This series is by you, for you, about you. A collection of your stories; why you bought items from our Be Brave Collection for yourself, a friend or a family member. Every single story had made me cry happy + sad tears. You all have such huge hearts and connecting with you through these, have seriously been one of the best parts of Metal Marvels.
Sit back, grab your cup of coffee or glass of wine, and learn about Jessica + what this bracelet has meant to her. The letter below was emailed to me by Jessica.
Since the age of 13 (I am now 29), I have struggled with a combination of bulimia and anorexia, ED-NOS, for those of us familiar with the branding of eating disorder therapy.
In elementary and middle school I was bullied pretty badly, and despite my best efforts to leave that completely insecure, scared, messed up little girl behind- she is a huge part of the woman I am today.
As opposed to some girls, though, I am lucky. Truly. My family- my mommy and daddy and older sister have rallied behind me and supported me every step of the way. Trust me, this journey has been more nightmare than fairytale, and a learning process for everyone involved, but I have no idea what I would do without them. Of course, as with every mental disease, I suffer from a barrage of issues that contributes and stokes the fire of my eating disorder. I have battled depression, body dysmorphia and manic episodes, and through all of that, my family- these lovely, incredible, forgiving, wholly understanding human beings have been there for me.
… Because they haven’t given up on me, I have learned not to give up on myself.
This fight is mine, but when you have someone on the front lines with you, it definitely makes it a little easier to face the battle each day.
Last year, in 2015, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and got out of an abusive relationship. That was basically my first brush with being single in my 20s. I was alone. I was, to be honest, scared, and I was faced with getting to know the woman in the mirror. My older sister, Kristen, the tiny bossy one- as I refer to her- sent me your “Be Brave And Keep Going” bangle.
It summed my life up. One little gold band. A solid reminder. Unbendable. Unbreakable. A reminder to not quit. To not give up on myself or on anything I was hoping to achieve.
I am a songwriter. I am a musician. I am a singer. I moved to Nashville back in 2011 to pursue a career in the music business, and true to the saying, “Nashville is a five year town”, five years later, I signed a publishing deal. I got back into therapy in January, cut a bunch of toxic relationships out of my life, and realized that there is definitely something to be said for not quitting.
Now, when I have a friend going through a personal struggle, whatever that may be, I give them this bracelet.
This shiny little reminder, that, even on your worst day, you never know what the road ahead of you is going to hold, just keep your chin up, and like it says… Keep going.
Thank you for Metal Marvels, for not having any fucks to give, and for being a kick-ass chick and an awesome human.
Jessica Cayne Urick "
Listen to this gorgeous girl. Jessica wrote this song!
Thank YOU Jessica for sharing your story with us. I am so beyond excited for you, for your accomplishments and your progress. I can't wait to see your career take of!
You all are why I do what I do. Stories like this just make it that much better.
Remember, to always Be Brave & just Keep Going!
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