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GO FUND MY PHISH FEST!! Dreams Coming True Alert!!! Please Share and Help BethKaya & The Self Care Cove!

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UPDATES:

8/9/18 11:03am – WHAT A WEEK. We are scrambling here. Breaking down new orders, organizing product, calculating the debt (AH!) and trying to make that time hack for this fest! We have had a bunch of new donors so peep the updated list and THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting me and my team. I hope to make you all proud!

8/6/18 5:37pm – It is the mad dash to the finish line here. The next few nights a team of friends and cove staff will be giving their all to the production line. WHY? I don’t know I swear I’m an awful human. I’ve even gotten hate mail from this campaign. My skin is thick now, that’s why I am READY TO TAKE THIS ON! I have updated the meter and added the latest donors. Shake these people’s hand for me next time you see them next.

8/4/18 10:46am – UPDATED the progress we are making! AHHHHH Thank you guys so much for your donations and shares! I placed 3 HUGE orders last night and I fear its still not enough! More updates later late to open the store!

8/3/18 10:20am – Woke up to more support, therefore woke up crying lol! Thank you guys, I’ve updated the meter and updated donor names – if you do not wish to be listed , please let me know! I know people like to remain anonymous sometimes. So this morning Danielle (amazing) is watching the store front so I can mail out the payment and place orders and ALSO register for a NY state tax Id. Isn’t this fun? 😉 We had an amazing pod of people in the store last night taking the products from my hands after I made it and packaging it up in bulk for me. It was FIERCE. I came home with buckets of product. All of that has to get designs for labels done , printed, cut and affixed. We work in a sweat shop with good music.

8/2/18 11:39pm – Finished working with an amazing team of volunteers executing designs for hours. This journey will be incredible! We have a few more donations and for 1 day of fundraising we end tonight at $605. THANK YOU. We will keep going until we kill this. So grateful!

8/2/18 5:09pm – Contract is in, Insurance is Updated, Staff Booked and in 5 hours of putting the word out , many incredible people have stepped out to vocalize support, to share our posts, to pledge some dollars! I am really incredibly moved and down to Phish’s KIND staff and their sensitivity to someone as scattered as me has been just amazing. I will keep you ALL posted about this saga as we go and thank you all for any inch of encouragement you’ve given me! I am putting some SERIOUS burns on my credit cards! It’s smoking!

Here is where we are at since first posting this blog! THIS MORNING! It’s amazing:

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Taylor Roberts
Collin Sherbert
Donald Bucko
Carla Danca
Christy Collins
Stefanie Lessner
Geraldine Vallecillos
Pam Pagnotta
Jacqueline Fernandez
Carol Strelic
Karina and Lucas Weiss
Lisa Orchier
Erin Moeller
Morgan Mikula
Randy Kramer
Gordon Breckenridge
Terra Pfund
Louie Carollo
Emily Krai
Nancy Kindersley
Renee Piatt
Shannon Cassidy
Matthew Mayer
Jennifer Hile
Kayla Brown
Farah Suhrawardi
Christine Border
Rachel Sisto
Janessa Goldstein
Kelly Skellinger

*If you wish to be removed from this list, please let me know!

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Original Post 8/2/18 10:58am

From the beginning of my business career , phish was there. I started selling jewelry in the parking lots at what fans call “shakedown”. Shakedown is a cosm of commerce , illegal commerce but none the less a pop up street bizarre, one or two parking lot lanes long and it’s where you can buy sell or trade anything from jewelry to crystals to grilled cheese and well… beyond. I sold my wares to get to the next show, and so on and so on until I started making some sick cash actually. I decided from there I wanted to peruse design school while working and then passion after passion. 13450075_10100642712116915_3003468092817334624_n

Since having my son I’ve done whatever I can to stay at his side if he needs me. I still do me, but I’m here. He can be at my store and by MY side and watch the community that is unfolding at the store come to life. The people we meet and reach , it’s incredible . Support begets more support and its incredible.

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Ferris Wheel at Festival 8

My husband and I have been to countless phish shows. It’s something we do to let go of all stressors and enjoy some playful music and amazing phans. The festival scene can be really special. Phish fests do not disappoint and are filled with unique camping areas, art installations and vendors- all usually pretty indie and unique. With that , I have applied every year to vend a phish fest and have been denied each year including this one. There was a drop out and phish’s team actually called me to see if I would fill in. I have agreed! It’s not even two weeks away y’all and I do not have the fees , gear or enough product.

Our Coed Bach Party In Atlantic City Phish 6/16/12

Our Coed Bach Party In Atlantic City Phish 6/16/12

WE DO however have support, I’ve cried so many times today and kissed the ground because of that support.

