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and then it was over…

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It was over before it began, but the journey has been worth it.

We got to the festival grounds in Watkin’s Glen NY and made a beautiful camp. We began setting up. Everyone was so on the ball – our store took a full day and then some to pop but it was beautiful. The first two nights were so peaceful and beautiful being there with just production crew and fields of empty campgrounds with stunning scenery.

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Moments after our booth was in full swing on Thursday am at Phish’s music festival CURVEBALL, we got the horrifying news. (see previous post for background)

The event was cancelled. At first it came off like a prank, as online pranksters like to do. We thought it was just another troll having a time, but after confirming with our vending contacts and phish’s site – the sad news was true. We had one night and were told to leave by noon and there would be no phish.

It had been raining heavily in the area in the days leading to the festival which overwhelmed the surrounding counties water filtration system. The water was dangerous to consume and the permits for the festival which was already underway with 12 k fans onsite were pulled. Really , Freaking, Crazy.

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Time kind of stopped for a little bit for me personally. We boosted this event stock on my FAMILY’S credit cards and checking account. It’s a sick feeling to be honest. We knew we’d make it back, but we did NOT factor this in. Insurance does NOT cover product we sit on and the companies aren’t being generous about returns. (ONE is and I am grateful for that) Also my NEW PHONE was stolen as we were leaving town from the wawa coffee counter. Police report and everything…. OK maybe luck had turned at that moment.

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The general feeling of the entire grounds was sullen and shocked. No one believed it, no one. There were still hopes of just one set or a secret set at night, but there was none. Just a bunch of sad festival goers looking to cram 4 nights of fun into 1.

Our team fared so well. Their attitudes were stellar and everyone planned and worked SO HARD to make this work. The devastating part is knowing that we won’t be able to share the store we curated with you. ALSO, we are stuck with THOUSANDS of dollars in product purchased in anticipation for 60K concert goers. Additionally we have to eat the rental costs and more. Thankfully Phish’s production team assured us that booth rentals at least will be refunded soon. I have to make a plan for the rest of this product and my plan is this, sell it online!

Jay and Baxter Setting Up Behind the Curtain

Jay and Baxter Setting Up Behind the Curtain

In the ashes of what I would call one of the biggest disasters of my indie career, I will emerge bolder and better than ever. This isn’t without INTENSE emotional lows. I am fearful but we have such support its crazy. So it’s hard to stay down long even when I get down.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us getting to the festival. The experience was worth it as were the lessons and connections. I also appreciate all of your good words of encouragement and hope. We are so blessed to be loved by you all. Thank you so much to those who have shared and supported us POST festival too. An aborted mission it was, but a mission still none the less. It will take some time to recover from. How can you help? Share Beth’s Etsy page, Instagram or the Cove Page if you are NJ local! It helps – all those links are in the contact tabs of the site here.

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We signed on to do the Asbury Park Bizarre this Fall. We love that market so much and hope to rebound some more from that hype. Here is the poster:

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Thanks for your support and love, we will press on!

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!

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

Beth

 

Tis The Season at BethKaya – And I’m YELLOW

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Happy Holidays and thank you to all of my beautiful patrons. It’s been a really abundant year at BethKaya. Going into surgery  (date is set now 2/9) I am confident that afterwards I will be onto bigger things.

Happily featured in Magnetic Magazine’s Last minute Cannabis Inspired Holiday Gift Guide. My fragrances based around Cannabis Flower come in Fig & Olive, Maple & Seasalt, Sandalwood blends and more!

SEE THE ARTICLE HERE

Here are some items I’ve been tinkering with just seasonally in small batches. I am going through this phase of creating items that appeal to the solar plexus and uplift spirits, naturally it being winter sometimes those blues catch up. Here’s to YELLOW!

✨Fresh mix, #unisex tone #cannabis flower, olive and fig paired with Tibetan Quartz, peridot and calendula petal ⚡️

#unisex tone #cannabis flower, olive and fig paired with Tibetan Quartz, peridot and calendula petal ⚡️

CUSTOMIZE YOURS

 

Aloe, Sweet Orange and French Vanilla with Espresso and Citrine Core on an Aromatic Spanish Cedar Tray ⚡️Now live BethKaya/etsy ✨ Only 6 this batch✌️

Aloe, Sweet Orange and French Vanilla with Espresso and Citrine Core on an Aromatic Spanish Cedar Tray ⚡️

satsuma musk honey soap with black lava salt and polished yellow calcite ⚡️

satsuma musk honey soap with black lava salt and polished yellow calcite ⚡️

Coconut Grace - the scent from my mermaid hair treatment In a beeswax long burning moonstone infused tea #candle.

