The search for the perfect piece of starfish jewelry began about three years ago when a professor of mine told me a story that has stuck with me ever since.
The Starfish Story: Adapted from Loren Eisley
An elderly man woke up just before sunrise to go for a walk on the beach. As he walked along the ocean’s edge he saw a child picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. When he asked the child what he was doing, the child replied with, “The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves. When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back to the sea.” While the child explained his reasoning, the man carefully surveyed the beach realizing that there were more starfish on the beach than the child could possibly save before the sun comes up.
The man told the child that he couldn’t make a difference. The child paused, let what the man had said soak in, and continued to pick up starfish and throw them back into the ocean. The child turned to the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.” The man left the beach, and thought about what the child had said. He then decided to spend the rest of his morning helping the child throw the starfish back into the ocean.
Ever since I heard this story, I have constantly been on the lookout for a piece of starfish jewelry that I could wear as a positive reminder. After seeing this statement cuff on Foam, I knew that I had to find one. A week after seeing the post on Foam, I was walking by one of my favorite boutiques in Costa Mesa, Purre, and saw this cuff (hello law of attraction!)
Yes, abnormally large starfish bangles are rad… but the real reason I love wearing this (and my starfish necklace) is because it is a daily reminder that I can always help others and make a difference.
What gives you that extra lil reminder to practice self-love and and make those random acts of kindness not so random?
We instantly fell in love obsessed with her bubbly spirit and soulful, yet surfy, art! Gazing at her colourful setup, we immediately started to plot how we could cover our apartments with her neon surfboards, mermaid tails, and skulls.
Not only is Libby an extremely talented artist, she’s an all around awesome human being who gives back to her community. Every month she “Paints For A Cause” and runs a 7-day online auction, where all of the proceeds go to the nominated charity.