World Pulse Love Across Shores and Time Zones

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted October 11, 2019 from Philippines
Package from Canada!
Lovely Pair of Earrings Made by Adriana
Lovely Pair of Earrings Made by Adriana (1/2)

Yesterday morning, I heard an unexpected knock on the door. When I opened it, a man asked if there is a Karen Axalan living here. I identified myself, then he handed me an envelope.

While receiving the package, my thoughts raised when and what did I order somewhere. To my delight, I saw the stamps from Canada, and yes, I finally knew this one came from a dear World Pulse sister, Adriana Greenblatt! ❤️     

Adriana has been making jewelries as a form of self-care. 

One day, she sent me a message,  “Hello dear Karen! I hope you are well! I wanted to share with you that in my training I have on resilience  in the workplace I thought of you as an example of resilience!”

What? Me? I asked her how and why. 

This was her reply, 

“Hello Karen, so much!   Having heard stories on World Pulse and feeling a real connection to you and this journey - with your son, your sharing your own mental health journey, and having the courage to share this stuff authentically and then...using it to support other women and still find gratitude and joy!  Those are just a few things that come to mind.   

Massive massive hugs to you dear!”

Oh, wow. My tears fell as I read her words because sometimes I feel my stories are not worthwhile or they are too trivial, but I write them anyway just to unburden myself. It feels great to receive words of encouragement, too. So when Adriana sent that message to me, I felt humbled that she honored my journey.

However, words were not enough for her. She informed me that she felt inspired to create a pair of earrings for me. 

Who am I to say no? I was so happy!

I secretly worried, though, that she will be spending an expensive shipping cost.

So on September 1, she messaged me that the earrings were on their way. The package traveled from Montreal, Canada to Cebu, Philippines for more than a month.

I told Adriana how my family and I considered to apply for immigration to Canada before, because my aunt who is already a citizen there has been inviting us to do so. The moment she learned that my son has special needs, she felt the Health Care in Canada can benefit him. I discovered that the process involved tons of requirements and qualifications, not to mention, thousands of dollars. 

So we cannot go to Canada, but Canada came to me through Adriana’s tangible token of love!

It has always been a joy to read her encouragements on my posts. She is so filled with positive energy. I enjoy reading her stories, too. We feel connected to each other. We’re both fans of Brene Brown, to name a few. That must be it: our love for vulnerability, authenticity, and empathy.

I am actually inspired by our sister Adriana, how she became a lawyer, how she established her consultancy and company, how she speaks three languages, how she customizes her trainings for her clients, how she establishes boundaries for self-care, how she encourages to LIVE LARGE, and so much more.

So I asked myself how can this great, awesome, wonderful woman allot her precious time to make earrings for me, spend a costly shipping fee, even risk all that trouble to send her lovely creation to me? How can she trust me that I gave her the right address? I really don’t know.

What I know is the moment I held the package in my hand, I felt valued and loved as a woman.

I opened the package carefully because I truly treasure everything including the envelope with her handwriting and the Canadian stamps on it. Inside, I saw this cute silver bag, and my heart just went, “Awwww. How thoughtful she is to put the earrings in a nice container.” I then saw the pair of earrings with yellow squares on top of the rings. 

I see this as beautiful symbol of Adriana and me. We are different in culture, in status, in shape, in size, in length of hair, in language, in personality, in season, in timezone, and more. But we are similar in many ways as well, and it’s our authenticity with each other that connects us together.

Dear Adriana, thank you so much for this wonderful gift. I still couldn’t fathom that this token of love traveled for more than a month from Canada to the Philippines!  It surely  faced different weather conditions along the way. Now, it’s safe with me. I know, too, that no matter what circumstances or storms we face in life, no matter how long it will take, we will both reach our destination, we can fulfill our dreams.

I’ll wear this on special events and  during my World Pulse-related activities so I can share that a dear World Pulse sister sent it to me.

How meaningful it is that this arrived on the International Day of The Girl. It truly made my day!

Thank you for the gift of sisterhood and friendship. I feel so honored and humbled that you sealed these with a tangible gesture of love!

Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!

 

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maeann
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hi Karen,

This is so sweet!! Connecting women with a heart. Building relationship and sharing experiences. This is how World Pulse is connecting...the power of technology.

