“I do not think inspiration is divine. I think its intrinsic, but ignited by the elements around you. I like to imagine it like a seed that wont be a flower until its ready. All you can do is keep nurtured with water, sun, healthy soil, essentially a healthy subconscious. When ideas seem to spring forward out of nowhere, I can see how one might like to look outside ones self for the source, but I think its healthy to acknowledge the power our minds have to surprise us. I try to practice being grateful and aware of my surroundings. This helps me develop a keen eye for the small details that will eventually be part of that “ flower “ later. ” – Mariele
I’m so thrilled to offer the work of Mariele Ivy of Young in the Mountains. As the daughter of a wooden boat builder & an avid gardener Mariele’s works have always been inspired by the symbiosis of humans & their environment. Born and raised in Western Montana, she spent her early life in the rivers and woods, exploring and creating art inspired by her beautiful surroundings. It was in a 1920s barn turned wooden boat studio where she created her first jewelry piece at the age of 5. A thin blue ribbon strung though a oyster shell, simple and natural, a harbinger of what was to come. She learned from a young age, that being an artist isn’t just about producing artwork, its the way you to live your life. After college, she moved from the mountains of Montana to spend time in the eclectic sea side city of San Francisco. There she established her design studio and began creating work that reminded her of what it was like to be Young in the Mountains. Where you listen to the seasons changing, to energize your aesthetic and mood. Where there is only room for simple, purposeful & inspired design & everything else is gone with the shift of the breeze. Young in the Mountains now also maintains a studio nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. Where the myriad of mountain trails sustain her creative spirit and inspiration.
Zion Bracelet $160 / Rectangle Ring $22 / Obscuro Earrings $130 / Arrowhead Ring $120 / Himiwari Ring $120
I feel compelled to write about my experience as a new mother because the experience has forever changed me and the process has been beautiful as well as scary and difficult. I think that in our modern culture we are too individualistic and as women we are expected to carry too much on our own. I believe we are meant to raise children in a tribe, or close knit community where we have both spiritual and physical help all around us. Even though we are so spread out, we can still work to cultivate this. I am realizing now how imperative this is. I am going through a spiritual transformation and I think that all women whether they realize it or not go through something similar when they give birth or raise a child. Luckily, postpartum depression is something that is now readily discussed in the mainstream, so there are more resources for women to reach out and feel comfortable doing so. Beyond that, we need support for our spiritual growth. Without it, we can sink deep into some scary stuff and feel like we’re losing our center. It’s no wonder women go crazy, or fall into deep depression, they don’t have the support needed to navigate the transformation. I have suffered from overwhelming anxiety and fear that something outside of my control will take away this beautiful life and the incredible miracle that is my baby girl. This anxiety has paralyzed me from living my life in the here and now. The anxiety is so strong I have manifested symptoms of a neurological degenerative disease. Now, it’s not so far off because I have a history of this in my family(I won’t get into that part now). However, most likely I don’t have this and I’m creating a problem from wrong perceptions because the gravity of loving this new person is overwhelming. I have a friend who had a full on anxiety attack and had to go the hospital and another friend who thought an army was out to get her and her baby and the stories go on…
With the help of an amazing therapist whose work is stemmed in Native American dreamwork and Buddhist practice, I’m reminded of the deep knowledge I have within and the power of practicing living in the moment. Worrying about the future is useless and when you really practice living in the moment with all your being, immense joy is possible and slowly, the fear and anxiety dissolve. In my dreams I have recognized common themes interwoven that have given me insight into something deeper, into what’s really going on. A pure reflection. In the end, I believe this fear and anxiety I have experienced has been a gift and has given me so many blessings, without it, I’m not sure I would have been compelled to look deep within and already I’m experiencing expansive joy that I didn’t know was possible. Like the coyote trickster, who has visited me both in my dreams and in waking life, creates chaos and confusion in order to cultivate light and wisdom. I’m so thankful I have wonderful friends and family who were open to listening to me through my process and a great therapist who helped me shift the relationship with the fear and to start an open dialog with it. I feel my heart opening and I’m so thankful that it’s not the opposite.
“Darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear” – Indigo Girls
Since my daughter was born, I have a hard time making it to a yoga or dance class. I put this mixtape together in an effort to get my body movin’ at home. Enjoy!
Here are all my faves from the latest photo shoot. There are lots of fresh vintage picks and new handmade goods popping up in the shop! If you haven’t already, head over to Calivintage for a chance to win $100!
Natalie and I had the best day shooting for Orlistat (Obesity, Weigh Loss) Quanto Custa Orlistat 120mg Em Curitiba - everythinggoldenblog.com’s spring collection. She is so beautiful inside and out and her spirit shines through the camera. We worked so well together and enjoyed every minute, it felt so organic and natural. In addition to being a wild beautiful spirit, she’s also a very talented metalsmith(look for her work coming soon to the shop!) She has also written and published one of my all time favorite books, The Lovebird, a book about a young woman discovering her truth through animal rights activism, love and a Native American sensibility towards the earth. I highly recommend reading her book and I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. I was completely immersed and touched by her book and I really can’t believe I know such an inspired writer. I can’ t wait to read more, she’s currently working on another novel and a collection of short stories! Find her on Facebook to stay tuned for more works to come!
New designs are emerging from the Orlistat (Obesity, Weigh Loss) Quanto Custa Orlistat 120mg Em Curitiba - everythinggoldenblog.com studio! Also, head over to Calivintage where I am offering a $100 giveaway!
Hand Dyed Paint with Clay Scarf $45 / Handmade Moonstone Earrings $ 45 / Handmade Sun and Moon Earrings $64 / Hand Dyed Galaxy Scarf $45
” Anything that removes what grows between our hearts and the day is spiritual. It might be the look of a loved one stirring their coffee as morning light surprises their groggy eyes. It might be the realization while watching a robin build it’s nest that you are only a temporary being in this world. It might be a fall on ice that reminds you of the humility of your limitations.
The aim of all spiritual paths, no matter their origin or the rigors of their practice, is to help us live more fully in the lives we are given. In this way, whatever comes from a moment’s grace that joins us to our lives and to each other – this is spiritual.
The life of spirit is everywhere: in dust waiting for light, in music waiting to be heard, in the sensations of the day waiting to be felt. Being spiritual is much more useful and immediate than the books about books would have us think.” – Mark Nepo
A mediation practice…
* Center yourself, and as you breathe, realize that your spirit fills your life the way your bones and blood fill your hand.
* As you breathe, realize that your life fits the world the way your warm and living hand fits a glove.
* As you breathe, feel your spirit fill your skin and feel your skin fit the world.
From The Book of Awakening by: Mark Nepo
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Love this look, pair cut-off shorts with a simple, lightweight sweater. I think I found my uniform for spring.
Vintage Slate Sweater / Vintage Classic Black Sweater / Vintage Red Wool Sweater
Background photo by: Jensen Taylor
Lots of new goodies in the shop, take a look and find the piece that was meant to be for you.
Wolves as a keystone species play a critical role in restoring balance to ecosystems. Spiritually they represent guardianship, ritual, loyalty and spirit. Unfortunately they are the most misunderstood of the wild animals. They are highly intelligent, sentient beings who care deeply for their family and live by carefully defined rules and rituals. Many believe that the true test of America’s sincerity about protecting the environment remains around whether or not the wolf remains protected. Right now is a really important time to speak up for wolves.
Currently there is a proposal to delist the wolf from the Endangered Species Act at a time when protection is critical. Please take a moment to write to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and let her know you stand for wolves and oppose the delisting. The deadline for commenting is March 27th, so act now.
Artwork by: Amy Dover