Native Iris Photography
Natural Light | Loveland, OH
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Religion: Love

No matter your religion/denomination: may it be centered around love.
No matter your political party, may it give everyone freedom.
At the end of the day our birthplace is earth. And our race is human..

I was given this shirt by my wonderful friend, Sarah. I couldn't help but get teary eyed when I read it. Sarah has always let me use her as a venting buddy while I struggled with my frustration I have with politics and religion

This shirt is one of a few items I keep around my apartment to help keep me centered. Good Vibe knickknacks if you will. Some people like to frame photos, I like to have items laying around. Today, on such a controversial inauguration day, I wanted to share of few of my good vibe knickknacks that do nothing other than make me happy.

I would LOVE to see what good vibe knickknacks you keep laying around!  Share them with me, share dem vibes!

First, is this shirt. One now of many. So simple. But speaks volumes!

You can buy it from A'muse Leather Co.  More shirts are releasing today at 1pm! Go get 'em!

The first {and my favorite} is my Mala Beads. Mala Beads are used for many different practices.  Some have a a spiritual connection to them, others use them for religious purposes. But I mainly use them to aid my ADHD when I need time to be quiet. After stopping my 8 year dependency on Adderall I've had to teach myself different ways to stay focused when I need to be quiet. Having quiet time to reflect, meditate or pray is difficult for people with ADHD. Mala Beads gives me a tangible item I can use to meditate/pray.

The Mala Neckalce photographed is one I had custom made from a shop on etsy from Good Karma Malas. I chose Green Aventurine mostly because I like the color bus secondly because I like what it represents. Green Aventurine represents someone who wants to release old habits and disappointments so new growth can take place. It represents someone who wants to bring optimism and a zest for life, allowing them to move forward with confidence and to embrace change. It enhances one’s creativity and motivation, and encourages perseverance in maneuvering life’s obstacles. I thought that representation was lovely.

Gem Steady is a Cincy husband & wife artisan jeweler team who creates stunning Mala Bead Necklaces and Bracelets, among other things. Also you should follow them on FACEBOOK. Brittany & Robert have such entertaining posts.... also they have a pet possum. So if anything follow them to see their possum!

 

Oh, Boundary Waters. That's going to be its own blog post one day. I have no idea where to begin with that one, but here is a good starting point. Even though I don't hang many prints I do have tons of photos from BWCA. All the photos we took were shot on a film camera using Lomography color negative 100 ISO fllm. You can buy film from Plaid Room Records in Loveland.

Oh this little flower crown. Of all the princess crowns this girl owns, its THIS CROWN that transforms her into a queen. Yas. Queen!

And lastly ... more jewelry. Cause why not. Sarah gave this to me a week before one of my BWCA trips. I haven't taken it off since. After learning that the beads were made from Picture Jasper I did some reading and found it's representation was to keep someone centered. That's a reminder I needed to wear. When wearing Picture Jasper you can see the different swirls of dark and light colors. The swirling patterns are meant to remind us of our past, your past can follow you around but doesn't have to control you. It reminds you to see the bigger picture and move forward with courage and confidence. So yes, I wear it around errrrry day.

Today of all days I hope this help spread good vibes. We are all human. We can get through this together.

Cheers!
- Whitney
 

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