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Conscious Creations: A Glimpse Into Eliza Sloane Jewelry

“You are going to LOVE her!” A sentiment we’ve probably all heard, as I had a million times before. I took it lightly until my first night of teacher training when Sloane sat down next to me and rolled out her mat. Our paths were meant to cross and as we spent the next three months together on a roller coaster of emotion, education, and movement through yoga it was clear why.

Eliza Sloane Doud is the essence of #GirlBoss. With her jewelry line, Eliza Sloane Jewelry (formerly, Mermaid by Hand), she is single-handedly changing the industry by utilizing recycled materials and handcrafting one-of-a-kind pieces. Drawn to yoga by the challenge, her yoga practice has brought confidence and creativity to her work - and brought her abundant soul into my life! We sat down to talk about yoga, staying creative, and practicing sustainability in business. Continue reading below to learn more about her innovative and imaginative approach to design:

The name, Mermaid by Hand (Now...

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Deepen Your Practice With A Yoga Challenge + WIN Free Goodies!

Six months into my consistent yoga practice I was attending 3-4 classes a week. It was at that point I hit a physical plateau. My strength, flexibility, and curiosity of each posture leveled out and I found myself going through the motions. I was able to guess what posture would come next which left me easily distracted and desperately wanting to find something to humble and teach my body something new. Then I found Kerri Verna, you may know her as Beach Yoga Girl, and her month long yoga challenge called The Heart of Practice.I had never heard of a yoga challenge before and the idea of taking a photo each day in a new pose excited me. It was totally unconventional, but with my digital marketing background and love of photography, I had to give it a try. There were so many elements of planning. I knew I wanted each photo to be in a unique location, I knew I would need to learn new postures I had never tried before, and I knew I’d be committing to practice every day. ...

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Why You Need To Pursue Your Passions

Scrolling through the endless feed of bohemian-style clothes, eco-friendly products, advanced yoga postures, and aqua waters of Bali has convinced me of one thing: I want to be and do a lot.

It's almost overwhelming at times.

I've started making “manifestation lists” on my iPhone of everything I want in life. As I add one bullet point after the next, I think to myself: How will I ever get through this list?

There's a societal construct that tells us how to live and how important it is to stay focused. Focused on obtaining a job, getting married, buying a house...blah, blah, blah. We all know the story. In the book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, by Vishen Lakhiani this story is called the "culturescape" and serves as a safety corral for our dreams and desires. We don't pursue the overly-excited manifestation lists in our phones because it would be too much.

Too much work, too scattered, too out of the ordinary.

But that's not fair!

Ignoring these desires is ...

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Building Bamboo Houses: The Sustainable Material of the Future

“Bamboo as a means for construction is within our culture, it’s a Colombian tradition.”

Grasping the makeshift bamboo ladder that led to the loft of Jungle Joe’s bamboo-constructed home, I felt the intense strength of the plant radiating from its shell through my fingertips. We had just hiked the past two hours through the rolling hills of Minca in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia and I found solace as I draped my body against the cooling bamboo. In the hour to come, Jungle Joe and his daughter verbally-tangoed their way through a Spanish-to-English tour of Colombia’s most traditional form of architecture: bamboo.

Now, this isn’t your regular thin-sticked-weed-of-a-plant bamboo. Rather, Colombians have been using Guadua bamboo for centuries to create sustainable Mother Earth-proof buildings and homes. This super-plant is as strong as steel and a remarkable product of nature, making it no surprise that it ranks far superior to other...

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The Best Way To Spend Two Weeks in Cusco, Peru

As I peeked out the icy window of Row 12 on Avianca Flight 839 I caught a glimpse of a snow capped peak poking through the dense clouds in the distance. After twelve hours of traveling from Santa Marta, Colombia we were finally making our descent into Cusco, Peru. We had spent the past three weeks soaking up the sweltering Caribbean sun and I was ready for a change of scenery.

Cusco, Peru has been a bucket-list destination since the ‘90’s when the internal conflict between the Peruvian government and terrorist organizations was brought to a halt. With a quarter of a century gone by, as an outsider, it is hard to imagine that this city ever suffered due to its booming tourism industry as the Incan capital of the world.

The city itself sits at 11,000 feet above sea level and sprawls across 70,000 square kilometers with homes inching their way up the surrounding mountains. After climbing into our taxi, we zipped through the city of Cusco quickly made our way into...

