Uncategorized Jul 23, 2021

Hey Maker!

Life moves through many phases, we are never not in the middle of something. A lens that has always helped me look through life is "everything is allowed". It leaves room for my greatest desires and dreams to come true but also creates space for the darker and uncomfortable moments. It reminds me that I don't always have to define these moments and I can seamlessly (or clumsily..) move from one to the other. 
The most important part, as Rainer Maria Rilke notes, is that you keep going. You notice, hold tender care for yourself, and continue on. Even when the pieces don't fit just right and the stars haven't perfectly aligned, you step into the next moment. 

Life will always be catapulting us forward. No matter where you are in the journey, this is your reminder to take a pause and just "be". No judgement. You are always enough, even if all you did was show up in your body today, that is still a reason for celebration.


Musings by Krystal Kaiser

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Uncategorized Jul 16, 2021

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Uncategorized Jul 05, 2021

“The paradox of the modern world is this: Not only do we do less, physically, than ever before, but we also almost never do nothing. Our bodies, deprived of large movements, are inundated with subtle-yet-continuous physical stimulation from noise, light, data, etc. This constant stream of input is a two-fold stressor, as not only is the frequency of certain environmentally induced loads extremely high, the types of input we are experiencing are unnatural.”

- Katy Bowman

 Katy Bowman is one of my favorite movement professionals, she offers her expertise in a very digestible way. This quote helps me consider "wellness" in a new light. We have crafted a culture around convenience, which in some ways is helpful and important, but in other ways poses a challenge to the body. We can run the risk of never shutting down or finding moments of peace. 
In the Western world, we are often prescribed a wellness plan that reduces "wellness" into the buckets of diet...
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Uncategorized Jun 28, 2021

Hey Maker!

"Hope is... an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. [Hope is] the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same..."
Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark"
This quote is from one of my favorite books by Rebecca Solnit. She talks about the wild possibilities available to us when we maintain hope. When we rise to the occasion and show up in any way that we can.
Allow this to be your reminder that it is always enough to show up as you are. We may not know how our actions impact change and the world around us, but they always do. Place one hand on your heart and the other hand on top. Breathe into this space and imagine what you can...
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Uncategorized Jun 21, 2021

 Hey Maker!

"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person." - Rumer Godden
Today we invite you to do some Spring cleaning a little differently than you may think! Start off your week by visiting all 4 rooms mentioned in this quote by Rumer Godden. 
How can you physically move your body today? Maybe look back at some of the Movement tips Missy has shared or use your favorite self-care tools! Remember, moving your body can be as simple as changing your position right now! 
Have you taken a mental break for yourself recently? Take a moment to look away from your devices and to allow your mind to wander... it may even wander to your grocery list or to do list- that is perfectly fine!...
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Uncategorized Jun 18, 2021

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Uncategorized Jun 14, 2021

Hey Maker! 

I came across this quote and had to share it with you!

"Don't Speak negatively about yourself, even as a joke. Your body doesn't know the difference. Works are energy and cast spells, that's why it's called spelling." -Bruce Lee

I love this play on the word spelling. The idea that our words have meaning, especially for ourselves and in our bodies. 

It is common to hear people say "my body is failing me" or "my body is broken". More importantly, it is more than common to feel this way! One of my greatest learnings from one of my teachers is that we think our body fails us, but in actuality, we often fail our bodies. Which sounds daunting, but in reality it gives us agency to have a greater relationship with our bodies and the ability to easily create lasting change.

The words "my body is failing me" are heavy and usually leave us feeling stuck and even helpless. When we change the narrative to "how am I failing my body?" we take back our power to take care of...

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Uncategorized Jun 11, 2021

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Uncategorized Jun 09, 2021

Hey Maker!

I am so excited to offer a new workshop series I'm teaching virtually at Metalwerx!

Working at the bench can be taxing on the body. The way you move in your studio impacts how you feel. This workshop series is designed to teach you how to understand your common movements in the jewelry studio. Each session will be a mix of lecture and physical movements that target a specific area of the body and jewelry making practice. By the end of the course you will be ready to transform your studio practice! Are you ready? Get your ticket!


June 23 -July 7, 2021

Weekly on Wednesday


6:00 PM -7:00 PM


3 weeks


All Levels


Virtual - Eastern Time Zone




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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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