After getting the call it’s been a scramble to put the parts into place to make it happen.The store front will be manned by a group of loyal friends and more loyal friends will be helping me in the days coming and at the festival.

The encouragement has been insane. I couldn’t say no, I’d regret it forever y’all. This is a dream come true and I don’t mean to bust out the violins here but y’all KNOW , this road hasn’t been cake. I am STILL recovering from a major operation, I opened a store front with heavy construction and permit costs and delays, and I do live with a chronic illness I don’t even talk about. I feel so much better than ever and my friends and team are incredible. I believe in US!

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What will we sell? Our booth would be located by the General Store and Showers! THIS IS PERFECT. We will sell sundries and it will be the best smelling Phish fest EVER.

Products:

-Soap! SO MANY! WOO HOO!

-Essential Oils & Roll Ons

-Bug Sprays

-Sunscreen

-BethKaya Goodies

-Lotions

-Scrubs

AND MEOWR!

Will you support this?
I need support with gear, tickets, van rental, securing product FAST and the vendor / insurance fees. I hate to ask but I am asking. This means everything and the exposure alone for the business could help us break through and the experience could help us attack some of the major store investments.
Any amount helps!!

WE BELIEVE nourishing ones self with self care rituals is an essential way to cope with well…life! It’s important to fill ourselves up as much as possible.

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By contributing you will help us get exposure to OVER 30K fans. We will make a LIFETIME’S worth of connections in the industry and have a memory sealed in forever. I will be able to connect with PHANS I’ve been attending shows with or sharing online with for the last 17+ years. My husband and I could have gone to Ivy League Colleges lol, instead we went to Phish. We traveled everywhere, hung with great friends and enjoyed freedom inside of our favorite band. It’s changed and shaped our lives! Our team deserves this and so do I! We are doing it either way, but with your help – I won’t sink the whole ship trying to! Thank you so much!

We will reach out to EVERY donor if we can (if this goes viral, bets are off there – ain’t gonna lie!). If you cannot throw anything to this today, PLEASE do not feel bad! A share helps or consider buying something special from my etsy someday! Thank you so much for reading!

(Fees alone for the fest are 2250!)

* I will edit this post with all the journey updates!

* Excuse my typos, I’m a woman on the run!

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Beth’s Smellers

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Are we already almost through summer? Say it isn’t so! Check out the updates on the shop page, the storefront page, meet our staff and check out any events we are producing! Comment with your favorite tones of the summer or products you’ve gotten at the cove.
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We have been reviewing some stats and we are putting together a list of all of our smash products from the years – here is a few to start you off and this will help you get to know some of the products I’ve designed and still offer.
Beth’s Smellers:
We have a fun saying about our signature best sellers – Beth’s Smellers!
SOME of the products on the list of our best selling signature products of ALL TIME include:  {More to come, I gotta make dinner!}
Big Moringa Bar
Moringa Bar – Standard
Mermad Hair
OILS – Roll On Ready
MIGRAINE OIL – Crystal Infused EO Blend // Rosemary, Peppermint & Lavender
FAITHFUL GRACE – Mid toned, Fresh, Crisp , Loved By All
FOREST – Crystal Infused EO Blend // Wooded, Earthen
PUMELO Limited Edition – Crystal Infused EO & Green Synthetic Blend// Papaya, White Tea, Guava, Red Mandarin
AMBER BEACH – Crystal Infused Green Fragrance Blend // Amber with a Tip Note of Coconut and Warm Vanilla
Cannabis Flower Olive and Fig Oil
CLEOPATRA – Musky, Midtoned, Hint of Madagascar Vanilla // Discontinued
GAIA – Crystal Infused Green Fragrance & EO Blend // Cherry, Tobacco, Clove & More
DOCKSIDE – Crystal Infused EO & Green Fragrance Blend // Sandalwood, Lime, Cedarwood & Coconut
SURFSIDE – Crystal Infused Green Fragrance Blend // Brass, Amber, Copper, Warm Vanilla Coconut
Cannabis Flower Olive and Fig – Crystal Infused EO & Green Fragrance Blend //Powdery, Unisex, Medium Bodied, Spiced
NAG CHAMPA – Crystal Infused Green Fragrance Blend // champa flower, spicy, bassy, lingering with a light musky hint
PUMELO
Hope to see you soon!
BethKaya

A few notes from Beth

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This season has taken me a bit by storm and it’s hitting me that I am over whelmed a bit. In an effort to stay in the magic I will be scaling back on some of the projects I had originally hoped to work on. This will include the Small Business Circle previously advertised. We will resume in the fall when our busier season dies down at the store front.

