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June 13, 2018 8 min read 1 Comment

The Stay Classy Strap is a Zox strap to a lot of people. The simplicity of it and the rarity of it make it more appealing to most. While I do love the simplicity and the overall design, it isn’t the main reason why it was one of my first “grail” straps. This specific style/design of the Stay Classy strap reminds me of my brother, who I lost to suicide in 2012. His favorite hat was the same design as this strap, so naturally I was drawn to it. It is actually one of the very first straps from Zox that I saw when I was accepted into the VIP Facebook page. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Losing my brother took a part of myself away. Through the years, I have never stopped missing him or thinking about him but now, HE is the reason I am still here. Every single day, even with him not physically here, he still holds me up. The Stay Classy strap is one that gives me extra strength, on the days I need it the most. My brother, Kyle, is with me everyday in my heart, although when I put on my Stay Classy strap, It is as if he is right here with me again. He taught me so many lessons, in his life and after. One of the most important things I’ve learned through him is to cherish the little things. That is exactly what the Stay Classy strap is for me. I will forever hold this strap close to my heart. For anyone who has lost a loved one, felt like you aren’t worth it, suffers daily with PTSD, or anyone who simply needs to to know they are now alone. You aren’t. Even if you feel like you have lost everything, there are still those little things to keep us going. Sometimes, it takes losing things to find yourself. “It’s only after we lost everything, that we’re free to do anything.” - Kyle Robert Mickey


I’ve always found peace in the smell of rain but even more so after the deaths of my parents. The day my mom passed, as the funeral home took her body from our home, a light drizzle of rain started to fall. There was a sadness but yet at the same time the rain was cleansing the brokenness of my heart. In 2013, my dad died after a grueling battle with cancer. It was 2:30 in the morning and the funeral home was taking his body from my home. Once again, the rain came. The smell afterwards was so clean and peaceful. I believe it was God’s way of helping me through the pain. There is nothing more beautiful than the smell after the rain.


I ordered a bunch of Zox straps a few months ago. I can't even tell you all the ones I have, but I Got Your Six and Soldier straps are on me or with me each day. I am a disabled veteran. My wounds are not visible and my Service Dog is named Soldier. I suffer daily from depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress, and physical disabilities that have forever changed the dreams I had for my life. However the strongest message is that of I Got Your Six. I bought it as a reminder that I have a partner that is always with me (Soldier) and I always have someone watching my back. Our Service Dog Academy also uses the same message and we got several straps for our Veterans to wear to show support for one another and our mission to heal and provide resources to Veterans in need. No matter what Zox I have on my wrist, I know that someone has my Six and I am empowered to live my best life and help people in whatever way I can.


I’ll start off with my story. At age 11 I was diagnosed from a rare neurological disease called Transverse Myelitis. I was an all-star travel softball player turned into a paralyzed from the neck down girl with a very long journey that will never end. I can walk thankfully and love independently myself thankfully with months and months of hard work. I still have many issues, but I deal with them. What choice do I have... At 18 I was home when my dad died by suicide. I saw him dying not knowing that morning was the last time I would see him in this life. He had demons; a great amazing father, but he felt he could not hold on anymore. Just about two weeks from turning 24 I lost my mom...my rock...to suicide as well. She was one to never ever do something like this. She had remarried and was mentally pushed over the edge for a horrible minute one night. I was home again. I saw my dad and heard my mom die. The noise of a gun firing still sends shivers down my spine. I am 26 now and have been going to a psychologist and psychiatrist for months now. I live with depression, anxiety, and PTSD every single day and will for the rest of my life. I have a degree already, but I am going back to college to seek my psychology degree and use my real life story to help others. I like to write; I plan to write a book and get published one day. A raw personal book of what it is really like to go through terrible tragedies and Run Wild through the pain and suffering and use my unforgettable and tragic loss and pain for my purpose...my purpose to help others! You aren’t alone...never! This is what Zox means to me. It is not just a bracelet with a quote and design; it is much much more. It is a story that is much deeper. I am very very very empathetic and can feel so much of others vibes. I want to make a change for the better in the mental healthcare system. This...is...my story.


