Persistence

I’ve had a sign hanging in my office at work for about 10 years.  It is on the wall directly in front of my desk and serves as a constant reminder:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone will bring success.  

~Calvin Coolidge

This word has made it’s way into the news as of late – the wonders of social media picking up on comments made by a male senator about a female senator during a senate confirmation debate.  ‘She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.’  These words have become a bit of a battle cry in today’s political climate, and can now be found on t-shirts, mugs, protest signs, and now…river rocks.

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In making decisions about themes and types of things we’ll carry, one of our goals is to not be particularly trendy or flash-in-the-pan.  Too, we like to remain apolitical.  While it’s important that we continue to add freshness and newness to our lines, we like to keep a baseline of solid, meaningful, consistent and non-controversial inspirational gifts.  We’ve been selling most of our products continually for over 10 years.

But, we do offer custom designs, so it’s inevitable that we get requests from our customers for the newest catch phrase or the latest and greatest trend.  The ‘She Persisted’ rock design caught my attention a bit more so than others, because not only is it current news, it’s a theme in my personal and business life.  Even when business is down, we persist.  When we’re not feeling particularly inspired, we persist.  When we have a difficult customer, or frustrating vendor, we persist.  To be successful in business, we must persist.

I love that we can rely on our customers to bring us inspiration.  The Custom Designed River Rocks are one of my most favorite items because it’s so fun to see what customers come up with.  And, we have fun conversations trying to guess what they are using them for.

If someone were to describe me, I wouldn’t mind them using this phrase.  I hope you find inspiration in it, too.

~Brenda

Persistence

I’ve had a sign hanging in my office at work for about 10 years.  It is on the wall directly in front of my desk and serves as a constant reminder:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone will bring success.  

~Calvin Coolidge

This word has made it’s way into the news as of late – the wonders of social media picking up on comments made by a male senator about a female senator during a senate confirmation debate.  ‘She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.’  These words have become a bit of a battle cry in today’s political climate, and can now be found on t-shirts, mugs, protest signs, and now…river rocks.

shepersisted

In making decisions about themes and types of things we’ll carry, one of our goals is to not be particularly trendy or flash-in-the-pan.  Too, we like to remain apolitical.  While it’s important that we continue to add freshness and newness to our lines, we like to keep a baseline of solid, meaningful, consistent and non-controversial inspirational gifts.  We’ve been selling most of our products continually for over 10 years.

But, we do offer custom designs, so it’s inevitable that we get requests from our customers for the newest catch phrase or the latest and greatest trend.  The ‘She Persisted’ rock design caught my attention a bit more so than others, because not only is it current news, it’s a theme in my personal and business life.  Even when business is down, we persist.  When we’re not feeling particularly inspired, we persist.  When we have a difficult customer, or frustrating vendor, we persist.  To be successful in business, we must persist.

I love that we can rely on our customers to bring us inspiration.  The Custom Designed River Rocks are one of my most favorite items because it’s so fun to see what customers come up with.  And, we have fun conversations trying to guess what they are using them for.

If someone were to describe me, I wouldn’t mind them using this phrase.  I hope you find inspiration in it, too.

~Brenda

Modern Cairn (Guest Post by Stacy Schroeder, executive director of KAAN)

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A camp where I used to work observes the end of each experience by inviting that week’s campers to place a rock on a cairn pile while sharing a memory or lesson they will carry with them. This tradition pulls from many ancient ones across the world. It is one that has always spoken to me, a tactile sentimentalist who appreciates symbolism.

I now help to lead an organization for adoptees and their families. While year-round in service, we gather once a year for a weekend that is intense, transformative, challenging, uplifting. It is through this organization that I learned of Brenda and her business, CourageInStone.com. They worked with us to create a custom logo rock as well as others with words of direction and inspiration. We gave these rocks as thanks to some of our leaders and speakers as well as sold them at our store. Friends purchased these rocks for each other as acknowledgement of their connection. Others took home rocks to place on their desks or by their beds as daily reminders. Some even playfully take pictures of their rocks in different settings and use as Facebook profile or cover photos. To me, all these actions represent a modern cairn … a way to physically mark the time spent and community felt together at our conferences.

Thank you, Brenda and CourageInStone.com for providing these beautiful stones.

Stacy Schroeder is the executive director of KAAN (the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network). You can learn more about this organization by visiting www.KAANet.org.

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Wondering how to use your new river rocks?

We recently had a customer love and purchase different product, most being river rocks. After receiving them she then actually called us back to ask how to use them! So besides thinking our product is just beautiful, we are coming up with new and different ways to use our gorgeous stones!

Flower/Tree pot With River Rocks

Got a plant that needs a little sprucing up?!
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We added 60 stones to this large pot.
Voila! And the stones even help with drainage!

And speaking of River Rocks, if you’re feeling creative you can design your own! The promotions just started so don’t miss out!  We’ve lowered our minimum purchase requirement to just 50 for each custom design (down from 100)!  Come visit us soon!

~Brittany