Creating My Abundance Jar

| As for girls, they should risk everything for freedom and give everything for passion, loving everything that their hearts and their bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more Sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination. |

Roman Payne

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If I were to ask you what your heart and your body loves, what would be your answer?

For me, it’s wandering. Wandering the hillsides, forests, beaches, mountains. Feeling the sun on my skin and smelling salt water. Listening to birds chirp and the wind cut through tall grass.

To save up money for my road home, I decided to create an abundance jar. I’m a very visual person, so the idea of putting my dollar bills into a large jar and watching it fill is inspiring. I’m also crystal obsessed and know that any time I want to manifest something, they need to be added into the equation along with my intentions.

The Container

Because I plan on saving up quite a bit of cash, I opted for a pretty good sized jar. This one I got when I walked down to my local Co-Op. Obviously a jar is see through and reusable, so it was an easy choice.

Choose your Crystals

I wouldn’t be The Stoned Artist if I didn’t sprinkle some sparkles into the mix. There are crystals for every occasion, and abundance is no different. Of course, crystals wont do the work for you. You still need to have the right mindset and actions that support your goal, but they absolutely support manifestation.

Here are a few options for your jar:

  • Citrine- “The money stone,” it is believed to elevate optimism and energy, and therefore bring you to a place of opportunity, prosperity, and abundance.
  • Jade- Thought to bring good fortune into several areas of your life and it makes you more open to prosperity and abundance.
  • Pyrite-  In addition to attracting wealth, abundance and good luck, it is believed to hold a strong protective energy.
  • Aventurine- Supports personal growth and prosperity
  • Tigers Eye- Assists in manifesting ideas and enhancing creativity.
  • Selenite will amplify the energies of all the crystals you choose.

Set Intentions

I chose to create my jar last week and set my intentions today because it’s a New Moon. New Moons are the best time for planting seeds.

After a few cleansing breaths, I wrote my intentions for the future contents of the jar on pieces of paper, which I placed inside.

It’s important to check in and re-read your intentions to keep you inspired and on track.

Let it grow and be patient

I’ve never been the most patient person, so this is the most challenging part for me. I placed my jar on the top shelf of my closet because 1. Out of sight out of mind, and 2. I love my closet and it’s full of light and safe from my cat, the angel of destruction. My goal is to reach a decent down payment amount for a road home before June, so that’s what I’m working towards. Your goal can be long or short term, what ever aligns with your intentions.

It’s also important to be aware of a few things that can block your path to abundance, which Ethan Lazzarini beautifully lays out:

1. Not following through with consistent action steps
2. Negative beliefs or fears around money or rich people
3. Lack of self confidence that you can change your circumstances
4. Giving up at any sign of resistance or obstacles
5. Setting unrealistic goals or timeframes

 

This jar was so fun to put together, mostly because it makes my dream of the nomadic life feel tangible, but also because it’s presence is a daily reminder to work for my dreams.

Watercolor Paintings by Jess Weymouth

Latest watercolor crush: the celestial work of Long Beach based artist, Jess Weymouth.

Jess at Makers Mart Long Beach

 Jess is truly one of my favorite watercolor artists. Her paintings are often inspired by nature, the cosmos, the ocean and the creatures that inhabit this incredible earth.

Not only is her work beautifully detailed, she is a good human that wants to empower other women to chase their calling and pursue their passions.

Check out her Etsy shop here.

 

What is your favorite piece in her shop?

Who are your watercolor crushes?

Let me know in the comments!

Craving a Nomadic Life

Have you ever had an experience that has solidified an idea that you never considered a possibility? An idea that once planted, established roots, grew tall and bloomed to perfection?

 

If Connecticut has taught me anything, it’s that I’m done being stuck in a permanent residence. I’m the type of person that has to have her schedule all mapped out, and it’s time to get out of my comfort zone. Imagine the freedom to come and go as you please, no morning alarms set, no packed agenda.

The Wild Woman in me is craving the ability to pick up and leave for a day, a week, months. I want to escape whenever I want, without paying an arm and a leg for somewhere to stay each time.


In one year, my little family and I will pick up and, (Universe willing,) move across the country to Washington. While the idea of having a permanent home there sounds picturesque, I realized that during my beloved’s deployments, I don’t want to be tied down and alone. My first thought was, “I could rent an RV to visit my friends and family while my beloved is gone.”

Somehow I stumbled on #VanLife

 

What would you do if you could go anywhere and take your home and your faves with you? If the open road was your playground and your getaway car was your dwelling place?

WTF is #VanLife

The easiest way to explain it is, people take a van, strip it and convert it to a home on wheels. That involves insulating the entire thing, hooking up solar panels, adding kitchen sinks and a stove, a bed, and sometimes a couch. Some live in their van solo, with a spouse, and/or with a pet. And then they travel the world. Its incredible.

My VanLife Inspirations

Max, Lee and Occy

He’s Australian, She’s Canadian, and he’s… well… a dog. This couple travels all over the world with their pup in a van. They were my first discovery to the world of Van Conversion.

The Nomadic Movement

When Jordan was laid off from his job, he and Kaylee decided to live out their dream. They sold most of their belongings, bought a short bus and took to the open road. Their story features the process of the bus conversion and all of their adventures.

 

Wild by the Mile

Liz Bryant is a solo traveler that went from news reporter to full-time vanlifer. She’s pretty badass.

Top reasons from The Nomadic Movement to choose the VanLife

  1. If you don’t do it, you will regret it.
  2. Much better understanding of the world.
  3. Move past your comfort zone.
  4. You can work later.
  5. You have all the time in the world.

 

**Our Nomadic Timeline**

This Month

While I would love to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter van like Liz and completely remake it, I have to find a different route. Next week, we are buying a Jeep. That will be our main ride when the time comes to travel.

The Next 6 Months

We’ve decided to go with the Travel Trailer option for a few reasons:

  1. We want to be able to detach our living space for quick errands when we stop somewhere,
  2. More space for our little family.
  3. Less money that a van conversion.

The trailer that I’ve found and fallen in love with is almost $8K. I plan on making that money before the end of Summer.

Fall of 2019

With big plans and lots of distance in our future, we want to master a few short distance adventures. Here’s what we’re thinking:

  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Montreal
  • Cape Cod, MA

January 2020

We move out of our apartment and embark on a 1 month journey across the country. A few stops along the way:

  • Nashville
  • Atlanta
  • New Orleans
  • Denver
  • Vail, AZ (family)
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo, CA (friends)
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Tahoe, CA
  • Northern Nevada
  • Anywhere in Oregon
  • End in Bremerton, WA

While these stops wont be set in stone, most of them are at the top of our lists for exploring. I can’t wait to keep you updated on our progress!


 

What would be your top places to visit on a drive across the US?

Would you ever consider living the Nomad/ Van Life?

Let me know in the comments!