Day 7 :: Feathers to rings. [+ a giveaway!]

on October 7, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways with 18 comments by

About three days before I left Nashville in July, I got feathers put in my hair. It was a symbol for me, a marking of home. Every day I have seen them I am reminded that me and Nashville have got a thing going on.

I had dinner here in London with my friend Curt from Nashville on Tuesday night [that is a hefty sentence.. lots of proper nouns and prepositions]. We went to a Mexican restaurant called Cantina Laredo – the EXACT same one that we have at home – and it was delicious. [The only cheese dip I’ve had since JULY. I know. Suffering for the Gospel.]

Curt gave me a box with two little rings inside, a gift sent over from one of my besties in Nashville. I quieted myself so as not to cry.

Later when I got back to my hotel, after three long and beautiful months, the feathers finally came unclamped from my hairs. I sat on the settee situated at the end of my bed and held the rings and the feathers.

The transition, in one night, from feathers to rings said something to me. The feathers were fun and flighty and adventurous. Rings are commitment. I left Nashville in July, marked by my home and by my people with the blessing to be brave and wild and gone. And now I am marked by my home saying, ‘this is your place.’ A reminder that not only am I in love with Nashville, Nashville loves me too.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, I probably am. But in my heart, I felt that transition.

My band friends leave tomorrow. I get on the train and head back to my beloved Edinburgh and they ship off to some other city to do what they do best.

And to be honest, I’m scared about Saturday. I’m scared to leave them. I scared that my heart will rip audibly. I’m scared that the tears that are puddling now will wash my face raw by Saturday night.

But tomorrow, I have to choose courage again. And again. And every mile that the train takes me away from them will require another mile of courage.

Because leaving your people is really hard, even when you know it is the right thing to do.

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The rings for me are a beautiful reminder to be brave. And throughout this month of 31 Days of Courage, you’re gonna have the chance to get some beautiful reminders as well. My Etsy angel Madison did some searching around and found some AMAZING pieces of art… and many of those artists agreed to give pieces to you brave hearts.

Our first giveaway is from Artsyville! I absolutely LOVE this 5×7 Grit and Moxie print. Perfect to frame and set in your kitchen, on your desk, or wear around your neck. [I’m not the boss of you. You win, you do what you want. Okay? Okay.]

I am deeply encouraged by these words today [though I would say that God creates the worlds we live in, I totally get what this print is meaning].

Also, because Aimee at Artsyville hearts you people and believes that we all need reminders to be brave, she is giving EVERYONE 10% off their purchase for the WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER!

What the what?!?!

So just pop over to Artsyville and use the coupon code ANNIEBLOGS2011. It’s good until October 31.

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To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. And make sure you leave your email address correctly so I can get in touch with you when you win! You must enter by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (California time).

Do you have any objects in your life that remind you to be brave?

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Who I’m reading: Nester’s 31 Days of Lovely Limitations. I love that Nester. She’s smart and savvy. You should know her.


  1. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 5:54 AM  |  reply

    I’m catching up. So much to read in these 31 Days, but I’m holding off on the bifocals. 😉 I have sweet little crafty things from my grandmother who was a super brave woman. When I see them I am reminded that even though she suffered much she was so brave…and she is part of me even though she’s home with the Lord.

    Praying for you while you press on. Let Him dry those tears for you.

  2. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 6:06 AM  |  reply

    I wear my grand parents wedding ring on my thumb. It was my grandmothers ring but when her hands became to swollen to wear, her and my grandfather swopped rings. He wore hers, she wore his. When he passed she gave it to me. She battled altzimers in her last days. In helping to care for her, I saw just how brave she was… a woman who was the strongest person I knew, who conquered her battles head on… yet showed me such love in the midst. So this ring I wear every day just to remind me that with HIM I can face anything and everything….

    I will be praying for your farewell tomorrow… what love the tears reflect. Be blessed!

  3. ~VA~
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 6:18 AM  |  reply

    right now to help me be brave I have the quote “the price of being safe is the cost of being solitary” written in the shape of an eye because it’s like the words are watching me to see if I isolate myself…talking to people is scary so sometimes it takes a lot of convincing to make me leave the confines of my dorm room for anything not strictly required.

  4. Melissa L
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 7:02 AM  |  reply

    I love you blog, Annie. Love it. I moved to Nashville 10 months ago, and leaving my people up north has not gotten easier. This post spoke volumes to me. Thank you.

    This makes me realize that perhaps I need to find that something that will help me be brave, help to anchor me here.

  5. Merideth
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 10:13 AM  |  reply

    You aren’t the only one who feels like they read a lot into things. I do that too. Praying for your sweet heart.

  6. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 10:49 AM  |  reply

    A picture used to hang above my desk. I took it down in discouragement. You encouraged me today, when you asked this question…and I thought of my picture. It is sitting on my desk now and I’m feeling more encouraged to put it back up on the wall, but today I think it will just rest on my desk and let its message flow to my heart. How I found this picture and what the little girl in the picture means is written in my long forgotten (but still present) blog–if you would like to learn more about her and the door she is knocking on. The title is “Are You Knocking In Fear At the Door?”–I’m enjoying your blog very much and love your kind comments!!

