Meet Ursula Bonner! Ursula is the owner & designer of Find Your Shakti, a spiritual jewelry company. Growing up in a hippie version of Stars Hollow (New Hope, PA), she grew up playing in the creek, wandering among the trees, and spending the summer in the salty, sea air. As she got older, she pursued many passions including a deep interest in Psychology (specifically in how we heal our traumas) and tech (she worked on the Business team and as an Expert at the eponymous fruit tech company.
During a particularly rough patch she lost the connection that she loved through her various roles, and realized that she needed to get in touch with inner wild woman & let the spirit of the trees, the moon, & the sea back in. It was during this time, she discovered meditation (out of necessity, really!) and began mala making. It was in learning about crystal vibrations, connecting with the smooth, sweet scent of sandalwood, and setting intentions knot by knot that she began to forge the deepest connections with herself and others. Find Your Shakti (Shakti: the spirit of the divine, feminine energy) is a mission-based business for empowering badass, bold, & beautiful connection.
What rocks your bliss?
Rocks, literally (gem joke)! Also, driving on the back roads with the windows down, blasting the chili peppers, and taking my poodle through the Starbucks drive-thru for whip cream.
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would start with cuddles from my poodle, Poodle. Coffee is a must so I’d have a nice hot cup by my meditation cushion. After clearing my mind, I head to my local coffee shop, La Colombe for a draft latte and work on some new mala designs. Around lunchtime, I’d meet my wife, Jen, for lunch, and afterwards, head home to make some malas. My favorite afternoons are ones spent meeting and talking with people I meet through instagram via FindYourShaki, so lots of connecting. I am most restored by hearing others’ stories. Dinner would be home-made spaghetti and for dessert, a walk to get ice cream with Jen & Poodle. I love to end my days with inspiring read (I highly recommend Women Who Run with Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D and anything by Tara Brach).
When do you feel most creative and alive?
I feel most creative & alive when collaborating with someone on a custom mala. One of my most inspiring mala designs came from working with a woman who was gifting the mala to her son for Christmas. He was the inspiration for the Aurora Borealis mala, and I always think of her intentions for his strength and resilience when I am knotting that piece.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
I’d love to make Find Your Shakti my full-time gig. Thanks to much love, generosity, & support, I am on my way!
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Reykjavík, especially after working on the Aurora Borealis mala, it is on my bucket list to see the Northern Lights.
How do you handle setbacks?
Setbacks are rough, but I realized how much harder they are when you try to handle them alone. First, I remember to breathe and use some meditation techniques and then I reach out to close friend for support. Just reminding myself of the incredible support I have and how much I’ve overcome, really helps me to shift my perspective. Also really, really good chocolate (OMNOM Sea Salt).
How do you come home to yourself?
I have really come to find my home in Buddhism. When I need to really center and find my loving kindness, I reread quotes in a notebook I kept when I first starting reading healing books. Also, nothing brings me back to myself like a sweet cuddle with Poodle.
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
1. I make time every day (even for a minute) to think about my journey: how far I’ve come and how grateful I am to be in the present moment (even, especially, if it’s not perfect).
2. I dance. One of my favorite things is letting loose and just joyfully letting my body move (no matter how awkwardly!)
3. I take hot baths with epsom salts with chai tea in my favorite mug