A Leap of Faith or Shove from the Universe?
This quote was never more true for me than on October 1, 2013. The Universe witnessed me balancing on the edge of a major life/career change and decided to give me a decisive shove into that scary but exciting space of limitless possibility called unemployment. Within a few short weeks, I found myself in Bali, Indonesia working with an acquaintance who would soon become my new business partner and friend, Jostein Haugum from Denmark and his talented daughter, Vinca. My immediate goal was to create a new brand and bring a collection of fashion garments and accessories to the January 2014 wholesale markets.
Bali provided the perfect backdrop for manifesting my new company. Every morning of this creative journey I woke at dawn to calling roosters and meditated on my porch overlooking the rice paddies of Ubud. I wanted to channel all the experience I had gained over the last forty years in the fashion industry to this exciting venture. The new brand name had to be fresh and descriptive of our envisioned company culture and product creation. Soon lists of ideas swirled in my mind, then to paper and ultimately into Google.
I was shocked to find almost every website domain in the world seemed to be taken. Then I discovered the perfect one that embodied “many Hands creating beautiful products that touch many Hearts”. Once I returned home, the name Hands to Hearts became even more alive, thanks to the gifted artist and my friend, Lesley Silvia, www.lesleysilvia.com. It was the support of my amazing family and friends that lifted me to the moment of launching Hands to Hearts at America’s Mart in Atlanta, GA, in January 2014.
As the business has evolved, many yoga studios across the country are beginning to discover the quality, comfort and ease of our products and appreciate their artistic handmade nature. Having practiced and studied yoga ansana and philosophies for over 20 years, I feel so grateful. It was this natural progression of events that led me to realize the name of my company humbly mirrors the Anjali Mudra. This gesture, shown below, is a symbol of reverence, benediction, and salutation. It “seals” energy in the body and “seals” your relationship with the Devine. Thank you for reliving the joyful, organic beginnings of Hands to Hearts with me. Namaste, Nancy