IDefineMeProject

We're here to inspire and empower your everyday life!

Niagara Falls, New York 4761 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (595)

IDefineMeProject

We're here to inspire and empower your everyday life!

Niagara Falls, New York | 4761 Sales

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Janelle Elizabeth

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Janelle Elizabeth

Announcement    Welcome to the The I Define Me Project! We're here to inspire and empower your everyday life! If you're looking for something specific, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Thank you for stopping by!

Inspirational Sayings| Self-Love | Anti-Bullying | Statement Shirts | Motivational Quotes | Inspirational Quotes | Prints | Quote Art | Decor | Pillows | Minimalist Prints | Bedroom Decor | Office Decor | Classroom Decor | Quotes | Typography Prints | Home Decor | Art | Wall Art | Quote Pillows | Pillows | Tote Bags | Accessories

Visit The I Define Me Project on social media!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/idefinemeproject
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/idmproject

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Last updated on Sep 13, 2019

Welcome to the The I Define Me Project! We're here to inspire and empower your everyday life! If you're looking for something specific, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Thank you for stopping by!

Inspirational Sayings| Self-Love | Anti-Bullying | Statement Shirts | Motivational Quotes | Inspirational Quotes | Prints | Quote Art | Decor | Pillows | Minimalist Prints | Bedroom Decor | Office Decor | Classroom Decor | Quotes | Typography Prints | Home Decor | Art | Wall Art | Quote Pillows | Pillows | Tote Bags | Accessories

Visit The I Define Me Project on social media!

Instagram: www.instagram.com/idefinemeproject
Facebook: www.facebook.com/idefinemeproject
Twitter: www.twitter.com/idmproject

Other shops:
Fine Art Photography:
https://pinkmelodyprints.etsy.com
Home Decor:
https://szaboandtweed.etsy.com
Apparel:
https://singlewordtees.etsy.com

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About IDefineMeProject

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Don't Hurry, Don't Worry, and Don't Forget to Smell the Flowers

Don't hurry, don't worry, and don't forget to smell the flowers."

When I was growing up, my mom placed this phrase on the wall by the back door, so I was reminded of it as I left the house every single morning. I suspect she had a greater purpose for placing it there other than just a pretty wall decoration because years later as an adult, I can truly say this phrase has made an impact on me. That's the thing about words. They have great potential to positively influence our lives. Encouraging words make us smile and laugh on those I-should-have-stayed-in-bed days, or motivate us when we're feeling like our obstacles are just about to get the best of us. Words can guide, teach, inspire, and push us to be our best selves and accomplish our wildest dreams.

The Story Behind The I Define Me Project

Although I had the amazing phrase, "Don't hurry, don't worry, and don't forget to smell the flowers," as a jolt of positivity to start my day, it grew significantly difficult to remain positive as I entered junior high. Words…yes, they can encourage us, but they can also cause so much damage. Even though The I Define Me Project was launched a few years ago during my time in graduate school, little did I know that it actually began much sooner than that.

Most people have very fond memories of junior high and senior high, but I am not one of them. It was one of the most difficult times in my life because I was the target of bullying. I had problems with bullies the entire time during junior high and high school, but the worst of it happened during freshman year. I had a study hall after lunch in which I didn't know anybody, so it made me an easy target. There was a trio of sophomores who sat a few rows over from me. One of the girls would insult me while the other two stayed silent. For sometimes the entire twenty minutes, I would have to pretend I didn't hear her tormenting me with her extremely cruel words. Of course, what I was really doing was pretending to work on my homework with a pencil in my hand trying my damnedest not to cry as she threw insult after insult at me. I did not defend myself because I was afraid. I came to dread going to school. Eventually, I brought my headphones to school specifically for that study hall. I would put my head down, turn the volume up as loud as it would go and listen to music just waiting for that twenty minutes to be over. When she realized I could not hear her anymore because the music in my headphones was drowning her out, she stopped bullying me. It's years later now, and I still remember the girl who bullied me. Her words, her face, her name. But I also think about what her life was like during that time for her to act out in this way. There is absolutely no excuse to bully another person, but hurt people, hurt people. I can only hope that over time she has become a better person. 

