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My dad advise for a bright start

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My dad advise for a bright start

All you need is love, is true but also we need a bright start to make the most of the day, how to do it? Well sometimes is easier to say than to do it but the secret is simplicity: make a routine that will transform into a habit – a positive one-

My dad has this great recipe: Every morning he wakes up take a deep breath and relax, he opens his mind and think of an intention to set in motion that day. Simple huh?

My dad has always told me to try to stick to the intention during the day, without pressuring myself for not doing it or feeling like I’m down the road no matter how hard I’m trying. When the day is not going as “intended” my dad advise is to go back to the moment of waking up:  take a DEEP BREATH and relax, open your mind and think of the intention to set in motion THAT DAY, is like a reboot, a moment to take ourselves out of the equation and see things differently without changing the goal to achieve.

Apart of the intention, we can use the help of Mother Earth with gemstones to remind us of our intention of the day and to align our energy with the Universe and manifest, take a look of what to use for each purpose:

  • Abundance. Amber, green jade and chalcedony inspiration for good fortune and financial guidance manifestation.
  • Power. Aquamarine, amethyst and rose quartz inspiration for courage and fierce protection.
  • Passion. Coral, red jasper and chalcedony inspiration for love and passion.
  • Courage. Carnelian, hematite and clear quartz inspiration for conflict resolution and justice.
  • Wisdom. Lapis Lazuli, smoky quartz and pewter inspiration for manifesting our goals.
  • Romantic beauty. Moonstone, rose quartz and green jade inspiration for feminine grace and confidence.
  • Hope. Amethyst, strawberry quartz and rose quartz inspiration for healing, protection and bliss.

Although I have been married for over a decade and live 3,000 miles away, my dad keeps calling me from time to time just to check on me if “I’m still breathing my bright start”.

My dad is a 68 year old optimistic guy who tells the worst jokes in the planet, he loves cup cakes and sweeties but he can’t eat them so he only dreams of them or cheat every time he can, he cheers you up and make your heart runs wild with famous quotes, he is always there when I need him, his favorite flower is jazmin and he is a History channel number 1 fan.

Love you dad.

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From after school activity to girls’ biz

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From after school activity to girls’ biz

Sunday morning, my favorite espresso at hand, browsing the web for some amazing story to find, or some inspiration to arrive, maybe blogs to reblog, but nothing felt like “right” at that moment.

Out of the blue my daughter Fiona stomped down the stairs, hugged me and after trying to look over the iPad and figure out what was I doing, she finally asked: “mom, have you written about how we got into this?”.

I realized that I haven’t done so.

So, here it goes the story about how an after school activity for my daughters and bonding time with mom (that’s me!)  evolved into a girls’ biz adventure:

My daughter Fiona and me love to design, create and transform what ever we have at hand, we try to spend our few free afternoons doing crafts, specially jewelry. My little one, Miranda between cartwheel and monkey jumps stops by to bead little tiny charms that are almost invisible to my eyes or made patterns inspired by the latest animal she has read about.

The next day the bracelets are gone and in the hands of friends, theirs and mine… We made the bracelets everyday as a reminder of faith and spirit, thinking of each person and trait, we included little words that reminded our friends their awesomeness, their beauty and of course that whatever sadness was going on it shall pass.

When our real family business started to slowdown, my girls and I decided to make our hobby an e-commerce start up. We presented the “girls biz plan” to my husband, he reviewed it and supported us all the way. He jumped right in teaching us how to upload files, web sites, domains, e-commerce and of course sales!

What started as an after school activity, a mother-daughter bonding time type, has evolved into an adventure for the entire family, a fun and marvelous endeavor called Mia Joia that has brought my family even closer than we were before.

Pure bliss.

Token Jewelry

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Token Jewelry

We all have a special something we wear for a job interview, before the big game, on a final test, when we travel or we give something that “captures” the feeling a person has on a certain special occasion and we want to make sure they will relive the moment every time they see it, well that special something is a token.

Without trying to write a treaty on jewelry I can tell you that token jewelry is of course designed to be worn, but it was also intended to enhance or highlight a particular mood, religious belief or spiritual significance.

Since prehistoric times jewelry was designed and worn as a protection from dangers, ornament and of course as status or rank; archeological sites have shown different ornaments made with shells, stone, bones, and in some cases feathers and animal skin. As the human race evolved and metalworking techniques were discovered jewelry production bloomed as a craft, status, fashion, trade and religious icons.

For example, in ancient Greece, jewelry was often used by women as offerings to deities and as dedications for thanksgiving for securing a loved one during wartime, in fulfillment of a vow, on a successful childbirth or for a cure.  But male jewelry from officials and civil men were customary at the temples, however they were in the form of wreath, armlets, shields, pectorals and family symbols or scuds.

But jewelry was not exclusive of individuals, as the matter of fact, the State and Priests were the fondest of using jewelry for ritual offerings, military symbols, ranks and of course… protection.

As the centuries passed by and religions spread throughout the world, jewelry reflected the dramatic influence of status, religious origin and protective belief. Materials such as gold and silver was destined for royalty, nobles and high ranked members of the clergy; while copper, iron and pewter was usually left for the rest of humbler origins. Whichever the case, the distinctive mark was the cryptic inscriptions or symbols crafted on the jewel as a token for protection, love, union, military victory, you name it.

But not everything in token jewelry is exclusively about magic or religious beliefs, nowadays the origin and significance is far broader: foreign languages alphabets, words and colors, crystals and gemstones, universal symbols even vintage objects.  Everything that denotes something special to us and makes us feel better is more powerful because of the energy and feeling we “place” on it.

Do you wear a special token? I know I do, actually… several of them! it all depends on what am I going to do, go or feelings I have.