Don’t forget! Come see us on SUNDAY 9/24 – In Asbury Park at Convention Hall’s grand arcade for the Indian Summer Bizarre! Awesome vendors, music, food and more, it’s one of the last bash’s of the season. You can’t miss this!
Not here! We are just heating up! I haven’t blogged in a while – I’ve been trying to focus on the VIP email list content. If you haven’t signed up yet – you can do so below!
So if you follow us on social media you see a lot of changes we are going through as a business. For one I keep saying WE – yes we- I have a dear friend Michelle Russo who is flying copilot right now with BethKaya and the new venture – Self Care Cafe. She’s a beautiful soul, if you’re a friend of BethKaya, you know her by now but I will just formally say she is helping me keep my head above water. Along with several other players, you know who you are, and your time is coming. Thank you to everyone again and again for donating and supporting our self care mission!
We leased a space in Brick NJ and it’s adorable, the issues we are having getting into the space however, not so adorable. That’s an entirely different post and for all things considered, let’s keep the tone happy.
I just did a late season restock on some new soaps, scent sizes, crystal parcels and orgone pieces. As I have money invested into the store front – I simply need your support. Things I’ve been sitting on are going to need to get uploaded and move out! So stay tuned to the etsy shop and keep checking back. It will take time for us to get into the space and we need the online business to have the same level of dedication if not more to be able to keep this dream floating.
We are signed on to vend the Asbury Indian Summer Bazaar on Sunday Sept 24! I will be releasing more info about that in a little while but for now mark your calenders, it’s my birthday weekend btw so you simply can’t miss it! Not to mention tons of amazing vendors in the hottest spot on the jersey shore!
Additionally – the lovely Zoe Wilder has written a beautiful article about us again and it landed in Magnetic Magazine! Check it out here!
Also I know it’s late notice but it’s not too late to learn about this exciting spoken word movement called VERBATIM. Tomorrow evening I will be reading some poetry along with some wonderful features and following that will be an open mic. I would love to hear your words too! Here is more info! Please come!
My friends in Georgia all have kids starting school this week. Let’s hold onto what is left.
Sidenote : If you are local and want to come to a little underground spoken word movement we are starting – sign up for info here:
Now That I have spammed you up enough, and I hope you’ve written all that down – I am gonna jet and stay tuned for more info. Thanks for reading!
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Spring has sprung! My shop is open and flowing. I am slow and going, but moving! Some changes – ship time will be a little slower, please understand I take a lot of time on each package and personalize every one. This isn’t an overnight thing, especially with some welcome volume!
Less green fragrances, nothing new for this season in that department, just old favorites people love. This collection is aimed at people who are sensitive to chemicals and also essential oils. With that, I have designed SO MANY essential oil aromatherapy blends and am releasing them little by little to share with you.
New Beeswax Candles and Some Hand Picked Specimes also! *If you are looking for essential Oil diffuser equipment, message me on etsy!
Check the shop out to see and read about some of the aromatherapy new players!
This season has LOTS of citrus –
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Tangerine, Blood Orange
and MINT – Spearmint, Wintergreen, Peppermint
Finally – mid tones like Marjoram and Clary sage – This seasons hues are ALL about pushing forward, through, elevation, invigoration, motivation and inspiration!
For my essential Oil heads out there here is a little recipe for a lifting
JOY SPRAY which I like to keep around the bathroom or foyer space:
*Supplies – Amazon has a great selection of oils, bottles and mixing supplies!
1 – 2 oz Glass Amber Sprayer
1 – tsp Witch Hazel
6 D Sweet Orange Essential Oil
4 D Peppermint Essential Oil
3 D Bergamot Essential Oil
4 D Lemon Essential Oil
3 D Vanilla Essential Oil (Optional)
1 – tsp 80 Proof Vodka
Mix, Shake and Spray! Add a Quartz or Citrine to the bottle to boost the Amplification Power!
Enjoy your Work Week Friends! Do it with Passion!
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So it’s been about 2 months since I have checked in here. There is so much to say. Let’s start with I am feeling good. That’s a great place to be. This surgery was huge but also reminded me how small I am as well. A lot of surviving hardship is about “surrender” – a lot happens we don’t expect, and when we resist , it becomes even tougher. This time I surrendered and am very pleased with things.
The time I’ve had off to focus on self care has been wonderful. My soul feels like I gave myself the space and energy it deserved to get through this hurdle. The tumors came out clean, pathology came out great and I have spent my time resting, binging on a new found love for television and a reignited old flame, pinterest. I realised that I haven’t felt RESTFUL in so long. No wonder I was constantly anxious and stressed out.
This experience has been a shift and a gift. I hope you all enjoyed the instagram takeover from my dear friend Meri from @gardensofthesun
https://gardensofthesun.net/ out of Bali. She let us into how she enjoy’s BethKaya’s goodies from her lens and voice.
If you missed her residency here are some outtakes!
What a beautiful tone to return to!
I still need a few weeks to get my act and line up together. But my focus is centered on re-invigorated intentions – tones like Citrus, Ginger, Orchid, Artic, Mint , Guava, Coconut and Rain,. I will lean on those myself to get my physical capacity back up to where it once was again then design self care pearls for the shop.
On another note some; and by some I mean a “paraphrased few” of my words were published in an article “sort of” about self care in Refinery29 – you can find the article here:
What do you think about it?
It’s ironic that a little self pampering and love is exactly what I needed for so long considering this is what my offerings are rooted within. Sending you all the best the ides of march has to offer and thank you for many of your supports.
See you in April!
