marie mala

marie is the one who sparked my whole idea of the mala project. she and i have never met in person but we became acquaintances on instagram. at one point, marie asked for my address and a week later a sweet little package arrived with hand-drawn/painted notecards and...
allison mala

allison mala

allison and i met shortly after i started dating j. her husband, kevin, is one of j’s best friends. allison is creative and thoughtful. she went to school to be an interior designer but recently found herself wanting to be a teacher. she took a (really hard)...
krisa mala

krisa mala

i met krisa in early 2000 when we worked in county government together. she introduced me to my husband – her husband, andy, is one of j’s best friends, and has been since high school. krisa’s daughter, mikayla, is m’s best friend. for many...
heather mala

heather mala

i made this mala three times before i got it right but it was good practice for the mala project. B E A D S   I N   T H I S   M A L A L A V A   S T O N E: origin is a key role in energetic qualities; comes from fire which ultimately comes from the...

how the mala project began

i began the mala project as a number of things were happening in my life. in the beginning of 500 hour teacher training, lots of things were coming up for me, i was questioning and dealing with some not-so-comfortable things in my past, struggling with self-worth...