Inspiration

*Roots of the Sun* An Interview with Destini and Jake, Owners & Herbal Apothecaries

It’s not everyday that you encounter such a charming herbal apothecary shop. Upon arriving at Roots of the Sun, I was welcomed by Destini and Jake with some of their handmade tea (so lovely!). While sipping it we discussed their love of humans, love of St. Petersburg, and love of wellness. I learned SO much. They’re well educated in their craft and will guide you through whatever you may need.

Be sure to check them out!

Ladies and gents, Destini and Jake…

tell us about Roots of the Sun.

Roots of the Sun is an herbal apothecary that creates, sells, and distributes sustainably-harvested loose leaf herbs and wellness products. We specialize in Magic-Infused herbal tea blends, tinctures, extracts, and salves using biodynamic practices. We also have a space for community co-creation and herbalism outreach, where we host classes, workshops, ceremonies, and other events.

when did your passion for herbal healing start?

Destini’s passion for herbalism started when she first discovered the benefits and connection the plants have to offer, which occurred about 10 years ago.

what would you say is your big vision for Roots of the Sun?

Roots of the Sun’s vision is to offer and spread natural wellness through herbalism and herbal products, to create a space for community to come together with the intentions of healing, and to support local herbalists in their ventures of discovering and applying this ancient wisdom.

tell us about how you came up with the name Roots of the Sun?

The name Roots of the Sun came by happenstance as collaboration with another herbalist. Once the name was spoken, we were struck by the symbolism of the need to be grounded in our roots in order to let our light shine. To be the spark in the dark.

what made you decide to start Roots of the Sun?

Destini struggled with various health issues in childhood, and was only exposed to traditional allopathic medicine. This provided little to no remedy, and she decided to begin doing her own research and experimenting with various alternatives. She soon discovered the healing power of plants combined with our connection to the cycles of nature. Through herbalism, she regained her health and vitality, and decided to become an herbalist herself. She started Roots of the Sun with the intention of creating a foundation of natural wellness and spreading this knowledge.

what is your big “why”? why do you do what you do?

We do what we do because we care about people, we care about the Earth. We want to connect with people, to help people connect with the Earth.

what are your personal favorite books?

The Celestine Prophecy as it illustrates the spiritual side of life in a simple and applicable way. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a wonderful resource for discovering and applying the magical uses of plants.

what feelings do you want your customers to walk away with?

We would describe our shop as a portal to another dimension, like stepping out of the 3rd dimensional world into a whimsical forest. We hope our customers walk away with a sense of wonder and connection to a higher frequency of existence.

if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do?

Go on a weed walk because we love getting our feet dirty and connecting with nature.

if you had to chose one person in your whole life that has inspired you, who would that be and why?

I know this may sound cliché, but under careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that the person we are most inspired by is each other, because we both have endured tremendous adversity and have chosen to follow our purpose and passion with relentless love and determination.

favorite quote.

“When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the World will Know Peace” -Jimi Hendrix

what made you decide to open Roots of the Sun here in St. Petersburg?

The very first day we looked in the St. Petersburg area, this location became available. Plus we discovered there was an available apartment above the shop! We boldly jumped on the opportunity and couldn’t be happier to be a part of this amazing community!

describe St. Petersburg in a few words.

The best place on Earth.

as a business owner what are some of your personal self care practices? what are some you recommend?

Daily yoga, meditation, grounding, energy work, spending time in nature, healthy organic food, and lots and lots of herbs!

what are some non negotiable daily practices you have?

Self-respect, self-love, kindness and compassion for others.

when do you feel the most creative?

Usually during the full moon and the new moon our creative energy seems to be more palpable.

what do you think is the most important thing to focus on when running your business?

Setting pure intentions based on love, respect, and care for ourselves, for others, and for the Earth.

what is the best place you’ve traveled to?

Waterfalls in the Appalachian mountains.

when do you feel your best?

When we are being impeccable to ourselves, our purpose, and our truth in a way that serves others.

what would you say is the best thing about running your own business?

Freedom and the ability to connect with people in a way that serves the community.

any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business?

Success starts with passion and it requires relentless determination to bring into reality. When your passion is in service to both yourself and the world the universe will conspire to assist you! However, success does not always happen the way we expect, so we must be flexible and patient.

what inspires you?

We are inspired by nature, by the universe, by the unfathomable connection between all things. We are inspired by people for choosing to be here on this Planet. We are especially inspired by those who care about themselves, care about each other, and care about the Earth.

what kinds of social media can we follow you on? how can our readers contact you?

