Day 34: Hummingbird & Rose

Ok so on my last post I kinda teased you guys saying that something cool happened to me on Day 34 of my “May Cause Miracles” journey. “I welcome in infinite possibilities. I will receive”. Well today is your lucky day and you finally get to hear the cool story. Manifesting once again. It was awesome!! Strange enough the story has to do with INFINITY!

DSC01714So, as some of you know, I had recently picked two winners in a give-away I did to celebrate new and old subscribers on my one year anniversary. I had already planned on getting the winners gifts from one of my favorite stores, Handmade Gallery. Well after I found out who the winners were, I contacted them to see what kind of stuff they liked so I could have more of an idea of what to get them, because if you have been to the store before you probably know how hard it could be to pick out something because EVERYTHING is so amazing and unique. I could spend a good couple of hours just checking every little item out.

About 2 weeks ago I decided to go to Handmade after one of my meetings across the street. I had gotten an email from my “old” follower letting me know she had visited the site and telling me which items she was interested in. I hadn’t gotten a chance to look at the website at the actual items she liked but at this point, now knowing that they were both female, I knew I could still probably get them something they would like no matter what their style was.

Well as I was looking around, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped. There were just too many options. The store was closing, I didn’t get to look long, and I certainly didn’t want to just grab just anything so I decided to come back the following week to look again. This time I was going to take the time to check out the website to see what my “old” customer was actually into. I looked the items up and decided to see what I could find in the store.

This last Tuesday after my meeting, I went over to the store and started to search for the items she liked. I was checking out one of the jewelry cases that caught my eye and as I glanced at the tag it actually happened to be by one of the artist she said she liked, Hummingbird & Rose. I loved everything in this case but I was searching for a particular Infinity necklace she said she liked. I couldn’t find it so then thought maybe I was confused and it was made by someone else so went searching around the store for it. While I was searching for this necklace I had picked up two other items for her, a “One Good Deed A Day” journal (which  I will get into in another post) and cool little print. Both were very inexpensive so I still had room to get her one more item, preferably the necklace she wanted, granted it be in the price range.

Searching, searching, searching, I couldn’t find it so I just decided I would get something else. Well I had no luck with that either because I didn’t want to get just anything so finally I went up to the woman at the cashier and asked her for her opinion. I told her I had a blog and was looking for something to give a winner of a contest. She says ” “I actually had wanted to give away a piece to someone or for a blog…”. I told her the amount and that I wanted something unique. She then proceeds to take me over the Hummingbird & Rose case near the counter and says that she is the maker of that jewelry. She says she will give me a piece for free. I ask her, to make sure, if it was her brand that has the Infinity necklace, she says yes but it was sold the day before. I tell her about how that is the necklace that my blog winner wanted and she tells me she can have one for me in a few days.

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I told her I didn’t want the necklace for free because I wanted to support her work so she decided to give it to me for half off. We both were so amused by what had just happened. She had said I must have been put in her path for a reason because she had been wanting to give a necklace away, and I just couldn’t believe that she was the maker of the necklace I was searching for. I ALMOST didn’t even ask her for her opinion but my intuition just told me to ask. I seriously spent all night flipping out about what had happened.

I picked up the necklace yesterday and will be sending the gifts to the winner this week. She was even so VERY  kind to add in an extra necklace for me as a gift. SOOOOO nice!!! Everyone please check out Anna’s jewelry line, Hummingbird & Rose. Aside from the lovely name, the jewelry is delicately beautiful. She has an Etsy page where you can view and buy your favorite items, including the Infinity necklace. Please click the picture below (and the links above) for her information feel free to let her know My Mornin’ Coffee sent ya.

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I’m so excited for my winner to receive her gift in the mail shortly. She lives in England and since Handmade will be closing down soon (which I just found out right after I had picked the winners; another meant to be) she will never get the chance to come check out the store herself so I am very glad I get to share some of the amazingness that store has to offer.

If you live in the LA area, please go visit Handmade before they close for good on April 30th. Everything in the store is on Sale so you will probably want to buy everything. Support our local artists!

xoxo,

barista

And The Winners Are….

