ENTREPRENEURSHIP – NAME GAME

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – NAME GAME

Heyyyyy! It’s been a while, happy to connect with guys again! Hope you all have been well! 🙂

Things have been crazy! As I told you in a previous post (The Grass Isn’t Always Greener) I am preparing for the launch of my skincare company! Although I am beyond excited it’s been a little hectic. The rollercoaster of daily emotion of being an entrepreneur is something I couldn’t have even imagined. I am now at the last stretch and things are coming along so well. We’re only a few months away from launch. But to get to this point there has been A LOT of changes.

I have legally changed the name of my business 3 times. YES – 3 TIMES! After logo, packaging and artwork has been completed. With a name change dominos serval other updates – website domain, e-mail, packaging, logo, webpage text, branding and a bunch of other things! Now before you think I’m crazy – a Business Name is SO important. At the time (2 times prior), I did REALLY like the name. But then I would stare at it during final approval before printing and just not connect with it, to the point where I felt I needed to change it. I have to listen to my gut, it’s never wrong. Everything happens for a reason and I’m so glad that I ended up changing it because it wouldn’t have brought me here to a name that I am absolutely in love with. Besides – third times the charm, right?

It now has so much meaning to me and I’m so happy I can connect so much more on a deeper level with the brand I’ve worked so hard to create.

The number 8 has always had some significance in my life Whether it’s positive or negative. It always pops up (To start my life off, I was born in August – 8th month of the year). And without even knowing, when I had originally registered my business for the first time I did it on August 8th 2018 (08/08/2018) – how crazy? When I realized that, I just knew it was meant to be that I include the number 8. And now within the essence of the brand the number 8 has a lot of relevance.

And as you all know, I started this blog to help influence a more thoughtful and conscious way of living through my posts and connecting with people. Only doing things that truly bring you happiness (like how your aura shows true self – Check out my post on Energy).

I’m happy to be able to incorporate my values into this brand, and now be able to connect this blog as well! So in the future you will be seeing much more from me!

Eighth Aura will be launching soon! Stay tuned!

Entrepreneurship is all about the learning experience and part of the journey. I’m grateful for the lessons. And happy to share my learnings!

You can follow @eighthaura now on Instagram. Are you a fellow entrepreneur? Let me know about your journey!

Sending love, life and wellness xo

AURA GLOW: HOUSE OF INTUITION – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

AURA GLOW: HOUSE OF INTUITION – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Hey there! Whether you’re new or returning – glad you stopped by!

As you know, I’m new to Los Angeles so I’m on the hunt for special gems of places around the city. I think maybe I’ll call this series ‘Aura Glow’ I’ll find new places, products, experiences, etc. and try it out. I’ll tell you where it lands on my Glowdar (I just made that up lol) Sound good? – GREAT! Ratings will be:

✷✷✷✷ = WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! WHY HAVEN’T YOU CHECKED THIS OUT YET!

✷✷✷ = WORTH TRYING FOR YOURSELF

✷✷ = EHH, OKAY TO PASS

✷ = DON’T BOTHER WASTING YOUR TIME

YOUR INTUITION LED YOU HERE

My roommate introduced me to this place called HOUSE OF INTUITION. Honestly, since discovering I love the energy it brings! I get all my healing items from here – candles, sage, incense are my go-to’s.

The Sage (Smudge Bundle) is a great size and price ($4), and lasts such a long time. I use this to cleanse and purify my personal space. I can use it multiple times before I need to purchase another one – Bye, Bye Bad Energy!

The Incense is great too, my favorite is the Lavender and I use this for relaxation and tranquility. I like to light before I go to bed, so I can go to sleep with a relaxed and clear mind. They sell 20 sticks in a pack for $4.

The Candles are my favorite. They have Zodiac Candles ($18), I like to light this once a year on my birthday to bring good vibes for my next trip around the sun. They also have Magic Candles ($16). You can select the type of candle (healing, money, love, creativity etc.) you set your mind to what you would like to bring, and then light it! You’re not supposed to blow out the flame, but let the flame go out on its own. The candles also have some small crystals infused that you can keep once burned. They have so many to choose from. I love being able to bring any additional positive energy or thoughts my way!

GLOWDAR: ✷✷✷✷ 4 of 4
HOUSE OF INTUITION – West Hollywood/Melrose
7449 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
http://www.houseofintuitionla.com

This place gets a 4 of 4 on my Glowdar! In addition to having great stuff at great prices, the staff is super helpful, knowledgable, and friendly. Def check it out they have a couple of locations throughout LA.

