1. What is the most meaningful object you wear?
The most meaningful object I wear is my wedding ring, a simple white gold band. It has a very silly inscription inside of it from my husband, intended to always put a smile on my face. That smile has been the greatest medicine for me, particularly in the last few months!
2. Why do you wear it?
My wedding ring reminds me of eternity, that life and the universe exist in a cycle, with no beginning or end. It reminds me that in both life and marriage, all of the tough times are temporary, and to savor the good times as well. When I look at it, I whisper the vows we spoke on our wedding and the vows we hold in our hearts each moment together.
3. What does the saying "good juju" mean to you?
“Good juju” is a phrase my mother used to say all the time when I was growing up. It has always held a special place in my heart, and become the cornerstone of my worldview. To me, good juju is the energy that we give back to the universe, as both a gift to ourselves and a thank you to the forces that give us life. When I wear my juju crystal quartz necklace, I feel like I am looking into an infinite reflecting pool and harnessing the power to heal my body, care for my family, and appreciate the tangible happiness of each day.
4. Who is your Juju hero?
I am my own juju hero! Receiving my breast cancer diagnosis rocked my world, but it has also given me to tools to claim the life I want to live as my own. I refuse to see my diagnosis as a burden, but try to find beauty in my new life with cancer. I think of the friends I have made, the people whose lives I have touched, and who have touched the lives of my family, and the ways in which my diagnosis has forced me to re-evaluate my priorities. I am grateful and appreciative that I can live a life that I love and find so deeply satisfying.
5. What is your motto?
Each day, I have a mantra that I repeat to myself: “You are beautiful, you are powerful, you are stronger than you can imagine, and you can do this.” I say this each morning before I get out of bed, and each night as I fall asleep. These are the words I live by!