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5 days stopping

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Welcome to 2020. I can’t believe we are already two weeks in! It’s been an interesting transition: to move on from the teens and into the tweens of the twothousands. People seem unusually excited and hopeful, yet there are the the news of real-life effects of global warming, and big political upheavals and tensions in the world. Everything feels a little precarious right now, surprisingly different from how I felt just two weeks ago, when I spent 5 days stopping.

Stopping what? Running around, being busy, getting things done – all the things an entrepreneur does. Instead, over the holidays, I turned inwards by participating in an urban meditation retreat. This particular retreat emphasized stillness: of body, of speech, of mind. We were encouraged to take these disciplines ‘home’ with us everyday – the challenges of an urban retreat. Even talking to the dog was called out.

Full disclosure: this image was from a retreat in Colorado in 2018, at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, and it was not the humble meditation hall I sat in over the holidays.

Oh how amazingly refreshing these five days of stillness were.
If you know anything about me, you may know that maintaining a healthy body is as important to me as working with my mind. So every other day, I showed up at the gym at 6am, before heading to the meditation hall. Yes! Felt great.

I love my Jatoba-wood workbench, hand-built right here in Halifax

I returned to my studio incredibly refreshed and inspired, and am cooking up something new for you – to be revealed shortly! My newsletter will probably be where I will first show this new piece, so if you have not already, you might want to sign up for that!

In the meantime, you can have a look at all the one-of-a-kind Onefooter rings which I finally had time to photograph and get up on the website. Many of you will have seen these in person in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, or Halifax, as I took them to shows and open houses across the country. If you had one you were particularly fond of, search for its One-of-a-kind number. Or narrow your search by size or type of stone via the Filter box on the shop page.

Ah – but 18k yellow gold and sapphire!
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