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I am creating summer products and listing them as they pop in the Etsy store for you. Etsy is raising their prices from 3% to 5% and includes shipping taxes. Also listing fees. This will impact every etsy seller and prompts everyone on the platform to consider changes. Prices will have to reflect the changing of the times on this end and with the store front hoping to stand tall on its own as I evolve into the next area of my work.

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I hope you are all enjoying summer and take a look at my events tab for details on the other events we are hoping to still pop off!

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Soft Opening of BethKaya’s Self Care Cove

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are staying warm in this fickle weather. We are going to wait till it’s a little warmer to do our grand opening so right now the Self Care Cove store front is officially open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 11 am to 7pm.

My store is located at 515 Drum Point Road – Brick NJ 08723 – It’s a little yellow building and if you can back into the driveway, you might wish to.

#bricknj coming for you! 11-7 tomorrow and sat // @selfcarecove

#bricknj coming for you! 11-7 thur fri & sat // @selfcarecove

The store features all of my favorite holistic bath and beauty brands and some new ones you’ve maybe never heard of. I have scouted independent brands from etsy and all over and have connected to bring you unique and honest products meant to make you happy and feel whole. I have handpicked such amazing items for you to explore. Books, Candles, Gifts, Home Fragrance, Plants and so much more.

Me // Home // Art // BethKaya // Self Care Cove . Photo By Geraldine Valecillos  . photo by @geraldineval_  jewels by @emmyeffdesigns & @eclecticriverdesigns

Me // Home // Art // BethKaya // Self Care Cove  Photo By Geraldine Valecillos @geraldineval_
jewels by @emmyeffdesigns & @eclecticriverdesigns

This has been my life’s passion and it means everything to have gotten this far and to have the support of the community. We have a suggestion box in front of the check out desk if you want to tell me about something you love or would like to see me carry at the store. We are also looking to host some support groups, open crafting hours, lectures and more in the space. Please look for BethKaya and Self Care Cove on social media / facebook & instagram.

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Stay tuned for more to come with my Spring line up!

The Yellow Brick Road to the Little Yellow Building

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Greetings friends of BethKaya! It’s been a bit too long since my last check in before the holidays. Great News: We cleared all of our store inspections at last! This means we can start prepping and planning for the grandest of openings.

They're back ⚡️

They’re back ⚡️

This has been SUCH a long road for me as a person to get to this point. Finally moving in and stocking the shelves with all of my favorite brands, it’s incredible. Stretching into new designs and birthing some new wonderful tones to fall in love with. Happy to be working with a great crew who is assisting with the pace and you will meet them soon on a bio page here but also in person at the store and in person at our events.

Speaking of events – We LOVE the Asbury Park Bizarre ! We signed up to do the Valentine Market! Details Can Be Found HERE and below.

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Store Opening Dates Coming Soon! Stay Tuned for all the fun brands we are bringing in and the latest designs from Beth! Stay Warm!

Holiday Season Update

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Greetings! The holiday season is almost here! A time to share our gratitude and love for one another.  Our focus has been creating the perfect bundles to help you care for your mind/body/spirit.
Give the gift to yourself and loved ones this season of self-care!
We are kind of going on tour! We have been working hard to prepare for some exciting events in Asbury Park this December with the store opening being so up in the air. We want to get the products in your hands however we have to do it!
December 10th and 17th, we will be returning to the Bazaar in Convention Hall for their annual holiday vendor event. The Indian Summer bazaar in September was a blast and we are anticipating this will be even more so. Grab some hot cocoa and join us for the fun!
On December 22nd, we will be in Asbury Park once again for a very special workshop. Keli Skellinger, the esteemed owner of Maitrisage – Massage + Reflexology, invited us to her monthly Sukha Series to share our wisdom and products right before Christmas. We decided to offer a relaxing bath soak and tea ritual that has been a staple of our daily self-care. For a $15 suggested donation, you will be able to create your own salts bath to take home! Bring your oils or use ours and we’ll bring the salt bar! We will have a table set up for the event as well, so it will be a perfect time to stock up on any last minute gifts.  By the way, Keli is an amazing body worker – Asbury Park and Jersey Shore locals need to hit her up if you need the best massage you’ve ever had. She’s magical.
Be on the lookout soon for our upcoming store announcements. We have been creating a beautiful space in Brick Township to share with all of you. Our permits were released TODAY so that means it will be a few more weeks yet. Maybe December 1? We will see – I hope you’ll support us now and when we finally open. Our loyal patrons have been so wonderful! Until then, you will be able to shop online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/bethkaya
**If you are local, you can save on shipping and pick up your online order at the store! Just mention it in the comment section. We will refund/ or hold your shipping and arrange the best time for you to pick it up. Also, we ship ALL over the world and gift wrap, so if you want to beat the holiday rush at the post office, once the store is open, we can totally assist.
**Those ordering BethKaya goods online, please note that shipping times are 10-14 business days. Please take that into consideration when placing orders, we do high volume and there is only a few hands in the pot – we never want to rush our process. You all know by now that we treat each package really special and pack an experience into each one! Please reach out if you have gifting needs or if you need to rush your package past the queue.
Additionally we have holistic products galore in boxes waiting for our store to open. We have ALL of the best brands, BethKaya of course and names like Jason, Zum, Aura Cacia, Burts Bees, Doctor Bronner’s and More!
Contact Beth to set a budget and create a spa care gift set for you or a loved one this season. We will prepare it based on your tastes or the scents you think your loved ones would like and then package it beautifully and send it wherever you wish! You may call the store’s phone number also if you wish to speak to me or an associate about placing an order or visiting!
732.477.4307
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We wish you a beautiful holiday filled with love and new memories.
Love,
Bethkaya & the Self Care Cove
MENTION : “WINTERLOVE” in your checkout memo through etsy and receive a FREE patchouli and lavender vegan soap slice!