  7. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    Wow. Love this. I would have thought the same thing if it was me…I’m always looking for signs in things and how it represents my life. 🙂 xoxo, cat

  8. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 4:58 PM  |  reply

    Love it.

    I have a ring that I wear. It’s this little silver ring that looks like it’s tied in a knot and I bought it for myself for my birthday one year when I just felt completely lost and needed to remember that I was God’s beloved. And it was a knot, so I thought I was being clever, like I tied a permanent strong around my finger. Ha.

    You are so brave!


  9. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 5:14 PM  |  reply

    I have this hat…it’s a fedora really. I used to not be a hat person, but this summer I bought one. I bought this super cool looking hat because I used to be afraid to stand out because I didn’t like the way I look. Physically, my body has changed and I am still feeling that way, not wanting to stand out, but this hat reminds me that to be brave allow myself to stand out. If that makes sense!

  10. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 5:19 PM  |  reply

    beautiful courage my friend. beautiful.

    i’m not sure i have something tangible to remind me to be brave, but i heard a quote this summer that still haunts me. it said “courage stands tall. even if(when?) it stands alone.”

    love that! praying for you dear! you can do this! 🙂

  11. posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 6:03 PM  |  reply

    I adore having something that I can look at and remind myself to be brave. Right now it is a beautiful metal butterfly with the word adventure stamped on it. When I made the decision earlier this year to quit my job and pursue a move the word adventure was used over and over and it was just such a confirmation word for me. So one of my sweet heart-friends got the butterfly from Lisa Leonard Designs and sent it to me. I see it everyday when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I <3 how God uses friends in our lives.

  12. Sarah
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 6:06 PM  |  reply

    I’m needing courage in my writing. During the past few days I’ve honestly been tempted to give up and do the normal thing. But God reached out to me in the form of my mom. I’m a writer, it’s what i’m supposed to do.
    The picture really stood out to me. If you’re going to reach out, you need determination, passion and Jesus.
    These 31 days of courage is speaking to me a bunch. Be brave!

  13. Grace
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 8:25 PM  |  reply

    My object is a not a “what” as much as a “who”. I am a unmarried, childless aunt of 4 neieces and nephews that I call my “little people”. They are the closest I have (and might ever have, who knows?) to something being mine. They are my world. And just like a parent would, before I make a tough decision, I think how it will affect them.
    I think about what I want them knowing about me when they are older. They make me want to be a better person so one day, they can be better people themselves. I can’t expect my niece to respect herself and leave bad boys alone if I don’t, so I try. I can’t tell my nephews to make sure they hang out with the right people and not to cross the line with things like drinking if I don’t, so I try.

    They make me brave. They make me want to accomplish big things. But the funny thing is, they don’t care. They don’t care about my job, or my degree, or how much money I have, all they know is they like it when I spin them around until they’re dizzy, and that I’m there when they need me.

    That makes me brave.

  14. Lauren M
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 8:43 PM  |  reply

    Love this.

  15. Val S
    posted on Oct 07, 2011 at 9:51 PM  |  reply

    Annie. I love this. and I love you heart for people. You are so amazing and I am blessed to know you. I have a ring on my right hand that I wear to remind myself to be brave. It has the words: love, peace, live, grow, faith, soul, dream, and hope. I got this for myself when I was severely depressed last fall. These are things I need to remind myself of in order to be brave. It’s a reminder of God’s love for me and that I am his child. When every I need to (which is quite often) I spin my ring and read the words and I dig down deep and continue to move on with my life.

    Love you Annie and praying for your good byes, which I know are hard. (I cry at most goodbyes too)

  16. Amy
    posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 7:50 AM  |  reply

    What a treat to get to read something from you every day! A dear friend gave me a necklace last March, when I quit my job and said “yes” to the Lord’s direction. It has the words of Joshua 1:9 on it. It reminds that the Lord is indeed always with me, but also that friends & family love me & are praying for me.

  17. Angelica Docherty
    posted on Oct 08, 2011 at 4:08 PM  |  reply

    What reminds me to be brave is my bible when I wake up in the morning, the pictures from camp that so many brave adults encourage youth! My parents and the challenges I see them face oh and Janet&Janice and the Breaks! 🙂 <3

  18. posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:04 AM  |  reply

    I am a late started on your 31 ones day with courage but I will catch up….I wear a chain with a cicle pendant that has courage stamped on it. I taught a Sunday school class years ago from teh book of Exodus about the wise hearted women who helped build the tablenacle. From that study I added courageous to the other words and begin to study “courage”. Being a wise hearted women will bring courage out you because wise hearted means being willing hearted. Sounds like to me you are more then a willing vessel. Will enjoy following your blog.

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