Happiness in a Box

Practice Before Payoff

Birchbox on a round accent table with two decorative lanterns in the background.There was an internal struggle, I was afraid. Part of me just wanted it to be over and the other part wanted to run away and hide. No, I can do this, I have to do this.

I’ve passed the point of no return. I was really on my own. The synchronized rhythm of my pounding heart and racing thoughts were loudly competing against the ambient noise. I needed to focus.

I licked my dry lips, taking in quick shallow breaths, then I gasped as I was rammed in the stomach. That’s okay I just have to employ a different strategy.

After regaining my composure I once again proceed onward. I seem to be going at a good clip when suddenly it feels like I’m falling but no, I just stumbled into a small divot. I righted myself then kept going.

Box opened to reveal the 2 cards and tissue.

Uh oh, the first corner. What was it my instructor told me about crossing the street? Oh yeah, I gotta listen for the parallel traffic, an indicator that it’s safe to proceed. Lucky for me a kind soul announces “I’m just walking my dog, you’re good.”

Phew, I made it to the other side. How many more corners? Are there a lot of people out and about? I hope I don’t plow into anyone. Is anyone laughing at me? Am I walking in a straight line? I feel like I’m zig zagging. What if I make a mistake? What if I get hit by a car?

So last Tuesday after a grueling orientation and mobility session where my instructor dropped me off and I had to navigate solo to meet up at a predetermined location I was in need of a pick me up. When I got home there it was in front of my door – a box.

Tissue is opened to reveal the contents of the box.

Pleasant and Plentiful

There is nothing like the anticipation of receiving a package delivered to your doorstep. Even though I know what’s coming because I ordered it, I still get that exhilarating sense of pure joy from the moment I get the “your package has shipped” notification.

After the day I had this was such a welcome surprise. I quickly grab the scissors and begin the process of cutting away the shipping tape and removing the mailing label, we must shred this personally identifiable information due to lurking identity thieves, ya know. I open the flaps and there it is: a pretty peach and white colored box with a gold foil inlay that says “Birchbox—Cupcakes and Cashmere” in the center of the lid.

Picture of the contents out of the box.

I lift the lid, take out the two card enclosures (one a savings offer and the other explains the contents of the box). The contents are wrapped in complementary peach tissue paper.

If you haven’t heard of Birchbox it’s reminiscent of the book and music clubs of the past. A monthly “try before you buy” subscription based beauty program, Birchbox provides sample beauty products in gorgeous themed boxes. As a matter of fact the boxes are so pretty I’ve found myself wanting to keep them.

The following contents along with the description from the card were in the May Birchbox:

The one thing I knew for sure I would use out this month’s box is the eye shadow. Even though it’s been some years since I’ve worn eyeshadow I want to mix it up a bit and use it occasionally. Being that we’re now in the warmer months I tend to use even less makeup so I’ll probably be reserving it mainly for evenings.

For $10 a month I feel that Birchbox is a good deal but I’ve decided to continue following the reviews of other bloggers who subscribe to the service. I love the boxes and some of the products but personally it’s not for me because I don’t collecting things I don’t need. The one thing I do like is if I see an upcoming box that I like I can reactivate my subscription at any time.

“Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” ~Wendy Wasserstein


Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

4 thoughts on “Happiness in a Box”

    1. Yup, and that’s exactly what I thought and then my OCD reared it’s ugly head, destroyed my fun, and the pragmatic side said “what are you going to do with all these samples?” I do know that I will resubscribe every now and then down the road while repurposing the boxes in some way.


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