So much of this project has been about time. Each passing day brings changes that we've been waiting for for a long time. We've marked the passing of time in relation to construction progress. Each blog post, I write how I can't believe it's already time for another update. Time is flying. It's almost party time. Ya see what I mean? Now that construction is nearing completion, over the course of which we wished it to speed by as quickly as possible, we want to pause and capture some of what is going on in this moment that, when we look back in 10, 20, 50+ years, will be so monumental to the betsy & iya story. The crew has built up, busted through, and torn down walls over the past 5 months and we couldn't let them leave without leaving our mark within the walls. Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 11.44.03 AM   Enter, the betsy & iya Time Capsule. The chance to contribute to history is something that doesn’t come around everyday if you’re not an Olympic athlete or Grammy winning musician. This is your opportunity to leave your mark with us, because without each and every one of YOU, there’s no way we’d be in the position to expand. So, we're asking for your answers to these questions, too. One by one, we'll pose them to our Facebook & Instagram fans, and we’ll supplement the entries we receive online, in store, and at our party with a few objects of our own (hello, pair of earrings from our FIRST line!), and enclose the final collection at our party on May 9th. Why these questions? As some of you know, we have a weekly all staff meeting where we gather to discuss projects we're working on, shop news, and upcoming events. At the end, we go around and each share the answer to one of the questions above. It never fails to be a revealing and uniting experience and I especially love it when goals turn into proud of's a few weeks later. Feel free to answer in the comments here on the blog, or on our Facebook or Instagram pages. Extra incentive? Oh, we got that: answering these questions will get you one entry into our raffle to win gift certificates that we'll give away at the party. We can't wait to include YOU in this special project! See you on May 9th (you're coming to our party, RIIIIIGHT?!?! K, good!). Cheers, Anna ***Song of the Moment: Time by Pink Floyd because what else??***  

44 thoughts on Expansion Update: Pausing Time.

Laura L:

In this moment:
Goal: To be happy with everything that I have, no ifs ands or buts. This is a beautiful life that we live. I don’t want to live it in the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’s

Proud: I am proud of myself for making one of the biggest, scariest, saddest decisions I’ve ever had to make this year. Divorce is hard but if it makes you better then it’s worth every bit of the fear, tears, and struggle.

Inspired by: Well I’ve always been inspired by Betsy, she makes everything look so easy. Hell, I want to be Betsy! (that’s not just a suck up either ;) I am also inspired by the love of my life, Cali. She believes in me more than I ever thought was possible. And that makes me believe in myself too.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

vic:

Goal: be a mom, get married, get career, laugh more

Proud of: My many incredible accomplishments. Two degress, umpteen certificates, travel, tons of life experience.

Inspired by: Grandpa – who taught me to never be so fancy you forget to be silly. Mom – who taught me I can be anything I set my mind to. God – who always catches me when I fall.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Erin McCracken Ferro:

Goal: to be grateful for each breath I take today.

Proud of: the life and love that I have built.

Inspired by: the woman I bumped into this morning on the street who was a teacher for over 30 years. As a new teacher she advised me not to take things personally from students. I needed that advice at that exact time. Signs all around us. :)

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Becky Richied:

Goal: To finish up some classes to get my Associates, and eat healthier to keep healthy.

Proud: Although I though this would be different when asked, at this moment I am proud to be healthy with at the moment cancer free and four daughters the last one in high school, and having four almost five grand babies, and seeing their smiling faces each morning.

Inspired by: My 19 year old daughter who has been my biggest cheerleader and has taken it upon herself to help out financially keep our household afloat. This in someone so young is quite commendable.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

MK:

Goal: To find balance between working really hard and spending quality time with friends.

Proud of: My sibs! They’re the best.

Inspired by: Most of the people I meet every single day.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Erin K.:

Goal: To be less judgemental of others and less critical of myself.

Proud of: Being at my job for just over a year & loving it!

