Sonia Therese Design https://soniatherese.com Believe In Beauty Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:17:39 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://i2.wp.com/soniatherese.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-Rose-Logo-Red.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Sonia Therese Design https://soniatherese.com 32 32 79814097 5 Ways to get your Mojo Back https://soniatherese.com/5-ways-to-get-your-mojo-back/ https://soniatherese.com/5-ways-to-get-your-mojo-back/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:17:39 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=8174 So, here’s the thing…. I fell out of love. Yep, it’s true, and it was not much fun.  You see, I...

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So, here’s the thing….

I fell out of love.

Yep, it’s true, and it was not much fun.  You see, I tootled off to the USA back in May (read about that trip here) and returned to New Zealand on a real high.  My heart was full, my head was spinning and my world seemed to be completely without bounds.

To be honest, when I got home all I wanted to do was to travel again.  I remembered just how much I love freedom and adventure.  After not really having any for such a long time (I have been an independent parent for 15 years+ hence all responsibility on my shoulders) it felt like the cage door was open at long last.

Back home and suddenly I realised that I didn’t love my business any more – it felt like it was a huge weight attached to my ankle by a big heavy iron shackle.  I realised that I was ebbing instead of flowing and that was a bit of a challenge.

On top of that it’s winter in New Zealand.  While it’s been a pretty mild and kind winter so far, the days are short, clothes feel heavy, the sky has felt particularly grey.  I am more of a summer kind of person, to be truthful. I dropped the ball – actually, I dropped several balls all at once and they seemed to bounce off in all kinds of directions leaving me standing in one place wondering which one to chase first?  Unfortunately I found myself rooted to the spot and not diving off to rescue any of them… Let’s be honest – I completely lost my mojo.

This is not the first time that this has happened to me, nor will it be the last time, I suspect.   Why I have decided to share my story is because someone reached out to me – another artist, someone who is incredibly talented and a beautiful soul –  and told me how inspired they were by me and my enthusiasm and my ability to make opportunities happen. They said that they wished they were more like me, but that sometimes the black dog sat in the corner of their room.  

I looked at my “public” face and sure enough, it was the proverbial highlights reel.   I realised that I had been hiding just how hard it was to hold everything together from absolutely everyone.  And that didn’t feel authentic. I have 5 steps to help me get back up and running again and I decided to share these with you in the hope that, if you find yourself in a funk like me, you might be able to help yourself too.

  1. So being honest with myself about how I was feeling was the first step in turning things around.  A great friend and personal life coach said to me that I was very bloody judgmental of myself, and that I wouldn’t treat my friends and family the way I treated myself!  Wake-up call…!
  2. The second step was slowing down and taking time to see the beauty in the world again (you see, one of the balls I have dropped has been my 100 Days of Beauty challenge – which I am about to restart).  I actually took myself away for a whole day to a place that aches with beauty and I allowed myself the gift of time to just soak it up. I spent about 3 hours just sitting looking at the mountains over the ocean.  Part of this step was to sit in gratitude – to take time each day (often many times a day) to just say thank you for the gifts that I have in my life and let go of the worries of what I don’t have.
  3. The third step was to play – I took time to make some new designs just because I could – a day or two in the studio just to create new stuff, not make orders endlessly – which was a hugely rejuvenating experience!  I also picked up my guitar again – something that I hadn’t done since being in the USA! Music has always been a shortcut to my heart, as has poetry. It’s been a blessing to bring them both back into my life again!
  4. The fourth step was to move, physically move my body and to shower it with great food and sustenance.  To walk barefoot each day (regardless of how cold it is) to make sure that I am grounded to what sustains me – Papatuanuku, Mother Earth. 
  5. And the 5th step for me was re-connection.  Getting back in touch with people who love me, who genuinely care about me and who I know I can count on – and actually, one of those people was ME!  Yes, remembering that at the very core of me is a soul that is kind and compassionate, doesn’t judge, is patient and devoted, and who can add wisdom that no-one else can.  I reconnected with that little intuitive voice and gave her a bit of much needed volume!

I am back in love with life, with my business, with my art and I am back in the flow…

Finally I feel like I have my mojo back again.  

Phew!

( remember, if you find yourself deep in the darkness and cannot find a way out, there is help and hope.  Please reach out!  If you are in New Zealand, you can text or freecall 1737 anytime of the day or night for support!)

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THE RED THREAD OF DESTINY

I know it’s contentious, but I really think that the USA is (one of) my spiritual home!  Since the very first time I visited there about 25 years ago, I have felt connected to it, and I have been back many times since.

