Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One Bead Karma Yoga Class

Group picture before the class
 This was SO much fun! At 7:15 p.m. I packed up my car and went with my mom the Yoga Lounge in Hudson, OH ( When we arrived people were already showing up! The class was donation based, so instead of paying the regular fee for a class people could donate any amount to One Bead. Donations above $12 received a One Bead bracelet and donations above $20 could choose between a bracelet and T-shirt. What was amazing to me is that everyone who participated was so interested in learning about the cause. They were excited and wanted to be there! You could actually feel the energy in the studio of people dedicating 90 minutes of their day to others. It was very inspiring. We raised over $300! But more importantly we got a lot of people excited about what One Bead is doing. Kevin O'Brien did an amazing job leading the class and giving us a balance of laughter with focus and dedicated poses. I must admit I am a bit sore today!

The summer is coming to an end and I have learned so much from the different One Bead events that have taken place. It is important to have realistic expectations about what kinds of things you hope to achieve in any event. For me, I go into everything hoping to just get people excited and inspired to share my dream with others. If I can get even one person excited to the point where I am confident they are going to go home and tell someone else...then for me this is a win. The donations are a wonderful add-on!

Anyway, thank you as always for reading! Below is a playlist that Kevin shared with me for anyone interested in our Power Jam playlist Monday Night. It is a funny variety of songs :-) Thanks again to all those who showed up and practiced with us!


Karma Class may have to zoom in to read!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


The Musselman Triathlon was this weekend in Geneva, NY. First of all, I'd like to thank Jeff Henderson and his team for giving us the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible event! I'd also like to thank those who did come out and help us fill water less person and this would not have been possible at ALL. We filled approx 2,000 water bottles over the weekend which were then handed out to finishers of the events. In exchange, One Bead was able to have a booth at the expo Friday night and Saturday. We raised a grand total of $232!!!  On Friday we filled water bottles from 3-5 and then I worked the expo from 5-7:30. Then, Saturday we worked the booth from 10-2 and then filled water bottles from 2-4...because there were only 2 of us, we weren't able to be present for the entire expo, but still managed to receive an enormous amount of feedback. It was so inspiring to meet so many impressive athletes. Anyone who can swim 1.2 miles, bike 56, and run 13.1 miles is a champion in my books!
Those bins full of water bottles were quite heavy!

Anna (pictured right on the far right) helped us fill water both days AND helped out with other components on the race. What a champ!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Recommendation

What's on my coffee table right now! My friend Chris let me borrow this book about the realities of starting a business and taking the risk of pursuing the "American Dream". It has some really useful information. What is most appealing to me is that there are insights from the author's own experience of ending one career and deciding to invest in his idea now known as the Painter's Pyramid. Check it out!

One Bead for the Vegan!

Hemp, Hemp and more Hemp! The other day my friend Sarah e-mailed to tell me she wanted to order some bracelets but was wondering if there was an option for those not wanting to wear leather. So this is what we came up with! Enjoy x

Running a Duathlon on July my shirt?

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It's here! I am sure many of you have already discovered this on your own. But I would like to take this time (post) to OFFICIALLY announce our new site:

I had a lot of trouble deciding when to do this. I have learned from my CTO, Mark Benya, that building a website is anything but easy. Although we finished the basic format weeks ago, I have spent the past few months nit-picking, changing, and adding all sorts of details. I'm learning that a good website never really is "completed". Additionally, I wanted to organize our new line of apparel before officially reveling to the world.

So here it is!!! Please take some time to click the link above and admire the hard work of the following people:

Special Thanks (yes, you must read this section!)

Mark Benya- I don't think I could really ever fit in a single post how much he has done for this site. So Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!

Charlotte Lysohir- For being the first to tell me a couple of months ago that we had a lot of work to do before we showed this site to anyone! (still have work to do) But it has definitely paid off!

Matthew Mead- For taking charge of the whole production and design of our t-shirts this summer. You know you have found the best of the best when your graphic designer is calling you from a different country to make sure all of the apparel came in and everything is running smoothly.

Salli Swindell- For the lovely font and inspiration as always x

Couldn't be more thrilled!! More pictures of shirts and beads to be posted soon....



Friday, July 6, 2012