• WE DIG YOUR HUSTLE | JO KLIMA

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    The Darling Tree

    This lady. Jo Klima. When I first landed on her Instagram page, I have to admit that I  was totally girl crushing. Her art is simply stunning, not to mention that I am totally jealous of her zen den studio space! (see below) 

    According to her website, "The Darling Tree is an Australian digital design space and art house that produces spirited graphic art and canvas work."

    She also offers online courses to inspire and empower likeminded creatives to express their most authentic work, such as her most recent course that starts in March, The Unicorn Project. 

    Read her inspiring interview below

    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?

    My day always begins with a cup of tea, morning pages (journaling), meditation and one card reading with my favourite deck, Starchild Tarot. This allows me to ease into my day by spending at least an hour on my own sacred practice, and I can feel into my energy and intentions for the day.

    2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?

    I have a mantra that is from the book ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks as an alarm on my phone each morning which is ‘I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.

    3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?

    If I feel like I don’t have a spare minute to look after myself, it’s usually not true and I’m putting too much priority on something that essentially isn’t as important as my own well being. My morning routine is non-negotiable. I will make sure that I still include some movement into my day, preferably outside. It may be that I just walk home along the river instead of catching the bus. I also make sure that I have healthy food in my fridge so I’m not reaching for the junk food when I’m feeling stressed. Spending time with my friends and my dog helps keep me grounded.

    4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?

    A couple of books (I am always reading more than one at a time!), essential oils, and face mist, a few crystals, some nuts or bliss balls, a small art journal and pens, and some audiobooks or podcasts saved on my phone ready to go.

    5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some create inspiration?

    I have a special art journal which I started with the intention that it can be ugly, full of mistakes and make no sense whatsoever. Just knowing that and not putting pressure on myself to make something visually stunning or perfect totally frees me up to explore so many different things that I probably wouldn’t have if I wanted to make something that I would post on social media or sell on my site. In this way, you find out so much more about yourself and often you’ll discover a new way of working or come up with fresh ideas that you can really get excited about.

    6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion? 

    You have the wisdom within yourself to know what you should do, you don’t need to follow what others tell you or might expect of you. The world is a lot smaller than it seems right now, you can go wherever you desire. If you can dream it, you can pursue it.

    7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?

    Pigeon pose. When I stretch with this pose I always feel like a lot of blocked energy is being released, it feels amazing.

    8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?

    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She guides us in understanding the true nature of the creative process in a way that resonated so strongly. One of the biggest lessons I’ve taken from the book is the simple idea that creativity doesn’t owe you anything. Not money, success, fame or answers. It simply invites you to come play with it, and it will continue to engage with you if you continue to respond back. 

    9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?

    Occasionally I try to read before I go to bed, but sometimes I just catch up on Netflix. I’m a pretty good sleeper so my focus is to have a good practice in the morning.

    Stay in the creative loop:

    Website: www.thedarlingtree.com

    Instagram: @thedarlingtree

    Blog: www.mapstoherself.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/mapstoherself 

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  • WE DIG YOUR HUSTLE | MALABELLA JEWELS, HANNAH

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    Meet the ridiculously kind and talented, Hannah, creator and designer of Malabella Jewels- a jewelry line that specializes in malas and making you feel like a boho boss goddess! I fell in love with her spirit and knew that her girlboss attitude would totally inspire you to pursue your unicorn dreams and hustle for the pretty, soulful things in life.
    This interview will surely not disappoint! Read on and get seriously inspired!
     

    Be sure to check out Malabella's massive LOVE event going on now through February 14th in order to snag some deals on their one-of-kind jewelry pieces + be on the look out for a GIVEAWAY collab later today, say whaaaaat!?

    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps you jumpstart your day on the right track?

    When I first wake up I always snuggle my dog Bella Luna with lots of kisses and hugs, then I drink a tall glass of water, sometimes warmed with lemon, followed by coffee and a banana. Then I’ll read a little bit, and practice some yoga and meditation with Mala Beads. Routines keep me grounded.

    2. Do you have a go-to motivational mantra?

    “I am Enough.” I think sometimes the biggest obstacle to happiness is just believing in ourselves and realizing we are enough. It’s such a sweet reminder to let go of expectations and just be. 

    3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?

    Kicking-ass is hard work! I am a big advocate of taking 5-minute yoga breaks. I have a yoga mat in my studio and whenever I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I’ll roll out my mat, blast some music, and flow the way my body wants. It’s literally the best stress reliever! When I really need to find my center, I’ll meditate with my Mala Beads with an intention. Lately, I’ve been meditating on healing, love, and compassion.

    4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?

    Malabella Mala Beads, Nalgene water bottle, Eucalyptus oils, books, lots and lots of layers, and trashy magazines ;)

    5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?

    Fresh mountain air. I’m so blessed to live in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, whenever I’m craving some fresh new inspiration I’ll go on a long hike. Escaping to the sea also sparks creativity like no other. There’s something so beautiful and romantic about the way the ocean kisses the shore.  

    6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion? 

    Go for it! You rock and seriously no one can do what you do. There’s this constant fear that we aren’t good enough, that we aren’t capable, that we’ll be rejected, or that we might not succeed. Break the ice and make that first step. It won’t be perfect the first time, second time, or maybe even the third time, but you know what? That’s okay and truthfully that’s the beauty of it all. 

    7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?