Inspired by: My Mom. Has always been someone I can turn to to ask a question or to bounce ideas off of. And of course, unconditional love is awesomesauce, too ;)

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Kristi Krass:

Goal: Pause more, appreciate more.
Proud of: My dad, who handles hardships and happy times with the same amount of grace and simplicity.
Inspired by: The amazing beauty in Portland right now: verdant greenery, blossoming shrubs, and flowers poking up from the ground.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Michelle Mathews:

At this moment my goal is to live life to the fullest. I am getting involved in many things i love and trusting that these experiences make me rich with life and the money will follow of i stay true to my heart.
I am proud of embracing the unknown and stepping into the non-safe zones in life trusting myself.
I am inspired by the courageousness of many who make stands that may not be there popular thing to do, but they stand in their truth and it’s beautiful to witness.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Julia M.:

My goal…is to not equate being busy with being happy, to explore, push myself, travel, expand my soul and continue to learn to be not just a nice person, but a kind person.

Proud of: the women in my life. My mother for beating cancer, my best friend Corie for taking a HUGE risk and moving to NYC to pursue her dream, my boss Ashley Rose for being a kick ass business woman and inspiring me to grab life by the ovaries.

Inspired by: everything. Even the bummer stuff.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Lillian R.:

Goal: To push myself to grow and learn even when feeling stagnant.

Proud of: Moving to a new city and starting a new life.

Inspired by: My siblings and all the immensely creative and talented people in Portland.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Chelsey T.:

Proud of: I am proud of the fact that I have stood by my belief that art is a necessary part of daily life and is what makes us human and humane, proud that I have carried that mantra into my journey in higher education and being the first person in my family to have graduated college and work towards their graduate degree.

As a side note: Jewelry has always been symbolic to my family, we pass down, we remember, and patina just means a better story. When I was accepted into graduate school I wanted to carefully choose a piece of jewelry by a Portland maker to symbolize how much the city means to me, I ended up buying a chain piece by Betsy and Iya and wearing it constantly reminds me of how inspirational Portland is to me and how I will forever be linked to it as part of my story.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Emily D:

Goal: To pay off all my student loans by 2015. To travel more. To exercise more. To try more Portland restaurants/eateries.

Proud of: The fact that at 25, I feel pretty confident and happy about myself and my life: good job, good boyfriend, good family and friends, yay!

Inspired by: My sister. She’s the best kick-ass role model and everything I want to be.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Allison Bailey:

Goal: to soak it all in – to be present in every moment of my life…the the good, the bad and the in between.

Proud of: my desire to want more, seek more and most importantly give more: more love, more laughter, more hugs, more kisses, more toes in the sand, more movement, more freedom…MORE.

Inspired by: The ability to believe in something greater than ones self – to relinquish your fears and hopes with reckless abandon. To believe that someone will be there to catch you when you fall. To look to the stars and exhale all that needs to be removed, expressed and released and believing that it is heard, felt and soaked in.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Carlin Y.:

Goal: To find daily joy in the little things.
Proud of: My friends who balance work and raising delightful little children.
Inspired by: The kindness of strangers when you least expect it.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Christine:

Goal: to prioritize the relationships I have with others over the many other stressors in life. These relationships are what helps us through these stressors!

Proud of: my personal growth throughout the last few years, learning how to appreciate the present and not dwell on the past or what’s to come has helped me have a positive outlook on life.

Inspired by: my mother, who is the most selfless and compassionate woman I know. I hope to one day be at least half of the individual she is!

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Heather F.:

Goal: stress less about finances – student debt is an investment!

Proud of: my academic achievements

Inspired by: long runs in Forest Park

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Kelsey:

Goal: To go back to school for art.

Proud of: My Mother

Inspired by: My friends’ examples of following their dreams, wherever that path may take them.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Christine:

Goal: To give myself credit and be less hard on myself … life is short and it should be what I make it and want it to be… I don’t want it to simply pass me by or call mistakes, regrets. I want to constantly be learning something new.

