Lauren and I have been at Have Company for four days. As part of our residency we have been trying to define anew what Desert Jewels is. A lot of people ask us this question and we have a hard time answering it. Two years ago we started as a storytelling website. A place for people to share their stories, all in a safe and sacred virtual container. That was then...
Since I moved to Seattle about four months ago we have lost some of our fire and passion for posting stories. We have even been cringing a bit when we hear the word "story" in the context of Desert Jewels. It was a beautiful process to curate and build the stories, but we have found a desire for more. More connection, more face-to-face interaction with our community. Creating intimate, intentional gatherings like yoga + writing workshops, themed dinners, and pop-ups have been where we feel inspired. There's been something so organic about the holistic experiences we have started to create, the different people we have collaborated with, and it has brought our work to a whole new level. It's kind of like serving up a bunch of soul food... only the food is yoga, writing, meditation and, every now and again, actual, real food.
The shift from what we were to who we are becoming has been sticky. It's hard to leave things, let the old Desert Jewels go. To move beyond the original concept, the attachment.
We feel like it is important to keep things transparent during this shift. So often we just see the final manifestation of a concept. A beautiful website, a perfectly curated Instagram. But we are interested in exposing what is happening behind all of that. It has been agonizing at times to jump forward into the new Desert Jewels vision. Mostly because we don't really know what it is. At this point, Desert Jewels is more of a feeling inside our hearts and less of a concrete idea.
We know that we are dreamers, we are committed to speaking the truth, to being in our bodies, to learning, to growing and to collaborating. Holding one another accountable for showing up, fueling our individual and collective dreams. Trying and trying and trying again until it works.
My hope is that this blog will serve as a journal to document the process of moving forward with this creative endeavor, and to connect with other dream crafters out in the world.
What is Desert Jewels? Let's find out together.