    Reclined twist. It’s my medicine. It’s my healer. It’s my place of deep peace and serenity. Wide legged forward fold is also amazing for anxiety and stress. Bend and breath. 

    8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?

    The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer. This book has changed my life and it took me 3 years to read. I’d read a chapter and my mind would be blown, it’d take me weeks to practice the teachings and let the goodness settle in. It’s all about freeing ourselves from our egos, our expectations, and everyday stresses. I also just started to read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, she’s such a goddess.

    9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?

    Almost every night my boyfriend and I practice yoga right before bed. I’ve recently gotten back into journaling and sketching before bed. I always lay my Mala Beads and crystals on my nightstand, fusing my dreams and reality.

    Join the Mala Tribe:

    Instagram: @malabella_jewels

    Website: www.malabellajewels.com 

     

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  • MONDAY MANTRA

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    Happy February!

    It's February, and you know what that means? You made it through the 1st month of the New Year! January can sometimes feel like a crazy month. With coming right off of the holidays and starting with a holiday, only to be followed by trying to stick to our resolutions, this past month may have felt a bit rushed.

    But this month, let's remember that it is still winter, and in winter, animals hibernate; thus, we should a bit too! Take a cue from Mama Nature and slow down. Stop hurrying from one thing to another, and try to enjoy the moments in between, ya know, life.... #mondaymantra

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  • Restore, Breath, Relax, & Reset

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    By: JIVA Soul Sister, Aleena @mermaidyogagirl

    Have you ever spent the entire day wondering when you were going to get that break to relax, whether it be in the distant or wishful vacation you day dream of, or simply the couch that is calling your name? Those things are amazing, and so exciting to look forward to, cuz, duh, but I’m about to share a couple little tricks to help you feel less stressed in general and to aid overall mental well-being. 

    Pranayama Exercise = Breathing 

    Anuloma Ujjayi Pranayama translated from Sanskrit to English means to “go with grain.” First, start by developing your Ujjayi breath, in and out through your nose, keep your mouth closed. As if you were to fog up the car window with your breath, constrict the back of your throat, you may even start to hear your breath moving through your lungs and throat. Take 10 deep Ujjayi breaths. Now inhale through both nostrils, then use your ring finger to close your left nostril (if you are left handed, use your thumb) and emphasize on a longer than natural exhale through the right nostril. Again, inhale through both nostrils, then hold your right nostril closed with your thumb (lefties, use ring finger) and emphasize a long exhale here. I usually recommend 10 rounds, each side. It may be hard to keep count, and that’s okay, just always remember to finish exhaling on the right side, as energy exits through the right side of the body. This is also meditation, so letting yourself lose count is sometimes nice. Anuloma is relaxing because the alternating long exhales oxidize the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

     

    photo via yogaoutlet.com

    Relax with a Simple 20 Minute Sequence

    You will need at the very least a mat and wall. An eye pillow, bolster (or firm pillow), and/or a blanket are optional. Start with the top of your mat touching a wall. Begin with Anuloma Ujjay (the breath above)i in Baddha Konasana, aka “butterfly legs.” Fold in Baddha Konasana. Take a few spinal rolls forward and back then settle onto your back with knees into chest. Give yourself a loving embrace. Plant palms by your sides and the soles of your feet on your mat, press firmly into your feet and kick feet up and over head for Halasana, plow posture. Take palms of your hands to the small of your back, finger tips face up, walk shoulders underneath you and draw elbows toward each other to avoid splaying. Little weight goes into your neck, most of it should be sustained by your shoulders. With every inhale, expand the heart, with every exhale, relax into your hips, let them be heavy.

    Note, if you experience high or low blood pressure, you will need to be able to practice Halasana (plow) for no less than 3 minutes prior to performing the next posture. First, extend the legs up for Salamba Sarvangasana, Shoulderstand. Stay in shoulderstand as long as you feel comfortable. When you are ready to release down, extend back into Halasana, then lower one vertebra at a time onto your mat.

    Next, roll up to seated and make your way to the wall. Pick either right or left hip to sit flush with the wall. Release down onto your mat, completely onto your back, extend legs up the wall for, well, legs up the wall! *You may like an eye pillow here and a rolled up blanket right up against the wall supporting your sacrum and low back area in this posture. This is your savasana, your final resting posture.

    Once you feel complete in legs up the wall, you may choose to practice Supta Baddha Konasana, which is the reclined version of butterfly legs from earlier, and place a bolster under your mid back area so your spine and head rest on the bolster. Another round of meditation with Anuloma Ujjayi could be performed, or if you choose to, you may perform Anuloma either to begin or conclude your relaxation practice.

    Happy Relaxing, 

    -Aleena

     

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  • MONDAY MANTRA

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    Get your priorities straight!

    It's Monday and that means that most of us are hustling to get shit done and plan out what needs done this week. But did you put happiness on the agenda? Did you plan to do things that also bring you pleasure, aside from the regular to-dos'? I have a funny feeling that for many of us, happiness and pleasure take a back seat in our weekly plans.

    But why is that? I think it has something to do with our belief that pleasure for the sake of pleasure can be a waste of precious time; however, I'm here to tell you that it's not! When planned with some purpose into your weekly or daily schedule, or if you at least leave free space for YOU without the intentional planning, I believe that it makes you a better person who shows up more fully for pretty much everything..work, kids, husbands, coworkers, etc. In other words, make time for your joy, and watch your week feel a lot more productive and enjoyable! #mondaymantra

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