I’m writing this at 38,000 feet in the air, in a tin box with wings and an engine. There are close to 200 other people on this flying machine with me, along with all of their baggage. One lady has a cat. Just because thousands of planes take off and land each day doesn’t mean it’s any less of a miracle. I’d like to explore the idea that everything is a miracle, especially the mundane. Each person is made up of 100 trillion cells, each one of those cells doing it’s part. Can you imagine the number of transactions per second the body has to undergo in order to make itself work? This morning I woke up in a bed made by people, in a room, in an apartment, in a building made and designed by people. Thousands of people invented all the things that went into building the building. Someone invented cement and door hinges! How did all the right parts and people and processes and strategies and businesses come together to erect this building? All the trillions of cells working together to make things that we all can use in society. I am in awe of everyday life.
The toast I ate this morning was made with grains that were grown in a field by sunlight and water and earth and then people turned the grain into bread and then it travelled to the grocery store (created and run by people). Upon awakening this morning, my body, still in tact from the night before, knew how to get dressed, pack, tidy up, and, of course, eat the toast. We won’t even go into the miracle of how I’m able to use all it’s nutrients just by chewing and swallowing. Swallowing itself is a miracle, how does food consistently go down the right pipe?
Everything is a miracle. Life is miraculous.
Sadly, we tend to harp on the negative. Why? We hurt ourselves, we get sick, we forget things, we make mistakes, we offend others, we lose big accounts, we fail. We often feel wronged by other people’s actions and we are upset when something doesn’t go our way. Speaking of which, what exactly is “our way”? How did we get so important and why is “our way” better than someone else's? If we are so preoccupied with getting what we want, we tend to forget the fact that everything is a miracle. Haven’t we all experienced lessons from life’s calamities? What if ‘not always getting what we want’ is part of the plan? Is there something else influencing the way of the world? Of the universe? What is the glue that keeps all these trillions of cells together? Our limbs can’t do their job if they don’t have the body attached to them, much like any other part of ourselves. What keeps us whole?
My humble advice: spend one day looking at everything as if it were meant to happen. Start your day with this quote by A Course in Miracles, “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all grievances, regrets and resentments and choose the miracle.”
Relish in the mundane, and, while you’re at it, thank your 100 trillion cells for doing their job-warts and all.
-Shana Colbin Dunn
I’m sitting here staring at the blinking curser. How do we compose ourselves in the aftermath of all these terror attacks? How do we justify smiling, laughing, having fun when we have discord between blacks and whites, Hispanics, and the police who serve our communities? How do we respond to the hate?
It’s tempting to get angry, to throw our arms up to show our blanket disgust with people who make choices out of their fear which lead to hurting and killing others. Many lives are destroyed by terror, racism, hate and bigotry and, yeah, it’s hard to imagine rising above the news thrown at us every day confirming more terror, racism, hate and bigotry.
Mainstream media focuses on these stories of fear and hate. We are inundated with the negative because that’s how mainstream media is set up--and it obviously works for the industry--if they weren’t financially successful with this model, believe me, they’d change it. However, there is more to the picture than what is right in front of us. The internet offers something that we don’t regularly see on mainstream media and television: small stories of hope and love. Stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This is why I like Facebook and Google, this is why I love Ted talks www.ted.com/talks and the Moth radio hour www.themoth.org. There’s a whole world out there of people who do incredible, inspiring and unbelievable things. There are a slew of people who use their intellect, wisdom and creativity to fulfill their life’s purpose of offering themselves up to the greater good. There are also spiritual leaders and celebrities that I believe are creating an underground spiritual revolution that is slowly breaking through to the mainstream. This movement is led by the Pope, Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, Deepok Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Malala Yousafzai, and the list goes on. Increasingly, people are coming out on the side of love and offering their invaluable insights. Seek their wisdom, listen to their words. Your own view of the world may start to shift.
So, if someone were to ask me, what is the answer to all this craziness? How do we justify our blessed lives while there is so much suffering? I would say, “In order to change the world, peace begins with the seed inside yourself.” Compare this idea to how we grow things. First we plant a seed, and, the next thing you know, we have a garden and then a farm and then rows of trees and then a forest. Start with the seed. Picture it nestled in your gut. Water it, give it light, tons and tons of light and let it grow. The seed of peace. Then it will spread. It will spread to others in your family and then it will seep out your door down the street to the neighbors, it will fill up the block, the corner store and beyond.
