Progress Not Perfection

progress not perfection

A New Year. A clean slate. Esther Thole, a busy mom of three boys, knew she needed a new goal to give her the push she needed. She wanted something that would cater to her feminine side plus help contribute to her family’s finances. Esther found Origami Owl, the unique customize-able jewelry, direct-sales business. It hasn’t always been easy, but Esther has learned that it’s not all about doing things perfectly; it’s more about making progress. Through different challenges this past year, like starting to home school and working towards a team leader promotion, Esther has kept her eyes on her accomplishments rather than the disappointments. Her perseverance paid off, and now a year later, Esther achieved her team leader goal, and she’s not stopping there. Esther’s already set new goals (senior team leader), and this year she has the added confidence to attain them.

esther's origami owl

I know most of us made New Year’s resolutions to exercise and eat healthier, but what happens next week when the kid’s get sick or you give into your favorite dessert? Do you give up? No! You keep going. You know why? Because you are making progress. Esther shares her motivational tips in three easy steps.

1. Feeling Overwhelmed?

Esther takes a look at her schedule and makes sure she pencils in something for herself.

  • Read a good book.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Take a bath.
  • Plan a date night with your husband.

2. Gratitude

Finding happiness in the small things in life helps keep things stay in balance.  Instead of focusing on the negative, Esther thinks of the many great things in her life and reminds herself of them throughout the day.

3. Connection

Being connected to a positive, faith-filled community, Esther is reminded of hope. “Hearing people say “You can do that” and encouraging you is so important.  Saying yes to Origami Owl this last January stretched my muscles to try something new.  When I was ready to look at different schooling options for my kids, it was great to have some great friends telling me again “yes you can” and having that support.”


origami owl

The symbols on this Core bangle remind me of freedom, strength and passion; three characteristics of someone that overcomes their fears and reaches for their dreams. What charms would you choose for your bracelet?


33 comments on “Progress Not Perfection”

  1. Nicole H says:

    It’s really hard to choose, but I think I like the anchor charm best.
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    1. Rachel says:

      Nicole, I like the anchor too. The anchor has so many meanings- Secure in Christ, Steadfast, Nautical, and a love for the ocean. Thanks for commenting.

      1. Esther says:

        Each little “Core” charm can mean something special to everyone for a different reason. I liked the anchor more than I thought I would.

  2. I love the heart and anchor too! Thanks for the giveaway and reminder to strive for frowth and progress.
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    1. Rachel says:

      The heart and anchor have so many encouraging meanings. It’s also nice reminder when you are wearing it. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Melissa says:

    I love the feather because it is part of our theme for mops this year!

    1. Rachel says:

      Melissa, What is the theme for MOPS this year? I was in MOPS for 4 years and loved it. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Esther says:

      Melissa when I saw the feather I thought the same thing. MOPS theme.

  4. Raine says:

    I’d choose the ‘Evil Eye’, the ‘Serendipity’ constellation and the zodiac ‘Leo’ cgarms. What a tough choice, I’d definitely continue to add on! 🙂

    1. Rachel says:

      Fun choices. I love how Origami Owl’s wide selection in charms. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Val Pearson says:

    I love the heart charm.

    1. Rachel says:

      The heart charm is one of my favorites. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Connie says:

    I would choose the Silver Faith Charm. I can’t seen to get George Micheal’s song, You Gotta Have Faith (think that’s the name) out of my head lately. Yes, I’ve already figured out the message to me… 🙂

    1. Rachel says:

      I love the faith charm. I think we all need the reminder that “you gotta have faith”. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Andrea B. says:

    I would put the chai or the star of David charm. Or both. They’re really pretty.
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    1. Rachel says:

      Good choices, Andrea. I like the star of David charm too. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Esther says:

      Andrea B. Origami Owl has the star of David charm and “Life” Chet charm for a locket! Both are great choice.

  8. Keisha says:

    I’d choose one charm to represent each of my children, once I find out whether the one I’m carrying is a boy or a girl here in a few weeks!
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    1. Rachel says:

      Great idea. I love wearing jewelry that represents my children because they are truly my greatest treasures. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Esther says:

      Skye, I like that Origami Owl has a charm for each different part of life. Sharing our stories is my favorite part of Origami Owl.

  9. Sarah M says:

    I like the Limitless affirmation band and the “He strengthens me” crystal cross pendant.
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    1. Rachel says:

      The “He strengthens me” pendant is another one of my favorites. Phil. 4:13 is my life verse. Thanks for commenting.

  10. Skye says:

    I have a lot of favorites, but the Autism Speaks puzzle piece is my #1. My brother is autistic and I love representing him and spreading the word!

    1. Rachel says:

      That’s a wonderful choice, Skye. It will make a great conversation piece and you can share about your brother. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Alison Gibb says:

    I would pick the silver Dad charm to honor my Dad!!

    1. Rachel says:

      That’s a great idea, Alison. I like that Origami Owl offers many different charms. Thanks for commenting.

  12. Sonya Sanderson says:

    I like the heart charm.

    1. Rachel says:

      The heart charm is one of my favorites, too. Thanks for commenting.

  13. Deb Jackson says:

    I would get the anchor charm, some hearts and maybe ballet shoes.

    1. Rachel says:

      Good choices, Deb. The ballet shoes sound fun.

  14. Wendy R. says:

    Boy, it was hard to find the charms for the Core bracelet on the Origami Owl site. Finally found them! So glad I did because I LOVE the “SERENDIPITY” CASSIOPEIA CONSTELLATION PENDANT. My husband says that Cassiopeia is my star constellation because it forms a “W”, my first initial. He always takes me outside when it’s bright in the sky at night and gives me a kiss.

    1. Rachel says:

      That’s really cool Wendy. I’ll have to check that out because W is my last initial. Your husband sounds super sweet.

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