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How To Conquer Machu Picchu and The Lares Trek

Anticipation and excitement rushed through every ounce of my body. The night was cool and crisp as we packed our Osprey duffle bags for the coming morning where we'd begin our 4D/3N trek on the Lares Trail in Cusco, Peru. Who could blame the excitement? We were about to depart on the journey of a lifetime, one that most only see in #Wanderlust tagged Instagram photos.

7 AM struck the next morning, as did the intimidating rain, and we were off with our guide Efrain from Killa Expeditions. Our first day would be 6km of hiking to our basecamp. It would be a piece of cake, I thought to myself as we climbed into our van and sped down the coiled roads of the Sacred Valley into Urubamba where we’d start our trek.

There are two essential elements of the success of a trek: your tribe and your mind. While there are dozens of tour companies offering treks ranging from $90-$1000 (be aware that you get what you pay for), you would be hard pressed to find a company like Killa Expeditions....

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Cacao Ceremonies in Colombia: How To Integrate This Superfood Into Your Life

As soon as the hot cacao hit my lips, I felt a rush of serotonin flood through my body. After a long day of hiking through the Sierra Nevada mountains in Santa Marta, Colombia, our tour ended with steaming cups of cacao to send us on our way. Being an avid Whole Foods shopper, this wasn’t the first time I had heard of cacao, but it was the first time I experienced it’s astounding neurological effects and learned just how super this superfood is.

THE HISTORY OF CACAO

Cacao is regarded to be of divine origin for tribes throughout the Tayona region of Colombia and is known as “the drink of the gods.” It has been used for thousands of years in Mexico, Central and South America for divine and sacred ceremonies as a sign of respect for both life and fertility. As a powerful aphrodisiac, the ingestion of cacao triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals while dilating and increasing blood flow. Through ritualistic ceremony of...

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How To Stop Making Excuses & Start Making A Difference In Your Life

I feel the resistance grow inside me every day that passes where I don’t check into my body and soul. It’s killing me - both mentally and physically - to do this to myself. My mind finds excuses, cop-outs, and reasons to stay stagnant.

I’m tired, it’s hot, do it tomorrow…

None of it matters. For every excuse, I take a step backward in my practice. It’s been ages since I tried to meditate, ages since I sat down and worked with my breath, ages since I moved my body or my fingers across a keyboard. I lost track of my yoga practice and forgot I was a writer. I was too busy stuck in this self-dramatization my mind had created and forgotten what was important.

This resistance to doing feels like the world’s biggest pity party is being thrown in your honor and you can’t even bother to get up and attend. It starts by taking over the mind and spreading itself through the body until you’ve lost track of who you are.

WHY WE MAKE EXCUSES

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A Simple Practice To Become More Patient and Understanding

We've just gotten out of our taxi in Cartagena, Colombia. Unsure of whether we're at the right place, I ask the doorman with the address in my hand if we are at our destination. His response comes quickly in a style of Spanish my high school teacher didn't prepare me for. I try to speak again, but my words are lost on him; we don't understand each other. I feel myself getting frustrated as he continues to speak although I've told him a dozen times "no entiendo." I can tell he's frustrated as well, too.

Traveling in a non-English speaking country has been the greatest test of my patience and I've found myself frustrated more often than not. I wonder why they don't take the time to slow down to help me understand and why they can't take the time to understand me.

With my lack of Spanish fluency, I've been forced to choose my words carefully and think before speaking - two concepts that have been lost in the age of social media where everyone hides behind a screen. What...

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Two Weeks In Costa Rica: A Guide To Monteverde, Arenal, Quepos, and Uvita

Fifty shades of green transported me out of the drought ridden hills of California and into a natural wonderland. The main highway webbed and weaved through boisterous hills that look as if the Pacific Ocean's waves had caught underneath the foliage. The cotton clouds danced through different shapes in the sky as they tickled the mountain tops and teased us with rain. Central America was once an abstract daydream and as we sped further into the jungle, it still felt surreal.

Costa Rica is quickly becoming the “next Hawaii” for American travelers. With flights from Los Angeles averaging $350 roundtrip, it’s no surprise that this lush, rainforested country is bringing in millennials, backpackers, and families alike. Having the Pacific and Caribbean Ocean bordering both sides of this Central American country, the toughest question that emerged while planning our journey was: Do we go east or west?

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Monteverde

Atop a mountain we set out to walk upon the...

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