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July 29, 2016

From Defeated To Strong

My mom bought me "believe" when my parents separated last year (the same week my fiance ended our relationship). I told her my faith in love was shot and she told me not to give up hope, when she bought me the necklace. I wore it daily and it did lift my spirits to consistently remind myself that this isn't the end-all-be-all for love in my life.

After a year and a half, when I was feeling much stronger, I met a young woman who sat next to me at a bar in Manhattan looking totally defeated. She has been acting since she was 20, and now at age 30, still having a hard time breaking into the business. She was heartbroken and felt alone and wanted to give up, so I gave her my key. I told her to wear it daily to remind herself to keep moving forward. This made her light up and gave her a wonderful smile, and I felt she really was inspired.

The next day I went into my office and our intern gave me a gift as a thank you on her last day of working with us. She told me she wanted to give me something because my optimism and my uplifting nature was motivating for her. I opened the box to find a Giving Key with the word "Inspire" inscribed on it!!!! I couldn't believe it. I'm so happy that I went from defeated and hurt a year and a half ago to now being strong enough to be able to motivate and inspire those. I give all credit to these little keys !!!

-Ashli

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