 I have always been a people person. I Have always done my best to make everyone around me happy. That has gotten me into some pretty sad and traumatic situations. I married young. Typical cheerleader marrying the star receiver kind of situation. Little did I know that lurking inside this man I loved, was a monster. I was beaten and broken in anyway he could find possible. I lived in complete horror and terror for over a year before I was able to find the strength to find help and get away from him. That was 16 years ago. I still struggle daily with the things that happened to me, and that I took so long to find the courage to save myself. I am now remarried to a good man with 2 amazing children, but I still have episodes of panic and horror from time to time. I have always identified with the phoenix, feeling as if I rose from the ashes and became something beautiful. During my last episode of depression and anxiety I came across Zox.la. I loved all of the straps and their meanings so much, and could not decide on just one so I subscribed to the mystery club. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Zox groups on Facebook and happened across Melanie's Auction for Rebirth. I talked with my husband and we set a limit on what I could bid (he knew how much this would mean to me) and I placed my first bid. By the grace of God I was able to win that auction. Now, when I start to feel darkness closing in I put on that strap to remind me that I have been reborn!!!! I am no longer that weak being afraid of her shadow. I am a beautiful, fiery phoenix rising from the ashes!!!!!! Rebirth keeps me grounded, and has helped me be a better mother and wife. I will forever be grateful to Melanie and Zox.la for helping me be the best me I can be. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♡


We've all been there. We know the feeling. Our eyes scan the page of a book, and we wonder if there are enough words left for redemption. The hero has fallen, the night is black, the end is coming. Then we smile. We smile because it's not over. There's One More Chapter. Life, like reading, takes faith. One More Chapter was my first ZOX, and it's still my favorite. My parents' 2015 divorce and my life-long cerebral palsy sometimes make me want to quit - to slam the book shut lest things spiral into an insurmountable cauldron of grief and anxiety. But if I close the book, I won't know how it is meant to end. I want to experience what's next, leaving room for healing, grace, and joy. As I move around each day on my hands and knees, I see the ZOX message on my wrist. I'm assured that this is not how the story ends and I'm excited to see how things work out. Don't give up! There's always One More Chapter! Have faith and turn the page.


I got these in a mystery pack around the 1 year anniversary of finding out my Mom was terminal. She was a 27 year survivor, but cancer came back. I've been living in another state and hadn't been able to get home frequently,but got home to be with my mom at the end. The time that followed my Mom's death was a daily challenge to not drink and at the time I received the mystery pack I was running low on reasons to not. I felt like it was a sign from my Mom, I made it through and I am unshakable. As the anniversary of my Mom's passing approaches I still morn,but am inspired , I made it through the darkness and am unshakable.


I have an unfortunate history of mental illness and suicide attempts. This bracelet was perfect for me, because every phrase written on one side was something I either told other people when they were feeling the same or something that I found comforting myself. I also have a love for writing, and I try to leave encouraging notes for people. On March 4th, 2018, I lost my fiancé to a massive stroke. He was 34. I’ve needed the messages on this bracelet every day since. I had also bought is the Valentine’s Day pack from this year, but it was a bit too small for him. During the wake, we were encouraged to bring items to put in his casket. I put one of the Valentine’s bracelets in with him, as a sort of link to him, along with a handwritten love letter and some other small things. These bracelets are beautiful and often fun, but they can also be extremely personal and mean the world to someone. I love you more than you’ll ever know, Gerard. To the moon and back, and beyond.


Healed is more than a reminder of what I’ve been through and where I am today. It’s a reminder that I made the decision to live. At 15 I was sexually assaulted by someone who I felt was like a brother. His decision destroyed my life for three long years. Jan 25,2010 was the day I sat on the edge of the bathtub with a razor blade to my arm...ready to take my own life. Out of nowhere my best friend messaged me to tell me how much she loved me and that she didn’t know what she would do without me. From that day on I made a decision to do everything in my power to heal from all the pain I’d been living with. My healed Zox reminds me to stay strong and keep fighting because I have worked so hard to become healed. It also reminds me that my life regardless of how messed up it was and can be...is worth living.


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September 09, 2018

Thank you all for sharing your stories. I am 59 years-old and have somehow run into the Zox website twice! I guess I needed to read your experiences in life to realize that there are so many people in the World who are more the same than different! It’s amazing how a seemingly simple beautiful thing can help us all!!!

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