If you’re human, chances are you’ve been through a dark time in life and felt like isolating yourself from the outside world. Life is full of peaks and valleys and after hitting rock bottom myself, I vowed to find a way to help individuals through tough times to know they’re not alone.
In 2014 my life completely shifted. After losing my father to a long battle with cancer, losing a close family friend, and breaking off an engagement within three weeks, I quit my job and relocated back to Columbus, Ohio from Florida to restart my life.
I was heartbroken, jobless, and buried in college debt; but was desperate to follow through on the promise I left my dad with – that he could pass knowing I would be “okay”. It took awhile to get back on my feet and find happiness within myself again, but I did. I found my strength in “linking” with others. I “linked” up with those who have experienced loss; I “linked” up with friends and family who gave me their support; and I “linked” up with my faith. I quickly realized that one of the most basic human needs is connection.
While riding my bike one day my chain broke. I looked down and had an epiphany: the symbolism of “links” and connection while being broken hit me. I suddenly realized I could make jewelry charms out of the broken bike chain.
And so, Link Before You Sink, “LBYS” was born! Our mission is to help us find strength in our struggle/s by sharing our stories and linking with others in need. Everything broken has the chance to be beautiful again.
For every 5 jewelry links sold, we give one to a person in need. Whether your struggle is depression, loss, cancer, career, a miscarriage, a bad day – we’re here to *link* with you!
Like a broken bike chain, there’s something perfect about our imperfections. Let’s not sweep them under the rug hiding behind carefully edited social media posts! Let’s pull that stuff out and talk about it! When you’re going through a tough time, it’s vital that we “link” up with people.
Never underestimate the power of connection. No matter what struggle you’re going through, you’re not alone.
To help us find strength by linking with others. Everything broken has the chance to be beautiful again.
Our Core Values
1. We Give - Always. Whether it’s a product donation by a purchase made online, a monetary donation at a benefit, or giving the gift of hope by sharing our stories, giving is the center of what we do. More on Giving.
2. We’re Unique - The core of how we design is centered around our link. While we realize jewelry trends are forever changing, our link is the forefront in how we design.
3. We Do Not Judge Or Compare - We believe there is no greater gift than sharing a story that unlocks someone else’s insights or helps them feel less alone. Story sharing is meant to give the gift of hope. We recognize everyone’s story is unique.
To link with as many people as possible to spread our mission while giving back. So far we’ve been linked all over the US, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Scotland, Jamaica, Columbia, India, France, Thailand, Greece, Cuba, Mexico, Morocco, Canada, Vietnam, Aruba, and Australia. Check out our travels below.