CARE FOR YOUR HANDS

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2021
"A single hand movement can involve as many as fifty muscles working together in concert. Even more impressive, the powerful and delicate movements of fingers are purely the result of transferred force. There are no muscles in the fingers (otherwise they would enlarge to a bulky and unwieldy size); tendons transfer strength from the muscles in the forearm." 
The Gift of Pain by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey 
 
Fifty muscles?! Wow! How many of you work endless hours with your hands? These are most likely your greatest tools and they were free! They can easily go unnoticed as something that requires consistent care and 'maintenance' because we paid no money for them and they are seemingly smaller than, say, a thigh.
 
I love this quote because it perfectly depicts why when our hands hurt, our wrists also hurt and so do our forearms. The action of working with our hands is not an isolated movement, it calls upon the muscles in the surrounding area for back up....
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MEET KRYSTAL

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2021

Hey Maker!

 
I wanted to introduce myself as I will be posting regularly in the Mindful Makers Forum and now on the blog! Some of you may know me, but I am Missy's assistant and aid in any and all things Wellness for Makers. I also consider her the dearest of friends. We met through yoga and received our E-RYT 500 together! 
 
I graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration. I have always loved to create, especially in the realm of textiles, movement of the body, or through my writing. I also grew up a mover. I was a college athlete and 10+ years a dancer but soon found myself stuck in the sedentary life, stress, and lull of corporate NYC Fashion. Yoga was my solace. A reconnection to my aching body as well as my love for movement and the fluid creative process. I dove into teacher training over the course of 2 years, attended 2 Anatomy Cadaver Lab trips and reclaimed my love for...
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YOGA AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WITH SUSANNA BARKATAKI

Uncategorized May 24, 2021
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YOGA AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WITH SUSANNA BARKATAKI
1:05:14
 

Hey Maker!

As artists, we can probably all relate to this idea of being stolen from and agree that it never feels good. In this powerful episode with the honorable Susanna Barkataki, we further unpack what this feeling can mean in regards to cultural appropriation and learn how we can combat the erasure of people from whom sacred traditions come from. 

Susanna is an author and Indian yoga practitioner in the Hatha yoga tradition. She supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values while growing thriving practices and businesses with confidence. She has an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, she is an E-RYT 500 and a Certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT).. And it does not stop there! She is also the founder of Ignite Yoga & Wellness Institute and runs 200/500 Yoga Teacher Training programs. To top it off, in November 2020 she went on to be the author...

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FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD?

Uncategorized May 07, 2021
Wellness for Makers
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD?
7:09
 

Hey Maker! 

I know I am lucky to have a partner and support system that truly understands my vision wholeheartedly. For those of you who may not be in the same boat and struggle for the same support, I see you, hear you, and have definitely been there.

May this episode serve as a pep talk... a reminder to keep going. It can be hard but you and your work are worth it.  

Xo,

Missy

 

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ABUNDANCE FOR CREATIVES WITH HEIDI LOWE

Uncategorized May 07, 2021
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ABUNDANCE FOR CREATIVES WITH HEIDI LOWE
49:15
 

In this episode I am so excited to introduce my incredible friend and mentor, Heidi Lowe!

Heidi is a life long artist, jeweler, educator, and life and business coach. She is also the owner of Heidi Lowe Gallery. I personally worked as a summer intern for Heidi while I was in grad school and I seriously loved every moment. Not only did I learn more about running a gallery, business, and living a life as a jeweler, but it also inspired me to dive deep and do some inner work. Heidi always asks the best questions to help identify what is holding you back in your creative journey. 

 

In this episode we learn more about how Heidi teaches makers like you how to do the inner work required to create the financial freedom you desire. She also urges us to sit and reflect within the difficult moments of our lives in order to focus better on ourselves and our personal needs. She asks us to shift the narrative inside of ourselves in order to succeed and sometimes, she...

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3 SUSTAINABLE BRANDS EVERY MAKER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2021

Hey Maker! 

