The online business world is a small place. It's a small world after all. 🎤
Imagine my surprise when I signed up for an online business class and learned that one of my classmates not only lives in the city down the street but that we were really close neighbors a couple of years back. Crazy, right?!
Today I share with you my very talented artist friend, Kajal from Wholesome Soul. She creates arts that connects women, embraces spirituality, inspires wellness and pays goodness forward with every purchase.
My favorite purchase from Kajal is the Everything I Needed Woodblock. It hangs on the fuse box in my apartment that I pass every morning on my way out the door. It serves as my daily reminder that as a daily reminder of how God does hear our prayers....we just have to be open to hearing His response. Friends, meet Kajal.
How did you get your start?
A few years ago I was at a crossroads in my life and I knew I wanted to share my love for yoga, food, and art with the world.
To backtrack a little, I’m a graphic designer by trade and at heart a lover of yoga and food. In college, I was introduced to yoga, at which time something magical happened—it opened up a door inside me where I got experience deep down joy and love that I’d never experienced before. Soon after I graduated I had the opportunity to live with my meditation teacher, Shri Anandi Ma. During those seven years outside of my 9-5 job, I was immersed in learning about meditation, yogic cooking, natural home remedies and the importance of staying inspired.
It’s here that I learned that faith, love, and kindness are the language of the soul. Faith gives us hope, love reminds us just how powerful we are, and kindness teaches us that in the end we are all the same—and together, they unite us.
Wholesome Soul was first born as my personal blog but soon evolved into a place where I wanted to take the sum of what I learned (and am still learning), plus all that I love and produce art and gifts that celebrate and share globally inspired doses of faith, love, and kindness. And in between, I still share my favorite recipes. :)
What drew you to art?
As a graphic designer by trade, when I realized I had a mission to share with the world, art and design just naturally became the vehicle for how I wanted to share my message.
What words would you use to describe your work?
Whimsical, soulful, colorful, happy art that provides both beauty + meaning so that like a touchstone, my art and gifts can nurture the spirit and feed the soul.
What inspires your work?
Yogic philosophy and my own yoga and meditation practice.
If you could travel anywhere for inspiration, where would you go and why?
India, Bali, and places where daily life moves at a slower pace so that you can really be present inside and out.
What small businesses inspire you and why?
I’ve always had a soft spot for mission-driven businesses. For instance, I love how Handcrafted Honeybee not only works to inspire young girls to enter the STEM field in college, but they donate a portion of their sales to education non-profits and STEM-focused scholarships.
This kind of commitment to the greater good inspired me at Wholesome Soul to do the same. As an everyday yogini, I am a huge advocate for getting the word out about the tremendous benefits meditation and yoga can have on a person, a community, and the world. Therefore we also donate a portion of our proceeds annually as well as put our hands and hearts to work by volunteering over 250+ hours annually to an international non-profit that spreads the magic of yoga and goodness around the world.
It’s nice knowing with each and every purchase you have the opportunity to pay goodness forward.
Q's About Kajal:
What color describes you as a person and why?
Coral— I love how it’s soft and bright at the same time….to me it exudes happiness and joy.
What brings you joy?
- Meditating - first thing in the morning, when everything is still.
- Drawing - late at night, when everything is quiet.
- Cooking - and feeding people, lots of people :)
- Long walks - and good conversation.
- Happy endings - in the movies and in real life.
What’s your favorite quote and who said it?
“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” - Buddha
What’s one thing you would eat if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?
Homemade GF, Veggie Pizza :)—I call it my Mile High Pizza because it’s packed with an abundance of goodness: spinach, artichokes, olives, sweet peppers, broccoli, zucchini and fresh herbs…all on a homemade, gf crust with my signature sauce! Yum
What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Kinda depends on my mood, but I always LOVE Dark Chocolate + Coconut.
Do you have a favorite dish to cook?
Oh boy, where to begin :)….I LOVE cooking—especially with fresh ingredients! Besides various curries and dals, I love making my favorite, go-to Mexican meal… a veggie quesadilla brimming with black beans, spinach, salsa, sour cream and cheese…cooked on a hot griddle so that the tortilla is nice and crispy…and of course served with a side of guacamole, salsa, lettuce, and chips :).
What are you grateful for right now?
My meditation practice, my family, and my amazing meditation teacher.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Hot Pink Coral — because it’s happy, vibrant and stands out.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Cash + stationery— my niece is graduating and I know she has a lot of things she’ll be needing for her first year of college…and the stationery is to hopefully inspire her to drop us note every once in awhile :).
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Madame Secretary- I love that’s it’s totally unreal and full of mostly happy endings. I watch the news pretty regularly, so I appreciate shows that do not reflect the current state of our world. :)
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He’d say…the car’s all ready for you and your bags, let’s hit the road and go on an adventure:).
Tell us how to find you online and stay in touch:Website: http://www.wholesomesoul.com
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