will be at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts through April 2018.
  5. THE BLUES. We all get ’em. Make the most of it with this worth-your-time music documentary: Blues America: Part 1 and Part 2
  6. OH BURGERS! I’m a vegetarian, except for those days when I eat meat. Try this simple approach for a healthier you and planet.
  7. YAY! YOU’VE BEEN A FAILURE. Successful entrepreneurs, authors, comedians, top YouTube creators, and more share trues stories about their complete mess ups in the What’s Wrong with You Podcast.
  8. WRONG vs. RIGHT Can science determine human values? Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape is next up on my nonfiction reading list. What’s next up on yours?

A customer's keychain with XIZOZU medals of honor—reminders of what's important.CUSTOMER LOVE NOTES:
“I locked the door and saw my XIZOZU. Started the car and there they were. It’s like mini meditations all day long!” —L. (USA)

The new XIZOZU™ keychains are super popular with the non-necklace wearers.


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Out in the Big Wonderful World

XIZOZU Medals of Honor - recovery and survivor jewelry that is truly unique

And now, for some happy news! I shipped the first set of XIZOZU medals to South Africa yesterday! That puts us on 3 of the 7 continents!

I am filled with so much gratitude for every person who buys a XIZOZU, whether they order for themselves or as a gift. Your support means everything.

Thank you for honoring my journey. If you see me today I will be wearing this pendant:

Career and Professional Success is so satisfying!
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A Tale of Two Parties

Every woman is unique, her path is her own

Without making me sound like more of a party animal than I actually am, a couple of weekends ago I wound up at two local parties on the same day. Both were casual outdoor gatherings commemorating summer’s passing. Someone was wearing a XIZOZU™ medals pendant at each of them.

Confession: I still (and will probably always) get a little thrill when I unexpectedly spot someone sporting XIZOZU™ pendants out in the wild.

At the first party the woman wore three classic bronze with black pendants close to her heart dangling from a leather cord. At the second the woman wore three similar medals but closer to her neck on a black wire choker.

Those two women were as uniquely opposite, at least on the surface, as two females can be, as were the medals the wore.

Yet they were both quite similar too. Both were equally and rightfully proud of what they had accomplished.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

The first woman’s set honored overcoming challenges, the second woman’s  set celebrated meeting them. Similar results, but with a small but significant difference.

Sometimes we choose our challenges, like deciding to run a marathon or buy a home. Here we need to focus our energy and summon our discipline to achieve these things.

Other times challenges appear in our paths uninvited, and we have no choice but to find a way through, or around them. Those hardships and traumatic episodes require us to fight for our selves, in the truest, deepest meaning possible, physically or mentally.

In each case, the work is hard. In both cases they deserve medals.

So do you.

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How to Honor Yourself

Unique bereavement gifts for helping people deal with grief and loss.

Monday’s post was pretty solemn and the number of people who reached out too extend their sympathy or share their own shattering experiences was beautiful.

That generous outpouring of positive energy inspired me to create this white square XIZOZU™  which I will be releasing soon. It’s is a special edition medal to remind us that when we come upon something positive or beautiful, we should honor it.

jewelry filled with positive energy and vibrations

Wear this  XIZOZU™ as a prompt to take those few extra minutes to truly appreciate when you discover something exquisite, whether it’s part of the physical world, an idea, or someone else’s heartwarming action. Let it be marvelous.

Notice the details and make it a gift to yourself by sitting with it alone.

Then by sharing it.

If you’d like to know when this medal is released (and would enjoy receiving a little discount) be sure to join the email list.

Celebration! Graduation!

What to give high school graduates

” They all absolutely loved their new pendants. Thanks again 😎

I just received this great photo from a happy customer. Her daughter and four closest friends—all strong, determined young women—just graduated high school. It’s a joy to help them mark this achievement and they’re unbreakable bond with XIZOZU Medals of Honor!

Good job ladies!

Saying It In Secret

Sent this set to a buyer this morning.

The aspect of one’s life that any given XIZOZU™ honors is only identified on the inside of the hangtag. You can share it’s meaning if you choose. Or not.

You see, we deeply respect your privacy and are exceptional secret-keepers.

The Medals We’ve Earned – Survey

The achievements, roles and experiences of women

In a loooong texting session with a friend last night we wound up “discussing” the many XIZOZU medals that we each could personally claim. She offered her list and wow! Was I shocked by the length of her list and by the number of achievements, roles, and situations that she’d experienced that I didn’t know about and that I hadn’t already designed medals or survivor jewelry for.

So I thought I’d ask you. This quick survey is completely anonymous. I don’t ask your name or email. No identifying information whatsoever. So please be as upfront and honest as you can. I simply want to know – how many badges have you earned at this point in your life? And how many have I not thought about? It’s a great help! Thank you.

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Thrive Where You Are Planted

“Wherever you go, there you are.” There’s probably not a more important statement to live by. The only thing constant in your life is you. Locations change, situations change, people around you change. But only you can be you. Here. There. And everywhere. And the best way to make the most of who you are, is by being where you are. Thrive where you are planted