Im thinking of sending postcards to World Pulse sisters also...that give me an idea (aha)

Hugs to both of you

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Meann! Great idea on the postcards! The fact I was making earrings for Karen in and of itself was such a joyful feeling that the process just flowed, so if you are feeling the call of the postcards, I say give it a try!
Hugs!
Adriana

maeann
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Adriana,

Thank you :)

Hello, Mae Ann,

Yes, it is! I hope you can build connections, too. Wow, sending postcards is a great idea. That's really sweet. I'm a bit of an old soul so I enjoy sending and receiving written cards than emails.

Hugs, too, dear!

Lisbeth
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear Karen,
The earrings really look very cute and design and the colors are actually amazing. The design looks like our Africa bead design
It's so lovely for such a kind gesture, even as it was expensive to travelled, it came with a kind heart with no strings attached. Such type of love is very rare and you should be grateful for it as I can see you show.
Adriana, a very big thank you for putting a smile on my sister face. God richly bless you.
Liz

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 12
Oct 12

Thanks Liz for these words, and to remind me that it can be hard to receive gifts...what you wrote inspired my reply to this story!

Hugs,
Adriana

Lisbeth
Oct 12
Oct 12

You mean my comment or a story I posted here? Thanks

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Liz the comment you posted here. Especially noting that no strings are attached, it reminded me to be mindful of how hard it can be to receive gifts, so thank you for that Liz.
Cheers!
Adriana

Lisbeth
Oct 13
Oct 13

Haha :-), Thanks

Hello, Lizzy,

Yes, the earrings look nice. There's also a bead with a "K" on it. I find this gesture so loving and caring. Unexpected gifts are the best!

Oh, that's nice that it looks like an African pattern, too. :) I do treasure this "rare" love as you said.

Thank you, dear.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 11
Oct 11

Dear karen
Hug to you

Thank you, dear sis. Hugs to you.

Tarke Edith
Oct 11
Oct 11

Hello Karen
How wonderful and pleasant it
is for sisters to live together,
Karen do you know that you deserve such gifts. You are such a wonderful and caring woman. Your attitude towards all world pulse sisters is always awesome.
I am very happy and thankful for the love Adriana has shown to you.
Thanks for sharing this special gift of love with us
Hug you sister.

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Tarke, thank you for these words, you and Liz's comments remind me that sometimes when we receive gifts it is a challenge to our feelings of worthiness, thank you for your insight on that! So true that Karen has this unique way of sharing her amazing attitude for World Pulse sisters, it is her gift.
hugs!
Adriana

Hello, Sis Edith,

Yes, it is wonderful to be connected with our World Pulse sisters. Thank you for saying I deserved this gift. I hope I can afford to send gifts to our World Pulse sisters, too. Maybe when I have extra cash someday.

Thank you for being happy with me. That is so sweet!
Hugs, dear!

Millynairi
Oct 12
Oct 12

Dear Karen,
This is so nice to hear. God bless Adriana for being so thoughtful!
Milly

Hello, dear sister,

The gift you send me also gave me so much joy. I should write about it, too. Please give me time. Thanks for your kind words. :)

Thelma Musanhu
Oct 12
Oct 12

That is so nice Karen, everyone's story inspires someone. It's not the million likes that matter but the transformative power of your story even in one person's life. You rock.

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 12
Oct 12

Hi Thelma, yes she so rocks! And the story Karen wrote is the power here and now that she shared it in her special way I see that it resonates with others, wow.

Hugs!
Adriana

Hello, Thelma,

Thank you for your kind words. What a timely encouragement as I am writing my book. I agree that our stories can be inspiring to others. :)

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 13
Oct 13

Karen, I am smiling reading your note, a feeling of peace is washing over me.

First, thank you for sharing our earrings journey in such a vivid super powerful story, this is a gift you have Karen.

And of course the first thing you thought of was the shipping costs, this natural propensity you have to care for others!! Please know that this was a joy to do, and something I was called to do and is an amazing release of creative energy (and self-care as you noted) and so healing and was inspired...so the jewellery making flows!! Absolutely no strings attached and shipping costs not an issue so as much as you are able, please try to let that go, and know as the other awesome women noted above, you are worthy of this.