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I would like to announce that TWO winners have been picked for My Mornin’ Coffee’s first exciting Anniversary Give-Away. As promised, one existing follower and one new follower.

As of last week I had 71 existing blog  subscribers, some loyal since my very first blog post. As of today I have 87 new blog subscribers, which means 16 new people have subscribed to my blog in the last week. 

 The winners were chosen by complete random via an online random number generator. #25 for existing and #11 for new followers. Winner #25 will be receiving goods worth up to $50 in value from the Handmade Gallery in Sherman Oaks while the Winner #11 will be winning goods worth up to $25 from the Handmade Gallery as well.

WINNER #25

MELROURKE
http://melrourke.wordpress.com

Mel has her own personal blog, listed above, geared towards her own personal achievements.

“It contains lists, tips, timelines, goals and a sum of who I am and what I would like to be.”

Mel has no idea she is a winner yet but I’m sure she will now once she receives my pingback to her blog.

Just want to say THANK YOU Mel for being a follower of my blog for the past 8 months and some odd weeks. I appreciate it and you are doing a nice job on your blog. Keep up the good insight.

Everyone check out Melrourke’s blog and send her a congrats!!!

WINNER #11

Tracy Lee (tracylee3737)
https://www.facebook.com/#!/clairvoyanttracylee

Tracy is actually a friend of mine. We met almost 4 years ago in a mommy group. Recently Tracy discovered she was clairvoyant which means she

” I can see and hear spirit guides, guardian angels, and other assorted fun stuff.”

Tracy and I have a lot of similar views about life and I’ve told Tracy in the past I would be interested if she guest blogged for me sometime. Maybe now she will reward us with her awesome insights. 😉 Thanks Tracy for following and I hope you enjoy MY MORNIN’ COFFEE

in a few days I will share with all what I decided to get these lovely ladies. Stay Tuned!

xoxo,barista

Give-Away: Handmade Gallery Items

So I have decided for my Give-Away that I will be getting some things from the coolest store I have ever been to, Handmade Gallery. If you don’t live in LA, or even if you do and have never been to this store, you HAVE to check it out. I can literally be in there for HOURS just looking at all there is.

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Handmade is a 5000 square feet gallery combined with the most original and latest artwork from over 1000 different artists, and you guessed it, it’s all HANDMADE 🙂 Everything in this store is sooo unique and one of a kind that its hard to not fall in love with this place. They sell all kinds of different items. Jewelry, artwork, candles, journals, books, clothing, accessories, gag gifts, novelty items, and the list goes on. I couldn’t even begin to explain how special everything in this store is.

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The pictures above don’t even begin to show the awesomeness of this store but some pics I found online. I attempted to go into the store on Friday and pick out some cool items to give away but there was seriously SOOO much stuff I liked I couldn’t dare decide just yet. Also, I’m not sure if the winners are gonna be male or female and I want to get something  that would be special to the winner. So I will wait until after the winners are revealed and then get to know them a little better in order to get something they would like.

I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed.

One more thing I wanted to mention about the give-away is, originally I was only going to pick from people who left comments on the post but I don’t want that to have to be a must. I understand some people don’t get to read every day, they may be a loyal follower but might not even see that post until after the give-away and I want to be fair and still give everyone a fair chance to win. So as long as you are a follower/subscriber to my BLOG you have a chance to win some cool gifts. If you are a FB follower only, be sure you follow the blog as well to be entered.

PS: If you have been to this store before and can attest to its awesomeness, please feel free to leave a comment below.

The winner will be picked at the end of the day, Tuesday March 19th and announced Wednesday morning, one old and one new so don’t forget to subscribe or follow if you haven’t done so yet. 

 

thanks and good luck to you all,

 

barista

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Two Milestones, A Reveal, & a GIVE-AWAY

“Happy Anniversary to me, Happy Anniversary to me, Happy Anniversary My Mornin’ Coffee, Happy Anniversary to me”

GREAT MORNIN my fellow coffee readers!!! I can’t believe one year ago today I decided to go for it! Something I envisioned  for months and months but never had the courage to JUST DO  IT! And it all started with the season finale of The Bachelor.