You can find us on Instagram & Facebook. Our online store will be available in the next month to order from. You can reach us at rootsofthesun.com, 850-443-2523, and rootsofthesun4.4.4 [at] gmail [dot] com. We hope to see you there!

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// interview + photography by Olivia //

Journaling Prompts for When You’re Feeling Lost or Stuck

Hands down my daily journaling ritual has changed my life. It’s given me a much clearer perspective on my internal world and what impact I want to leave in the world around me. I’m now a journaling evangelist (is this a thing?) but really, I recommend journaling to everyone.

Today, I’m sharing some prompts which I know will give you more clarity and will shine a light on your path. If you try these, or journaling, out send me a message. Love connecting with ya’ll.

Happy Journaling!

What do I enjoy when I am not judging myself?

If I could ask the Universe something, what would I ask for?

What do I feel is trying to emerge in my life?

What do I most crave right now? 

What have I been day dreaming about lately?

What would you want if nobody cared or judged me?

What would I love to have more of in my life?

If I could leave my reputation and anything else behind, what would I do, and how would that change things for me?

Think of your 87 year old-self, what would they say to you today? What would make them feel like you lived a full life?

If there were no limits, what would I love to become involved in?

How am I holding myself back and what small action can I take today?

What can I do more of in my life that I have been missing?

Who do I admire and why do I admire them?

Where would I love to see myself in 3 years time? (describe your ideal day i.e. where you live, what you’re doing, what lights you up, who you’re with, etc.)

 

CoLab *An Interview with Erin Childs, Founder, Owner, and Hair Artist

Warm. Soothing. Peaceful. Welcoming.

Those are the feelings that came to my mind upon entering CoLab on a cloudy Monday morning. I had the pleasure of spending Erin’s day off with her, getting to know her vision, her values, and what she believes about herself and the world.

Erin truly cares about her craft, the environment, and every single person she interacts with. For her, owning a salon is about making people feel cared for and listened to (love that!). In her interview, Erin gives us great advice on owning your own business, following what is true for you, and living an inspired life.

Hey, when you stop by, be sure to let her know Winter Moon sent you!

Without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to Erin Childs…

tell us about CoLab?

CoLab is a boutique hair salon that specializes in hair services for all hair types.

what made you decide to start CoLab?

Freedom, my desire to run and do business in the way that has me, and the world, feeling good.

What would you say is your big vision for CoLab?

For my city to fall in love with CoLab as their salon and to know it as a business that cares greatly and contributes immensely to the people of our city.

tell us about how you came up with the name CoLab?

It is short for the word collaboration, my favorite and best way of doing life.

how would you describe the vibe in your salon?

I would describe it as beautiful, as in an edifice to beauty. Sophisticated, comfy, and approachable.

what feelings do you want your clients to walk away with?

I would like for them all to leave feeling heard, at ease, and joyous.

why do you do what you do?

Because I love it, I believe that it is a big part of my purpose for being here.

when did your passion for hairdressing start?

When I started teaching it.

what inspires you?

People and humanity inspire me. I want to show up being and doing my best for all the people I see and talk to in my day. And that inspiration comes from Spirit and Creation.

if you had to chose one person in your whole life that has inspired you, who would that be and why?

My dear friend and mentor Julie Baum. She is the most incredible human being. She demonstrates levels of gratefulness, patience, listening, generosity and kindness on a daily basis that are highly uncommon and seemingly impossible. She can light up a room full of people and leave them all sustaining their brightness long after she departs. She is unique and free-spirited with always a bit of mischief about her.

if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do?!

Ride my bike across New Zealand’s South Island. I visited last year and I can’t get that land out of my head. Also, it would clearly be an amazing adventure!

what is the best place you’ve traveled to?

Queenstown, New Zealand. It is the most spectacular place I have ever seen and I saw it with my sister and got to visit with our friend who lives there, that helps!

where are you from and where do you live now?

I grew up overseas and also on the East Coast of FL. I am currently a new home owner in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, FL.

as a business owner what are some of your personal self care practices?

Prayer/meditating, journaling, gym/bike riding, cooking for myself, reading/class for self growth, spending time with my family and friends, spending time outside every day. I would recommend them all to anyone and as a business owner I think there isn’t room to not do these things and stay mentally and physically healthy.

what made you decide to open CoLab here in St. Petersburg?

I’ve lived here for 12 years now and I love it. I wanted to do it for St. Pete and be part of the small business movement here.

describe St. Petersburg in a few words.

That’s tough, I have so many good words for it… small but big, artist, young spirited and beautiful.

when do you feel the most creative?

When I am most at peace and present in the moment. I have no thoughts that get in the way of my natural expression then. When I need a head check I go outside and usually I am all better for it.

what are your personal favorite books?