Coconut Grace – the scent from my mermaid hair treatment In a beeswax long burning moonstone infused tea #candle.

Plant Spirit / SURFSIDE . IOLITE. SOLAR QUARTZ . CALENDULA ⚡️

Plant Spirit / SURFSIDE . IOLITE. SOLAR QUARTZ . CALENDULA ⚡️

CLEOPATRA gentle best selling #musk #soap with copper and lapis and infused with a giant polished blue sodalite in the center

CLEOPATRA gentle best selling #musk #soap with copper and lapis and infused with a giant polished blue sodalite in the center

another batch that flew away - COCONUT GRACE Beeswax Moonstone Hempwicj Candles

another batch that flew away – COCONUT GRACE Beeswax Moonstone Hempwick Candles

Limited Edition ASCEND Soap wth Chrysacolla

Limited Edition ASCEND Soap wth Chrysacolla

ASCEND Mini Aromatherapy Spray

ASCEND Mini Aromatherapy Spray

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Best, 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

How INSTAGRAM gave me roadmap, and stole it back.

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VVendetta

This blog has never really had a solid goal or direction. I’ve owned this domain for over 14 years its just been my spot in space. In the last 3 years I have been interacting heavily on INSTAGRAM (IG). @BETHKAYA

IG gave me an incredible tool to communicate with. It became something I loved. I made buckets of new friends, connected with clients all over the world and explored beautiful photography techniques that would help my art become a viable business and voice of my own. This felt like the renaissance. I was getting a lot of traffic from every share. Every share amounted to sales, and brands were connecting with me to collaborate. It totally had it’s underbelly. Copy Catters and other various bits of undesirable natural social hiccups but I have sang the platforms praises, till now.

In the last 9 months or so, I noticed something alarming. I am organically sitting with 20 thousand + blessed subscribers. However, I am only engaging with less then 1% of them. When my following was at less than 10K I was garnering about 300 engagements per photo, this has been steadily and cyclically slashed. Now at 20 k I am engaging around 100. Also , I LOVED giving shout outs. I love tagging my friends and other makers in photos. Now when I do so, my photos are blocked and sometimes just removed. What happened?

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I stare at my shop analytics and see the writing on the wall. The traffic to etsy is not coming from etsy (Thanks Etsy?) its coming from Instagram and a shred from google alla this site. Sales are remarkably down. They are still trickling from previous clients. I am sure grateful for these relationships I took time to foster. New clients? Very slim. This is panic mode as a business owner. I can’t stand quiet about it either.

I thought about class action lawsuits on the grounds of interfering with my ability to conduct business. I have over 100 friends who are feeling the algorithmic throttle from Instagram too. Did they have a task force come and hunt us down and sell us to the spam people who email me 3 X a week asking if I need more likes on my photos? Probably. Did haters mark my posts as spam or report me? A fraction, Probably. Did facebook decide that in order for me to reach my audience I need to boost through their marketing console on my facebook business page? Totally! Ultimately I can’t help but think there is a liability waiver for all of these thoughts built into their terms and conditions. I mean – who really knows what we sign away every time we agree to another app? Right? I can assume I have no leg to stand on. I can assume that once again the small business red tape grows wider then we were led to believe because social media “lessened that”.

So here I am, cut off from you. I’m not gonna lie – it hurts in more ways I can begin to describe. I watched a video of (KATWISE) another indie roots artist, who’s work I know from the music scene. In her video she was crying because of the very thing I am typing about. Being cut off from you, who we love, who supports our art, keeps food on the table and the lights on in our homes. For some artists, its not just a hobby – we price on formulas for fair market so we can compete in a healthy thriving arena. We sell wholesale, things we’ve made our selves. We are around the world with our businesses. We are up at all hours, fighting with the post office or packing things with absolute labors of love. Somehow that community gets that we to need lift each other up. We get each other and want to see others fullfill their passions and make a living at it if possible.

I know by now IG has seen the dozens of petitions, the #keepitchronological campaigns and more. I know Instagram robots have seen the 20+ letters I’ve written begging for throttle to my waiting audience to be lifted.

