I don’t always have an opportunity to travel but I love it when I do. When I go somewhere I really like to act like a local, go to their local eateries, hang at the best bars, all of that townie stuff. My trip to DC wasn’t much different but I did hit up some touristy areas, don’t judge me.
I did a little shopping.
Saw some sights!
That’s the Newseum, the place where all nosey people like me get to see the history of news!
Had to swing by the National Museum of Natural History.
Then my dear friend Charita and I organized an amazing group of motivated and dynamic entrepreneurs for Sunday brunch at Lincoln. We supported each other, shared with each other, and had some seriously amazing girl boss time.
I had a little costume change so yes this was on the same day!
Then I took a very personally meaningful trip to the National Museum of African American History and was given a tour by my dear friend Timothy. She’s not just a phenomenal friend but also an amazing curator. African history is American history and as someone that always seeks knowledge, I was constantly surprised and frequently moved to tears. I recommend everyone go.
It was sugar, not cotton that brought my ancestors here.
9-year-old Rose was sold to a different plantation from her mother and on the auction block, her mother gave her this bag filled with a dress, walnuts, and a lock of her hair. she never wanted Rose to forget who she was. What were you doing when you were 9? I know I wasn’t doing this.
Nat Turner’s Bible. It’s amazing to me how religion comes to soothe the fears of people in the direst situations. Faith is a beautiful thing.
I can’t wait for change to come! May each of you go to bed tonight having made this world more beautiful for at least one person. xoxo
With the world becoming seemingly more and more chaotic, I needed something to slow me down. As many of you know, I practice mindfulness and meditation regularly and wanted my DIY this week to reflect something that will help my mindfulness journey, a Mala. A Mala is a necklace of beads that you can use to count mantras or breaths during meditation. They come in four different lengths 18, 27, 54, or 108. I figure I need all the mantras possible so I went with a 108 bead Mala.
So, I headed down to The Bead Shop in Laguna to find the perfect beads for my meditation needs. Ha that rhymed! Also, I totally recommend that you go to an actual bead shop, don’t just order online. There’s something so mindful about touching everything and getting a feel for what you’re buying. Anyway, I bought 108 counting beads made of Earth Jasper also known as the “Supreme Nurturer” it reminds us to help one another and brings tranquility into our lives. Then I grabbed 3 marker beads made from Agate which is a protective stone. Your marker beads should be a different size so you will know when you’ve passed a particular number of beads. Then I bought one large Agate guru bead. The guru bead is the large bead at the apex of the Mala where the tassel hangs. I also added a pretty little tassel and Ohm symbol.
The spacing can get a little confusing, to keep everything simple I placed a large marker bead every 27 counting beads and the guru at the bottom. It all came together to form 4 sections of 27 beads.
Happy meditating my friends!
Compartmentalization is an important task for any business owner. I fight daily to keep the events in my life in cute tiny little boxes. This may sound a little neurotic but managing multiple brand identities, challenges of a 9-5, family, and the HOLIDAYS, things can get hectic. So, I’m seeking some order by making some pretty bento inspired boxes for my lunch. Gotta start somewhere.
I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store. That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.
Then on to my second favorite place in the world, Michaels, to get some waistband elastic. I just happened to find this stunning silver elastic.
I did some rudimentary measurements.
Then hand stiched.
Easiest DIY of the year. 2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!
I found myself meditating in my office just a moment ago. Yes, officially meditating. Sitting lotus position with my hand on my knees and all, and I was struck with a thought, “accept where you are, but acknowledge where you want to be.” This is truly the dialectical of life. We are here to accept the present moment but remain in constant motion toward our future goals. My pseudo-Deepak moment is over, you may now return to your lives.
The current plight of women has been on my heart today; being single does not mean being alone. For most people desiring a relationship is not really about wanting to be in a relationship, it’s a desire to be loved, cared for, needed, supported, etc… Guess what? There are a million different ways to get all of those things. So on your way to relationship excellence build meaningful friendships, volunteer, support others, find your path. Don’t stop your life for anyone…