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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

 

8/14 – Poem

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There are winds that blow
Through lush corridors of gardens
That smell of old yesterdays
Battle fields, cook outs , hide and seek spots
And then the Silence after the intrusion of a prop plane and abandoned car alarm
Some soft moments
Or pillows in the sky take us somewhere
Somewhere we’ve been before
In our minds, our energy signatures
And the salty spray of a dawn evening
With the sensation it brings you
An understanding you felt
Is every bit of the potion to the paradox
That we are old, young and aging
Decaying
Racing towards the next something
Yearning sometimes
To know what it is
Become what we are
Live in the meaning
And those scents that poke the back of your neck and remind you of a place you once sat or an old lovers neck
Those messages in a bottle
Serve as an understanding
Of the ephemeral body
And memory
The present
And our choices
The bridges we cross
Those smells
The ones we burn
Those smells
And the ones we orbit for a time
And a time again
Long enough to smell something
Something familiar
Longing
Lasting
Imprinted
To be recalled on
When a creaking door leads you in
And the dust of an old book gives way to that ink and paper bound smell

Some #vitality Tibetan Quartz infused sprays on my desk about to head home ❤️ some other special talismans on my desk too. ✨tap for tags✨❤️?

Crystal Infused Body & Room Spray
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#jerseyshore locals! Please come to this incredible event Saturday! My last big show of 2015 and lots of fun vendors and things to see! I hope you’ll come!! #punkrockfleamarket #skullboy #newjersey #artist

#jerseyshore locals! Please come to this incredible event Saturday! My last big show of 2015 and lots of fun vendors and things to see! I hope you'll come!! #punkrockfleamarket #skullboy #newjersey #artist
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✨Packing – like all these Rolling Stones – another show tomorrow in Toms River NJ at Open Minded – Please come kick it! Fun stuff going down all day – food , music, cool kids 💎 I’m having a gem show and doing free henna tats! Sending you all tons of love and Caturday night fevah!! #birthdaygirl #artist #gemstones #minerals #polishedgems #tumbledgemstones #quartz #carnelian #calcite #crystalhealing #crystalinfused #bybethkaya

✨Packing - like all these Rolling Stones - another show tomorrow in Toms River NJ at Open Minded - Please come kick it! Fun stuff going down all day - food , music, cool kids 💎 I'm having a gem show and doing free henna tats! Sending you all tons of love and Caturday night fevah!! #birthdaygirl #artist #gemstones #minerals #polishedgems #tumbledgemstones #quartz #carnelian #calcite #crystalhealing #crystalinfused #bybethkaya
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✨Coming down the line!✨ #Share #Follow #Tag #BethKaya15k 🔮to enter to win this #parcel of 43 #gems ranging from strawberry tourmaline to emerald! #bethkaya15k ☺️ Winner at 15k!! #giveaway #spreadthelove #artist #crystalinfused

✨Coming down the line!✨ #Share #Follow #Tag #BethKaya15k 🔮to enter to win this #parcel of 43 #gems ranging from strawberry tourmaline to emerald! #bethkaya15k ☺️ Winner at 15k!! #giveaway #spreadthelove #artist #crystalinfused
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✨My First #FollowFriday✨ Tap the Photo for Some #Artist #Gems To #Follow 🔮 so many I ran out of space and chances to tag 🌟 see ya 💥🌞tomorrow Am for auction time! 💋💎💫🐝

✨My First #FollowFriday✨ Tap the Photo for Some #Artist #Gems To #Follow 🔮 so many I ran out of space and chances to tag 🌟 see ya 💥🌞tomorrow Am for auction time! 💋💎💫🐝
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Is this @Jdrewsilvers booth or @bethkaya ‘s ? ☺️ I brought five of his pieces with me and a stack of his business cards for all of the inevidable “ohhh these displays are incredible” comments :) I love how complete his creations make my pop shops and I just really appreciate supporting indie business. It’s not at all the easier road – a lot of people think it is – but it’s an uphill climb and an unsteady one. The goal is to just make your own world and it’s tough. Major props to all of the indie entrepreneurs going for it, giving your unique all. It’s tough and the definition of “Labors of Love” – Great show tonight. Big love to the Murray Grove Retreat Center for having me once more! ❤️ #unity #indieunitedsummer #show #display #bethkaya #artist #indie #love #passion #stayathomemom