Summer is Winding Down According to Some

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Family Day #mantalokingbeach

Family Day #mantalokingbeach

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!


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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! 

@sister_evolution camping in our store essentially till we can get a valid CO. Oy. #town hall probs @selfcarecafe The store colors and textures // geometry // sea blues // copper // black metal // taupe desks with black metal legs // wooden wall accents by @jdrewsilvers // slate // bamboo ⚜️⚡️ #girlboss #store #underconstruction

Big meeting today - cohorts ;) if you are on the jersey shore and want to catch some poetry Sunday eve DM me!!

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.

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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.

INDIAN SUMMER

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! 

https://www.magneticmag.com/2017/08/self-care-artist-bethkayas-coffee-mint-body-butter-recipe-revitalizes-soothes-and-protects-summer-skin/

Working on a mid season soap restock for you! Check the store tomorrow am!! ⚡️all the seasonal bars I had made sold out so I needed to throw down some newbies!! Also there is only 1!!! Moringa bar left for a bit!!

SOAP RESTOCK! 

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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!

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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:

Hey you good lookin! ⚡️

Hey you good lookin! ⚡️

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!

Beth

Curly frizzy hair don't care #phish #madisonsquaregarden /tap for gear tags⚡️

April Opening and JOY Spray Recipe!

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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!

Oilspiration! Alllll day! . . . . . . #essentialoils #rollon #gemstones #botanicals #plantmedicine

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.

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New Beeswax Candles and Some Hand Picked Specimes also! *If you are looking for essential Oil diffuser equipment, message me on etsy!

www.bethkaya.etsy.com

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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

also GINGER!

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!

EVERY ORDER is getting surprises to make each person feel really special for making self care a priority!

EVERY ORDER is getting surprises to make each person feel really special for making self care a priority!

What tones are you loving this season?

to try to get the word out for Ya. This is a place for #art, #communication, #connection and sometimes #charity. I also want to shout out @hopeforsteve @hopieannc and @elkemi_creations for their current efforts as well. In my next comment below im going to shout out a lot of accounts you can #pray for, and this #mandala - the #seedoflife and #platonicsolids are for anyone hurting right now, myself and sister included.

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

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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!

Beth

 

Feelings, Fastfood, Sweets & Beats

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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.

"For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns too."

“For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns too.”

 

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:

Flier By Chris Rockwell

Flier By Chris Rockwell

 

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!

RSVP BETHKAYA@GMAIL.COM

Entertainers!

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!

www.bethkaya.etsy.com

p.s. I hope to become a better blogger – there’s so much more to talk about!

Beth

 

Inching Toward Hiatus

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Bye 2016 :)

 

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.

15803099_1246674208705084_4739411744445693952_n 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.

Same with goodbyes - things come , things go , bullies can be disguised as spiritualists and blessings can be disguised as illness. So it goes ⚡️grateful for truth and truth seekers

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.

Guava with peridot, carnelian, solar quartz. What am I gonna do with you? Sometimes I feel kind of paralyzed like stuck in creating mode and not peddling mode. I accumulate so much work here in my home, my sister was freaked out when she came last. Truth be told I hate to see things I've created come to perversion of any kind. It means more to me than the sale does to the wrong hands. I hope with every package sent there is this cloud of intention that the recipient gets. Art is vulnerability , constantly. It sets you up to receive both light and shadow. 15 years ago I made my first candle and belly salve in my studio front window on 3rd Street in Frederick Maryland. Two of my girlfriends were pregnant and I scented them with kiwi and orange. The climb is long I suppose; with winding turns and you're never really reaching the last summit - there's just more climb. That's ok. It's interesting that despite forks and twists you end up where you should be. The red slipper effect? Perhaps.

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!

Beth