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Coffee Talk: Healing Starts From Within

January 24, 2017

coffeetalkIt’s no secret that I’ve been exploring issues of self and finding ways to live a truly purposeful life. That being said the journey has not always been an easy one and more recently it has felt as though I’ve had more bumps along the road than successes. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression over the years, I’ve explored many ways to find inner peace, whether that be through my relationship with God, becoming more spiritual, speaking to a therapist, taking medication, and even through self-care. Through everything though I’ve found that at the core it is your diet, lifestyle, and your relationship with your own self that has the greatest impact on your ability to heal yourself.simplicity2foragemarketforagemarket3You are what you eat.

The things that we eat can either be immensely supportive to our bodies or they can completely derail them. A diet that consists mainly of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, raw or sprouted seeds and nuts and gluten-free grains strengthen and purify our systems, whereas sugar and grains lead to digestion and immune issues (and so much more). It’s important to remember that the right food can be medicine for your body.

Lately, I’ve been working hard to eat more plant-based and shop locally as much as possible. Not only is it important to buy organic so that you are not getting pesticides in your food, but it is also important to be conscious of where your food is coming from (although it’s not always an option depending on your situation.) I’ve been trying to forgo stopping at Starbucks to instead support local businesses, such as going to Forage Market- a wood-fired bakery and market located in the heart of my town.coffeesimplicitycoffeecoffeeTake care of your body, and it will take care of you.

For most of us when we get busy the first thing to let go of is our workout regime, that, and ultimately taking care of our body altogether. When we feel pulled in different directions the last thing we prioritize is ourselves. Trust me I’m the biggest culprit of this. However, I’m learning that the body will stay strongest when it is not continually in fight-or-flight mode. Chronic stress exhausts our body and ultimately leaves us worse off, so embracing activities like meditation, exercise, and time in nature will profoundly calm us and put us into an optimal space for healing. Start with just five minutes a day here or there. Studies show that feeling calmer will also improve your relationships, your perspective, and your emotional intelligence.foragemarket5 foragemarket4fryebootsYou are what you think.

What’s crazy and surreal to me is how much our own minds are what can hold us back the most. Lately I’ve been experiencing more negative emotional and mental patterns, and as a result, I’ve been held captive to feeling low and hopeless. With the help of loved ones and spiritual and therapeutic exercises, I’m working to clear these patterns and experience more happiness. I’ve discovered that yoga and meditation are great ways to help develop a more gentle approach to your own self. Starting your day with even a simple mantra can also be so incredibly helpful.

What it comes down to is that you alone have the ability to make your body and thoughts stronger, and therefore your life experience a more positive one.foragemarket2simpleWhat are some ways you’ve experienced self-healing? I’d love to learn what has helped other people. It’s during times of great difficulty that I think we must come together and be more vulnerable with our struggles. Trust me I have as much to learn from you as you have to learn from me.

All my love,

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Shop Local: Hauswitch in Salem, MA

July 29, 2016

As part of our Chakra journey we have expanded our mindset to the many possibilities of living a healthy and intention-filled lifestyle. More and more we are learning about the healing capabilities of nature and the ultimate power of love. As a holistic lifestyle brand we are always interested in meeting like-minded souls. Through Instagram we have gotten to learn about so many cool blogs, businesses, and people. One person who had caught our eye, and we finally got to the chance to meet in person was Erica Feldmann, who owns the store HausWitch Home + Healing in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. Erica’s store has everything you could possibly need to improve the energy of your home, from candles to crystals, to décor and personal care products. Last Saturday we got to chat with her about starting her store and how she has built her brand from the ground up.

hauswitchsalemhauswitchEricaTell us a little about yourself? I’m a Gemini and I was born and raised in the Midwest. I moved to Salem from Chicago in 2010 to study Gender and Cultural Studies in graduate school. I focused on the intersection of Witches and radical feminism and earned my MA in 2012. I have two cats named Moscow and Salem.

What inspired you to start the store? I fell in love with Salem the minute I moved here, but I felt like there weren’t many retail businesses that celebrate what the people who live here actually love about it. Most of the shopping is directed at tourists, which I totally get, but I thought there was a big open space for a store that featured local and emerging artists and celebrated Salem in a more intentional way. hauswitchtourspellpotions hauswitchcandlehauswitchwallWhat do you hope people take away from their experience at shopping at your store? I hope they take away a big bag of goodies haha! No, just kidding, (sort of). I hope people feel good about what they buy because it was made by a person who put love and intention into it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Oh boy. In 5 years I hope that HausWitch as a brand has expanded. I would love to have more locations for the store, but that also sounds really daunting. I have so many different interests and projects going on that it’s hard to know exactly what will be the direction I go in, but I’m lucky because I think as a brand HausWitch has a lot of opportunities to grow. witchstorehours skullcandleHow are you involved in the Salem community? It’s funny because the community surrounding the events at the store has been the most wonderful and unexpected thing about our first year in business. Before I opened the store there weren’t many Witchy events open to the public so when we started doing them people really appreciated it. So in that way I’m very involved in the Salem community.hauswitcheventsHauswitch gallerywallWhat are some of your favorite products you sell? Well, I love our spell kits, obviously. Also, Boundaries in A Bottle by Dori Midnight was the first product I knew I needed to stock because I find it so effective personally. Our Black Jack Wax candles are the most potent, amazing smelling candles I’ve ever used and that’s saying a lot because I’m a scented candle junkie. I also love all of the ceramics that Christina Kosinski, a local artist and friend makes. windowdisplayWhat advice do you have for budding female entrepreneurs? Your intuition is the greatest asset you possess. It’s like a muscle, the more you use it the sharper it gets. Also, chances are you are more prepared and qualified to do whatever it is you’re trying to do than you think. A lot of times women think they have to have everything exactly right, all ducks in a row to launch a project whereas men just jump in. I had NO IDEA what I was doing when I opened the store, and still really don’t. That’s part of the process, you learn by doing. But first you have to just DO IT. witchcity copy


