My name Is Katie,
I live In Tacoma, WA with my boyfriend and our two kitties. I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, being with nature, plants, gardening, and yoga!
I became familiar with Malas during my yoga teacher training. After a huge loss five years ago, I came to realize more than ever how short life truly is. This is where my biggest spiritual growth happened. I quit my job as a preschool teacher and relocated to work on a farm in Hawaii. I found myself living a simple life, learning, creating valuable relationships, trying new things, and being content with less. The island was a place to work through the grief I was experiencing.
After a month of working on the farm the opportunity for yoga teacher training came up and I said, yes! I was gifted a beautiful Mala shortly after. I carried the Mala with me daily to use to begin my meditation practice. Life is busy, I found it difficult to quiet the mind for meditation at any given moment. I experienced the benefits of a daily meditation practice during my yoga training. I saw the benefits and felt them. My Mala helped me come to a place of stillness and having something to hold and feel was beneficial. It was a way to quiet the mind and ease into it. The stones, which were used to make this Mala, were beautiful but the metal quickly tarnished. I felt the quality was poor overall. Using my hands to create has always been a huge source of joy for me, I knew I could create my own Mala if I tried, and so I did. My first Mala was not my best, but it was inspiring. I was constructing my own creation and to me that’s what mattered. Shortly after I started making Malas, I found the entire process to be overall very meditative. I would light a candle and put lots of love and intention into my work. It was a time for me to use my creative energy to slowdown and disconnect from the rest of the world.
I am no expert in Buddhism but I do know that Buddhists have used Malas for centuries as a way to bring the body, mind, and spirit into stillness and contemplation. I always encourage the use of my Malas as a meditation tool. Some people just wear them and that’s okay too. I love sharing the healing properties of each stone and help connect the wearer to the natural aspects each crystal has to offer. I truly believe that every crystal and stone carry vibrational frequencies and harnesses energy that is very powerful to the open mind. Beyond fulfilling my passion to create, being involved in Tacoma’s creative community connects me with so many amazing human beings. Attending local markets and meeting new local artists is so rewarding. I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to share my work with you all.
My hope is to bring beautiful jewelry to as many people as I can, while encouraging and potentially planting a seed for spiritual growth in whatever form that looks like for you!
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