Proud of: My genuine nature and ability to feed the self rather than the ego more often than not… this is something my personality requires and seeks.

Inspired by: Those moments when you and someone else are able to let all the guards down and share a vulnerable moment. Weather it is a moment of peace on a beach between you and nature, or a conversation between you and a friend about something you never shared before, these moments fill you up and remind you that you are not alone, everything is connected and rad.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Christine,
Thank you so much for your responses!! That “inspired by” is so powerful. Those moments aren’t common for me, but always memorable and definitely inspiring! You’ve been entered into our prize raffle & we’ll let winners know after our party on May 9th! xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Allison Bailey:

Goal: To soak it all in…to be present in each and every moment of my life – good or bad.

Proud of: The desire to want more: more laughter, more smiles, more hugs, more kisses, more toes in the sand…

Inspired: By the human ability to believe in something greater than ones self – to relinquish your fears with reckless abandon and know that someone will be there to catch you if you fall. To look to the proverbial heavens and breathe deeply and let the stars carry it all away.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Hope S.:

Goal: to find a stable position.

Proud of: some of the ways my life has turned out.

Inspired by: nature and Pinterest quotes!

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Maggie:

Goal: To enjoy as many minutes of this wonderful life as possible

Proud of: People pushing themselves beyond their fear and comfort zones and speaking truth to power

Inspired by: low wage workers who organize for collective power

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Megan V:

Goal // Rebuild my relationship with my brother, and support him and his battle with mental illness.
Proud of // My sister, who’s planning a career change and a big move. Go Bridget!
Inspired by // my friends, who continue to amaze me with their passion, drive and kind hearts.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Victoria, thank you so much for sharing your responses! I completely relate to your goal. My mom always reminds me “don’t major in the minors” and somedays I feel like I need that tattooed on my arm as a reminder!! Best of luck finishing your thesis!! You’ve been entered into our prize raffle- we’ll draw winners on May 9th & notify people shortly thereafter. xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Aly, thank you so much for your responses! I can already tell you that you’re fulfilling your goal, as I was uplifted when I spent time reading your blog recently (thanks for the twitter shout out!) . I wish you continued success growing your business and can’t wait to hopefully find you & meet you on May 9th! You’ve been entered into our prize raffle- winners will be drawn at our party & notified after. xoxo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Megan, these are incredible responses. I am inspired by your goal to pursue relationship repair with your brother and I hope it all goes as smoothly as possible. Best of luck to Bridget, too! You’ve been entered into our prize raffle and we’ll notify winners after our party May 9th. xoxo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Wow, Sheri, thank you SO MUCH for these incredibly open & honest responses. I am inspired by your “proud of” and know that you are one strong & courageous woman, much like your Grandmother was! Thank you so much for your responses & you’ve been entered into our prize raffle- winners will be notified after our party on May 9th! xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Thank you SO Much for your responses, Jess! I hope you’re inspired by the love I’m sending you through the blog :-). You’ve been entered into our prize raffle, too! xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Pattie, these are awesome responses! I hope that you being ready to settle in Portland means that you’ll be able to attend our party on May 9th! You’ve been entered into our prize raffle & thanks so much for your comments. xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Victoria TR:

Goal: Let myself be happy, and live every moment for itself. Don’t get caught up in the small stuff and the stumbles!

Proud of: My thesis, which has combined fieldwork and book research, and which has been an integral part of my life for the past year. It has been so special to focus this work on a place that has continually influenced my life for almost 5 years—Peru. And I’m almost finished!

Inspired by: My friends and their passions, my family and their constant support and love

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Aly:

Goal: To uplift women, show them how amazing they are and encourage them to share their lives and stories with one another.

Proud of: The steps I’ve taken so far to build a business that is true to myself and moves me closer to my goal each and every day.

Inspired by: art, women doing + creating great things, fashion, anything rusty and tea dates with my dearest friends.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Sheri:

Goal: To be happier with myself and being alone, but to someday find love again.

