In 2016, prior to creating a store within Zazzle, I found out from my husband’s cousin that his tween daughter/our niece had a tendency to often follow her friends’ needs and wants while neglecting her own.
My heart went out to her because I strongly sensed that she could use motherly love (since her mother was absent from her life due to being a drug addict).
I was able to deeply empathize with her, and when I decided to make her a home-made gift, I received an idea that I trust was from Spirit within.
Using various colors of fine point permanent markers, and different styles of writing, I wrote on the top of the white tote bag, “Anastasia, Be Free-Spirit” and drew a blue dolphin right below it. Note: I had an urge to look up the meaning of her name, and it means Resurrection
In addition, I added reminders throughout the rest of the bag about self-respect, self-compassion, self-love, knowing what one likes and dislikes and embracing them, being one’s own BFF first and foremost (and others will follow), knowing one’s self-worth, being confident and assertive, honoring one’s feelings (language of the soul), trusting one’s intuition, being bold, having fun, etc.
I realized that she may be too young to fully understand such concepts, but I trust that she will in Divine perfect timing and order if she’s drawn to them.
My intention was simply to share with her all that I wished my own inner-child had received throughout childhood, especially unconditional love.
I also dedicate this bag to all other souls out there who could benefit from upliftment (to include encouragement, deep healing and humor), empowerment, and inspiration, whether children or the wounded aspect of inner child within adults.
A part of me–my fearful ego self/personality self/physical self—feels sad that I wasn’t able to create something self-empowering and loving like this for my own daughter and son when they were younger (due to lack of wisdom, especially when it comes to unconditionally accepting/loving all aspects of self).
However, when I expand my consciousness—see “the bigger picture” with integrated and balanced Mind/Heart—I realize that sharing this gift with our niece is the same as having shared this gift with my inner-child and my kids, because ultimately, we are all interconnected as The One.
In addition, the past, present and future are happening simultaneously from a multidimensional perspective (ever single change affecting one another) where space and time are not limitations, though from a linear/3D/physical/limited perspective, the past, present and future occur separately due to space and time.
Ever since my early childhood, I loved to express myself creatively, to include but not limited to—exploring, playing, being silly, having fun, drawing, coloring, painting, dancing, singing, using humor, and bonding with other souls—despite the so-called dark and fear-based environment that I experienced as well.
As an adult, I’ve expanded this cosmic creative force—that expresses through all interconnected Life throughout this Universe and beyond—to include experience with wood, canvas and clay artwork, informal photography, stitching, blogging, poetry, and song writing.
I’m very grateful to Spirit within for this golden opportunity, and I’m excited to start a mini business where the possibilities for sharing and growth are abundant.
If you’re drawn to the idea, check out my other custom-made products (from personal artwork and photos) sold through Zazzle! 🙂 Some examples/links are shown on the left-hand side of this page (or the left-hand side of any page within the blog).
Continue to live in the present Moment of Now, and simply Be authentic self—unconditionally loving ALL aspects of YOU (which helps you to fully do so for interconnected Life)—while gaining much wisdom from a plethora of Life’s colorful experiences.
<3 <3 <3 Barbara
UPDATE inserted 8/17/2017
I shared the following in various reviews:
Review Title => FIX ONGOING PROBLEMS: BE HONEST ABOUT DELIVERY DATE AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
Every business has its so-called flaws, but Zazzle has habitually screwed up one too many times with its delayed orders (and not just my orders). A woman who wrote a recent Google review made a great point in suggesting that they should simply be honest about why orders have been delayed [mainly with paper products], rather than making false promises about the delivery date (that’s not even close at times).
Granted, I’ve ordered a total of 38 products from my Mulantis store, and other stores, within Zazzle in the past, and they turned out perfect, and arrived on time or earlier; I even wrote a couple of positive reviews about the products’ great quality, vivid colors, and print accuracy.
I had ordered them (at different times) for self, family members, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, but about a handful of them arrived late. Unfortunately for Zazzle, the items that arrived late were birthday gifts for others that I had ordered at least two weeks in advance.
After learning that sending Zazzle emails aren’t effective—since they don’t reply—I called them a couple of times in the past, after being on hold for about 30 minutes, to find out what the hell was going on. They gave me a discount toward my next purchase, but the actual problem didn’t get resolved.
On August 1st of this year, my husband and I ordered a personalized birthday card for a family member’s Sweet 16th, and the status today is still, “Making.” The personalized bag (that was ordered on the same day) arrived early, but the card has passed the birth date.
They open at 9:00 a.m. CA time, so I will be giving them one last call. Update: Wait time was 30 min, not 10 min. Nicole (with Irish accent) was very friendly and made an effort to help, but still no date of delivery, though they will expedite the order and she will send an email as soon as they find out.
I will no longer be adding anymore of my creativity—artwork, poems, words of wisdom, etc.—onto Zazzle products to sell, which initially seemed like a great idea. After reviewing the terms and services again, I will take appropriate action to delete my Mulantis store account, and possibly set up another one elsewhere.