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Mantra Monday

Author: Joe Lizz Editor: Danielle Schoen Happy Monday Blue Ridge Nation!!!! I am super excited to be bringing something new to all of y’all starting TODAY! Each Monday we will be dropping a short and sweet blog post to help you kickstart your week with a “make moves” attitude! Whether it’s meditation and mantras, quotes for a little inspiration, or just a few words of encouragement, let’s make every Monday just as great as every Friday! This week we invite you to cultivate your own personal mantra. Your mantra can be anything that you’d like. It can be a singular word or short phrase. You can even have multiple mantras that you interchange depending on the situation and what you’re experiencing...

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Fentanyl to CBD, Bravery, and Teal Hair: Lessons from an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Advocate

By: Danielle Schoen Editor: Alisha Evelegh Whether it be leaving the Mormon Church on the day of her baptism or moving to Western North Carolina years ago with just her dogs, 120 dollars, a few clothes, and attending her cousin’s wedding with her soon-to-be new love; Katie seems to subvert and challenge norms with ease, all the while following her own heart and intuition. In fact, whenever Katie comes to our Asheville office to talk about the crystals she puts in our products, her captivating honesty and strength of self remain part of the conversation for hours after she’s left. It’s truly hard not to be captivated by this bold and bright teal-haired beauty, especially when she also happens to...

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Facing Autoimmune Disease with CBD, Yoga, and Doga

Looking at Keri’s Instagram feed gets you excited about different things, from cosplay to yoga and the many fur babies she and her family share their home with. Speaking to her, we get an overload of wisdom and enthusiasm. Her spirit is both wise and young; she retains the joy we often forget after childhood, what a magical combination. However, she has gone through a few things to gather this wisdom she freely shares. “I’ve been on my own since I was 16, I’ve learned to make my way, it took a long time, but I finally found contentment in life… I am no longer held back by what I think I need to do; you only get one life...

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The Story Behind @Gypsyloveflow, her Passion for Internal and Physical Healing, Yoga and CBD

As beautiful as her words on Instagram so is her soul and outlook on life. However, it has taken a lot of self-work and growth for Gab to get to the point she is at right now. You may know her as @Gypsyloveflow on Instagram and may even be familiar with the insightful pieces of her soul she shares with her audience. That is how we first “met” Gab. Perhaps you met her at one of her Power Yoga, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga classes in Miami. We certainly got to know Gab a little bit better speaking about some of her passions such as Yoga and her Private Lessons. For the past four years, she has opened her reality to...

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Melinda, Back Surgery, True Calling, and Yoga & CBD

Melinda is a self-proclaimed late bloomer. The only thing she did young was get married and have children. However, talking to her, “late bloomer” is not the word we would use to describe her. Inspirational? Yes. Source of positivity? Yes. Determined? Heck yes!   Melinda comes from the medical community and believes in alternative therapy; she believes that there is more to just treating patients with pills and giving medications when nature, physical movement, and alternative therapies may be more healing.   Turn around point A few years ago, at 49, she had her “awakening” where she realized she couldn’t continue the way she was. She was living, eating and being unhealthy. It had manifested in unhealthy habits and extra...

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