It’s no secret that I’m the head cheerleader for following your dreams, listening to your inner voice, and working towards obtaining the life you’ve always dreamed of. Even if that means taking risks, or having friends and family look at you like you’ve lost your mind – because hey, that all adds to the fun of it.
But what intrigues me just as much as figuring out what I’m meant to be doing, is looking at other inspirational leap-takers and seeing what their story is. How they got to live their dreams, follow their heart, and truly live an amazingly rich and fulfilled life away from the more traditional means we’ve all come know so well.
Enter stage left…Diana Charabin. Clap, clap, clap.
I found Diana’s business, Tiny Devotions, via Kathryn Budig (another insanely talented human) who raves about the mala beads Diana makes on a regular basis. And I completely understand why, Happies. They’re amazing!
Here’s a visual of my personal favourite…
If you’re new to the whole mala bead scene as I was, they’re essentially a sacred necklace made from 108 beads (plus an additional 109th bead known as the guru stone), and in Tiny Devotion’s case, crystals, and bring you good luck, good energy, healing, health and fortune.
As life would have it, Diana sought refuge from her ‘boring’ Law lectures by attending a Hare Krishna run yoga studio on the Gold Coast, where she was studying and living abroad. It was there that the seed of her future was planted, after being given her first ever set of mala beads, and a piece of paper with her ‘mantra’ scribbled down.
But as so often happens, the seed was planted but the fruits didn’t flourish for some years – Diana is the first to confess that while she was interested in the concept of malas and mantras, it didn’t resonate with her uni lifestyle at the time. Hey, we’ve all been there, right?
Cut to a few years later and Diana had an Eat, Pray, Love moment. Literally. After reading the book and recognising that it was written in the same format as a mala (108 passages plus 1) her fascination with the beads reignited. So, in a moment of what appeared to be pure insanity by others, Diana followed her heart, sold all her belongings, and moved to Bali. She knew only 2 things at that time: 1. There was no way she wanted to be a lawyer anymore, and 2. She needed to go to Bali.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
But clearly, I wanted to delve deeper into this fascinating story. So, I tracked down Diana and asked her to kindly give me a moment of her time. She did. And here’s what happened…
Me: Tiny Devotions was something that grew organically, by the sounds of things, what is it that kept calling your name to fulfill this passion?
Diana: Tiny Devotions was definitely not in the “plan”. The universe totally guided me to create this community. After following my heart and retreating to Bali for 2 months a few years ago – a friend of mine Clare Merrifield and myself found ourselves spontaneously making mala beads. When I returned to Canada people would literally chase me down the street asking about the mala beads and thus the energy of the universe pushed me to make this happen.
Me: What advice do you have for women who are in a job, or career, they don’t like, but are scared to follow their dreams and start something new?
Diana: Regret is much worse then failure. It’s as simple as that for me. I cannot bare to live with regret and I also can’t do anything that I don’t feel is my passion or my path.
Me: Your malas represent the Bohemian lifestyle of living your dreams, following your passions and looking good as you do it – was this always something you lived by, or have you found that your confidence, inner guidance, and true passion has come with exploration?
Diana: There has been a lot of exploration, a lot of self study, a lot of yoga and meditation and reading and… everyday is an exploration.
Me: What is it about your malas that make them so special?
Diana: Truly, all mala beads are special. The energy that goes into them and their intention make them not jewelry but sacred pieces.
Me: What makes you happy?
Diana: Travelling, love, family, the ocean, Australia, North County, Canada, coffee, yoga, creation, community, amazing connections and friends. And my dog.
Me: How do you stay motivated, creative, and on track, both in terms of your business and your life?
Diana: I try to give myself as much freedom as possible – with travelling, exercising and yoga. And I do my best to surround myself with inspiring people. And I write a lot of goals and post it notes! And make sure I execute each and every one of them. Its not about ideas its about ideas + execution.
Me: Do you find it hard to balance life and work?
Diana: Yes, Yes, Yes. I definitely still have not figured this one out. (But I have a plan and am in the execution phase). Until then, I try to travel once a month or every other month to get out of my busy routine!
So, for any of you Happies wondering why you’re being pulled in one direction, or unsure whether to take that leap of faith, listen to Diana (and me) and DO IT! You’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain.