A few years ago, after a falling out with a group of very close friends I’ve had since highschool, I made the decision to live my life in a more positive, giving way. I was tired of needless drama, negativity and never quite feeling like I was living my best life. The decision to cut out the toxic influences in my life and focus on all the good bestowed upon me was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made…and I’ve never looked back.
Have you ever heard of a “gratitude rock”? It’s a small rock that you carry with you at all times in either a pocket or a purse. Each time you touch it, it reminds you of all of the things you are grateful for, such as the love of a family member, a cuddle from your pet, the delicious warmth of that first sip of coffee, or simply being able to breathe and stay alive.
I’ve had a little gratitude rock in my coat pocket for the last year – a smooth little shiva lingam stone I picked up at a local store as the rock’s neutral tones and smooth oval shape caught my eye (I can’t help it – everything I own needs a little style). Every time life got me down due to stupid little things like terrible traffic, I’d reach in my pocket, feel that stone, and be reminded to be thankful that I had a nice car to drive around in and get stuck in traffic…in a nice city…on my way home to my comfortable house full of love.
It soon occurred to me, “why not wear my positivity…wear my gratitude reminder as a bracelet or necklace?” BRILLIANT. I started keeping my eyes peeled for stylish jewelry made of semi-precious stones that would repel negative, harmful energy and boost positivity, self-awareness and attract overall good vibes. Turns out the Universe was looking out for me too.
One fine day, I found a message in my inbox from Kyla Miller, owner of MalaRae – a company specializing in yoga jewelry, specifically malas. Kyla needed a model for her photoshoot and wondered if I would be interested. I most certainly was.
After checking out her website, I was stunned at how beautiful her malas and bracelets are. Malas – a necklace comprised of 108 beads, are used to help focus the mind during meditation and count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. Interestingly, each of the semi-precious stones she uses are linked to specific “intentions” such as communication, protection, love, trust, patience,etc.
These aren’t your average necklaces. Each piece is handmade by Kyla with love during a positive and peaceful state of mind. Using only top-quality materials and semi-precious stones and crystals, each bead is hand-knotted like a pearl necklace. After each piece of jewelry is complete, it is sage cleansed and moonlit charged. Her pieces are truly works of art.
Our photoshoot here in downtown Ottawa’s lovely ByWard Market was a blast! Our photographer Mark Gustafsson captured the fun we had on that bright fall day. I admit, it was hard for me to concentrate with boxes of gorgeous jewelry everywhere, and I have no doubt that the shoot went so well due to the tons of positive energy that everyone brought. Here are some shots from that very memorable day!
I feel that we can all use a positive and stylish reminder of all the good in our lives, and the happiness that we each share with the world. To make this a little easier, Kyla and I are happy to share with readers a 15% discount on any MalaRae purchase until January 31, 2016. Simply visit the MalaRae website and shop ’til your heart’s content using discount code “STYLE15”!
Treat yourself to a beautiful mala or bracelet, or gift that someone special with a piece of MalaRae jewelry for the holidays!
*Pictures of the photoshoot courtesy of Mark Gustafsson Photography