What else can I do?

This?

I was just a kid with a dream once too. A 16 year old on her own set out for NYC to be a working artist some day. I worked for the machine and clawed through design school at night. Instagram gave me a present, a way to express, UNDILUTED and in the most authentic way possible. People took to that, organically – and you took those people.

I know, I know, it’s just a platform. Wake up and live real life right? I know. All the haters, hate on me for being a cry baby. I will take that too. It’s just a space in time – things change, roll with the punches, sink or swim right?

I’m not going down either – I will keep sharing even if it’s to limited eyes. Those eyes matter!

This is about the art and what message is left behind when all it becomes is cosmic debris. The content I make comes from something that has nothing to do with this, and I admit I got too wrapped up in it’s power. This is a great equalizer. I won’t compare myself to those who haven’t been targeted by these shifts or who have garnered insane audiences doing things that well, have different merits then I would invest in.  “Followers” are not the things to be preoccupied with. Relationships are. You can pan for gold in a gold field and still just find one little golden piece, but gold is gold.

Anyway, I just had to get that it out. This was an uppercut to my ability to do a lot of things growth wise that I had projected this year but I am just taking a detour and more real world roads this time. Thankfully, people still exist. That’s the medicine. Don’t put all your business eggs in one basket, and businesses found ways to survive when the climate changed.

Strikes and Gutters-

XO

Beth

 

*Edited to ad a side rant about Etsy, what is going on with etsy?

Apart from not getting any traffic or sales from their strip mall, they are using bots to deactivate listings based on algorithms too. 3 times in the last week my listings have been deactivated for no reason in my eyes. I spoke intensively with the “integrity” team as well. In order to garner traffic from etsy, you have to promote your own listings on top of the listing fee AND the check out commission? Where does it end? Stop nickle and diming! Stop bullying the little guy, who has done nothing but bring YOU traffic and revenue. Sheesh!

BethKaya Featured in TravelJoint

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Pretty neat little feature this am! Check them out!

Top 5 Unexpected Infused Items in Pot Shops

Here is a nice little write up on my cannabis flower fragrances as seen at FARMA PDX in Oregon. You can customize and purchase a UNISEX cannabis flower combination here from me direct!

CANNABIS FLOWER FRAGRANCE TONES

Thanks for the feature @TravelJoint!

Wrote a little piece on BethKaya.com about being and accepting yourself. I’m going to put more love into my blog. I have been watching this account become throttled because of its success and now I’m supposed to sponsor my posts for them to reach more of my audience. I am kind of seeing that as a form of success bullying and having strange feelings about it. Regardless I know there are so many ways to shine a light so I vow to do that and let go of everything else in my way. I hope you do too. Loving you rapscallions!! ? thanks for being you! #acceptance #change #growth #success #blog #selfhelp #bethkaya

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✨ Special blog post up on 👉👉👉BethKaya.com 🌿featuring a fall preview of my collection through the lens of life documenter @rommycoleman ✨ Also some love to my home state MD and England Acres farm ✨ 🙏 #blog #style #living #holistic #lifestyleart #crystalinfused #bybethkaya #rommycoleman #englandacresfarm #hops #lavender

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Gah! 😍🔮 Magical #repost photo from @mal_wingostarrjewelry tripping over these photos – give her some love and checkout her blog 🌺🌻 www.wingomal.wix.com/freespiritlove 🔮She takes incredible photos and works right from her heart. 🍀I adore these photos because she literally is another one of my best customers and friends. I have total respect and admiration for anyone who makes their own world come true, Mal is def one of those people. 🌹Thank you and your talented dude for all that you do! 💫 #blog #style #fashion #icon #awakening #spiritstyle #holistic #metaphysical #bodylove #crystalinfused #imagine #art #love #passion #joy !!🔮🌼

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Beautiful photo from @krys7 of the signature perfume she won from one of the loops I did this month! So lovely – thank you for sharing and also for the cute card! I ❤️ snail mail! I also ❤️ your shares and have posted a bunch of them on the blog again!!! If you are tagged in this photo check out BethKaya.com for your feature! Your reviews, feedback and shares inspire others to believe in me and I appreciate that so much. Thank you. #gratitude #customerappreciation #loyalty #grassrootsmarketing #shoutout #blog #fashion #style #joy #art #love #happythings

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