guest post by Diana Charabin of Tiny Devotions
I have for some time self described myself as “part gypsy and part CEO.”
Both of these characteristics I can proudly thank my parents for – my father a successful CEO of a thriving company and my mother an artist and self-proclaimed healer who dreams of angels and paintbrushes.
My parents always supported my sister and I in two major areas: education and travel. I remember in high school convincing them that my school’s science trip to Equador would help me improve my science grades (they totally bought in to my story).
My love for seeing the world has taken me on a myriad of adventures including surfing in Costa Rica, dogsledding in Norway, Backpacking in Thailand, Meditating in Bali and various other rich and self defining experiences.
After finishing my undergraduate degree I was given the opportunity to study law in Australia. I had never really wanted to be a lawyer but I had ALWAYS wanted to learn how to surf, live on the coast and visit Australia. Having the responsibilities of completing a law degree did not seem too daunting when paired with the idea of a three year of adventures in a foreign land.
My professional gypsy days began once setting my feet down under. Being so far away from home had the most surprising effect for me – I started deeply exploring who I really was. Every moment spent outside of the law school was spent in exploration. One day I was a painter, the next day a photographer. I could be a writer by day and a yogi by night. Living on the other side of the world helped me connect with myself and commit to being authentic with who I really am.
After finishing school in Australia – managing to bring home a law degree amongst my jam packed photo album of hikes, day trips, epiphanies, surf adventures, music festivals and memories – I made a two month pit stop in Indonesia where I began crafting mala beads. This was absolutely, positively never in “the plan” but as life goes – when we Gypsy Girls align with our heart the universe tends to throw amazing and otherwise unbelievable opportunities our way. When we live inspired lives, we are given only support to continue inspiring those around us.
Mala beads are meditation necklaces that have been worn for thousands of years in some form in nearly every tradition. However, for me mala beads are also about following your dreams and being a true Gypsy Girl, whether you are on the road or in the office, as long as you are living an intention based life.
Today Tiny Devotions is offering a special mala giveaway! “Like” Tiny Devotions on Facebook or “follow” @tinydevotions on Twitter, and comment under this post by Sunday 2/6 11pm PST, telling us which is your favorite mala, to be in the run to win a mala with the intention of your choice.