Is this @Jdrewsilvers booth or @bethkaya 's ? ☺️ I brought five of his pieces with me and a stack of his business cards for all of the inevidable "ohhh these displays are incredible" comments :) I love how complete his creations make my pop shops and I just really appreciate supporting indie business. It's not at all the easier road - a lot of people think it is - but it's an uphill climb and an unsteady one. The goal is to just make your own world and it's tough. Major props to all of the indie entrepreneurs going for it, giving your unique all. It's tough and the definition of "Labors of Love" - Great show tonight. Big love to the Murray Grove Retreat Center for having me once more! ❤️ #unity #indieunitedsummer #show #display #bethkaya #artist #indie #love #passion #stayathomemom
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Interview With BethKaya – By Zoe Wilder – Reposting From Skirt Collective

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– When Ms. Wilder approached me about an interview this winter, I admit I was hesitant. It seems strange to talk about yourself but at the same time I liked the idea of someone asking me about my work rather then me putting it in your face as I tend to do all on my own. Her questions were thought provoking and a good exercise in affirming where I am coming from and where I am going with my work. Please check out this article, give it a share and add your thoughts in the comments there or here! Thank You Zoe and and Skirt Collective!

Photo By Geraldine Vallecillos

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http://www.skirtcollective.com/an-interview-with-intuitive-artist-and-homesteader-extraordinaire-bethkaya/

“As an empathetic artist, I am constantly absorbing energy from my customers and situations. In business, you are supposed to look out for your bottom line. My bottom line is the customer. The balance is tough.”

The terms “homesteading” and “DIY” are relatively new. They didn’t exist because that was simply how people lived their lives. Our great grandmothers had gardens where they grew vegetables and fruit. Everything had natural ingredients. That’s all there were. It was the norm. In so many ways, the world has wandered so far away from that connection between who we are and what we consume.

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Intention Gift Set

However, I’ve noticed a growing awareness in the world about where our food comes from, whether it’s made with love and good intentions, and how that affects our health. I see this awareness moving towards skin care products, jewelry and fashion. As people become more enlightened about intention, more spiritual entrepreneurs are rising to the occasion to meet the demand.

One of the most prolific conscious creators I’ve met is Jersey Shore artist, BethKaya. She’s been making jewelry, perfumes, soaps and intentional tonics for me for years. It’s been a real pleasure to watch her succeed. I’m continually inspired by her creations, which inspired me to reach out and ask her a few questions about her craft.

ZW: When did you know you wanted to- had to- create art for a living?

BK: At a very young age, I knew that art, ancient culture, and gems were things I couldn’t live without. As an adult, I did hard time in corporate marketing for a decade with an end goal to make art the full time gig some day. In 2002, I started making various goods like candles, jewelry and salves. I had intended to be a jewelry designer and gemologist by trade, and that’s what I studied at night at the Fashion Institute in New York City while doing that hard time, but it never felt like a real possibility until I had my son. Something about that forces you to give it a go for the sake of being home, and needing a unique income option. I figured I might as well give a go at everything I had pipe dreamed from the beginning, and see if it would stick. Some things did, some didn’t but my voice and identity as an artist started to emerge and so far, so good.

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BethKaya’s Signature Fragrance Oils On Custom Designed Reclaimed Wood Display Pieces by J Drew Carpentry

ZW: How do you incorporate holism and spirit into your practice as an artist?

