Meet Spirit Winds Energy Healing
Andrea of Spirit Winds Energy Healing is one remarkable women. A mother who runs two businesses, she dedicated to following her own path and supporting women while she does so. For Spirit Winds Energy Healing she makes beautiful plant based decor and jewellery to bring healing into your home. You can find her beautiful products at local markets - follow her on Instagram to stay update on where she'll be next. Also on Instagram, we're doing a giveaway! Andrea has built the most beautiful wreath, and I am weaving a dreamcatcher with it. The winner will get to choose the crystal that will complete it. Head to @flopsylife for the rules to enter!
Tell us a bit about what you do and how you got started.
Spirit Winds Energy Healing has been and ever changing and evolving company. It birthed a few years ago when I was playing the Alchemy Crystal Singing bowls for various yoga instructors and events for sound healing purposes. During this time, I learned the healing Art of Reiki and incorporated this concept in conjunction with my singing bowls. That along with my attraction and love for the healing powers of crystals, gemstones, plant, and flower energies, is how Spirit Winds Energy Healing came to life. As of late, I have been sharing my love for these things through various local artisan markets. I’ve been selling minimalist handmade gemstone jewelry, plants, terrariums, spirit sticks, ritual kits, hand-made smudge sticks, and inspirational messages paired with my personal photographs of my travels and adventures on this beautiful planet.
What is your philosophy?
Many many moons ago when I was a teenager, I would often drive past a church on my way home. It had a billboard that boldly stated, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” I loved it and has been my motto ever since. Shit doesn’t just rightfully show up in your lap, you have to actively go out and get it.
What do you hope your products will add to the homes they end up in?
My hope is that my products will enrich the hearts and spaces of the homes they end up in. Everything I create holds the intent of raising ones vibrations, in turn creating a more peaceful, calming, and balanced physical and emotional state for the owner of my creations and the space it holds.
What has been your favourite thing you’ve made?
My favourite would have to be my Moon Ritual Kit. I created this to help others be more conscious about manifesting ones life desires. The kits include a soy candle, blessings feather, a handmade smudge stick using sacred dried herbs and plants, a moonstone, lavender scented Himalayan bath salts, and directions on how to use these energies to set intentions, in conjunction with the powerful energy of the New Moon.
You’ve also started redeveloping your photography business, Pink Antler Photography. What drove you to do so?
Photography has always been a passion of mine and will always be a part of me. Over the past 10 years, I have been doing lifestyle portraiture for families. While Spirit Winds Energy Healing has taken front row seat at the moment, I wanted to somehow incorporate my skill and passion for photography in a way that would help or benefit others with their life endeavors. I’ve created something called a Soul Session. It’s designed to capture your true essence so that others can connect with you and your brand. Whether the session’s purpose is for personal use or to help promote your offerings to the world, my intent is to provide you with high quality, captivating images for your website and/or Social Media to help set you up for success. This session is all about you! It’s about self-empowerment, taking that initiative to step into your light, and to shine your unique essence and style into the world.
Biggest reward being an entrepreneur? Biggest struggle?
My biggest reward being an entrepreneur is to be able to do what I love and love what I do. I believe when people immerse themselves in what they are passionate about, they become unstoppable. There have been many struggles/obstacles with owning my own business. My biggest struggle would be finding balance. When I work and create from home, I can find it difficult to set boundaries such as knowing when I need to unplug from work and plug into my family and home obligations.
What advice do you have for those starting their own endeavours?
My advice to those who are starting their own endeavours, is to never give up or give in to the struggles that get thrown your way. There will be ups and downs, bumps and scrapes, people who tell you, “it can’t be done, you’re crazy, not a good idea”. It may seem like forever as you travel toward your goals and where you want to be. You may feel on fire one day and the next, you may question what hell you’ve gotten yourself into. Don’t give up or settle for anything less than what sets your soul on fire! Reach out and connect with others who are in the same boat foradvice, guidance, or expertise. Most people are happy and honored to help mentor.
What is your ultimate goal, both personally and professionally?
My ultimate personal goal would be to not feel that I need to “be somebody” to be somebody. If that makes sense? Somewhere along the way as a young child, I picked up this idea. I’ve always felt that I had to be something great in order to attain some sort of self-worth. For what? For who? This must be the Leo in me. Lol. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with aspiring for greatness, but for the right reasons. Ultimately, I would like to be fully content, happy, and at peace with the “somebody” that I am.
My ultimate goal professionally: I have this superstition to not tell people about your dreams in case they don’t come true. But what the hell! I would like to own a “space” and it’s going to be very unconventional. Without going into too much detail, it will be a place that people will come and never want to leave. It will be full of lovely Earth energy healing goodness.
How do you define success?
Success is when you can let go of the fear that holds you captive and prevents you from following your dreams. When you can say, “Now that was one hell of a mountain!” while looking down at how far you’ve come, the risks you took, and the challenges you overcame to get there, is success.
What inspires you?
Amazing talented people who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there inspire me. I also get a lot of inspiration when I’m out in nature, through meditation, and books, books, books! I never used to read books until about 5 years ago and now I just devour them.
How are you trying to make a difference in our world?
I always feel that I’m never doing enough to make a difference in this world. I think by teaching my children about good values, morals, and what they can do to respect, help, and protect all forms of life on this planet may be my biggest difference I will make here on Earth. Not to say they will always listen to what I say. (Lol) While I know I fall short sometimes, I believe that leading by example is one of the best things we can do in this world to make a difference. It’s something that we can pass on from generation to generation. I also try to inspire people via my instagram account through my images and inspirational quotes. If I feel inspired or moved to post something, I believe it’s because someone out there needs it.
How do you find balance? What does balance look like to you?
A quest for balance is something I battle. It seems like when I’m busy; I’m really busy and vice-versa. At times, I haven’t been the best at managing my business and family. But I have found that when I take care of myself first, the rest falls into place. Some may view this as selfish, but if Momma is not functioning, nothing is functioning. I’ve discovered that if I feel like I need recharging with a night out with a friend, or a good soak in the tub, or some timeout with a good book over a glass or 2 of Malbec, I do it!
What do you feel is the most important thing in life?
I can’t narrow it down to one. Happiness, family, connection, and love – without these, we are just living like robots.
What does slow or mindful living mean to you?
Taking the time to connect with people, the world around you, and to live life with intent and purpose. This is something I am in the process of learning. To slow down and not always having to be “doing something productive”. It’s ok to rest and recharge. I’m learning that the only thing that matters is the present moment. Thoughts of the past will create depression, and worries of the future will create anxiety. In this moment everything is A-Okay. Don’t you think? I’m trying to be more conscious of what I eat, what I feed my family, what I put onmy skin, what I clean our home with, etc. I am learning to take more time to appreciate and enjoy the simple things in life.