Ironically, my very first jaunt into the USA was to Seattle in the Pacific Northwest.  I was staying with friends in Vancouver for Christmas, and we took a drive for 10 days south across the border taking in Seattle, Tacoma (a bunch of geologists, we HAD to go see the Tacoma Narrows and the sight of Galloping Gertie), the Olympic Peninsular (where I saw my first Bald Eagle – about 100 of them!) and onwards to Mt St Helens and Mt Ranier.  I was totally entranced with this part of the world… little did I know!

Fast forward to 2019 which saw me again travelling to the USA, this time for a different reason.  This time it was about jewellery – and a special collection call the Red Thread of Destiny.  You see, back in 1999 I met someone while travelling through Africa.  Long (20 years long) story short, we realised immediately that we had a soul connection.  Neither of us knew back then what that meant, and it certainly didn’t mean we lived a fairy tale romance!  But this Red Thread, an Asian legend of how destined souls are linked across time and space by a thin, sometimes invisible, red thread, kept coming up for us time and time again.  We tried many times to be in the same place and the same time, but it just never happened.  We never, however, lost touch with one another.

So finally the stars aligned, and on May 3 I travelled to the USA to see him.  What I can tell you is that the Red Thread is very real, and we were able to pick up this thread where we left it, 20 years earlier.  The story isn’t a simple one, and it’s not an easy one – he’s still in the USA and I am still in NZ.  But time is fluid, space is relative, and where there is a will there is a way!

I was gifted with travelling – Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and, of course, Tacoma while in the Pacific NW.  I got to check out galleries, artisan jewellers in their studios, boutique stores, markets – you name it.  I was able to totally immerse myself in the arts in this amazing part of the world.  And I got to connect with her – with Mother Earth – for my birthday.

A cabin in the woods, off-grid, solitude, sunshine, someone special and a bottle of whiskey.  Mamma Earth showed me swallows nesting, bats, elk and fallow deer.  She enveloped me in her korowai of compassion and love and let me see a different way.  She showed me the power of trusting my own heart, intuition and how to let my monkey-mind have a rest.  She showed me the power of beauty!  She showed me how the Red Thread connects us to HER…all of us, every single one.

So, here I am back in NZ with a squillion ideas, plans and proposals.  My intention is to be back in the USA in August – watch this space!  In the meantime, I have launched my mini-collection, The Red Thread of Destiny to celebrate love and connection.  To honour our intimate connection with Papatuanuku – Mother Earth.  I am sure you have felt this connection – maybe many times.  Because ultimately we are all connected to one another, and it is a few special souls who allow us to uncover the power of The Red Thread.

Remember, you can sign up as a VIP HERE and you can shop the collection HERE

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Smell the Sea, Feel the Sky https://soniatherese.com/smell-the-sea-feel-the-sky/ https://soniatherese.com/smell-the-sea-feel-the-sky/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:58:44 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=7236 With just 12 weeks until SUMMER really kicks off in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time to think about that little occasion...

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With just 12 weeks until SUMMER really kicks off in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time to think about that little occasion of gift-giving that happens towards the end of December.  I think it’s called Christmas or something like that?

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love Christmas!  But I don’t love the giving of useless, meaningless and thoughtless gifts!  It’s wasteful, disrespectful and ultimately doesn’t make anyone happy – giver or receiver!

So this year, I am offering my usual Christmas Sale for an extended period of time to all my subscribers, so that they can really plan for and deliver gifts that have a soul and that will be received with genuine joy.

To get the 35% discount* all you have to do is be part of my tribe by subscribing to my newsletter.  Boom.  Simply done!  This discount will not be available to the general public until November 1st.

As a subscriber you get first access to sales, discounts, new products and events!  I won’t spam you – I don’t have time for that kind of behaviour!

Sign up HERE to get your promo code and enjoy the shopping knowing that the general public won’t get this code for another 5 weeks – the beginning of November 2018!  Particularly important detail as I have some limited edition special pieces coming up before the end of October!

So check out my Gift Guide for Summer below and get your fill of eco-artisan jewellery goodness in my SHOP

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Studio Time – Star Maps #1 https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-star-maps-1/ https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-star-maps-1/#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 05:36:33 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=6009 The post Studio Time – Star Maps #1 appeared first on Sonia Therese Design.

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Join me for Studio Time making Star Maps #1

It’s an oldie, but a goodie, this little tutorial from may 2017 offering a little bit of insight into how my Star Map jewellery is made.  Some of the styles have changed, and new pieces are coming very shortly, but this will give you a good idea of the details of the process!