Happy Earth Day! Here are a few companies that I use who's missions help support the planet. 

1. Noissue: Looking for eco-packaging that's custom for your brand? In need of compostable mailers? Noissue has got you covered. I get so many compliments on the sustainable custom tissue paper I had printed through Noissue. Their Eco-Packaging Alliance is a great way to contribute to global reforestation, and show off your eco-friendly packaging! For every order you make, Noissue will plant trees for you in areas of need, and give you access to a badge to promote your eco-goodness to your customers. 

2. One Tree Planted is a non-profit that helps with reforestation. They make it easy for any individual or business to give back and plant trees! Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the worlds terrestrial biodiversity. You can partner with One Tree Planted...

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TOOLS FOR RESILIENCE WITH EMIKO OYE

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2021
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TOOLS FOR RESILIENCE WITH EMIKO OYE
35:22
 

In this episode we have emiko oye! emiko is a Japanese American artist who creates bold and colorful jewelry with repurposed LEGO®. From her emikooreware ready-to-wear line, to one-of-a-kind, conceptual work inspired by haute couture, art history, David Bowie, Nonviolent Communication and Mindfulness.

 

She began her San Francisco-based jewelry business, emiko-o, in 1997, dealing in retail, wholesale and private commissions. Collaborations with LEGO® System in Denmark have led to their endorsement of her as an “Influencer” for young female makers. emiko has a BFA University Scholar from Syracuse University and her work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions worldwide and has been featured in a multitude of publications. She served as President and on the Board of Directors for the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco, and has lectured on the business of craft and her own work for notable institutions and organizations featured around the world. 

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HITTING BURNOUT

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2021
Wellness for Makers
HITTING BURNOUT
8:52
 

Hey Maker!

I know what it is like to push yourself beyond your limits and hit burnout. There is a difference between stress and burnout. Let's dive in and talk about the two! You can now listen to the Wellness for Makers Podcast here in the blog. At the end of the episode, I will guide you through a grounding exercise that you can come back to again and again. Enjoy! 

You can also listen in on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher

xo, 

Missy 

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WIGGLE WHILE YOU WORK WITH TYLER BENNER OF VENN DESIGN

podcast Feb 23, 2021

Hey Maker! 

I am so excited to introduce today’s guest, Tyler Benner. Tyler is former US Archery Olympic level archer, author of “Inside the Archer”, and the Founder of Venn Design a company dedicated to creating furniture designed for human movement. I reached out to Tyler because I love Venn Design’s Air Chair, a Stability ball that is beautifully crafted with you in mind to help you move, bend, and wiggle while you work! Inspired by stability balls, Tyler set out to make a piece of upholstered furniture that had a pleasing temperature for sitting and utilized a beautiful design for you to enjoy having it in your space rather than hiding it away. Each piece is beautifully crafted by hand in Salem, Oregon. Venn Air Chairs come in two sizes and a range of colors, styles, and designs, including the newly launched NASA / Solar Series and premium Pendleton Wool Jacquards! 

In this week’s conversation, Tyler invites us to surround ourselves...

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THE PANDEMIC PIVOT: SWITCHING TO ONLINE COURSES

Uncategorized Jan 28, 2021

Hey Maker, 

Do you offer online courses to promote your creative gifts? Scared to make the shift? I’ve been there. 

If you are new to Wellness for Makers you may not realize that the majority of my business model was based around in person events. When the pandemic hit, like many I took a major hit. I remember the week that my inbox read cancelation after cancelation. My event schedule went from very full to VERY empty in less than 2 weeks. Like many other creative entrepreneurs, I panicked. Can you relate? 

I immediately had to pivot the way I structured my business and I will admit, I am still figuring it out. Thankfully, I had started offering online learning before the pandemic but I realized that it was time to make it my priority. So, I spent the beginning of the pandemic re-creating the Wellness for Makers website on Kajabi. A platform designed for online learning. Idk about you but I love re-working a website. As much as it's a time consuming void that I...

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