The question remains, what do we do when we get hit again with another horrific news story, another act of fear and terror? Keep nurturing your seed. Pull yourself up and do it again. Even when the hate keeps coming, again and again, just keep nurturing your seed. You are a part of the solution. There will be days where you want to give in to the hate and feel the complete and utter rage. There will be days when you think your own seed is gone. It’s not, it’s impossible to destroy, it just needs to be unearthed. Pull yourself up again. And again. And again. Nurture the seed, build your garden. You will heal yourself and the world.
Shana Colbin Dunn
This month I am partaking in a little “spring cleaning.” A food cleanse, that is. It can become a slippery slope of trying to focus on how I FEEL, rather than obsessing over if I’m noticing a change in my body every day. Yesterday in the store I sipped on tea, and experienced connection with a few customers who inspired me to stop the obsession and own my body…what I already do have. And what better way to do that, than finding some female liberation through fashion?
Here at Kismet we pride ourselves on finding clothes to fit you, not the other way around. Last night we had a customer come in and soak up our Denim deal (buy one get one 30% off.) This will still be happening through Sunday by the way! She effortlessly slipped on the pants and said, “This is the best experience I have ever had in a pair of jeans.” It had some kind of an impact on me. Kismet clothing allows all body types and styles to find freedom, ease, and comfort.
It also gave me a boost of inspiration. What if I was to make better friends with my body? It’s not about squeezing into a size zero. It’s about nourishing the body we already have. The icing on the cake is in finding places that will decorate your unique body type in clothing that will inevitably put a strut into your step. How amazing is it to walk out of a store and know you have picked up items that make you look damn good in all the right places? No need to dread the spring/ summer wardrobe. We have got you covered. Just the way you are.
Here at Kismet we adore our local artisans. They give our stores personality, spunk, and an endless amount of style. Each jewelry case takes on a noteworthy vibe; I thoroughly enjoy coming into work each day to style myself in all the artisans we know and love.
We are thrilled to welcome Heidi Kidd as our newest local designer. Her pieces are versatile, delicate, yet made to last. Her unique style brings a fresh new look that only a true artist can make her own. Her use of antlers, sandalwood, kyanite, and turquoise coupled with intricate beadwork and metal designs make it worth the trip to come see her work in person.
And what can we say about Christy Lea Payne aka CLP Jewelry? We have been working with her since our doors opened 10 years ago. With every visit to her studio, even after all this time, I get a giddy in anticipation of her new designs. There is something incredibly special about her imperfectly perfect pieces. Her use of semi precious stones, sterling and leather is nothing short of genius.
InK designs are classic, rustic, casual sterling and stone pieces that take on a style all their own. Ina and Kristen are behind this local brand and this duo began 8 years ago here in Denver, Colorado. Each piece exudes a creativity that only their joint efforts can achieve.
Brady Ann Designs is another artist who has stood the test of time. She sources exotic stones and combines them with intricate handiwork to create exclusively one-of-a-kind beauties. She uses both sterling, gold fill, silk and leather in her work. Her pieces are so delicate, you can layer them so they are fun to collect and wear all at once!
Laura from Mercer and Jayne jewelry is our master of the every day necklace. Her sterling and gold fill necklaces and earrings are so perfectly subtle, you'll never want to take them off. She uses simple shapes, metals and stones to create designs that complete any outfit.
For our 10 year anniversary party on May 7th, 2016, we are excited to have a few of these designers hold trunk shows. Brady Ann will be in the Lowry Town Center, Heidi Kidd will be in our Cherry Hills store and InK will be in the Highlands location. See you there.
March 20th marked the spring equinox, bringing excitement and color into the store, not to mention a promise of lighter, brighter days ahead (with a few spring snow days mixed in). This time of year is an initiation of healing, renewal, and growth. The equinox has been celebrated by goddess traditions since ancient times. Many spring goddess legends remind us to revive our senses, plant new seeds, and gift our spring wardrobe some warmth and fresh vibes. Here at Kismet it begins with dresses and we are looking forward to our 4th annual frock shop debuting tomorrow, April 16th, where we transform part of each store into a pop-up shop!