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A #GirlBoss Weekend – Planning Your Perfect Girls’ Weekend

July 9, 2016

girlsweekendseaglassin The problem with being a #girlboss is that we lead crazy, hectic, fulfilling, demanding, stressful, and exciting lives. Whether you’re juggling work and school, putting in extra hours in the office, putting in extra hours outside of the office on a business venture or passion, raising kids, or some combination of these things, it isn’t easy keeping up with these unrelenting demands. But girl bosses are always up for the challenge, often sacrificing their own health and sanity to make it work. seaglassinncape Recently, I watched the movie The Intern (how could I resist an Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro joint appearance?) In the first half hour of this movie I was having major Devil Wears Prada feels. Anne Hathaway plays a badass CEO of a startup online retailer. She lives in a gorgeous NY brownstone and she’s a mom and wife on top of it all. Well…*spoiler alert* she’s also seriously burnt out.  I say all that to say this – there’s nothing wrong with trying to “have it all.” But prioritizing yourself, your happiness and well-being, is ultimately paramount. You can only give so much of yourself to your job or others before you literally run out, and that moment when you hit empty is often a jarring one. You eventually crash into the realization that you’re not physically or emotionally able to keep the juggling act going. So before you reach that place, stop whatever your doing and take some “me” time. And don’t feel guilty about it. You’ve earned this. seaglassinnbathroomseaglassinn
Hannah and I recently took a much needed girls’ weekend in beautiful Provincetown, where we stayed at the Seaglass Inn – a quaint hotel and resort just a short walk away from the city center or the ocean. After five years of school and new full time jobs we were so ready for a vacation. But we wanted to go somewhere that was both relaxing and had plenty of to do – so staying in Ptown was perfect. Our hotel had a gorgeous pool, complimentary breakfast, and a spa which definitely checked off the relaxation box. And the crisp white linens, dark wood furniture, and gorgeous bathroom (complete with my fave…subway tiles!) created a perfect oasis.

But perhaps what made Seaglass the perfect home away from home were the people. From Nadine, the owner, to Steve, the general manager, and Pat (a  fellow Patricia) we felt extremely welcomed and comfortable. Unlike being at a giant hotel you really feel an intimacy and homelike quality staying at an inn like Seaglass.



So without further ado…

The TFC Recipe for the Ultimate Girls’ Weekend

1. Lounge by the pool

2. Wade in the ocean

3. Make friends with the locals

4. Run through sand dunes

5. Treat yourself to an extravagant dinner

6. Eat all of the oysters you can handle

7. Enjoy a wine tasting

8. Bond with your best girlfriends

9. Dance, laugh, and dance some more

Our Cape Favorites

Best Home Away from Home: The Seaglass Inn & Spa

Best Seafood: Moby Dick’s Restaurant

Best Winery: Truro Vineyards

Best Extravagant Dinner: Twenty Eight Atlantic


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 This post was created in collaboration with The Seaglass Inn & Spa

Shop Local: Olives & Grace

April 20, 2016

Olives & Grace is an artisan gift shop tucked away in the adorable South-End neighborhood in Boston. We recently had the opportunity to tour the store and speak with shop owner, Sofi Madison about her experience as a successful female entrepreneur, sourcing local artisan goods, and more about shopping local in the Boston area. We’ve been quite smitten with Olives and Grace, or as some nickname “OG,” and getting the chance to learn first hand the inspiration behind the brand was magical. Not only are the goods sold at the store both charming and adorable, but the stories behind them are truly beautiful.

Sofi curates a wonderful array of items that are made by skilled craftsmen, who specialize in small batches and hand-sewn labels. Every week you visit Olives and Grace there is an opportunity to find out about new brands and products, as well as to support your local community, a win-win for the conscious consumer. No wonder Olives and Grace was the winner of “Best Gifts” in Boston! Read on to learn more about Sofi and her delightful store… olivesandgrace9Tell us a little about yourself? My name is Sofi Madison. I live and work in the South End, and spend most of my time growing my business and cooking with my boyfriend.olivesandgrace1 olivesandgrace2What inspired you to start the store? An undying love and respect for artists and their work.  I will always be an advocate for small businesses, and Olives & Grace allows me to march that march. olivesandgrace3What do you hope people take away from their experience at shopping at your store? I want people to get back to enjoying the act of buying something special for themselves and their loved ones.  When the gift is made using quality materials and ingredients, the packaging is beautiful, and the human behind the product is warm and devoted to their craft, you get to bring all of that goodness home with you. olivesandgrace4 olivesandgrace7throwthembowsWhere do you see yourself in five years? Likely having grown OG into something larger, or perhaps letting it take a new form altogether. olivesandgrace5What are some of your favorite products you sell? I’m going through a big ceramics romance.  My house looks like a ceramics shop, and I dig it. olivesandgrace10olivesandgrace11How are you involved in the Boston community? I’m a big supporter of other people’s successes, so any time I can celebrate others I will. olivesandgrace6What advice do you have for budding female entrepreneurs? Save room for health and wellness in your life, delegate, make sure your glass is half full. olivesandgrace8

Next time you’re looking for a piece with a story, a friendly smile, good conversation, or the best dog treats in town (and complimentary at that) make sure to stop by and see Sofi!


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