How I burned my business suit in exchange for a boho lifestyle, less really does mean more.

Most of us are probably working, maybe corporate, maybe you own your own business, it all comes with stress, even if you are a stay at home parent. After years of passionately pursuing have a business model allowing me to focus on the bohemian lifestyle I dreamt of for decades, I had to meditate (yoga, silence, followed by a good white wine, or two) to make the decision and have not looked back since.   I had been in the corporate world for a very long time, I finally kicked off the heals, burned my business suits, and proceeded to clear out my home office and converted it to a small meditation room combo retro boho themed home office, it doubles as a painting studio too.

So what happened to me was I burned out, like that of left over smoldering ash from a big ass campfire.  Yes, the money was great, but the stress in addition to the costs of being an executive (clothes, food, uppity lifestyle, neglected family), ugh, not worth it. All the corporate mongers wanted was more of my time, more effort, essentially my soul, it felt like hell.  I ended up on medication, stopped sleeping, essentially turned into a basket case while I watched my true dream of a freer lifestyle become a mere foggy thought. Really, living a scaled down lifestyle and completely changing your train of thinking, pays for itself, sometimes more.  Again, it was a leap of faith, but eventually, I did it and meditation and prayer helped me navigate the mental hurdles of a lifestyle change (note – I took the big jump, you don’t have to go to the extreme I did).

Really, living a scaled down lifestyle and completely changing your train of thinking, pays for itself, sometimes more.  Again, it was a leap of faith, but eventually, I did it and meditation and prayer helped me navigate the mental hurdles of a lifestyle change (note – I took the big jump, you don’t have to go to the extreme I did).

I was able to refocus after going solo, albeit with probably more stress than working for the corporate empire monster (more yoga, music, and red wine required).   It doesn’t matter if you are a corporate executive or a solopreneur, the stress is still all the same.  We found this great story from entrepreneur.com covering how meditation can help you, and meditation can be done regardless of your religion, it’s a state of mind, or better yet, a clearing of the mind – much like taking the stinky fish from last nights dinner to the outside trash can as negative thoughts and stress are much like day old cooked fish, stinky and not something you want to ponder on.

Meditation Isn’t Just For Hippies: Here is How it Can Help Entrepreneurs

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231647

For entrepreneurs that are constantly on the go, meditation can help alleviate the pressure and stress of launching and running a company.

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Featured Artisan: Moni’s Natural Skin Care

JadeCrate Artisan Highlight – Moni’s Natural Skin Care

At JadeCrate, we love working with our US artisans who specialize in skin care.  In June, we featured Monika Kupnik of Moni’s Coconut Scrubs and her wonderful rosehip facial mist (perfect for summer).  Being fellow Pacific NW folks, we loved the fact she hails from home.  Thank you Monika for your wonderful product for our subscribers in our recent June Box.  #moniscoconutscrubs @monisnaturalskincare

Moni’s is a small organic company that Monika Kupnik started herself in 2016 due to her own experience of struggling with various skin issues.After thorough research on different natural ingredients and eliminating toxic products in her daily life, she was able to clear up her skin and help others do the same. She devised a 100% natural coconut face and body scrub line followed by other personal care products. Everything is created from scratch in Gig Harbor, WA using only 100% therapeutic and food-grade ingredients.

Monika personally hand makes or supervises the making of all her products each and every time. Moni’s is proud to be completely free of preservatives and chemicals while using no dyes or coloring agents. In fact, everything in her line is actually edible!  We freshly hand make each order before shipping.

“Feed your skin, help feed a family” Monika is committed to pure, high-quality ingredients that are proven to add nourishment to the skin. She donates a portion of every sale to Feeding America, as giving back to the community is a high priority of hers. Each new item that she makes is tested and retested and retested again to ensure every product is of the highest quality and works the way it’s supposed to. It’s really important to her that the end user receives all of the benefits of each ingredient that is included in the products.

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JadeCrate – Recipe of the Month is Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

JadeCrate likes to share recipes with its subscribers because part of bohemian living includes cooking, yes cooking.  Each month we focus on in-season vegetables and simple dishes for busy boho-chic gals who need to cook up a fast and delicious meal. This months veggie is green beans.