The reason I hadn’t been posting anything the last few days, even though on certain occasions I wanted to very badly, was because today is also very special for another reason….

IT’S MY 100th POST!!!!  yayyy. I can’t believe I’ve posted for this long and that much.

I’m so excited to make it to both of these milestones. I was worried I wasn’t good enough to do this. I don’t consider myself a writer so it was very hard to really put myself and my words out into the public. But there was something inside of me that said, “just keep going”!

I had to do some work with letting myself off the hook though. When I started I was trying to post often, my goal was to post every day, so I was just finding articles, quotes, anything that would work so I could some way spark the interest of people. I liked the stuff I posted and stand behind it, but I found myself often in a rush or hurry just to have a post and it didn’t seem organic. I also found that I wasn’t spending as much time writing myself versus posting other people’s stuff. So I had to let myself off the hook and make it ok to not have a post every day or every other day. To not compare my blog with others that had a lot of followers or that posted often. To give my blog the chance to grow naturally and on its own schedule and if that meant I could only post twice a week then that’s what happened, but at least then I was taking my time and giving more heart to what was being put out there.

And ONE YEAR and 100 POSTS LATER I have 7,801 views (more after you see this), 71 blog followers, and 121 Facebook followers.

71 blog followers may not be a lot to some people but I appreciate and want to thank each and every one of you.

I started with being anonymous, I didn’t hound my friends to follow me, some still don’t even know I have a blog or know that this is MY blog. I wanted to see how my blog would naturally progress on its own without people following it just because they were my friend. Almost ALL of you I don’t even know, which means you found me on your own… You all decided to press Follow or Sign up with your email because you actually liked my content. Which means that I must be doing something right!!!

I thank all you that support me, that like what I do, that are interested in reading more. I really do appreciate you!!!

This has been a commitment, and although you may not realize it, you are all helping me grow.

I’ll admit some part of why I wasn’t really promoting my blog, especially as my own, was out of fear. I didn’t want to bug people and I didn’t want people to know a more personal side of myself. Which I know to an extent I have still been hiding. I didn’t put myself out there as much as I could have because, of course like most, I have a fear of rejection. But this next year I am vowing to change that thinking and I am going to do more to really step outside of my comfort zone and put myself out there and if someone can’t handle that…. oh well I guess right?

First things first: My name is Ashley Navarro and I am The Barista!

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yes oh yes you finally get a face to the blog!!

Another thing is, I’m not going to be ashamed of self promotion!!! It’s mine, I am proud of it and I own it. I have become more clear of the direction I want to take and vision I see for this and frankly….this shit needs to be out there!

My Mornin Coffee will undergo a few changes over the next few months, it might change a few times, so bear with me and I promise I’ll let myself off the hook too!!!

Now to the fun part….

A GIVE-AWAY. I want to do something to thank all those loyal and new. I will be giving away two prizes. One to a loyal follower that has followed me any time before this post (so  if you just began yesterday you are in luck) and one to a new follower that starts following me any time from this point forward. I’m not sure exactly what I want to give-away just yet but it will be something unique and special and at least $50 in value for a loyal follower and something a little smaller yet still special for a new follower . 

If you are a past follower all I want you to do is simply leaving me a comment on this post letting me know you even read My Mornin Coffee. I wanna make sure you’re still alive. If you are a new follower, I will see you but still would love to know your favorite post in the comment section below… and if don’t know how to follow me check out the TOP RIGHT COLUMN and simply put in your email address and press submit OR I think there is a little thing floating on the bottom right that says FOLLOW! (although I may be wrong)….

A week from now I will randomly pick TWO winners… someone new and someone old to show my appreciation!!!

And if you have ANY cool suggestions on what you would want as a prize, let me know and it will be considered. After all the winner could be you and it’d be cool to get you something you want!!!

THANKS again readers. I love you and peace to all

xoxo,

barista