Where do you get your energy recharging/healing items? Have any suggestions I should have on my Glowdar and try out? Let me know on Instagram @IntoAura

Sending love, life and wellness xo


GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A PET: MY BELOVED DOG ZOIE MARIE

Hey there! If you’re new here or came back for more – WELCOME! This post is a little longer than my other ones, as it came unexpectedly..

Remember how I said in my last post “2019 did not start out how I wanted”? Well, the universe called last night to slap me in the face and said, “Challenge Accepted” Now, I know the universe didn’t take my dog away and that it was her time to go, but I’m grieving and think I’m entitled to be a little irrational to help me cope with everything for the time being.

I was blessed to have my beautiful, yellow lab named Zoie Marie (gave her my middle name) for the last 15 years. Today is actually her birthday. Ironic, she would leave the day she came into the world. Although, I am sad to learn of her passing, I am also overjoyed thinking about the life she had and the life she gave me.

My mom never wanted a dog, but I had probably been begging for one since she pushed me out. I really wanted a Golden Retriever because I saw AirBud and just wanted to have the same dog to do all those tricks! My parents finally took me to the pet store when I was in 8th grade. I saw a litter of Yellow Labs and this little dog in the corner. She was just doing her own thing on her own while all the other little puppies were playing together. I asked to see her and the lady brought us into one of those private dog rooms and put her into my arms. I was so excited! I was probably holding the puppy for all of 5 seconds before she jumped out of my arms and ran the distance of the room 15 times knocking everything over. I instantly laughed and said “I WANT HER”. My parents looked at each other and asked if there was calmer dog lol But I had pushed and pushed and finally they agreed to let me take her home! And since that day, Zoie and I have been best friends.

I was an only child growing up (I’m 28 and now have 1 and a half year old littler brother — just to put in perspective of how long it’s been just Zoie and I), so I really enjoyed her company. We ate dinner together every night, went to the park, went on long walks, watched TV, and just basically hung out everyday. When I would leave the house, she’d wait by my bedroom door for me to come back. Or she had this little spot on the last step that she would snuggle up under, so we always had to be careful coming down the stairs to not step on her.

As I got older and graduated from college, It was my time to move out of my parents house. Zoie came with me the first night in my new apartment and stayed with me the first month. As I tried to work 2 jobs and go to grad school, Zoie needed more care and attention than I could give her as she was getting older. So, my parents and I decided, I would take her on the weekends only. They would bring her to me Friday night and take her back to their house on Sundays. With Zoie’s age, that started becoming too much as well to get her in and out of the car, she just didn’t have the same hop she used too. I knew I was going to miss seeing Zoie everyday, but I thought of my parents and the companionship Zoie had brought me all those years. I knew she could do for them what she did for me since I had moved out. She made the house not feel so empty, and filled it with love. So I would drive home on the weekends or FaceTime to be able to see Zoie as often as I could.

Riley Raphael

I probably lasted almost 1 year without having a dog before the loneliness kicked in. I’m a crazy dog lady (sorry cat people) and I need my puppy-baby! That is when I rescued my Riley, about 4 years ago. A little Belgian Malinois puppy mix.

Zoie was pissed and it broke my heart. She hated Riley the first time they met. She even gave me an attitude when Riley was around. I felt so bad. She did not want to be near him at all. It took over a year to get Zoie to want to be around Riley, but once she grew to love him they were inseparable. I started bringing Riley to see Zoie every weekend. Riley was more of a struggle to train, and needed his crate. Zoie would lay right next to the crate to keep him company. He added some extra pep in Zoie’s step, they walked together and played. They developed a true brother and sister relationship. Riley will always remind me of Zoie, Riley is a boy, he squats when he pees because I used to walk them together and he copied her to learn to use the bathroom lol

Additionally, I am so happy my little brother got to experience Zoie’s love. To this day, I would still go to my parents house and just lay in Zoie’s bed with her. My brother saw me do it so many times he started doing the same thing (SOOOOO CUTE!).

Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things to do because it often feels it’s too soon.  Pets become such large part of the family, Zoie and Riley feel like they’re my children. A dogs unconditional love is just so pure. You share such an intense bond — love, security, comfort, loyalty. I’m devastated. But, the reality is, I will grieve forever and learn to live with the hole of her absence.

I love you so much Zoie, it hurts missing you. But I know you lived a great, long, amazing life! Happy 15th birthday my sweet angel, may you rest in peace xo.

Have you ever lost a pet? How did you cope with the grief? Thank you for listening, I truly appreciate it.

Sending extra love, life, and wellness today for whoever needs it xo