In Season – Green Beans

It’s green bean season.  What we like about them is they are more versatile than people think with a ton of health benefits, not to mention, a delicious one-course item if you are looking to snack on a low-calorie dinner and are sick of salads. Besides being high in fiber, bonus properties include vitamin A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. They also help reduce heart disease, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and are packed with antioxidants. If you have a chance to pick up a fresh bushel this month, you can find many recipes online for stand-alone meals or ways to spruce them up to complement main courses.

For our vegetarian fans – this one’s for you!

Caramelized Spicy Green Beans, Recipe by Southern Living (slightly modified)

Ingredients

1-pound fresh haricots verts (green beans)

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic (optional)

1 medium-size red bell pepper sliced long ways in small strips

1/2 medium-size sweet onion halved and sliced thin

1 teaspoon peanut, olive, or sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (any seasoned salt of preference will work)

Set up an ice bath in a large bowl. Start cooking the beans by adding a tsp of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and cook 1 minute (2 if you like them a little more tender); drain. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain well, pressing between paper towels. Stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and dried crushed red pepper. Sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic, and green beans in hot peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until beans look blistered and start to brown. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Remove from heat; add soy sauce mixture to green bean mixture and stir to coat. Serve

We served them with a side of brown rice and it was a very satisfying weeknight meal, but we did need to add extra soy sauce. They would also work with ramen noodles to create a spicy noodle salad, just add a little soy sauce to the noodles.

Alternate cooking method:  You can swap the skillet in the final cooking step and grill in a veggie basket if preferred, be sure to spray the veggies with oil or toss them in a bag with some oil.

Enjoy!


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com

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Mindfulness Monday: Take a vacation any day

How to take a vacation without taking time off work

“Vacation is all I ever wanted, vacation, how do I get away?” Remember the Go-Go’s.  One of their known hits from the 80’s, “Vacation,” striking home with overworked people everywhere.

Most of us work in some shape or form, in an office, at home, and yes stay at home moms work their butts off too.  Many of us are planning or dreaming of taking the perfect vacation to lull us into a utopia of happiness.  The term vacation can imprison our thinking and inhibit everyday joy. We believe to “vacation” we must embark on preparing first. All of these steps must take place before we allow ourselves to be on vacation.  Preparation includes saving money and taking time off, physically checking out of work, and traveling far distances to give ourselves a break. We set up the preconceived notions of what we see as a vacation and the need to have a massive plan in place to allow ourselves a break. So we hope this little segment sets you free.  Mind over matter is essential here because some of us are unable to go away on a big excursion.  Stop over thinking and start your holiday, any day.

With a little creativity and mindfulness, you can call anytime and space you create for yourself a vacation.  Try making a date with a friend, go out to the country, a walk to the park, or spend the afternoon curled up with a good book and tell your inner flower child, this is your mental or physical vacation, your holiday. These outings or short getaways are a time you have appointed to enjoy yourself in nature, in the company of friends, or wherever your vacation takes you. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.

About JadeCrate

JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com and enter BOHOCHIC15 at checkout for 15% off your first single box order with us.

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Today Is National Splurge Day

Do something to make your heart, mind, body, or tummy happy!

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Be Happy and Grow Where You Are Planted

JadeCrate Book Find of the Month: The New Bohemians Handbook

At JadeCrate, we read, a lot.  Last year we ordered the 1st Edition of The New Bohemians Handbook by Justina Blakeney and fell in love with her room-by-room makeover to bring balance and positive vibes into your home.  If you are looking for an excellent read this summer, it is hardback, but worth it, we recommend it.

Ideally, if you are feeling like your space is bogging you down, it probably is.  Much of what is in the book are essentials for every bohemian you may know, but her approach to creating great spaces is fantastic.  Filled with DIY projects as well, again, the images in this book are fantastic.  You will want to start on your first project right away.  We call this our “happy place” book at home.  Recommend buying the actual book if you don’t have an iPad or another device to see the pictures.

Enjoy your journey!

Amanda


About Us:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com. 

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