My name is Jen and I’m the owner of Salt Your Soul Gift Co. I want to introduce myself and give you a peek into the whats & whys behind my new shop and a bit about me too.
First, let’s take a trip back to 2019.
I definitely was not okay. I had a good career and two wonderful children but I just felt lost. And sad. Some crummy things happened in my life, like most people, but I was utterly consumed by it. I had dug a hole so darn deep that it felt like I’d never get out. Sadness and grief were my identity and I was convinced that nothing would ever, EVER be able to change that.
Luckily, I was wrong.
I decided I needed to get away and into a different environment… shake things up a bit. So I hopped in my car and drove solo from Florida to Santa Fe, NM. It ended up being one of the most magical and eye-opening experiences of my life and has shaped who I am today.
On the drive there I listened to the audiobook of Michael A. Singer’s The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection. This guy (Singer) decided to live in solitude and “surrender” to anything life throws his way. As a self-proclaimed introverted extrovert this had my attention. But how the heck could I surrender to anything when I was consumed daily by anxiety, depression and a healthy dose of ADHD?
Living a life of solitude only appeals to me ever-so-slightly, so I decided to just try the surrendering part. I arrived in New Mexico and for one month I did my best to say yes to new experiences and live in the moment. From my casita in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and through a local friend who helped guide me towards new ways of thinking about life, I learned about energy healing, crystals, meditation, breathwork, affirmations and the power of journaling and tapping into my creativity. I visited a CranioSacral therapist, taught myself to draw mandalas for stress relief, hiked in the cool mountain air while falling in love with the golden Aspens and also discovered something amazing — a Himalayan salt cave. Everything felt magical. Everyone I met was loving, supportive and genuine. I felt a little weird at first with some concepts, but I was determined to surrender and try new things because I didn’t want to go back feeling the way I did before.
Fast forward three years and I’m definitely living my life with new meaning. I left my marketing career, learned more about the energy of crystals (and even got my kids and partner into it), and truly appreciate the world around me more than I ever have before. I no longer identify as sad, depressed or weak (though I admit sometimes in my vulnerability I feel these things.) While I don’t think life can strictly be “good vibes only” all the time, I am much better at feeling through my feelings and surrendering to opportunities that may have made me fearful in the past. I still struggle, but those struggles are the kindling to a fire inside me that is excited to learn and grow from my experiences. And that’s why I opened Salt Your Soul Gift Co. It was partly really good timing and mostly because I wanted to create something where I felt safe, loved and could help others feel the same.
I’ve curated all kinds of items that bring me joy and hope they do the same for you. It’s a little metaphysical, a little bit nature, a splash of snark & silliness, a mental-health lifter-upper and a whole lot of peaceful energy. I’m learning for you, from you and alongside with you. This little business is a labor of love and I’m along for the ride.
Your support means so much to me and my family. The kind comments, our chats when you visit the shop… it’s all just so special. I feel so lucky and loved to be in this community and I’ll continue to keep my mind and heart open.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you and helping you find something that salts your soul.