I created my first product at 5 years old. Plucking every single rose petal in the garden, I collected them in a bucket, filled it with water, and mashed them with my bare hands. It was my first product – Rose Perfume. I sold every single mismatched jelly jar to all the ladies in the neighborhood. Hyper-locally sourced, organic, handmade, female-run business. I didn’t have these marketing terms back then, but I was 5 and I had dimples. I learned to create for my audience.
For 11 years, I worked for a rogue division at adidas tasked with designing ultra-functional apparel embedded with electronics. We began as a start-up and were fully absorbed by the multinational corporation within just 3 years. My group was responsible for developing next-level technology in training apparel for consumers as well as teams in nearly every major sport in the US and Europe. As a design engineer, I was able to travel the globe with my curious eyes, brainstorm with brilliant minds and bring lots of wild ideas to life. However, fulfillment is a personal and mercurial emotion. I learned that no matter how incredibly cool my job was, I had an undeniable need to connect with the universe in a deeper way.
I tasked myself with mastering one new skill each year and planting seeds for an adventurous future. I studied Permaculture Design in a rainforest in Costa Rica. I completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia, in a shala surrounded by expansive rice fields. I bought a large plot of undeveloped land in my favorite country, Nicaragua. I joined a female tribal dance group and danced around fires wearing the fiercest face paint while banging a hand drum. I took breath work and women’s studies courses, attended lunar phase workshops and earned crystal therapy certifications with teachers who wrote the rules on their individual fields, literally. But the biggest shift happened when I read Body of Work by Pamela Slim. I learned that the fulfillment I was seeking was simply the process of seeking.
My metaphysical wellness brand, Elements of Aura, was born from this seat of discovery. Having opened myself up to learning all that I could absorb, I answered a universal call to leave the corporate world and concentrate all my various experiences into making beautiful, functional products that create space for connecting to oneself, and to the greater spider web of cosmic connection that links us all together.