The Past 6 Months

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Dear Luca,

It is an honor to be your mom.

Thank you for your slobbery kisses and infectious laughter. Thank you for your daily forgiveness and endless patience. Thank you for your curiosity and constant reminders to be present. Thank you for giving me permission to follow my dreams and create alongside of you. Thank you for letting me help you grow into a most incredible human being.

Love,
Mom

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P.S. It was way easier taking your picture during the first 6 months.

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Meditation to Receive

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sit + breathe + listen

 

 

Consciously create space to receive.

 

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

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Design Your Vision

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It’s never too late to design your vision. There is always time.

You can do it the first of the year, the first of the month, every full moon, new moon, morning, end of the week, or beginning of the week. The opportunity to pause, ground, and reflect are endless.

All it takes is commitment and curiosity to ask yourself the question: What do I want? And then open yourself to receive the answer.

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I want : more space. clear boundaries between being a mom and growing a business. time for play. to attract magic. spontaneous travel. a connected community. to feel useful.

Let your list run long. Tune into how you want to feel. Write it down and then let it go and create the space you need to receive. And know you deserve it all.

 

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Glance Back

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It’s incredible what can happen in a year, and it is too easy to just move onto the next thing. I am all about giving extra attention anywhere I can in order to create meaning and value in my life. When I stop and look at all that has happened I feel quite powerful and confident in my ability to create whatever it is I want next.

 

Hiking with Luca up to San Luca

Hiking with Luca up to San Luca

Here are some gems of 2014.

  • I became a mom to a most incredible being, Luca.
  • I listened to my dreams and desires to make things and be creative and began Charm & Magic.
  • We moved to Germany and made amazing, heart centered friends that I miss daily.
  • We went back to Bologna, Italy and ate at some of our favorite restaurants.
  • I hosted a summer yoga series in the park around the corner from our house in Frankfurt.
  • We moved back to Brooklyn and I get to see my grandparents quite often.
  • I am connecting and reconnecting with a most inspiring community here in NYC.
sending mini malas on their way

sending mini malas on their way

Now it’s you’re turn. Write it down. Leave space for this list grow. Let it be ongoing as you remember all you have accomplished and experienced this past year. Start from the beginning, let it be jumbled, circle back to whatever seems important.

If you want to take it a step further and think about what is next, I highly recommend this free workbook from Alexandra Franzen, who rocks my world with everything she shares and writes.

Then get ready to receive – (here is a mini meditation I made for you + the new year)

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Give From the Heart

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When I began Charm & Magic I knew I wanted to be able to support a meaningful cause, but since I am still in the ‘investment phase’ I felt like I couldn’t really give financially at this point.

A few months ago I met an amazing new friend, Eileen, who spent two years living in Africa and is returning to Kenya to take a group of girls, now known as the Girls on Fire, on a leadership camp. Her mission is incredible and her strength and determination to make a difference was so inspiring I really wanted to support this project in some way. So while Eileen was raising money, I was making 19 mini malas for the girls who are about to embark on this life altering journey.

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By the time I finished designing + making + packaging these gifts I was completely depleted – but in the very best of ways, and I was reminded how incredibly rewarding it is to give from the heart.

And so I am thrilled that in 2015 Charm & Magic will have the opportunity to partner with The Human Plant Project, an organization offering yoga to underserved communities in NYC! More on that to come.

So I’d like to leave you with two things:

#1. Know that when you purchase a Charm & Magic mini mala you are also supporting these growing organizations.

#2. If you are feeling tight on money this holiday season and still want to give beautiful, meaningful gifts – remember the best ones come from the heart (as corny as that sounds – it’s true!) – you can always make something, bake something, write something, record something, organize something… in a way that only you can do.

Happy Giving!

 

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Charm and Magic : Mini Launch

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I have been making mini malas for the past 11 months – but really they have been in the works for years. This seed may have been planted when I started making jewelry for my friends in high school, or when I started practicing yoga and meditation. Either way, I have loved building this handmade business with roots in creative expression + mindful awareness.

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Behind the scenes it’s just me, in a little corner behind the couch in my living room. Wanting to create and make a difference. My beads are in baby food jars, bags, and boxes in an IKEA medicine cabinet and in metal tins on the window sill. I sometimes find an incredible flow and mini malas just pour out of me, other times I spend hours creating and destroying.

This year has been filled with the best kind of learning curves, and now I have a mini collection that I’m thrilled to share with you in the Charm & Magic online shop!

Have a most magical last month of the year – filled with intention and charm!!

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