Black_TransparentWhat is Malas with Motive, and why is it now a blog too? Well, let me tell you!

Making a change, starting a new adventure, or leaving behind something that isn’t working for you takes courage, strength, and persistence. All of which I was severely lacking in my life. I’m not sure when it happened. My mom said I had always been a very courageous child. But then, around the age of nine or ten, I stopped taking risks, I stopped being impulsive, and I became fearful. My experience was an anxiety-ridden fear, an immobilizing fear…

I remember needing constant encouragement; “you can do it,” and “of course you can…,” I needed to know that someone was with me. I needed someone to hold my hand in order for me to do just about anything.

Then in 2000, right after my 21st birthday, I decided to shock my system and do something scary! I went to New Zealand for three months with a backpack and a mission. BE UNCOMFORTABLE.


“It’s in the comfortable moments that the most change happens.”

I was ALONE. For the first time in my adult life, I didn’t have someone to hold my hand and tell me it was going to be alright. In fact, I got really sick the first week I was there because I was too scared to order food in another country. Fear has a way of making the simplest things, see the most daunting.

Yet, it was in my most uncomfortable moment, that I made a discovery. While in a bookshop on High St. in downtown Auckland I found a Mala building kit. The kit came with two kinds of beads (tiger’s eye and sandalwood), a string, and an informational “how to.” From this kit, I made two wrist malas (they eventually became one necklace that I wrapped around my wrist).  I wore them until July 26th, 2012. After 12 years of companionship, the malas broke – and I lost a few of the beads as they scattered all over the floor of a public bus.malabeads

I was heartbroken. The bracelet had been my security blanket: they were there for me when I was going through a breakup, as I was discovering who I was, when I came out to my family and friends, when I moved out on my own, and when I began a new relationship… finding a replacement was impossible. I couldn’t find anything that felt right.

So, I decided to make my own…again. Only I couldn’t find the book. I decided to buy a few beads on Etsy and wing it. That was March 12th, 2017 … today I have my own business designing, making and selling those malas on Etsy.

StrengthBuilding off of that need for encouragement,  I added a tiny charm to each bracelet, one word… a word that you can choose. The word is meant to be a reminder of what you want, what you need, or what you hope to discover about yourself.

And now, introducing MALAS WITH MOTIVE – THE BLOG!  Here you’ll find inspiring articles, stories, and musings that hopefully MOTIVate you. The stories inspire the bracelets you wear! Click on the blog section above.. and be MOTIVated!

For the ETSY STORE – click HERE

If you want to send an email: malaswithmotive@gmail.com 

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