Posted by Talia Tanaka on April 09, 2013 0 Comments
Nana here! Dispatching on behalf of Team Love Medals. We'd like to try something new here on the Love Medals blog in order to spread love to the masses!
You will find instructions on this page for a project we're calling 'Love Missions' and I'll be taking part in these tasks along with all of you! We'll be taking time out of our daily lives to go on missions to spread love and smiles to friends, family and complete strangers!
These tasks will be relatively simple ones. Upon their completion, share your experiences with us in the comments. And if you have a particularly amazing interaction, fire me an email for a chance to be featured here on the blog!
Posted by Talia Tanaka on March 25, 2013 0 Comments
Let us introduce our newest addition to the Love Commanders series, Bradford and Kendra! Newlyweds as of last February, Bradford and Kendra proudly wear their Love Medals and graciously share their story with us. Bradford is wearing his Strength Love Medal, perfectly complemented by his amazing bow tie! Kendra is 'pretty in purple' with her Affinity necklace and custom bronze & mustard Bravery Love Medal.......oh, and Oscar!
LM: What was your first impression of each other?
Kendra: Obviously I thought he was very handsome. He was also very easy to talk to, quick-witted and very charming. Even from our very first short conversation I could tell we had complementary personalities.
Bradford: I was captivated, she had so much panache I couldn't turn my attention to anyone else or look away. I was in love.
LM: Kendra, what's the most romantic thing Bradford has done for you?
It's hard to think of one thing, because Bradford is a very romantic person in a non-conventional way. He does the usual things like flowers and chocolates but he is especially good at coming up with creative things to do for me to show he cares. For instance, he proposed to me in the same spot he first asked me to be his girlfriend and to take a chance on our relationship and move out to Vancouver so we could be together, which was very romantic. But I think the most romantic thing he has done is buy me a ticket home to Winnipeg for my birthday the first year I had moved here, even though I know he would have liked to spend the weekend with me. He did it because he knew I was homesick and he wanted me to be able to see my family. He even got a hold of all of my family and good friends to let them know I was coming so that they could plan a party for me, and he kept it a secret right until the last minute.
LM: Who is Oscar? Tell us about him....
Oscar is our pet French Bulldog. He's 3 now. He's our little baby. He might be the most spoiled dog in the world. He's definitely the king of our household. He has his own chair in the living room, he sleeps in our bed, gets to share our pillows, and will cry if he is not the centre of attention at all times. He can be a handful but he has the most personality of any dog we have ever met and can't imagine him not being a part of our family.
LM: What are your pet names for each other?
Bradford: I call her monkey, but I also call the dog monkey or monkey man, so I guess we are not big on pet names.
Kendra: Or we are, since he literally calls me a pet name.
LM: What do you feel makes your relationship work?
It works primarily because we love each other so much. Secondarily it works because we try to accept the ways we are different and compromise on issues where our views may differ, which is admittedly not easy. But we have become better at it as our relationship has grown. Instead we focus on the many ways we make each other happy and support each other. And we make each other laugh!
LM: What do you love about each other? What drives you nuts?
Kendra: I love that Bradford is so generous with his love, so protective of me, that he makes himself so available and that he lets me know that I am a priority in his life. Bradford makes me feel loved and that makes it so easy to love him without insecurity. He gives me more than I could have ever thought to want.
It drives me nuts that he is so stubborn! I think most of our fights stem from that, because we are both stubborn people, and we butt heads.
Bradford: I love how honest and genuine she is. I love that she is such an amazing sister and daughter and would do anything for her family...and now wife, I feel so lucky to know that she will do anything for me.
It drives me nuts that she is so stubborn, said the pot!
LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?
Kendra: Love is so hard to define, and there are so many different kinds of love. All the people in my life who I love, I couldn't or wouldn't want to live without. So I guess I define love as a feeling so strong that you can't imagine your life without that person. But I would also define love as caring about a person so much that you would put their wellbeing before your own. It means unselfishly wanting the best for another person. Most parents love their children this way, but it is truly special when you find a partner that you feel this way about.
Bradford: I think real love means being truly unselfish and putting someone else first. No matter what happens, even if they make you angry or upset you can't imagine being apart from them. Love is an action not a a feeling. I think I would define love as appreciating all the goodness in another person.
Posted by Talia Tanaka on March 10, 2013 0 Comments
Watch this beautifully intense moment between two people, Marina Abramovic and Ulay. Love Medals aspires to help create such moments. It's our mission!
"Marina and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run it's course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective, Marina performed 'The Artist Is Present' as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened." -J.Fox/Zen Garage.
