Episode 12: Krystal Swift talks soulful skincare and plant magic

I spent all summer dreaming about the interviews I wanted to do on my podcast. Admittedly, I had no idea what I was doing and like any good project, it took me months to figure it out (much longer than I'd hoped). And of course, I was terrified to try it.

Thankfully, my first interviewee was the lovely Krystal Swift, owner of Onoclea Bath & Body - a woman who has been a faraway friend since I started Five Seed many years ago. This woman has such a loving spirit and a warm laugh - I was immediately set at ease (not that I'd expected any different). We had a wonderful time talking about plants, living seasonally, and putting out energy towards an "independently funded" lifestyle. 

Unfortunately, I made numerous mistakes with this interview - including not wearing headphones, which supposedly cuts back on skips and feedback. My computer was also on the fritz at the time, so my backup audio file was lost and the video recorded wildly off-track from the audio. 

I had also planned to post this on August 31st, to be the big reveal for Soulful Skincare...and alas, that simply was not the Divine plan. I couldn't get it to work, at all, at that point and sadly had to put it aside while I fixed my computer. 

Finally, I decided to do the best I could and simply record the audio track. As such, it's very low quality, and I deeply apologize for that. And for the middle section that we totally lost, around minute 27... Darnit! It's a terrible disappointment, but I can't get too down. I know Krystal and I have more projects in the works and we are going to get to do this again, I have no doubt. So all will be well.

Many thanks to Krystal for being my first interview here. I am more grateful to her than I can say. I only wish you could see her smile in the video...but again, that will come. Someday. This will come around again. 

Enjoy! And pop in and say hello to Krystal! Check out her Harvest line... Mmmmm.

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Episode 11: Completing the Hero's Journey

Not long ago, I was talking with my mother about having faith in our destinies. The last few years have been so trying for me that I often struggle in this area. Okay, who am I kidding? I've been struggling with it my whole life. 

I felt a jolt of energy when she said, "All stories have the same structure, right? You're a writer. Why don't you trust the structure?" 

Lightbulb! 

I realized she was, indeed, correct. What about the Hero's Journey, something I've been studying my entire life? Why was I always hanging out in the Underworld? The story has to end eventually, which means emerging from that dark (but glorious) place. 

Of course, our stories are not a one-time sequential journey. They play out over and over again. But the bottom line is this: We have to live out all the parts of the stories, which includes the emergence from the Underworld. 

And somehow, I forgot that. 

So what happens when we trust the story? 

(I tried a video this time to go with the audio file. Yeah, it's awful, I know. But all in the worship of imperfection!)

Episode 10: The Seat of Power

We have all moments of pain or discomfort in this physical form. In fact, many of us have recurring issues in those areas that last for years, or even a lifetime. For many, our solution is to go to the doctor, or try to heal things with another outward fix, like changing our diets or getting massages or taking pain pills. 

But what if these pains and discomforts of the body are direct messages asking us, again and again, to take notice and go inward to hear an important message? 

That's not a new question - we've heard it before. But do we really take that in? Do we really stop and listen? 

For most of my life, I've struggled with feelings of discomfort in my pelvic/abdominal region. Often, this has been a feeling of a heavy weight pulling me down, and a feeling of expansion pressing outward, away from me. Super uncomfortable. I always attributed this to my weight issues and years of eating disorders.

However, somewhat recently, that area of my body has been speaking to me very strongly and insisting that I listen. And to my surprise, it's not about weight or eating issues. Not at all. 

There's a lot more going on and the more I listen, the more I feel like I can let go of the heavy feeling and embrace the outward push. 

There's a lot of power in the pelvic bowl - our lowest three chakras are in or near that region, the three chakras that relate to our physical presence and power in this earthly world. And many of us struggle with the physical. It's not surprising that our pelvic region might be roiling with energy, begging us to pay attention. 

What do you hear?