BK: Frankly, it’s the foundation of my work. As I got deeper into motherhood (one of the holiest sacraments) and being a one income family, I started to see every opportunity to do – from less and closer to nature. There’s so much waste spiritually and literally in society, even in business. I realized that the practices I was using in my home to keep my faith and family healthy were the very things that people were connecting to most within my body of work. We have a massive garden. We preserve flowers, herbs and spices. I connect so deeply to our garden and its gifts. For that, I am so grateful. The gratitude is a major component to the spiritual part. Sacred geometry is an inherent component of this because it IS nature, and spirit’s language. Being an international business woman and gem dealer gives me the unique ability to connect with different cultures all over the world for the raw materials that I make my products from. The connections I make seem to trust me in a special way, and offer their customs and rituals to me with an open mind. I believe all of our cultures are meant to be celebrated and am thirsty to connect to sacred customs and mythology. Intention is another facet to my work. It is an energy vibration I deal with, by imbuing these thoughts into my pieces and ministry works.

ZW: I’m in love with your gemstone and botanical infused oils and perfumes; and I’m not the only one. You’re ability to combine scents is out of this world. You have a “superpower” called synesthesia that allows you to smell and taste colors and sounds. Tell me more about this and how it informs your practice.

BK: I never really knew my senses were different until I asked other people if they too tasted color or could smell something like sound. I mean, I knew I was out in left field for other reasons. But, this realization and perfume was a fork in the road. I think that this crossing of sensory wires grants me to cross-create a product like a perfume that will recreate a moment in time for someone on a 360 degree level with a specific energy.

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BethKaya’s Signature Gemstone and Botanical Infused Roll On Fragrances

ZW: What are you focusing your creative energy towards lately?

BK: It’s always hard for me to focus on one medium, but the theme is just gemstone and botanical infused products with a specific intention – mostly holistic body care and perfumes. I still am doing custom jewelry pieces as well as orgone energy devices, but that’s being pushed more into the background.

ZW: When you are feeling spiritually bankrupt, what inspires you?

BK: Shutting everything down, and going out into nature with my husband and son. We reconnect and fuel up on the good stuff that life is about. Also prayer – I think praying is really a conversation with our higher selves, spirit and our guides. It’s important to check in with that on a regular basis. This plays into an attitude of gratitude that resets me when I am down on faith.

ZW: While more and more people are becoming hip to the concept of intention and the role this plays in what they eat and wear, there are still many people who have not been introduced to this idea. How do you reach the mainstream? Or rather, how does the mainstream make its way to you?

BK: A lot of spiritual concepts seem to come in and out of vogue. Right now “crystal energy” and “intention” have become hot buzzwords. Frankly, I see a lot of it watered down as a marketing gimmick, but I also see a lot of genuine interest in boarding a “spiritual arc” so to speak. This is an awakening that is growing rapidly, and extending itself to social media. Partnering with peers who are participating in this journey as well as using hashtags to call in those interested in seeking out what I am putting out there has drawn in the unique audience that appreciates and utilizes my work to the fullest.

ZW: How do you balance being an artist with being an entrepreneur?

BK: This part is pretty tough, admittedly. As an empathetic artist, I am constantly absorbing energy from my customers and situations. In business, you are supposed to look out for your bottom line. My bottom line is the customer. The balance is tough. I have to create for myself in addition to the demands of my clients. So I try to create a few things for myself before I jump into orders and purify my space via prayer and smudging. I focus well at night. And, I really am a better business woman in that zone than I am by day.

ZW: Homesteading is a big part of your life: gardening, canning, making natural cleaners, etc. It has even inspired you to make your amazing natural skin care products. At first glance, becoming so self sufficient can seem overwhelming. What advice do you have for aspiring homesteaders?

BK: It’s overwhelming because it’s exciting. My first piece of advice is to grow something that will provide you with something in return. An herb garden is a great thing even if you are in an urban setting. Then, I recommend getting a big jug of white vinegar and two essential oils:  tea tree oil and lavender. Those three things have a myriad of uses! Cleaning products, antibacterial functions, and crafts galore. There is so much information out there: forums, Pinterest, books. Dive in. Solve a problem for your home in a self sufficient way. This is the foundation!

You can follow BethKaya on IG and Twitter: @BethKaya

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Here is your regular Saturday Auction Bundle. These bundles are a great way to get an intentionally paired set of BethKaya Goodies for Less and with some Sport. This bundle is paired with
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