Posted by Talia Tanaka on July 12, 2012 0 Comments
Love Medals was recently honoured to be featured on the Vancouver Daily Secret, Secret #89. We teamed up with the Daily Secret to give away a sterling silver Heart lapel pin to a lucky winner. Brooke Takhar was the happy contest winner and it turns out Brooke is a talented writer and bloggist, Missteenussr.
Brooke graciously sent us photos and a specially written piece for Love Medals! Grandma, Mom, and adorable daughter, wear their Heart lapel pin with pride.
LOVE MEDAL by Brooke Takhar
They say you can wear your heart on your sleeve, but how about your lapel?
After I was lucky enough to win a Love Medal (thank you Talia & Vancouver Secret), I waited patiently by the mailbox.
Opening the luxe packaging alone was a lovely process. A bow was unfurled, a lid lightly lifted and soft swaths of fabric turned upside down to reveal...a wee beauty.
Even though I fell hard and fast in love with this pretty pin, I had to share. Wouldn't you?
Doesn't the best gift inspire you to give?
Three generations proudly pinned with a tiny daub of love.
Posted by Talia Tanaka on July 03, 2012 0 Comments
We've had some very touching stories come back to us from various military families; from a husband who just completed his tour of duty and returned home with a Love Medal for his wife, to a veteran widow wearing a Love Medal in honour of her late husband.
We even have a special story to share all the way from Switzerland! Heather and Greg just celebrated their 10th anniversary. Greg is in the Swiss Military. He lives in the barracks during the week, and the family is reunited on the weekends.
Heather presented her husband with our Star Collar Insignia in sterling silver. She told us, "We have a running promise that someday he will have stars - as in general stars. But as a great husband and father, I want to give them to him earlier." Greg now wears them under his uniform as a special weapon of love and support from his family.
As a touching post Father's Day feature and as a new couple in our Love Commanders series, we asked Heather and Greg to share with us their story....
LM: When and how did you meet?
Heather: We met at a Cinco de Mayo party being held at the US mission Marine Detachment House.
LM: Who made the first move?
Heather: A mutual American friend of ours introduced us. I had no interest in meeting a Swiss person as that might have required me to speak French. So in a truly rude fashion, I waved my hand and said "I do not speak French". Luckily, Greg had had a beer or two and was feeling 'brave'. He put his hands on his hips and said, "Well, I speak English". That was the beginning of an evening filled with talking and playing pool. I ended up getting his email and followed up with a dinner invite. My husband is actually more of an introvert, so for him to 'stand up' to me, an extrovert, was a big move. Thank goodness he did, as it changed our lives forever.
Greg: Heather by email.
*LM (Gotta love the strong silent type ;))
LM: What do you love about each other?
Greg: The fact that we can be ourselves and not play any games of what we 'should be'.
Heather: My husband is probably one of the most thoughtful, caring, honest, respectful and good hearted men I know. He is my role model and my inspiration. He brings out the best in me - gives me support and confidence when life is challenging, whether it be work or family related. I also love the fact that he is Swiss. Being in a multi-cultural marriage definitely brings an added dimension to our lives.
LM: Heather, please tell us the story behind awarding your husband the Love Medals Stars collar insignia.
Heather: My husband has worked so hard the last years to achieve his career goals, not made easy by the fact that he is away from his family during the week and was in Kosovo the first year of our son's life. Work has been particularly challenging the last year and he was studying hard for the third session of his General Staff course, which is a gruelling couple of weeks filled with non-stop exams and projects. Morale was low and I wanted my husband to remember that even if things seemed impossible, I believed in him. He arrived home late Friday afternoon and as he stood in the doorway, I announced that I had something special to award him; in recognition of his role as a husband, father and outstanding army officer, I presented him with his "stars". It was a proud moment. When he went to sleep that night, he put them by his bedside table, in the box, and fell asleep looking at them.
LM: Greg, what was it like to receive this special gift?
Greg: It was wonderful. My wife found meaning beyond the stars, not only for the Army.
LM: Heather, truth, do you like seeing your husband in uniform? Does it help keep the 'spark' alive? ;)
Heather: I love uniforms - I wanted to be an airline hostess just to wear the uniform. So for me, there is nothing more 'hot' than seeing my husband walk through the gate in his uniform on the weekend. He looks so handsome and 'manly'.
*LM (Amen to that!)
LM: What does love mean to you? How would you define it?
Greg: Respect for each other and to fulfill the needs of your loved one.
Heather: Upon reflection, my definition of love has changed as I have gotten older and become a wife and mother. At this moment in time, it is about caring, respect, fulfillment, happiness, commitment and passion. One thing that has not changed, whenever I look at my husband, my heart still melts and I still see 'stars'.
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Oh, we just love it!! Thank you Greg and Heather for sharing with us. Please keep us posted on when Greg becomes General!