Moving Mountains: An Inspiring Jewellery Collection

I have had the good fortune to know amazing women in my life. My mother, my sisters, my friends, teachers, and bosses. There are so many who have poured into me and inspired me. Some of these women are no longer in my life, but the mark they have made will always be within me.

My mom is the most incredible woman I know. Not just because of what she does, but because of who she is. My mom is an amazing parent and a true friend. She is always there for me, encouraging and uplifting me, even on my darkest days. She has inspired me, by example, to be a wonderful mother, friend, and lover of life – among many things. She has taught me and continues to teach me, to see the beauty in every day through the simplest of joys, like walking in the woods or baking muffins. More than good fortune, I am so blessed to have this astonishing woman as my mother.

My two sisters are also both extraordinary people. They have followed their unique paths in life and I’m often so inspired by who they are as well as their accomplishments. As siblings, we are all different in many ways, yet I have such respect and admiration for them both and their uniqueness.

What does this have to do with jewellery? Keep reading…

The women around us, from our mothers to great icons, offer us much wisdom, guidance, and even the path they have forged before us. I am immeasurably grateful for all the women who have paved a way for my freedoms.

There may still be quite a road ahead, battles to be fought, and wars to be won – but I look back with thankfulness for how far we’ve come as a gender. I am thankful for the choices I have, in this day and in this country, available to me.

International Women’s Day, to me, is a reminder to celebrate our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our friends, our leaders, our peers…it’s a reminder to pay respect and honour all the women who have changed the world for us – and ARE changing the world.

We, as women, have the power to move mountains!

Move mountains…

As I write that, it’s not just a saying, the weight of moving a mountain seems so large and heavy – yet I know deep in my soul that as each of us women take steps, small and large, and walk in empowerment, as well as empowering women around us, we will make gains. We will push beyond each barrier and collectively, we will move those mountains!

And on that note, I’d like to introduce you to Moving Mountains, a jewellery collection, created by Ottawa native Brittany Smyth, with the goal of empowering women. The jewellery pieces are beautiful in of themselves and can inspire those who wear them, while also raising awareness of incredible organizations doing work to lift up women and girls around the world and help fund their causes. Moving Mountains donates $5 from every piece sold to organizations that are working to improve the lives of women and girls. By purchasing one of their pieces you are lending your power to women globally and making a difference. 

We want you to chase your dreams, be a leader, raise your hand, be creative, be outspoken, be an inspiration, be a shoulder to cry on, and be a believer in yourself. We are all on our own unique path, but sometimes along the way we need a little reminder that we are heading in the right direction. That is what Moving Mountains is about. We want to inspire you to open your wings and fly – after all that is what you were meant to do!     ~Moving Mountains 

Moving Mountains Jewellery Giveaway! 

To celebrate the recent launch of Moving Mountains and in honour of International Women’s Day, I’ve teamed up with Brittany to give away a pair of inspirational necklaces – $5 from each gifted necklace will go to the Because I am a Girl campaign run through Plan International.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post letting us know about a woman in your life who inspires you and why for the chance to each win a necklace of your choice! The giveaway is open to Canadian & US Residents and closes Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 9am EST. A winner will be chosen from the total entries on as well as instagram entries on @best_ofthislife. 

Here is to the strong women.
May we know them.
May we raise them.
May we be them.

You can learn more about the meaningful story behind Moving Mountains on their website, as well as shop the collection here. Looking for more ways to connect? Follow Moving Mountains on Instagram and Facebook.


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  2. My mom is my biggest inspiration, my biggest cheer leader, and my best friend. No idea is stupid, and no goal is unachievable. I’m so lucky she lives 20 mins away from me, and that I get to spend the bulk of my maternity leave with her!

  3. My mother, my dad was diagnosed with a tumor 1 and half years ago and it’s been the roughest time for her and not only that she lost her mother(my grandmom) last Oct, she was 92 years old. To be by my dad’s side doing everything possible and staying with her Faith. My siblings and I are there when she needs us and hoping I am raising my children, the same as she did us.

  4. My mom! She is a breast cancer survivor and dedicates so much time to me and my sister. She’s a rockstar!

  5. I would have to say my mom she was a stay at home mom we were a big family of 6 kids my dad worked as a logger he was working alot. My mom taught me how to be the mother I am today from learing from her, she ruled with a hard rules but all of us kids came out great. She taught us to respect people work hard for what you want in life nothing is for free told us that we could do and be whatever we wanted in life to reach for the stars. My mom passed away 3 years ago and I miss her so much she got to see some of her grandchildren and great grandchildren before she passed away. My mom was a great women and I respect and miss her dearly.

  6. My mom inspires me — she does it all! She takes care of my dad full time (he has MS), teaches knitting classes at her local community center, rides her bike for 90 min every day, and picks up garbage every time she takes the dog out for a walk. Whew! She’s amazing!

  7. One woman that inspires me is my mother, she is strong and mean, stands her ground, but then she is also caring, kind and very loving..after a falling out many years ago, we have became close and best friends now and I look up to her!

