“In July 2018, I bought my first Fred and Far ring. After seeing the Facebook posts, following Melody's inspiring messages, and debating with a gal pal about which ring I wanted, I ordered the black spinel ring that was being promoted for ‘Friday the 13th.’
The purchase was symbolic of a journey I started that previous spring, which included finding things about myself and learning who I was all over again after some previous set-backs. It was to mark the changes I made in myself and the changes I planned to make going forward. Since then, I've lost 80 lbs (my ring started out a tad too tight and is now too loose), graduated with my Master's degree, ended two toxic friendships, began online dating, and have learned about boundaries and putting myself first.
Melody’s statement "my ring is my reminder" is why these changes came about. My ring is a symbol of undying devotion to myself, a token of love for me, something that reminds me daily what an awesome woman I am and have always been, and she's just becoming more authentic and real the more she loves who she is and chips away at what isn't her. I wear my ring daily to remind myself of why I am doing the things for me that I am doing, rekindle the commitments I keep, and to show the world that I love who I am. I find myself playing with it during the day, when I am thinking about my dreams or my goals, or when I need a minute to remember why I am doing the things I have been doing.
I want to thank you, Melody, for what you do, what your rings mean to so many, and for showing us what self-love looks like by taking time to be you.”
--Stephanie Swyers, Orlando, Florida