*All photos on today’s blog from Meri Geraldine @GardensOfTheSun
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Just wanted to let anyone visiting know the shop is closed until further notice. Hopefully just a few months but I am not putting expectations on anything right now. I appreciate every person who has ever supported my journey as an artist. It’s not over , it’s just – pausing and changing.
There’s so much more to climb, always climbing.
rocks crumbled and fell beneath me
i used my hands, and my nose to feel my way
i continued to climb
the next summit up was filled with lava
the heat of it burnt my cheeks
it reminded me of my honeymoon in kalapana
to watch earth be born
swearing i’d never do it again
but glad I did it once
like glass that rock broke away from me
using my hands was never allowed
and I made it down
i made it
Tension is so high you can cut it like a knife through hot butter.
At this point you might know I am closing BETHKAYA down the first week of February for a health hiatus. I am getting to the “resigned” place I need to be but will miss this day to day. I realize it won’t be forever and I know that coming back refreshed, with new perspective will be a blessing. Recovering from surgery and my family is super important to focus on.
The process of getting to this stage has taken a toll. It’s brought a lot of feelings to the surface. A chronic condition teaches you a lot. There’s no replacing these lessons but I’ve coped with those feelings in different ways.
At first I felt so determined to heal myself and broke up with everything that everyone says is bad for you. Food, People, Habits – then I went on a crazy juice cleanse that spurred a lot of healthy choices. It was too polarizing perhaps because it crashed hard into a spiral of Klondike bar abuse. The balance is always hard to strike, the climb is always happening at the same time.
SELF CARE is a constant concept that is floating around because I see a lot of BROKEN people walking around trying to break other people. We all need to take care of ourselves, we can lean on supports, ask for supports but the crux of everything comes back to whether or not you are taking care of yourself. After my fascist diet crashed I found myself eating sweets constantly. Pie, Cake, Ice cream and even EVEN fast food! What happened to my resolve?
The thing about fast food is that there is a particular flavor you know. Perhaps since from childhood, and it’s something comforting & familiar. You’re getting exactly (hopefully) what you set out to. It’s rare in life to be able to nurse that need, or have that control. I know it’s really important to be aware of when this needs to come into balance but also to live a little too.
It’s saying to yourself I can be healthy and also indulge sometimes. For me I know a piece of pie here and there is ok. The next couple days leading up to the surgery I will be mindful of my diet because I know that will be a key component to feeling well in the days after surgery. But for one night, it will be belligerently about burning calories (dancing) while having desserts too!
Next FRIDAY 2/3/17 I am hosting this party:
I am looking forward to this so much and am very thankful to the friends who are helping to put this together! Also I will be making A HUGE announcement about the future of BethKaya. If you come use hashtag #SWEETSNBEATS so I can see your event media online!
Also I would like to wish my dear friend and Self Care Cafe partner Michelle Russo a Happy Birthday! FEEL FREE to shower her with those sentiments at the party!
A little more about the event –
This started as a house party concept but I realized…
… I didn’t want people in my house before surgery! 😀 So this concept came on strong and I am flowing with it. There are a lot of amazing, talented people in the community and they also happen to support the BETHKAYA label. Thank You for that!
In historic Lakewood NJ’s beautiful STRAND THEATER, we will come together over a massive dessert bar, music, dancing, entertainment, raffle prizes and of course some BETHKAYA merch!
Jason Portizo – http://www.djjthomas.com/ – DJ, Sound Engineer
Matt Raspanti – https://www.facebook.com/mattmattbobatt – Musician
LEX REX – https://www.facebook.com/lexrexandthedragons/ @lexrexandthedragons – Musician
Chris Rockwell – https://www.facebook.com/chris.rockwell.owns @Mrchrisrockwell – Musician
Marielle Cannon – @mariella_elise – Belly Dance /Performance Artist
If you would like to RSVP (preferred but not required) or be added to the private event page, email me at BETHKAYA@gmail.com
I hope to see you there!
Also – till next friday I am running a 20% Special in the ETSY shop on orders over $25 – Use Code: CLOSINGPURGE20 at checkout!
p.s. I hope to become a better blogger – there’s so much more to talk about!
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I was happy to say goodbye to 2016. I think so many people were. It was like a whole internet thing. Now 2017 is here and I’ve stepped on a few rakes already. I guess perhaps no one should blame an entire YEAR for what is actually LIFE.
So I have a surgery date on the map , 2/9 – this month will be filled with pre op tests and also focused production for a final push in my shop before I go on a hiatus. I have NO idea what that will look like. There are so many questions, but all of it is unknown. I must get to the other side, and I will.
There’s a quiet calm right now flowing through my fingertips. This is where great design comes from. I know that the beauty in my life comes from source. There was a lot of loss this past year for me. In bad and good ways.
Some of those ways purely sat on my attitude. I hardened. There were moments coming up in this business where knives went into my back. I am still climbing, always climbing. There’s always a new view to find and there’s always unstable ground.
With all of this the blaring message is clear to me and where I want my work to continue to evolve towards. SELF CARE is paramount. The items I create are rooted in self care and the take away is that no one can be whole, without nourishing their minds, bodies and souls. My customers come to me for this and I want to bring more than ever to the table in this sense. But first I have to take care of my health and see where I land. Its totally a crapshoot waiting game. I am planning things, with beautiful people and I feel really confident that in 2017 I will have a HUGE announcement.
Follow me at SELF CARE CAFE on Instagram. My dear friend and alliance with this project Michelle will be co hosting this with me. The goal is to promote healthy self care rituals, products, meals and brands, for now ;).
Thanks for checking back in and supporting my work!