  8. My best friend inspires me- she continually lives her dream life, ego free, no matter what anyone around her may say. She is a passionate educator and traveller, she always makes time for others, and she is the most hilarious person I’ve ever met.

  9. My best friend Kathleen Chambers who I have known since the 4th grade inspires me because of her dedication and time she puts into her children. We are 54 now and she has a 16 year old son who’s Father past away a few years ago. Her Son does a lot of sports and she is always at his games no matter if it’s football, basketball, or soccer. She also works full time but always puts her children first.

  10. Love reading everyone’s comments! I have had several women in my life time that have inspired me but the three most influential women in my life have been and continue to be my three daughters. They just have a way of drawing the best out of me! They continue to amaze me as they pursue their dreams, overcoming countless challenges and influencing and cheering others on their journey to be their best selves as they themselves keep on keeping on! Cheers to three awesome ladies! ***

  11. My sister inspires me because she is a strong independent woman who knows how to be strong in this world, while enjoying every minute.

  12. My mom is my inspiration. She is such a hard worker and has overcome so much. Until this day she works every single day and hardly takes time for herself because she is always thinking of others. She has taught me to be a strong woman.

  13. My grandmother inspires me very much. She moved countries and cultures, while raising young children.

  14. My daughter inspires me, she knew what she wanted in life and took the leap to go to school in England for a semester and then to move across the country from us to accomplish her dream

  15. The most amazing woman I know is my mother. She raised my siblings and I by herself with grace and poise. She’s nurturing when I’m down and hilarious when I need a laugh. I’m grateful for all the moments we continue to share with one another.

  16. My mother inspires me so much. My mom has had to put up with so many very bad illnesses that will be life long since she was younger and has still moved on with no complaints. She has looked after her aging mother for years until her passing. As of late (3-4 ys) her health has gotten worse as has my fathers. My mom now has to deal with my father who cannot walk or stand for the passed 3 years. So she must do everything as she wishes to have no outside help but her immediate family. My mom has always been my inspiration and my strength when I so needed it and even when I did not she has been my rock.My mom has been told by so very many going up and still today that she has inspied so many and has been called mom by many for her caring ways. My mom is special to me and my inspiration now and always…

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  18. My BFF! She inspires me to find the “better” in myself and others. Without her I don’t think I would be here!

  19. I have a very good friend that is just so sweet and such a good wife and mother, she inspires me to be my best!

  20. It would have to be my Mom. She never finished high school but instead looked after her siblings. She got married at 17 and my parents have been married almost 57 years now. She was diagnosed just over a year ago with lung cancer despite never smoking. She had surgery and is now cancer free, yet still worries everyday about it. She is known for sending a card to you for so many occasions in life and has instilled that in my sister and myself. Her own mom just passed away in October at 96 and battling dementia. Watching my mom being yelled at and forgotten by her own mother yet still looking after her and loving her no matter what did so much to me. It made me love her more. She is incredible.

  21. Even though she is just 3 months old, my little girl, Ellsie inspires me. The toothless girns, little giggles and her inquisit personality makes me want to be a better person. My desire is to be an example for her when it comes to serving God, self confidence, and following your dreams. I want her to know she can do anything she puts her mind to. But she has already taught me to just be me, that I might make mistakes, and may not always have it together, but when it comes down to it we are a family and none of that matters.

  22. My best friend, Colleen, inspires me to no end. She models what it means to be kind and courageous, and is an overall incredible woman. Colleen works every day with survivors of sex trafficking, helping women build themselves back up and demand dignity and respect. She’s an amazing friend and cares deeply about her faith and community, and I am so very lucky to have her in my life.
    Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

  23. I would say my daughter Chloe inspires me. She’s always positive and tries to see the good in everything and everyone. Very often when I complain about something she says, “quick, say something positive!” And makes me reevaluate.

  24. Teachers inspire me especially my son’s. She teaches a K/1 split and puts so much love and attention into each student to build a strong connection with them and build a love of learning. Every time Dustin comes home from school with a big smile on his face and eager to go to school the next day I’m amazed by her. She is an inspiration and gift to all kids, her huge heart shines through in all her students.

  25. My friend Maggie is an inspiration to me. She makes motherhood seem so easy, and they are on child #4.

  26. My mother is and always will be my inspiration. She passed away a few months ago after quite a struggle. She afaced each day with as much strength and courage as she could muster. She always saw the best in everything and everyone. I was never much of a cook or baker. She was terrific at both. I thought one way to honour her was to get better at it myself so I’ve been trying new things with pretty good success so far minus all the burns along the way. For me this is a difficult time but through the hard moments I remember how lucky I was to have her. My mother is and will always be my inspiration!

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  28. My mom! At 79 she is still a force! She is at the occasion, when others are thinking of rising to such. Has always been a huge advocate for women and children. Spends free time volunteering where needed. Flew from Florida to D.C. For the Women’s March and is still going.. Love that woman!!!

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  34. My Aunt inspires me because she is such a strong woman and will support and fight what she believes in no matter what the cost.

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