Where the Red Fern Grows, it was the first book that made me want take time out of playing to read. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, because I lived in England at the time and desperately wanted my wardrobe to be magical
Then I stopped having all time favorites and now my favorite book is the one I’m currently reading. Right now I have committed to read the Bible in its entirety for the first time this year. The King James Version, which is going a bit like translation and puzzle solving. I am enjoying it.

when do you feel your best?

When I’m well rested.

how did you know it was time to open up your business? In other words, when did you know it was time to JUMP?

I suppose it was an idea that came up and over time I let it unfold. And when it was the right time I just knew and it went quickly. 3 years prior to opening the salon I had the idea and along with a partner and friend at the time, developed a concept and found a space. When I started working the business plan I figured out there were some things that I need to work through as a person. Three years later I emerged a renewed person ready to open my salon.  It took getting divorced,  being fired from a 10yr held job and a massive brake down in my relationship with my family to be the person to have the kind of business I wanted.  It was ugly and beautiful as a process. I opened my salon in two months from the time I signed the lease for the building.

what do you think is the most important thing to focus on when running your business?

My daily attitude, perception, and intentions.

what are some non negotiable daily practices you have?

Kindness, honoring one’s word, doing good work, and taking a break when needed.

what would you say is the best thing about running your own business?

The freedom I experience in owning it and throughout my life because of it.

as a business owner, what is your take on following your gut instinct aka intuition?

Following ones gut or intuition is the only way have peace and success together I believe.  There is no peace to be found in controlling things or trying to make things happen. Only worry and fear.  For me it is an experience of faith. I set my intentions each day for the day and I let the details work themselves out.  I have to deal with my fears and anxiety at times in this process. I have found with practice it does get easier for me to not give those particular feelings power.

favorite quote.

That changes regularly as well as I use them to live into. This one I like now:

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”
Julia Cameron

any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business?

I would offer loads of encouragement and I would happy to share my own experience in opening and running a business. I will be leaving my contact information below and I would be happy to talk to anyone that so desires.

what kinds of social media can we follow you on, & how can our readers contact you?

We are on Instagram and Facebook as CoLab Salon. I can be contacted by calling 727.914.4930 or by emailing us: colabsalon1 [at] gmail.com

START WHERE YOU’RE AT

It’s so easy to see how far you are from your goals and dreams.

I remember when I started running. The thoughts and ideas I had of running came from High School gym class. Having to run a mile in under 12 minutes? or was it 14? I can’t remember that nightmare. All I remember was being sweaty, not being able to shower and then heading to English class. #horrible

So, as you can imagine, as an adult considering the possibility of becoming a runner gave me some really gnarly flashbacks. Instead of punishing myself for my inabilities as a teen, I opted for creating a morning ritual where I walked for 15 minutes. Those walks then became jogs, which later became runs.

There was no overnight success.

There was no pressure.

It was just me going outside, moving my legs. Everyday.

About 6 months into this routine, I ran my first half marathon.

Here’s the thing though. It never really matters how far or close you are from your goals (hear me out). What matters is that you are actually enjoying your life in the process. That you feel like WHAT you are doing and WHO you are being are in alignment.

There’s a process I use almost on a daily basis to pop me back into alignment.

  1. ask yourself WHAT you want and WHY you want it (journal about this)
  2. start where you’re at (any action towards what you want is a million times better than NO action)
  3. ask yourself WHO this goal is allowing you to become (the true win of our goals is who we become in the process)
  4. repeat steps 1-3 every day

Lastly, I just want to say this. It’s SO easy to get caught up in comparisonitis. Remember that your path is yours alone. Your business and your art is your gift to the world.  Keep taking one step every day. That’s all it takes.

And as for me? I am currently training for a full 26.2 mile marathon. One step at a time.

SLOW DOWN: Life is happening NOW

We get so carried away in life by rushing to our destination.

Rushing to college.

Rushing to the job.

Rushing to the mate.

Rushing, rushing, rushing.

This rushing causes an immense about of distress internally. It splits our energy.  It makes us feel like we are wrong now. Like we are broken now. Like we are incomplete.

But of course, you are not incomplete. You are exactly where you need to be experiencing what you need to be experiencing. Does that mean that you become  complacent? Not at all. You can strive for better while enjoying and savoring the present moment.

I was scrolling through my phone the other day and noticed that I take a lot of random photos of things (anyone else do this?!). It reminded me of how much we can miss in life when we are rushing through. It reminded me of how much beauty is here and now.

That life is perfect as it is now.

Not tomorrow. Not when you get the perfect job. Or the perfect client. Or the perfect mate.

Life is beautiful right here and now.