I know it can be hard and mixed feelings come with receiving gifts, and thank you for sharing that. Please again know this was meant to be and a tangible token of this work with you in the Philippines now. So cool, kind of overwhelming when I think of it actually!

This I see as a tangible impact of World Pulse's vision! I am reminded of the positivity we both have inside, and grateful for this as this month as you know has been a challenge in some respects, something I do not share with all but an anniversary this month of burning out, taking time off...which I am reminded then led to the opening of my business you mention, so this reminds me that opening to the darkness brings unexpected light! Our connection reminds me of this, and the power of vulnerability and being real!! Sometimes in my most vulnerable times is when I least want to connect, and that is when we need to, so thank you for this reminder and call to connect.

One thing I forgot to mention which makes these earrings one of the more special pairs - the beads were bought from a place in Montreal where proceeds go to a shelter to women in distress, see here: http://www.lechainon.org/en/organisation

Hugs, hugs hugs!!!!!

Adriana

Oh my dear Adriana,

I'm teary-eyed writing this especially that you mentioned you bought the beads where the proceeds go to a women shelter. Oh, this makes the earrings more precious than ever!!!

Oh, yeah, I struggle with worthiness sometimes. Haha. But really, thank you so much for acting on that calling to create the earrings. This made me think that doing what we are called to do and aligning ourselves on it is how we can make this world a better place. You just did, dear Adriana, and you continue to do it. I'm so blessed to be among your recipients of love.

I'm so glad you took the time to recharge. I have those moments, too. Please know that you are an beautiful woman who worth loving. I hope one day I could create something, too, and send them to you. :)

Oh, yes, I'm quite mindful of shipping costs.haha. I'm just so amazed that you would do that. I feel so loved!

Hugs to you, dear. I hope you are feeling better now, and you are able to go back to the world and send your light.

Fireflies don't fly alone. They shine together with the rest of the fireflies. :) I'm happy with our sisters' comments here. Thanks for replying to each one while I was away. I appreciate it. I appreciate you.

Thanks for sharing the link to the women's shelter. :)

Hugs!

Adriana Greenblatt
Oct 19
Oct 19

Karen, my gosh I get teary all the time at your eloquence and count myself grateful to be among the fireflies on here, and having connected with you. Your words remind me of the inner light I have - and during a tricky season and time are particularly profound! As I focus intentionally on self-care at this time, I give thanks to all the women here (thanks to those here I will not be able to respond to one by one) that continue to be moved by your message, and sounds like you will soon be getting a dress that matches with the earrings, woot woot!

I wanted to also share with you an amazing resource https://sheeo.world/ that could be amazing for you, and all women here including Jill, Liz and everyone! I connected you and the founder and Jensine on linked in and happy for you to share with whomever may benefit from this - a great innovative source of support and potential funding for women entrepreneurs that is breaking the old mold of entrepreneur competitive funding.

Major hugs to you!!!
Adriana

Hello, dear Adriana,
Oh, thank you so much!
We are grateful for you and your positive energy every time you comment or post on World Pulse. It's very wise of you to practice the needed self-care, and I'm glad you were able to recognize that you need a time off for yourself.
Haha. I'm not expecting anything, but if I do receive a dress that would fabulous! :)

Wow, this is such a great resource, Adriana. Thank you for sharing this with us. Thank you for doing that. I will still be checking my LinkedIn account. How sweet of you.

Hugs! Have a great week ahead. :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 13
Oct 13

Wow, Karen!

What a lovely story. I'm so glad you shared this special bond and gift that you share with the lovely and special Adriana. I didn't know you two were that close:-) The beads are so beautiful and the yellow will offset your dark hard beautifully. And, yes, you both are wonderfully sensitive, loving and authentic, so I can't be that surprised that you are close sisters. Thanks again for sharing!

XX

Hello, Jill,

We exchange a few messages from time to time. Then she sent me a message about sending earrings. Wow. Haha. Yes, yellow used to be my favorite color as a girl. So this reminds me to reconsider it to be my fave color once more. Haha.

Thank you, Jill. You are as sensitive, loving and authentic, too. You both are like soul sisters to me. :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 16
Oct 16

Hi there Karen:-)

Oh, okay.

