The NFL has hired its first female full-time official! Sarah Thomas, one of nine new game day officials hired for the 2015 season, is breaking barriers and blazing trails as the first woman to have completed the National Football League’s official development program and been subsequently hired as a regular by the league.

Sarah’s no stranger to making tough calls—she’s been officiating football games for nearly twenty years, and she’s a mom and wife with a full-time job as a pharmaceutical rep. But being welcomed into the organization as a full-time line judge has a new set of unique challenges and pressures: Will she make the right call? Will her calls be scrutinized more harshly because she is a woman? So far this season, Sarah has earned much-deserved praise for doing her job well. Earlier this month, she called a game-winning touchdown with only five seconds on the clock and earned kudos from players and coaches alike. It couldn’t have been easy to tell an entire defensive line that they failed to do their job and lost the game.

Sarah told nfl.com that shattering the glass ceiling was never her intent. “I’ve never set out to do that, but I’m telling you it’s an honor,” she said. “And I’ll just say, for anybody, male or female, go and do something because you love it, not because you’re wanting to prove somebody wrong or you want recognition for it.”

Trailblazing comes easy—or is at least part and parcel—when you’re living as whole-heartedly as Sarah does. What barriers might you break when you live with your whole heart?



This summer, we were inspired by a fan story that developed through our weekly Facebook charm giveaway. Laureen was the winner of the Aquarius charm from our new Zodiac Collection. Once the prize was announced, she read through the post comments and was especially moved by one written by Donna. Donna and her husband both shared the Aquarius sign. Her husband was suffering from terminal cancer, and she was hoping to win the charm to wear in honor of their love and life together. When Laureen read Donna’s comment she was reminded of her own cancer story, and she immediately sent a private message to the Chamilia page requesting that her prize be sent to Donna, a gesture of “paying it forward.” Chamilia sent both women charms as a way to acknowledge the power of paying it forward and remembering those we love. Every Friday in October, Chamilia will be offering fans an opportunity to continue paying it forward.

How it works:

Each Friday during the month of October, fans can respond to a #PayItForward giveaway question by leaving a comment below the post on the Chamilia Jewelry Facebook page. For each post, one fan will be randomly selected to receive two prizes - one to give or “pay it forward,” and one to remind them to continue to think of others in the future.

Visit facebook.com/ChamiliaJewelry to participate.

The Chamilia 2015 Holiday Catalog

Posted on Sep 08, 2015

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with this preview of the 2015 Holiday Collection.

Never Too Late

Posted on Jul 28, 2015

Part of living with your whole heart means not dwelling on “if only” or “too late.” It means grabbing opportunities as they come and looking forward to the next great thing. It means welcoming challenges, reinventing yourself, and walking into each day with the intention to seize it.

When you live with all your heart, “if only” and “too late” simply disappear. Time is given to all of us in measures we can’t predict. But whole-hearted living teaches you that there is no weighing joy against time, because both are immeasurable. Rather than race against time, you stroll alongside it, filling the minutes with happiness as they come. You take every moment you’re given to make the most of the beautiful life in front of you.

Singer-songwriter Lucy Billings knows a thing or two about reinvention, and about flinging it in the face of “too late.” After building a twenty-year career as a corporate lawyer in California, Lucy packed up her guitars (and her cat!) and moved to Nashville to become a folk singer. She was 61 when she made this brave leap, and now she’s recorded three albums and is busy penning songs for her fourth. According to Lucy’s website, “The songs of the upcoming 2016 release reflect Lucy’s current journey and hopefulness, with topics ranging from socially relevant issues such as bullying, ageism and the inevitability of change, to following your heart and embracing new purpose and possibilities.” Find more about Lucy Billings at oprah.com, and at LucyBillings.com.

What are you holding back on because you think it’s too late? Take another look. It’s never too late to live with all your heart.



Freedom, Joy, and Summertime

Posted on Jun 25, 2015

Freedom, Joy, and Summertime

The smell of barbeque is in the air. Your friends are on their way over with a cooler full of tasty warm-weather treats. The sun is out, and it’s calling you like a beacon. It’s time to answer. Put away the to-do list, put away your phone, put on your swimsuit, and get outside. It’s time for summertime joy. 

July is the perfect time for summer traditions. Every moment looks like a perfect postcard sent from the most wonderful vacation. This is the time of year when hotdogs and Popsicles are the perfect meal. When the kids run ecstatically around the yard waving sparklers and playing tag. When you get to float on your back, free and relaxed, on water that’s glinting like Swarovski crystals. When kisses “hello” taste like watermelon.

Revel in summer, because this is the time when living with your whole heart comes almost automatically. The tension in your shoulders melts away to a sense of carefree ease. Be grateful for every freedom your great nation affords you, for every second of fun and play.

Go ahead-jump in! Here’s to a season full of sun, sparkle and whole-hearted living!



Chamilia Continued

A glimpse behind the design, inspiration and style at Chamilia. Find new ideas on how to wear your favorite Chamilia jewelry and discover new Chamilia pieces to add to your collection.  This page will be ever evolving, so check back often to see what we’ve been up to.