Stories are the fabricators of life. It creates meaning and purpose for everything that we sense and live for. It informs, enlightens, entertains, empowers–which is why it’s important to know our own. We are all in the process of finding our own truth, but the stories that you have now already pretty much makes up all of who you are. And when you know who you are..your true self and identity.. You have to hold on tightly. After all.. The world we live in now constantly struggles night and day to make you just like everybody else.
This is the reason why I was so invested to find something that would remind me daily of my story. I could write it on any random writing surface but I wanted something that I could wear physically. Wearing a shirt or any piece of clothing with a flurry of words seems weird. So accessories were the best way to go about it. I had a hard time finding one such piece but like all abangers say… You can get something when you wait patiently enough. Haha.
Help came in the form of my friend Joanna. It was only over 2 years ago that she decided to make a living out of her passion. Thus ISTORYA CREATIONS was born. Istorya Creations basically makes customized jewelry for its clients. Everything is hand made from start to finish and each piece tells a unique story. Joanna’s ultimate passion is “to create quality pieces that will reflect your story.” She sells jewelry but it’s the idea behind her product that makes it stand out. These custom jewelries expresses your personal inspiration and holds a deeper meaning to its owners. This is why I am so in love with my Istorya bracelet. Let me tell you my story… :)
Lately, I’ve been having contradicting, questioning arguments with myself. Gollum-Smeagol (of Lord of the Rings) level and I’m not even kidding. Life can only smear so much crap on your face that it can sometimes lead you astray. I’m always energeticly annoyingly bubbly, but there are those days when it honestly becomes a Herculean effort to scrape myself off my bed. I was actually just in one of my sad periods. Without disclosing too much, I basically was questioning the decisions I’ve made lately. I was also dealing with a lot of pressure, self-doubt, negative feels, stress, heartache (not love life related thank God haha), and incredible longing. You can only eat so much pizza and cookies and cupcakes and all them sinful things in the world, before you realize you have to stop eating your feelings and get the fvck over it. Haha.
But I swear to all the swearbear Gods. When I got my Istorya bracelet, things started picking up for me again. I constantly play with it and holding each charm reminds me of my story. It inspires the drive in me to not give up and not let anything keep me down… Because I know better. I know I’ve survived worse. I read a quote somewhere “You don’t drown by falling into water. You drown by staying in it.” It sounds so exaggerated, but my bracelet was practically the rope that pulled me out from my temporary slump. Having a constant reminder strapped to my wrist of where I’ve come from, who I am, what I love, what I aspire to have or be in life, gave back the fight in me and renewed my sense of direction.
So anyway… I’ve already given my personal account on why knowing your story and having it kept close to you works magic. Since I’m annoying, I want to share with you the story behind my Istorya bracelet. :) At least the one that I think is pretty much safe to release to the public. HAHA :)) After all… Maya Angelou (rest in peace, God bless your soul for all the words you’ve shared to the world) puts it best when she said “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
My bracelet has 2 golden heart plates, 2 silver back to back plates, a star charm, suitcase charm and cheerleader charm.
The suitcase: Represents my love for wandering.. For the magic of travel… For my constant need to get lost in the unfamiliar. It also reminds me of all the memories and lessons I’ve accumulated while on my different journeys. Travel has created a big part of the me that I am now.
1st Golden Heart: Has my childhood nickname and the names of my siblings. Only the people I grew up with, and the people BEFORE college calls me “Yanyan”. It’s a special nickname that I feel uncomfortable with when it’s used by people who I feel don’t really know me. Oo, ang arte ko noh? haha. And of course, my siblings because we have this special “Us 4 against the world” type of relationship. And the new addition to our siblings, little GC. :)
Imperfectly Shaped Star: To remind me that it’s okay to shine bright even when you’re not perfect. To put it simply, it’s mostly inspired from the movie Coach Carter, “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you…” And etc etc. The quote’s longer than this, but yeah.. That’s the gist of it. :)
1st Silver Plate (“Dream Chaser” with a diamond stamp): You don’t need a smarty pants explanation for this. It pretty much explains itself. Haha. :) The diamond also reminds me to value every blessing I’ve gotten in my life. I love this cause I usually get the things I want, cause I work hard for them, despite some naysayers, and even on top of the pressure I put on myself. Just like diamonds. Chos. Ano daw.
2nd Silver Plate (“Fall Down 7, Get Up 8” with a heart stamp): A reminder that it is NOT an option to stay down, no matter what life throws at me. I know I have a stronger heart than any weak attempt at my downfall. Cue dramatic music.
3rd Silver Plate (“Smiles. Laughs. Hugs.” with a butterfly stamp): Because I am made of those 3 things. Chos. I want to be reminded that you can always get through anything when you have these three.
Cheerleader charm: This was actually a gift from my sister Ellie. She bought it in Spain. I love it so much not only cause it reminds me of my cheerleader memories, but more because of the spirit of it. People always describe me as happy, perky, bubbly, positive and never runs out of energy. I like myself that way as compared to the sulky, depressed version of me. Haha.
4th Silver Plate (“Inspire” with Harry Potter lightning scar and glasses): Harry will always be part of my life. It’s too personal to share, but let’s just say that he is too close to my heart. He’s also a reminder of my childhood. One must always remember where one came from and how they came to be. One of the things that people always say when they’re reminded of me is that I inspire them. That sounds so annoying even to my eyes and ears, I swear. Please don’t write me off as narcissistic. HAHA. But it’s such a wonderful thing to have touched somebody’s lives one way or another. It reminds me that I should always look for my own inspiration, and that I should also continue to do what I can do for others when they say I inspire them. Half the time I don’t get why they say that since I honestly find myself so ridiculously weird and un-normal, but whatever. I have hard copy proof of these accounts and testimonials OKAY. Have you noticed how long the explanation for this charm is? Oh gosh. So #defensive.
2nd Golden Heart: Has the names of my 3 sets of parents. I am that cool. I have not only 2, but 3 sets of parents. Haha. Chos. I have Mom and Pops, Dad and Ate Shiela and my Lolo and Lola. They raised me, continue to influence my life, and help me to reach what I aspire to be.
And that my friends, wraps up the story of my Istorya bracelet. Istorya Creations customizes, so you can also make it as a gift for someone else! You could create a “how we came to be” bracelet for your boyfriend/girlfriend or something! Istorya has a range of stamps, fonts, charms that you can incorporate into bracelets, necklaces, keychains, etc etc. It’s also pretty affordable considering the kind of service and product you’re getting! HANDCRAFTED people!! Made with no machines, only a pair of hands. Eh yung naglalaba nga, washing machine na gamit, kahit may kamay. OK, that was unrelated. But seriously, every piece is made with love and magic. :) Seriously, this is one of the best P500 I’ve ever spent. Yes. My personalized one of a kind “no one else in the world has this” bracelet costs only that amount. Watcha waiting forrr? Visit their page on Facebook at Istorya Creations to get started on creating and wearing your very own story! :)