You're welcome, dear.

Aw. Thank you:-) I hear you, and agree!

XX

ANJ ANA
Oct 15
Oct 15

Awwwwww.....what a lovely gesture of sisterhood. Love you more Karen.
Keep spreading love and care, keep encouraging unstoppable hearts, keep shouldering each other.
You are a masterpiece of God. love you for who you are..
A special thanks to Adriana.
A special thanks to Jensine too and for creating this wonderful platform WP.
warm love and hugs,
Anjana

Hello, dear Anjana,

How are you doing? I missed you! Thank you for celebrating the love and care we are having on World Pulse. This is really a great sisterhood.

A special thanks to you, too, for making World Pulse a great spce for women through your beautiful words of encouragement.

Hope all is well with you?

ANJ ANA
Oct 15
Oct 15

Dear Karen,
I missed you too. Its a festive season in our country so I was a bit busy with family and friends for the celebrations. Also, I was struggling with my health and 9-5 work and 24/7 service for my daughter :) :) :)
rest is fine and hope the same there.
XOXO,
anjana

Wow, that's great that you spend some time with family and friends. What festive season was it about?

Oh, I hear you about health. I somehow have some struggles with it, too. Please take good care of yourself. You're very busy. Please hug your daughter for me. You're such a loving mother.

All is well here. Thank you!

ANJ ANA
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Karen
This month, we have festivals every month, but these one are the two major festivals, one of them ( Dashain) was just a week back and another one (TIHAR) is after one week. both of them are worshipping of Goddess ( you can see my profile picture, which is one of the supreme powerful Hindu Goddess- Mahakali), she is worshipped whole fifteen days during Dashain.) another one is Goddess Laxmi- goddess of wealth( who is going to be worshipped for five days next week. But in contrary, the actual women/girls are discriminated, exploited and violated in current context, it's so sad.
thanks for a warm hug to my daughter, you too take care of your health my dear
best, anjana

Wow, thank you for telling me more about Nepal's festivals. Interesting that women are discriminated, exploited, and violated and yet there are special days to worship the Goddesses. What a disconnect.

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your concern. Enjoy your weekend!

Akshaya9
Oct 15
Oct 15

Hi Kaye,
Finally i came back here, hahaha...
By the way the earrings is so nice and beautiful, your so blessed to have that kind of friend that without hesitation she send you a gift and she trusted you. You really a kind hearted person and a good friend of mine . I'm so proud of being your friend and I'm blissfully to have you kaye,.

Take care always, hug hug hug to you and your kiddos.

Hello, Jack,

Welcome back! It's so nice to connect with you here once again. I took a break from FB for a while.

Kumusta na ka?

Yes, I feel blessed that Adriana sent me these earrings. Thank you for your kind words. I'm proud of you, too, Jack. You are an amazing wife and mother. Please continue to share your stories so our World Pulse sisters can connect with you, too.

Take care, too! HUGs to you and to your lovely kids. :)

Akshaya9
Oct 21
Oct 21

Soon i will write again kaye ❤, I'm fine but not really fine .
Take care always kaye and your family because i heared have earthquake in Mindanao..

Oh, I hope you all will be well soon. I miss you, Jack.
Thank you, Jack. Yes, that's true, but we are in Visayas now. I hope that the earthquakes will stop coming. Take care, Jack, and hugs to you and the kiddos. :)

Stella Paul
Oct 17
Oct 17

Dear Karen
World Pulse is a sisterhood. A family. A world where women come home to each other(This is where I found you - my beloved sister) and your post is just reasserts this fact. Big claps of celebration for you and Adriana's bond. Those earrings are gorgeous!
And finally, as I read through this post, I saw your smiling face. Now I am thinking - I need to get you a dress that will go with these yellowstone earrings :) Big hugs love!

Hello, dear Sweet Stella,

Yes, I agree! I'm so glad we met through World Pulse. Thank you for celebrating this sisterhood!
Aww. You are so thoughtful to say that. Thank you!

Big hugs! Love you!

Maggie P
Oct 24
Oct 24

Beautiful story and beautiful earrings!

Thank you, dear Maggie!