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Dwelling in the Present Moment

Dwelling in the Present Moment

Aloha Everyone
It’s been awhile!I promised a giveaway when I reached 1,000 sales and that milestone has come and gone and I still have not come through so here I am.Life has been as busy as ever,and I feel that I am at a crossroads in my business.I want to share some of what I have been feeling with those of you who have been such great supporters on my journey this past few years(and after I do I will post the details of my giveaway!).In 9 days it will be three years since my trip to Maui where I found the name for my new shop,and Soul Role was born.I have been amazed and humbled by the support and so happy to find that there are many many people out there who are willing to support handmade eco friendly work,even when it means they have to spend more.My shop has grown faster than I dreamed it would and now,going into my third year I feel I need to make some changes to support this growth.I have been doing all this work from my bedroom(aka studio) and I don’t know how much longer I can continue to do this.In order to be more efficient and to continue to produce work I can be proud of I need to upgrade my machines.I need space for all my materials,and space to spread out and give my visions room to breathe.And my husband need to be able to get into his closet!I would love to be able to have some help when my work load gets too big.I would love to be able to have an internship program with my children’s charter school and give some of the local kids here an opportunity to learn about designing,sewing and creating their own business.I would love to sell wholesale to the many many stores that have wanted to sell my line .I would love for local customers to be able to come and browse and have more ready made items available.All of the ways I need to grow as a business require an actual real studio,and without that I don’t know if I can continue.

I have been really looking at my business,and what I want and NEED to be doing in my life.I would love to continue to do this work that has helped me in more ways than I can say.I have looked for grants to help fund an off grid studio that we could build here on our land but there really don’t seem to be.I have never had a credit card in my entire life and have no credit history so banks would not want to loan me money.I have had many people suggest I do a Kickstarter campaign and I have been seriously thinking about doing this.I would love to know what people think about Kickstarter?Have you ever contributed to a campaign?Have you run one,or known someone who has?Would you help me to spread the word?I struggle to think of what kind of rewards I could offer and how that would work.Any ideas?

I have had friends who wanted to partner with me and have things made overseas,and I have really thought about that.I know people who have found ways to do it that are fair and ethical but that is not really what I want to create.I think there is a way to keep it local,and small and still make a living.

So that is where I am at with business!Now- onto the GIVEAWAY!!

To qualify to enter you must first be a fan on Facebook(leave your Facebook name in the comment here on the blog):

1.You need to leave a comment here on the blog post and share your thoughts on my direction.It doesn’t need to be elaborate 🙂 I really value the input.

2.You can get more entries by sharing this blog post(tag my Facebook page so I can see it!) and making sure whoever you have shared with let’s me know in their comment who brought them here!

3.You can get one MORE entry by going to my shop and finding your favorite item,share it on Facebook and makes sure to tag my Facebook page in your post so I see it.

I will be giving away your choice of the following:

Hemp/Organic Cotton Jersey Infinity Scarf in Lotus

Hemp/Organic Cotton Jersey Infinity Scarf in Lotus

Hemp/Organic Cotton Jersey Open End Scarf in Storm

Hemp/Organic Cotton Jersey Open End Scarf in Storm

Reversible Unisex Repurposed Organic Cotton/Soy/Spandex Jersey Hat

Reversible Unisex Repurposed Organic Cotton/Soy/Spandex Jersey Hat

organic cotton/hemp unisex hat

organic cotton/hemp unisex hat

be here now

be here now wall hanging made from repurposed hemp/organic cotton and bamboo from our land

Organic Cotton Sateen Floral Headband

Organic Cotton Sateen Floral Headband

Organic Cotton/Hemp Repurposed Fabric Bunny

Organic Cotton/Hemp Repurposed Fabric Bunny

The give away starts today and ends on October 18 at noon Hawaii Time!

Thank you again for all the love and support over the past years!I couldn’t have done it without you!

Forty

Aloha and welcome to my first ever blog post!I am just going to warn you right now:I am NOT a writer.I am starting this blog to share my journey as a mother of four,living off the grid,working on creating a sustainable life.If you are looking for a smart,snarky,entertaining blog you may just want to move along .This is all new to me and at some point I will figure out how to set this up!

(me at about one year old)

Today is my fortieth Birth day .40.My fourth decade on this amazing beautiful planet.Is that even right?Fourth DECADE??F.O.R.T.Y.Let me tell you…I always thought I would embrace growing older!I would LOVE every wrinkle and gray hair.I would look at every stretch mark as a badge of honor.That was when I was twenty.Yeah.TWENTY!You know where I was for my twentieth Birthday??PARIS!Seeing the Grateful Dead!I went to Europe with about 30 bucks,a Eurorail Pass,and the faith that all would be well.But I digress.(get used to that.)

me age 20 (me at 20 years old on tour with the Grateful Dead.)

Back to the present moment,here on the Island of Hawaii.Back to my home on the slopes of a 14,000 volcano,where the wind and sun provide me with the power to create my sustainable fiber products.To my family:my dear husband who is snoring next to me.To my three kids asleep in the house,and my oldest who sleeps on another Island for now.To this life that I prayed for,that I consciously manifested.My soul’s purpose…my role in Life.My Soul Role.

Twenty years ago I met one of the sweetest most generous people I have had the honor of knowing,on a bridge in Stockholm on my way to see the Grateful Dead.We instantly connected and have had many wild and wonderful journeys together in the last twenty years.

(sweetheart Caitlin back in 1991)

To make a long story short,she facilitated a trip to Maui to do a weekend Anusara Yoga Workshop with John Friend.Despite my fears of leaving my family for the first time,my fear of doing Yoga when I have been out of practice for many many years,she encouraged me to do something meaningful and sacred for my own soul.  We were to do a 2 hour yoga class in the morning and then in the afternoon,we had the honor of sharing Satsang with John Friend & Ram Dass.THE Ram Dass!!It had been nearly twenty years since reading “Be Here Now” had forever changed my perception of life,and FORTY(yes,40!!!)years since Be Here Now was first published.The timing of all these events was very significant to me.Ram Dass is still an incredible speaker despite his stroke that left him unable to move most of one side of his body.I was REALLY hurting from the two hours of yoga and my body was a distraction but you could just feel this….energy of deep love and spirit radiating from him.

At one point in he was speaking about our roles in life and he sued the term”soul role” and it was like a light bulb went off over my head! I have been trying to come up with a new name for my business for a LONG time that would somehow convey the reason why I create sustainable fiber products.When Ram Dass said those two simple words “Soul Role” I knew that was what I had been looking for.I am never going to get rich by handcrafting organic clothing,but to me it is a material way to put my intentions out to the Universe.It is a prayer that by doing this small thing I can help be a part of bringing positive change in the world.By supporting organic textile production I am saying “this is important!This beautiful Mother Earth provides us with everything we need to live and I for one,want to treat her with respect and love.”

We have many roles to play in this life:child,parent,sibling,teacher,yogi,artist…you name it.I think ultimately the most important role for me in this Cosmic Play is unconditional lover.That’s it.

So I invite you to share in this journey with me.What is YOUR Soul Role??