Life can be filled with challenges, setbacks, moments where you want to give up… So far 2014 has been a challenging year for myself and I’ve promised myself not to give up. Keep going and take every day as it comes. Carpe Diem. But that is easier said than being done. Most people who know me, already discovered that I’m a thinker. I never stop thinking, but I also became a ‘doer’ with the right motivation and support of people around me.
My creation ‘Token Of ValYOU’ is a keyring or a lucky charm as I like to look at it, with 2 different sides. One side with 2 quotes that should remind you that you are the star in your life and that you should be proud of who you are and stay true to who you are, no matter what happens. The other side of the coin is filled with values I believe should be a part of everyone’s life.

‘Stay True To Who You Are’ once said by Sara Ramirez has been the core of my project. I believe that we are who we are supposed to be. You have the thinkers, the doers, the artists, the observers, the introverts, the extroverts,… We all have you qualities and we are all unique no matter what is being said. I’m Felien and I have my own insecurities and imperfections. Nobody is perfect. You are You! This is your life, you should not be afraid to be the star in your story. There will definitely be setbacks and moments where you think ‘what’s the point?’, but remember stars can’t shine without darkness.

I was raised by 2 amazing people. I’ve learned so much and I’m eternally grateful for that. There are 4 pillars in my life that I’ve learned while growing up and that are now obvious. Gratitude, Kindness, Respect and Honesty. Be grateful for what you have, what you’ve achieved so far and what is yet to happen. Be kind to other people. Respect people, the environment,… the way you want to be respected. And above all, be honest. Honesty is not always that easy. You can hurt people by being honest but you can also make them happy by being honest. It’s something you learn through life and all the challenges you go through.

Life wouldn’t be complete without family and friends. It would be an empty world and you would definitely get lost. Cherish them. Tell them you love them often. Because before you know it they are gone. I’m always up for a challenge. It makes my life even more exciting. I love exploring, going to places I’ve never been before or explore what I want in life. Stay true to who you are, but make sure you don’t stand still. Try to progress, really discover who you are, what you want,…. Be YOU! Have faith that everything will work out, trust yourself, your instincts,… And don’t forget to smile. Be who you are, remind yourself that you are who you are meant to be. Be proud!

With all these thoughts, I decided to create this keyring. The most important thing in your life should be ‘YOU’. Value yourself, know what you are worth. ValYOU. There is always a key to a solution, you just need to take your time to find the key. The creation of my keyring ‘Token Of ValYOU’ is only a simple reminder of some ‘valyou’s’. Those values are personal, but most people will find one of their values in this coin. The profit of my project ‘Token Of ValYOU’ will be donated to ‘ADRLF’Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation, the foundation supported by Sara Ramirez, as a thank you for a simple quote that can change your life. ADRLF provides resources, education and information related to screening, prevention and treatment of the Hepatitis Virus and Liver Cancer.

More information about the organization can be found on http://www.aldrodriguezliverfoundation.com/

NOTE: These keyrings are now sold out. The profit of this charity, $170, was donated to ADRLF. Thank you to everyone who supported this charity!

Stay true to who you are. Don’t let anyone else define you.– Sara Ramirez