Check out my short grey hair….they say change is as good as a holiday!!! 😉

Be sure to check out my gorgeous pieces HERE

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Studio Time – Oil Diffuser Jewellery https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-oil-diffuser-jewellery/ https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-oil-diffuser-jewellery/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 07:15:09 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=5927 Join me for Studio Time! Today I am working on a brand new collection of Oil Diffuser Jewellery due for launch...

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Join me for Studio Time!

Today I am working on a brand new collection of Oil Diffuser Jewellery due for launch in Early June.  And also a quick tutorial on making silver ear-wires.

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Studio Time – Making Meditation Rings https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-making-meditation-rings/ https://soniatherese.com/studio-time-making-meditation-rings/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 06:55:59 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=5918 The post Studio Time – Making Meditation Rings appeared first on Sonia Therese Design.

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The Story of Us: Pirarurau White https://soniatherese.com/story-us-pirarurau-white/ https://soniatherese.com/story-us-pirarurau-white/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:15:22 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=5034 The post The Story of Us: Pirarurau White appeared first on Sonia Therese Design.

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The Story of Us.

You and me.

Our families, our ancestors. Our whanau, our kin.

For me, this is what shapes my past, and what provides a platform from which to build, craft, CREATE, my very own story.

And like my ancestor, Piraurau – mighty Wahine Toa/Warrior Woman – it is about honouring the spirit and wisdom of my ancestors, and yet allowing myself to choose my own pathway.  I have talked at length about the legend of Piraurau and her deeds (…read more here) and she has inspired so much of my creativity in the past few years.

Her courage in the face of adversity

Her dedication to her family

Her tenacity and grit

I am proud to call her “grandmother”.

Earlier this week I took my son out to visit her resting place, high above the beautiful Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsular which was her home and where her children grew up.  She lived there with her husband Thomas White, originally an orphan and whaler from Boston, MT.  They lie together now, forever overlooking her chosen place.

It was an emotional trip for me actually.  In a way it was a trip to let her go.  Not to turn my back to her, but I have felt recently that I am being called to tell other stories.  And in order to do this, I must allow her to rest and turn my attention to some of my other ancestors.  I took her a Toki – fitting I think because she has inspired hundreds of these precious taonga (treasures).  But it’s not goodbye – quite the opposite really.  It’s more about taking all that she stands for into my heart and understanding the gift she offers.  Maori have a saying;

“Ko to ngakau ki nga taonga a o tupuna”

In your heart lies the treasures of your ancestors

So thank you Grandmother…I will come back and tell the story of your father, your children and grandchildren.  But for now, I gratefully accept your treasures into my heart and I turn to tell another story.

THE STORY OF US

Watch the video introducing the next ancestor that I will be introducing below

 

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The Art of a Great Story https://soniatherese.com/art-great-story/ https://soniatherese.com/art-great-story/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:01:54 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=4889 The Art of a Great Story 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me A few months ago, while attending the World...

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The Art of a Great Story

10 Things You Don’t Know About Me

A few months ago, while attending the World Women gathering in Auckland, I faced that crazy conundrum of what to tell people when they ask “so, what is it that YOU do?”  Back then I hadn’t really completely stepped into my Artist self, so didn’t feel justified or confident in saying that was what I did.  And saying that I made jewellery just confused people.  So I started saying that I was a story teller – and that I happened to tell my stories through jewellery.

Well, that changed things!  Nothing like the surprise in their eyes at an answer so unexpected!  Ooh, this was a bit intoxicating – so I told more people that I was a story teller.  More surprised reactions.

But do you know what, I didn’t fully understand what it is to be a story teller.  For a long, long time I have not fully owned my own story – preferring instead to tell the stories of my ancestors, my heritage – rediscovering forgotten stories and telling these.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to lunch with 3 women that I didn’t know.  The introverted side of me initially screamed “Argh…run a mile” but the daredevil side of me said “Pfffft, why not”.  I said yes and what unfolded was, for me, quite a turning point.  I began to understand what it is to tell a story AND what it is to have a story to tell!  Through the eyes of these amazing women (who are now sisters to me!) I began to see my own journey differently.  I realised that I have purposefully discarded parts of my own story because I didn’t think that they had relevance to my current incarnation as an artist…oh, how I love when the Universe smacks you in the side of the head and says “Wake Up”!!!

Our stories are amazing, they are intoxicating, they are inspiring.  But we don’t tell them…

…and I think I know why.  When you experience your own story, it is something that you don’t see.  It takes the experience of seeing your story in the eyes of others that makes you begin to realise how amazing your story really could be to others.  You begin to understand that what you thought was unimportant, irrelevant or even downright embarrassing can be that one piece of information that transforms someone else’s life.  This isn’t about ego either.  This is actually about owning your own journey – not necessarily getting caught in your own history, but understanding that the things you have learned, experienced and even suffered through have profound value.