What I wish I could tell my fifteen-year-old self is that the bully's words to me were a reflection of how she felt about HERSELF, not me. That is what bullies do. They project their low self-esteem issues and troubled souls onto someone else. There are sadly many stories of teenagers who are driven to suicide because of being bullied. It breaks my heart so deeply because I experienced exactly what they felt. The despair, the hopelessness, the agonizing feeling of being unloved and unloveable. What I didn't know in high school being such a young age was that all of those things I thought about myself were such awful lies I was tricked into believing by the bullies. I cry for the young boys and girls who take their lives believing they are unworthy of life. I cry for the adult in them that would never come to the realization that words of others do not define them. The I Define Me Project is not only for fifteen-year-old me, but also for them. Accept no one's definition of your life. You, and ONLY YOU, has the power to define who you are.

The I Define Me Project started as a graduate thesis project that centered around self-esteem, but college days are long over, and it has come to mean profoundly more to me than just earning a grade. We must stop falling into the trap of defining ourselves by how others see us. Our past, our circumstances, the way we look, our dress size, level of education, the color of our skin, clothes we wear, relationship status, what we do for a living. All of these things are a part of us, but they do not define us. 

The I Define Me Project is meant to inspire, to teach, and to motivate you to think about the positive things in your life, and the positive qualities that make you, you. It's also to serve as a reminder that you are capable of accomplishing anything if you believe in yourself, if you work for it, and if you're kind to all of those you cross paths with along the way. A quote by the Dalai Lama sums it up best:

"With the realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world."

All the best!

- Janelle

Shop members

  • Janelle Elizabeth

    Owner, Creator, Designer

Production partners

  • Fine Art Production Partner

    CA, United States

    For my designs, I partner with a reputable company that prints my work using high quality materials.

  • Fine Art Printing Company

    NY, United States

    For production of high quality prints, I partner with a local fine art printing company.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 9, 2017
Hello! Thank you very much for stopping by! We hope you find inspiration, motivation, and are uplifted by your visit! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
It is our goal to ensure that all buyers are 100% happy with their purchase. If you are not completely satisfied with the item that you receive, please contact us within 14 days of receiving your order, and we will be glad to provide a refund or exchange, provided you ship the item(s) back within 30 days in the same condition it was sent in.

Please note that buyer is responsible for return postage and will only be refunded the cost of the item itself.

Custom orders are not refundable. They can only be exchanged for the same item in the event that there is an issue with shipping.

If you would like to cancel your order, please notify us within 24 hours of purchase.
Payment
Etsy Direct Checkout, Etsy gift cards, or PayPal is accepted for all purchases. Immediate payment is requested. Items will be fulfilled and shipped upon notification of payment received.
Shipping
Prints are typically shipped within 1-3 business days. All other items are typically shipped within 5-7 business days. Once your item ships, you will receive a shipping notification, and if applicable, a tracking number. If you have any questions during that time, please feel free to contact us.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery within the United States. International shipments may take longer.

Note: We are unable to provide tracking numbers for international orders at this time.

All orders are shipped standard USPS. If you would like expedited shipping for an additional fee, please send us a message via Etsy.

For international buyers, please be aware that the cost listed for the item does NOT include customs charges. The buyer will be responsible for all customs charges upon delivery.
Additional policies and FAQs
All artwork is original and created solely by Janelle Tweed.

Please note that colors on computer monitors vary and may appear slightly different in person than what you see on your screen.

All images and designs are subject to copyright laws and are the property of Janelle Tweed. No photograph or design may be reproduced, downloaded, copied, stored, manipulated, or used whole or in part of a derivative work without permission from Janelle Tweed. Use of any photos or text without consent of Janelle Tweed will serve as a violation of copyright.

All work is created in a smoke free space.