I first saw a mala on social media while browsing my home feed filled with inspiring yogis. It didn’t take me long to find the Tiny Devotions website and start dreaming of buying a mala of my own. A couple of weeks passed and I still had the shop open in one of my tabs. I had been thinking about which mala to choose…what should my intention be?
What have I been trying to achieve lately?
Taking a step back and looking at who I am now, I realized that one of my major goals in life is to be true to myself above everything else. Being a sophomore in college means that I’m part of a generation of people that are constantly bombarded with media and ads that portray the “ideal lifestyle” and the “perfect person.” I go to a huge school where trends are very prevalent and lots of students get sucked into them. All of those things combine and make it easy to lose sight of who you are.
My search for a mala that would inspire and remind me to always be myself ended with the Authenticity Mala. I was amazed by it’s beautiful beads and mesmerizing grey stone. It’s description was inspiring and I really identified with it, and I knew then that it was the one for me. I couldn’t agree more with the statement, “genuine character is hard to come by”, and I believed that wearing and admiring it would help me remember that the best thing you can ever be is yourself. Flash forward a week or so and I wear my mala almost daily and am constantly feeling empowered, grounded, beautiful, and most importantly, like myself, in it.
Katie Lienhard is a yogi, runner, college student, and blogger. She’s studying nutrition and loves everything about food. She even works at a farm-to-table restaurant and a café that finds its home in a holistic health center! Some of her goals are to become a Registered Dietician, a certified health coach, and a yoga teacher, though she’s not rushing to reach them (all good things take time!). Katie loves writing about her experiences and passions and learning A LOT along the way.