There's just something so comforting about finding a dress that flows and fits in all the right places, not to mention the ease of just throwing on one thing and being set for the day. No more layers! Just as spring masterfully and skillfully brings new life and beauty to earth, we too can support the seasons of our lives and styles as well! So go ahead, channel your inner goddess. Plant a seed, dance in the light of the moon, relish the longer days, and play in the spring snow knowing you'll be able to sport your new frock the day after.
If I'm being honest, Jean shopping has never been an experience I've looked forward to. I've dreaded it since I was a young girl. Finding a pair that isn't too tight here, yet too loose there has seemed impossible at times. I've thought to myself, "We all have different body types, hello!" I'd rather live in my yoga pants, thanks. Yet, I've recently found some hope. It's all about Mavi. The jean that is...
Mavi works to fit you! With its 100% cotton denim blend, it's a resilient fabric and I would describe the pant as fitting like a second skin. Much like a yoga pant would. They have created jeans over 20 years to master fabrics, washes, and the newest denim technology. And there's no need to worry about the dreaded muffin top with its forgiving and comfortable waistband. You have the option of dressing a pair up with a wedge or boots, or dressing it down to set out on your errand run of the week. When I mustered up the courage to try some on, I didn't feel the need to have a break down. It's all about the small steps!
Other than Mavi, we are also carrying Level 99 , Driftwood, and Desigual jeans. I am a HUGE fan of the unique stitching and fun prints these brands incorporate; taking your average jean to another level of fashion and function.
Here at Kismet, we carry an array of diverse accessories and clothing, and we strive to create a personal experience for everyone. If you're anything like me, shopping for the perfect jean is no easy feat...But it doesn't have to be difficult. We are always up for a style party, and will have you fitted to your denim soulmate in no time.
In Photo: Driftwood, Desigual
There are a great many reasons why I enjoy being a part of the Kismet team. But one aspect that really stood out to me upon being hired was our participation in twelve months of giving. "What is twelve months of giving?" you ask.
Kismet is thrilled to donate a portion of sales to a different, worthy charities each month. The best part? We match every donation. In a group effort, by the end of each month we have made a difference. Most of our charities are local and each contributes in a way that changes lives.
Moving into March, there is a lot to be excited about in our stores. Spring lines and pop of color in our clothing. Not to mention we have light spring scarves galore! I can't figure out which print to take home for myself because there are so many great ones to choose from. We have received fun denim and new bags are in stock. To top it off our March charity will be... drum roll...
Sox Place!!! Sox Place is a homeless Youth drop in center that provides food, clothing, and meaningful relationships to Denver's Street Youth. Much of the youth has been through a lot, to say the very least. Some have experienced abandonment and foster care system woes. The goal of Sox Place is to provide a distance from the troubled times. But other than that, they also provide hope for their future with services like their Streets2Stability program. Streets2Stability provides job training, employment opportunities, and one on one mentorship. Sox Place becomes a piece to the puzzle in changing the future lives of the youth in replacing defeat with hope.
If this blog has you more curious about Sox Place and their services visit http://soxplace.com/ You may find yourself interested in their volunteer program and know that there is also a way to donate online.
The Youth are our future. In contributing to them we are contributing to the future of everyone and everything. Its a positive domino affect that will continue for generations to come.
Sometimes all we really need is to be heard. Life often throws us curve balls and there are challenges we face in our every day. “Shout” is a spirited book that brings people together as one. It is a book that tells us we are not alone on the tough roads that lie ahead. But most importantly, this read gives children with difficulties a voice.
Author Pat Loewi, found fuel behind this masterpiece in her daughter Samantha. Despite battling muscular dystrophy, Sammy made the most out of every moment. Her spunk is what made her stand out; not her disability. She made sure that while she was here, she would make her mark. At the young age of 22, she would pass on unexpectedly, but in many ways Samantha still lives on. One of the ways being directly through this book.
Shout provides insight and understanding of children with disability and difficulty. In giving them a voice, we can continue to spread the message. Beyond the words of wisdom and creative artwork, the end of the book grants us a real treat. It brings awareness on bringing a stop to the devastation of bullying. It shows us how we can and should get involved in this movement.
We all have wishes that we keep quietly inside. But what if we let them out? What if by saying them, we could make them come true. Read the book. Spread the world. We have the power to gift the world, and our schools, a much brighter place for our kids to be.
Photo: Shout by Pat Loewi
We’re all in this style thing together; let’s look good, feel good and not get too caught up in what everyone else is wearing. Sound like a plan? Great! Now, let's chat!