So I thought I would challenge myself, and you, by sharing 10 things about me and my story that you most likely don’t know.  Alrighty then – here goes!

Dr Sonia McManus

Dr Sonia McManus

  1. I am a nerdy nerd…and a highly educated one (I say that proudly).  I have a BA in Linguistics, a MSc Hons in Engineering Geology and a PhD in Civil Engineering specialising in Risk and Resilience – yep, I am a Doctor!  I regularly contemplate going back to learn something else…top on my list is learning Te Reo Maori.
  2. I grew up on a farm pretty much smack bang in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand. It was isolated and I had complete freedom to roam as I wanted to.  I used to ride my horse and pretend that I was in vast foreign lands galloping through deserts, forests and mountains.
  3. I often create fantasy languages in my head and when I am by myself I speak them out loud. I have never ever written these down.
  4. I can draw with my left and right hands, and although I consider myself as right handed, I play sport left handed. Actually, if I play tennis I will often swap hands in the middle of a rally….very confusing for the opposition (note:  this does not usually contribute to me winning and I have no conscious control over when I swap hands!)
  5. I follow a Ketogenic Lifestyle and control my eating with intermittent fasting. It’s been a game changer for me and for my family.  I am truly passionate about learning everything I can about our bodies, our minds and nutritional influences to keep us healthy.
  6. I am a single mum and have been on my own for about 13 years now. I live in a household of 3 generations with my mother and my son.  This place is a stopping point for various family who come to stay (sometimes for months which is awesome!!).  I believe in family.
    Family trip to the Grand Canyon

    Family trip to the Grand Canyon

  7. I am addicted to travelling and spontaneous adventures. I often dream about being whisked away on a surprise adventure into mountains or on islands or horse-riding in deserts, then get pissed off because no-one does and I then create my own adventure!!
  8. Sunrise and sunset make me cry. I often watch them and talk/connect to my ancestors and family on the other side.  My dad died suddenly when I was 28 and I often have big conversations with him.
  9. I think that one day I may enter into politics because I get so pissed off at the current system and feel that you need to participate to make changes. This concept frightens the poo out of me, which is possibly an indication that it’s a direction I will take….eeeeeeek!
  10. I was horribly bullied at school and spent most of my youth trying to be invisible. When I was 12 years old I was the only girl at my tiny country school who wore a bra.  After swimming one day I was so embarrassed that I didn’t put it back on and stuffed it into my bag.  Back in class, one of the boys a year older than me grabbed it out of my bag and passed it around everyone at school.  I was so humiliated that I hid behind the coal fire and cried my heart out.  No-one came to help me.  That fueled a body shame that lasted well into adult-hood and which I have only recently (in the past couple of years) addressed.
    Sunrise makes me cry - or go crazy

    Sunrise makes me cry – or go crazy

Wow, OK, there we go….and the amazing thing is that I could easily write another 10 things that I could share about my story.  So here is the challenge…can you tell me one thing about your story that you haven’t shared.  Hey, I don’t mean something life-shattering (unless you feel you want to).  It may be that you absolutely love the Backstreet Boys (oops….there is number 11 for me….*blush*).  I don’t really mind.

The point is that we all have something to share that will help someone else in the world, somewhere, some time.

Celebrate YOUR story….

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Week 1 Challenges for Plastic Free July https://soniatherese.com/week-1-challenges-for-plastic-free-july/ https://soniatherese.com/week-1-challenges-for-plastic-free-july/#respond Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:35:03 +0000 https://soniatherese.com/?p=4873 The post Week 1 Challenges for Plastic Free July appeared first on Sonia Therese Design.

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WEEK 1 CHALLENGES FOR #PLASTICFREEJULY

Alrighty then, we are half way through week one of #plasticfreejuly.

Honestly, it’s not going as well as I had hoped.  Sigh…..

But, what I have discovered is that saving the planet doesn’t have to all be done in one go, by one person, or with one humongous effort.  Nope, it gets done by doing your very best, setting an example to others and understanding that we need to do this together.

So, in light of all that, here is my latest video with 4 challenges for you (well, for ME actually!!) to get the ball rolling.  Check it out and let me know how you get on.

Oh, and this month I am also guest editor over at iTreadLightly – an eco-ethical and planet focused community on Facebook.  Check it out.

Challenge #1:  Takeaway coffee cups

Challenge #2:  Product packaging

Challenge #3:  Plastic Bags

Challenge #4:  Plastic coated paper receipts

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