Proud of: The life I have built out here… I left WI almost 2 years ago now, leaving behind a husband who didn’t want to try any more and a place I never felt was home. I have rebuilt my life, all on my own, finding a job, awesome friends and an amazing city. If someone would’ve asked me years ago if I thought I could’ve done all this, I never would have said yes.

Inspired by: My grandmother. She was the most caring, generous, loving, strong, sassy, wonderful woman I knew. She raised me when my parents couldn’t and showed me what love is and can be. I live every day trying to be a little bit like her.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Emily Tate:

Goal: To (finally) become comfortable in my own skin.

Proud of: How well I’ve handled all the changes in my life over the past year.

Inspired by: The fact that every day is a fresh start.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

JP! Thank you so much for sharing your goal, proud of, & inspired by with us. I feel so lucky to know these about you and a goal of mine is to support you in all your goals, tell you when I’m proud of you, & let you know that you (& GBell & H&H & Grammy!) inspire ME every darn day. #luckyfriend xoxoxo oh & you’re entered into the raffle now, too!

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

My DEAR! Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Your goal resonates with me SO much (as you know) and I hope you know how happy it makes me to read your “proud of” because it’s TOTALLY something you should acknowledge as a triumph!!!! I love & support you always! AND you’re entered into our prize raffle :-). Can’t wait to see you soon xo

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Jess G:

Goal: To be happy in my skin and always have spring in my step

Proud of: My family of friends

Inspired by: Feelin’ the love & laughin’ my ass off

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Pattie:

Goal: increase my savings account for a down payment on a home! Ready to settle into Portland, OR for awhile!

Proud of: My ability to leave work at work, which has taken about 8 years of practice to achieve!

Inspired by: nature – nothing is more beautiful than the landscape that surrounds us, especially here in the PNW!

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Noelle, thank you so much for sharing with us! I’ve heard that children are a reflection of their parents, so you’re certainly doing a lot of things right :-). Please keep us posted about the small business goal! You’re entered into our prize raffle & I hope you can join us at our party on May 9th if you’re local.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Jana, thank you so much for sharing! These are all beautiful and your openness is inspiring (you could be listed in my responses under “Inspired By”!). I hope that the trying transitions have subsided for the time being & I’m glad you have such strong women surrounding you along the way. You’re entered into our prize raffle & please join us on May 9th if you are able to make it to the shop.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Jessica K:

Goal: To find more time in my life to travel and explore myself.

Proud of: My brother, who has worked so hard to succeed, sometimes it seems like nothing is easy for him, and yet he keeps trying!

Inspired by: My friends, who bring such joy and light into my live!

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Jessica Pierson:

GOAL // To try new things & to send more snail mail :)

PROUD OF // My Grammy. She is battling cancer for the 5th time. She is the strongest, most positive and most beautiful woman I know.

INSPIRED BY // My BF/bandmate. I love writing and playing music with him. (swoon)

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Anna:

Jessica, Thank you SO much for sharing your responses with us! I share many of your same goals. I am always wishing for more time to travel & explore the beautiful state of Oregon we live in. I am also extremely inspired by my friends. Even though we’re all in different life stages, it’s so nice to be reminded that we all have shared experiences. You’ve been entered into our prize raffle that we’ll draw on May 9th- winners will be notified shortly thereafter! Thanks again, Anna

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Jana:

Goal: to find personal contentment and peace after several years of very trying transitions.

Proud of: my amazing grown-up daughters who amaze me every day with their integrity, intelligence, and wit.

Inspired by: the St. John’s bridge and my mother because both are beautiful, graceful, strong, and help me over all kinds of deep water.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

Noelle Swafford:

My goal is to open my own small business.

I am proud of my children for being kind, compassionate and giving souls who also do so good in school!

I am inspired by nature. Wild, strong, beautiful, serene, powerful.

October 05 2016 at 10:10 PM

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