The world needs your highest self.
Destiny isn’t a predetermined event or magical moment that happens to you. Instead, it’s the willful, defiant and purposeful act of manifesting your highest, most authentic self against all odds. The strengths and gifts that you were born with are uniquely yours. When you unleash the most amazing version of you, you add beauty and light into the world. Buddha taught that there was no greater...
Alignment, Mindfulness & Being a Ninja
Recently, I’ve been struggling with being decisive. It’s not just the big choices, but the little ones as well. Pancakes or an egg white omelette? Sleep in or get up early to meditate? Put this design into production, or maybe that one? Pre-order or ready-to-ship? In my mind, being decisive is like being a ninja. The ninja takes definitive and precise action. There is no thinking about it,...
Dreams, Devastation and A Declaration
Sapna means “dream” in Hindi. When I was a kid, my mother once told me that she named me Sapna because I was her dream. I remember my heart and my chest swelling with pride. Back then, I truly believed I could do anything. I believed I could will the clouds to move, that I could manifest heat into rocks, that I was endowed with incredible artistic skill, that I could run with electric speed -...
A Reminder to Open Your Heart
“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” I love these words from the mystic Sufi poet, Rumi. They remind of yoga class, when my teacher gently prods us to open and lift up your heart. With those words, I straighten up through my spine, bring my shoulders down away from my ears, roll them back slightly and breathe deeply in and then out. Then I feel my chest expand, my heart open...
Two Very Important Lessons
A while back, as I was walking into my house and chatting on the phone, I put two Very Important Things on my desk that I absolutely needed to take with me the next morning. As I set the things down while I continued my chat, I had a subtle but very clear vision and thought: What would happen and how much it would suck, if I forgot these two Very Important Things. But I quickly brushed away...
New Packaging for the New Year!
Announcing my new packaging for my Asmi collection for the New Year! Yay!! Every necklace will come with three different keepsake, inspiration cards. Keep them in your wallet for a quick motivational nudge when you feel yourself steering away from your New Year’s resolutions! Asmi Means I Am. This card shows all the Asmi icons on one side, and on the other explains the meaning of...
How to Make a Perfect Cup of Chai
Chai (or a very close variation of the word) means tea in Hindi, Persian, Russian, Swahili and many other languages around the world. (my steaming cup of afternoon tea) In any Indian home around the world, after water, the next thing your host will offer you is a cup of tea. Sharing tea is like breaking bread together. Some of my best times have been while sharing a cup (or several!) of tea...
The Mystery of Numbers + Asmi Necklace Giveaway...
The winner of the Asmi Necklace Giveaway has been announced on An Indian Summer! Yay!! In order to enter the giveaway, readers posted comments with their life path number and answered the question: “What does being a global soul mean to you?” I was so inspired reading all the thoughtful comments and it was really difficult to choose just one! Curiously,...
I've been Featured, Holiday Giveaway and More! →
The inspiring and truly beautiful design blog An Indian Summer has featured my jewelry designs! I’m so thrilled and excited. There’s a special discount code for 15% off for An Indian Summer readers and also a giveaway of one of my Asmi necklaces so be sure to enter by posting your comment! Winner will be announced on December 21 so enter soon!
A Few of My Favorite Tales
The season is turning and the there’s a crispness in the air…. the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot steaming chai, a warm blanket and a great book that will transport you to another time, another place… A great way to take a bit of a trip! Here’s a list of some of my favorite reads. The stories transport you to India (and some other places too!) and I LOVED each...
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a...– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Numerology and My Asmi Collection
I chose the Sanskrit word “Asmi,” which means “I Am,” for my collection of numerology-inspired, personalized necklaces because, for me, each necklace is a unique symbol that celebrates each person’s individuality, purpose and strength. I love numerology and with this collection I sought to create everyday talismans that will inspire confidence, motivate and bring...
My First Design
This necklace was my very first exploration into jewelry design (not counting my experiments with macaroni jewelry in kindergarten). It was designed and executed, in early 2002 in Jaipur, India. The necklace features six stations of circles handcrafted with raw diamond slices set with pure 24k gold kundan. The reverse crafted in 23k gold embellished with black enameled floral motifs. ...
Gold becomes kundan only after passing through fire– Proverb from Rajasthan, India